Plenty of new faces in Division 2C with three clubs joining the fray as Division 2C of the Ulster Bank League kicks off in Bangor, Boyne, Midleton, Seapoint and Sligo.
ULSTER BANK LEAGUE: DIVISION 2c: Saturday, September 17
Kick-off 2.30pm unless stated –
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Bangor v Rainey Old Boys, Upritchard Park
A big Ulster derby to kick things off for two of the new clubs in the division.
Newly promoted Bangor will have to find their feet quickly against a wily Rainey side who were relegated last season.
This one will clear any cobwebs.
Boyne v Bruff, Shamrock Lodge
Contrasting fortunes last season as Boyne narrowly escaped the relegation playoff zone while Bruff finished third only to lose by a point to Tullamore in the playoffs.
Bruff won both encounters last season and could kick off the new season in a similar vein while Boyne will be hoping to improve their defensive record.
Midleton v Kanturk, Towns Park
These two finished 5th and 7th respectively last season with nearly twenty points between them.
Midleton’s ten wins left them eight points shy of the top four so they know what they have to do this season.
Kanturk lost both the corresponding matches last season so they will little in the way of motivation on Saturday.
Seapoint v Tullamore, Kilbogget Park
Tullamore went so close last season, losing out to Wanderers in the promotion playoffs. Can they raise the bar one notch higher this season?
Seapoint endured a very tough season with only one win in Division 2B. They will need to find their feet in 2C but hosting Tullamore is as tough as it comes in this division.
You’d have to back the Offaly side to open with a win.
Sligo v Navan, Hamilton Park
Knocknarea still overlooks the Ulster Bank League in Sligo but by the narrowest of margins. The home side stayed up thanks to a 2 point win over Enniscorthy in the playoffs.
Navan finished mid table and they will need to improve on the win/loss ratio if they are to make headway.
That said the Meath club opened last season with a 54-10 win over their hosts on Saturday.