A packed fixture list this weekend in the Ulster Bank League before the Christmas and New Year break. Can anyone stop Division 2A leaders Old Wesley? Thomond are next up to the plate.
ULSTER BANK LEAGUE: DIVISION 2A: Saturday, December 20
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Cashel (8th) v Rainey Old Boys (10th), Spafield
Just a point between these two sides as they face the final game of 2014 at the midway stage in the league.
Cashel joined the list of teams who have lost to Old Wesley in their last outing. Prior to that they accounted for UCC and Nenagh Ormond. Rainey have won their last two games so all told, it could be a tight affair in Tipperary.
City of Derry (12th) v Blackrock College (2nd), Judge’s Road
The home team picked up their second win of the campaign in their last outing against a struggling Dungannon.
‘Rock have notched up nearly 90 points in their last three games, including wins over Dungannon, Thomond and Naas. Form favours the Dubliners here and you would have to back ‘Rock to take the points.
Dungannon (15th) v Banbridge (9th), Stevenson Park
Another tough Ulster derby for Dungannon as they struggle to get out of the relegation zone.
The Bann have faced some of the leading sides in recent games and acquitted themselves well. The visitors are favourites but can the home side spring a surprise?
Nenagh Ormond (5th) v Naas (13th), New Ormond Park
Nenagh Ormond bounced back from their loss to Cashel with wins over City of Derry and Seapoint to leave them in fifth place, just a point behind Queen’s University.
A win on Saturday would leave Nenagh sitting comfortable at the end of 2014. Naas are one of six clubs in the bottom half of the table with only two victories to their name. They could struggle on Saturday and into 2015.
Old Wesley (1st) v Thomond (7th), Donnybrook
Old Wesley remain unbeaten in Division 2A. Next up to try and knock them down are Thomond.
The Limerick side were well beaten by Blackrock earlier this month and they will be aiming to avoid a similar result on this trip. Still, you have to back Wesley to finish 2014 unbeaten in the Ulster Bank League.
Queen’s University (4th) v Bective Rangers (14th), Dub Lane
Queen’s intervarsity win over UCC in the last round of games pushed them up to fourth in the table, ten places above their visitors Bective.
Bective have only managed two wins in the league this season. Another loss on Saturday could condemn them to a real dogfight in 2015. A home win is on the cards.
Seapoint (16th) v Skerries (6th), Kilbogget Park
Seapoint are another team struggling in Division 2A; their latest loss came against Nenagh Ormond.
A windy Kilbogget Park will not hold any fears for visitors Skerries who had a narrow success over Banbridge in their last outing. We expect Skerries to take the spoils here.