City of Derry are six points clear at the top of the league, while four or five clubs jockey for position behind them. Plenty of action to come this weekend in Ulster Bank League Division 2B.
ULSTER BANK LEAGUE: DIVISION 2B: Saturday, December 5
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Armagh (4th) v Seapoint (10th), Palace Grounds
Armagh climbed above Greystones on points difference despite their four-point loss to Sunday’s Well last Saturday in Cork.
Seapoint pushed league leaders City of Derry desperately close last weekend and if their fortune turns, they could yet climb off the bottom of the table, Still, you would have to back Armagh to get back to winning ways at home this weekend.
City of Derry (1st) v Rainey Old Boys (6th), Judge’s Road
The league leaders were very nearly beaten by bottom of the table Seapoint last Saturday – showing that no game can be taken for granted.
Not that they are likely to underestimate a Rainey side that beat Highfield just a week ago. A tough derby in prospect at Judge’s Road on Saturday, and the back-to-back fixtures add some more spice.
Dungannon (7th) v Sunday’s Well (3rd), Stevenson Park
A bonus point win on the road for Dungannon (away to Bective Rangers) saw them climb to seventh in the table. Andrew Hughes’ men have chalked up four wins and four losses to date.
Sunday’s Well moved up to third thanks to their win over Armagh with centre Eoin Geary’s intercept try proving crucial at Irish Independent Park.
Is there an upset on the cards at Stevenson Park? It will be hard earned if it happens, but the Cork outfit look ready for the challenge.
Greystones (5th) v Bective Rangers (8th),, Dr. Hickey Park
Greystones were beaten in Maynooth by MU Barnhall a week ago and slipped to fifth overall – by no means out of the running.
Bective picked up two bonus points at home to Dungannon in a nine-try thriller last weekend, but they would dearly love the comfort of a win to keep them from slipping any further. Two sides that know each other well from Leinster – this should be an interesting contest.
Highfield (2nd) v MU Barnhall (9th), Woodleigh Park
Highfield lost only their second game of the league to Rainey Old Boys and needed a late penalty from Dylan Horgan to ensure a losing bonus point.
MU Barnhall picked up a good win at home to Greystones – their first in four league games – but Timmy Ryan’s men are unlikely to be caught napping this weekend.