League leaders Old Wesley sit out the action this weekend having giving the chasing pack a chance to jockey for position and a shot at 2nd place.
ULSTER BANK LEAGUE: DIVISION 2A: Saturday, February 28
Kick-off 2.30pm unless stated –
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Bective (15th) v Naas (10th), Donnybrook, 12:30
The Ireland Legends play England Legends in Donnybrook on Saturday night but this could be an early curtain raiser if you want to spend your day in Bective – and why not?
The clubs placed 11th to 16th will form Division 2B next season alongside the top four in the current 2B.
That gives Naas in particular a real incentive on Saturday.
Blackrock (2nd) v Nenagh (9th), Stradbrook
Trailing the league leaders by 14 points is less of a worry than having four clubs behind you within six points. Every point matters now for ‘Rock.
Nenagh Ormond, like Naas, are in one of the awkward mid table slots and need a win to boost their 2A survival chances.
On form you’d have to back the hosts to take the points, but can they maintain their slender lead over Skerries et al?
City of Derry (12th) v Queens (5th), Judge’s Road
An Ulster derby this weekend and plenty to chase for both sides. A home win will keep City of Derry in the hunt to stay in 2A.
Queen’s still have a shot at 2nd place, albeit their draw last week didn’t help them.
Form favours the visitors but you never know when two Ulster sides clash.
NUIM Barnhall (7th) v Thomond (8th), Parsonstown
Plenty at stake in this mid-table clash in Leixlip on Saturday afternoon.
The home side were beaten by league leaders Old Wesley last weekend – no disgrace in that – but that was their second defeat in as many games.
Thomond have also lost their last two games to UCC and Cashel. All to play for.
Rainey Old Boys (13th) v Banbridge (4th), Hatrick Park
Another all Ulster clash and no less than the game in Judge’s Road, there is plenty at stake for both sides.
A win for Rainey would keep them in the hunt to stay in Division 2A as they need a top ten slot to do so.
Banbridge are well in the race for promotion and a win keeps them right in it.
Seapoint (14th) v Cashel (6th), Kilbogget Park
Seapoint seem destined for Division 2B next season; last week’s loss to Banbridge was their ninth.
Cashel are not only well placed to survive but also to push for second place.
Skerries (3rd) v Dungannon (16th), Holmpatrick
Skerries are just a point behind 2nd place Blackrock and they will be pushing hard this weekend.
They can’t take a win for granted but on paper and form they are firm favourites to take the points at home.