Division 2B looks like it is Nenagh Ormond’s for the taking this weekend. The race for 2nd and 3rd and a promotion shot could go to the wire. The action kicks off with two Friday Night Lights clashes.
ULSTER BANK LEAGUE: DIVISION 2A: Saturday, March 22
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Greystones (4th) v De L Salle Palmerston (11th), Dr. Hickey Park
Friday Night Lights in Dr. Hickey Park is always a good game and derby match makes it even better.
‘Stones are one of three teams on 45 points, though they have the lowest points difference so every win and every point matters.
DLSP can probably sympathise with Bruff in Division 2A, having gone through it last season.
Navan (8th) v Tullamore (5th), Balreask Old
Not much at stake for Navan as they are comfortable in mid-table but a Friday Night Lights clash with provincial rivals is always a good one.
Tullamore could still make a late play for third place and a playoff but they need a win on Saturday with a bonus point for it to be a real chance.
Expect a good game in Balreask Old and possibly an away win.
Armagh (6th) v Ards (12th), Palace Grounds
An Ulster derby at the business end of the season is one that should sharpen the focus for both sides.
In truth it is probably bragging rights that is at stake but that won’t make it less of a game;
An away win.
Boyne (14th) v Sunday’s Well (7th), Shamrock Lodge
A big game for Boyne as they try and avoid slipping into the relegation zone. They are six points clear but Instonians in 15th have a game in hand.
The Well are comfortable in mid-table with six wins and six losses.
Need may drive the home side.
Instonians v Sligo, Shaws Bridge
A huge game for the home side as they bid to avoid a relegation playoff slot.
Made more interesting by the fact that Sligo could be dragged into that slot should they lose their last two games.
All to play for then in Shaws Bridge.
Nenagh Ormond (1st) v Suttonians (16th), New Ormond Park
Top versus bottom in New Ormond Park. Will there be a shock?
Nenagh Ormond won’t want a blemish on their record so it is unlikely they will rest on their laurels.
Relegation beckons for Suttonians.
Skerries (2nd) v Richmond (9th), Holpatrick
Skerries are one of three side chasing Nenagh Ormond or at least a guaranteed promotion spot.
A home win is on the cards but the margin will have a big bearing.
Richmond won’t just make up the numbers and it will be a tough game.
Thomond (3rd) v Midleton (10th), Liam Fitzgerald Park
Thomond are tied on points and points difference with Skerries so every point counts in the race for promotion.
Midleton had a big win in their last game so they can cause problems.
Still a home win is on the cards.