A Leinster derby under lights to kick off the proceedings in Division 2B is followed by an action-packed Saturday from Ards to Tullamore.
ULSTER BANK LEAGUE: DIVISION 2B: Saturday, September 27
Kick-off 2.30pm unless stated –
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Greystones (2nd) v Wanderers (10th), Dr. Hickey Park, Friday, September 26, 7.30pm
A ‘Friday Night Lights’ cracker in store at Dr. Hickey Park as Greystones host Wanderers in a mouth-watering Leinster derby.
‘Stones were ruthless in notching up a try-scoring bonus win over Boyne last weekend, with new Kiwi out-half Kurt Strachan picking up one of them.
Wanderers marked their return to the league in remarkable fashion, overturning a 20-0 half-time deficit to earn a 30-all draw at home to Sunday’s Well. ‘Stones must be favourites but it promises to be a free-flowing encounter.
Ards (16th) v Bruff (7th), Hamilton Park
Match postponed. Re-fixture date to be confirmed.
Armagh (5th) v Navan (6th), Palace Grounds
Armagh were efficient in Limerick last week and while they were the stronger side, they did cough up a late losing bonus point.
Navan edged league newcomers Kanturk last weekend in an entertaining 40-point game. The County Meath outfit won the corresponding game against Armagh last season on a scoreline of 34-24.
De La Salle Palmerston (14th) v Richmond (12th), Kirwan Park
Both clubs picked up a losing bonus point last weekend with ‘Salmo losing by seven to Tullamore and Richmond losing by four to Midleton.
An interesting test then on Saturday as the two clubs look for their first win. It finished 25-19 to Richmond when the sides met in November of last year.
Highfield (8th) v Old Crescent (13th), Woodleigh Park
Highfield drew with Bruff last weekend – both teams having been relegated last season. On Saturday they host an Old Crescent side that scratched a late losing bonus point.
The home side should be the stronger but it is also a good test of their standing in the division.
Kanturk (11th) v Boyne (15th), Knocknacolan
It was not the start they wanted but Kanturk’s losing bonus point in Navan last weekend was a hugely entertaining affair. It included a late yellow card for new signing Tony Buckley, playing in the second row.
Boyne were comprehensively beaten at home last weekend so it will be interesting to see how they fare on the road on Saturday.
Midleton (4th) v Sligo (1st), Towns Park
A bonus winning start for both these sides last weekend. Midleton won out in a 60-point clash away to Richmond. Sligo hammered Ards in Strandhill last weekend, but this trip to Cork will prove a tougher task.
You would have to back the home side but the visitors have some interesting young players in their ranks and cannot be dismissed.
Sunday’s Well (9th) v Tullamore (3rd), Musgrave Park
It was some game for the Cork side last weekend. A 20-nil lead over Wanderers must have seemed a nailed-on win. It ended in a dramatic 30-all draw. Some game indeed.
Tullamore kicked off with a bonus point victory over De La Salle Palmerston but they will not be happy with conceding a losing bonus point.
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