Match of the day sees Nenagh Ormond at home to Greystones, who trail them by six points at the top of the table. Elsewhere there’s plenty of club action to whet your appetite before watching Ireland in the clubhouse!
ULSTER BANK LEAGUE: DIVISION 2B: Saturday, March 15
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Ards (12th) v Boyne (14th), Hamilton Park
Both teams are just outside the relegation zone with Ards two points clear of Boyne.
Not a game either side can afford to lose then having both lost in their last outing.
Home advantage will surely be a factor.
Armagh (5th) v Thomond (3rd), Palace Grounds
A big game in the top half of the table with the hosts just five points behind their visitors.
With two automatic and one playoff promotion slot at stake this should be a keenly contested game.
Thomond stand to move in to 2nd place if they win and Nenagh Ormond continue unbeaten.
De La Salle Palmerston (8th) v Skerries (4th), Kirwan Park
The visitors are another side who could benefit form results elsewhere if they can take the points in Kirwan Park.
‘Salmo have won their last two games to bring their tally to 6 and 6 so far this season while Skerries are unbeaten since January.
The visitors certainly have the edge in this one but it may not go easy.
Midleton (11th) v Navan (7th), Towns Park
Midleton pushed Greystones close in their last game and took a losing bonus point from it – their third so far this season.
Navan lost to Sunday’s Well but stayed steady in 7th place.
Neither side are in the mix for promotion while Midleton should be well clear of the danger zone.
Nenagh Ormond (1st) v Greystones (2nd), New Ormond Park
Not quite an all or nothing game but it could be the decider for this division.
The home side can lose and stay top – not that losing is in their DNA this season with 11 wins and a draw.
The visitors can take it to the wire with a win but could lose their automatic promotion slot should they lose. Not quite all or nothing….
Sunday’s Well (9th) v Instonians (15th), Musgrave Park
The home side are comfortably clear of danger at this stage but their visitors are right in the relegation zone battling to avoid a playoff.
The Well beat Navan last time out while Inst. have played a game less, which may yet save their season.
Do the visitors have the hunger for it on Saturday?
Suttonians (16th) v Richmond (10th), JJ McDowell Park
Suttonians must be resigned to returning to the qualifying league in Leinster next season – trailing by nine points and with only a few games left.
Richmond are clear of danger and playing for a higher finish.
An away win but expect to see Suttonians bounce back next season.
Tullamore (6th) v Sligo (13th), Spollanstown
Last week’s loss to Skerries may have just quashed Tullamore’s shot at a promotion place but it is still mathematically possible.
They certainly won’t be giving up hope and at home they are a potent side.
Sligo moved up to 13th thanks to their win last weekend but a loss on Saturday could push them back into danger.