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Ulster Bank League: Division 2B Previews

Ulster Bank League: Division 2B Previews

Tullamore, Greystones, Midleton and Armagh have won their opening two games of the league and lead the way in Division 2B so far. Only Greystones are at home this weekend – will we see some changes in the table come Saturday evening?


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Boyne (15th) v Ards (16th), Shamrock Lodge

It is too early in the season to call it a relegation battle, especially since Ards’ game against Bruff last weekend was postponed, but both sides could do with the confidence boost of a victory.

Boyne have conceded 34 and 35 points respectively in their first two league outings and need to tighten up if they are to avoid problems.

Ards took a 60-point beating on their opening day. Room for improvement for both sides.

Bruff (10th) v Sunday’s Well (11th), Kilballyowen Park

The sad death of Bruff stalwart Alfie Laffan saw their game against Ards postponed last week. A win at home would be a fitting tribute to him.

The Well are without a win in their two games. A draw with Wanderers on the opening day provided their only points. You would have to back the home side to get the result on Saturday – a poignant day for the club.

Greystones (2nd) v Highfield (5th), Dr. Hickey Park

Two wins and a healthy points difference for the County Wicklow side going into round 3, but no room for complacency.

Highfield’s points have come from a draw with Bruff and a victory over Old Crescent, but Saturday will be a tougher test for Tim Ryan’s men. Home advantage and form favour Greystones.

Kanturk (8th) v Armagh (4th), Knocknacolan

Kanturk won their first home match of the league last weekend with a stirring success against Boyne.

Armagh will make the ling trip south to Cork with two victories under their belts. It is sure to be a tough game but these two former junior clubs should serve up a tasty dish on Saturday afternoon.

Navan (9th) v Midleton (3rd), Balreask Old

Navan have had a tough opening to the league with Kanturk and Armagh and it does not get easier with Midleton paying them a visit on Saturday.

The Cork side have beaten Richmond by four points and Sligo by six so far. They are a hard team to play. An away win would be a real boost to Midleton but Navan will not lie down.

Old Crescent (13th) v De La Salle Palmerston (7th), Rosbrien

Old Crescent took a losing bonus point off Armagh on the first day of the league but were well beaten by Highfield last weekend.

‘Salmo backed up their losing bonus point in Tullamore with a good win over Richmond in round 2. If they continue on an upward curve, the Dublin side could leave Limerick with the points on Saturday.

Richmond (14th) v Wanderers (12th), Richmond Park

Both clubs come into this game without a win. Richmond’s losing bonus point against Midleton is their only reward so far, while the ‘Chaps’ followed up their spectacular comeback draw in round 1 by losing to Greystones last time out.

The Dublin side will be looking to hit their straps this weekend and start climbing the table and should be good enough to take the win on the road.

Sligo (6th) v Tullamore (1st), Hamilton Park

An opening day salvo of 60 points followed by a losing bonus point away from home is a fair return for Sligo so far.

Saturday sees the visit of the gritty midlands league leaders Tullamore. They bring their two wins and two try-scoring bonus points with them.

A ‘bellwether’ game for both clubs with the visitors ready to steal the spoils and make it three victories on the trot.

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