The penultimate weekend for Division 2A and plenty at stake. Can Old Wesely seal the title? Can ‘Rock seal promotion? Who will survive in Division 2A? We could know all the answers come Saturday evening.
ULSTER BANK LEAGUE: DIVISION 2A: Saturday, March 28th
Kick-off 2.30pm unless stated
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Bective Rangers (16th) v Thomond (6th), Donnybrook, 2pm
Bective will be playing in Division 2B next season but Thomond need to keep up their winning ways to ensure they stay in Division 2A.
The Limerick side should be safe but with six teams within five points of each other every win counts.
An away win should keep them safe.
This match is part of a cracking double header as Old Wesley feature at 4:30.
Blackrock College (2nd) v Cashel (5th), Stradbrook
‘Rock have promotion within their grasp as they lead Skerries by six points and a far superior points difference.
They won’t be taking Cashel for granted, however, as in theory the Tipperary side could overhaul them.
You’d have to back the home team if they can hold their nerve.
City of Derry (12th) v UCC (11th), Judge’s Road
Nothing less than their Division 2A status is on the line for both clubs this weekend.
Both need to make it into the top 10 to survive so this weekend will see one club still in the hunt and one heading for Division 2B.
Hard to call.
Naas (9th) v Banbridge (4th), Forenaughts
One of the key games in the division this weekend. Banbridge still have an outside shot at promotion, albeit it would take a strange sequence of results.
Naas are one of several clubs scrapping for their divisional status and their win over the previously unbeaten Old Wesley will have steeled them for the task in hand.
A home win would not be a surprise after their last result.
NUIM Barnhall (8th) v Nenagh Ormond (10th), Parsonstown
Two clubs in the strange position of being mid-table but fighting to stay in Division 2A.
A top ten finish is key and while the Leixlip based club have a five point buffer their visitors travel on the back of a big win over Skerries.
Tough to call this one as well.
Rainey Old Boys (13th) v Dungannon (14th), Hatrick Park
An Ulster derby is never one to take lightly but both sides know they will be in the newly restructured Division 2B next season.
Both have struggled for form all season and will re-build over the summer months.
Still the match won’t lack for bite – it is an Ulster derby after all!
Skerries (3rd) v Queens (7th), Holmpatrick
Skerries got badly and surprisingly turned over in their last outing, losing 31 – 5 to Nenagh Ormond.
That result could cost them promotion as a win would have had them just 2 points behind ‘Rock instead of six.
Queens need to win on the road to make sure they are not sweating on results elsewhere come the final round of games.
All told it is set up for a cracker in Holmpatrick.
Old Wesley (1st) v Seapoint (15th), Donnybrook, 4:30pm
Old Wesley looked nailed on to be crowned champions, and while they still could be this weekend, they lost their unbeaten run by a single point in Naas at the start of the month.
They should be the stronger team on Saturday and a bonus point would ensure the title, albeit their points difference means that a win should be enough anyway.
Hugely impressive all season they will look forward to Division 1B with renewed vigour.