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Dungannon Seek “Kick Start” in Energia All-Ireland League

Dungannon Seek “Kick Start” in Energia All-Ireland League

Division 2B of the Energia All-Ireland League has a real Connacht flavour to it this season with four teams based west of the Shannon. Dungannon are about to find out all about it.

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“We’ve a big Connacht month this month,” says Head Coach Andrew Hughes. “We play all four sides in a row. Ballina are like ourselves at the minute, they’ve come up this year and they’re finding it tough. Both us need a wee bit of a kickstart.”

Dungannon started November with a 14-10 defeat away to Sligo. The above video shows some of the action from that game, but Hughes’ focus has switched to welcoming Ballina to Stevenson Park.

The Mayo men have yet to register a point this season while Dungannon have been within seven points of a win in every game to date. At least one side will register their first result this Saturday.

“It’s just trying to stay mentally strong and positive as a group,” says Hughes. “The guys are working really hard and fighting hard. We’ve had four losses with four bonus points – games we felt we probably could have got something more out of.”

Friday November 8th 2019:

Energia All-Ireland League Division 1A: Young Munster v Garryowen, Tom Clifford Park, 8pm
Energia All-Ireland League Division 2A: UL Bohemian v Nenagh Ormond, UL, 8pm
Energia All-Ireland League Division 2B: Wanderers v Greystones, Aviva Stadium, 8pm

Saturday November 9th 2019:

Energia All-Ireland League Division 1A: Ballynahinch v Lansdowne, Ballymacarn Park, 2:30pm; Clontarf v UCD, Castle Avenue, 2:30pm; Cork Constitution v Dublin University, Temple Hill, 2:30pm; Terenure College v UCC, Lakelands Park, 2:30pm.

Energia All-Ireland League Division 1B: Shannon v City Of Armagh, Thomond Park Back Pitch, 1:30pm; Banbridge v Naas, Rifle Park, 2:30pm; Highfield v Old Belvedere, Woodleigh Park, 2:30pm; Malone v St. Mary’s College, Gibson Park, 2:30pm; Old Wesley v Navan, Energia Park, 4:30pm.

Energia All-Ireland League Division 2A: Old Crescent v Queen’s University, Rosbrien, 2:30pm; Cashel v Rainey OB, Spafield, 2:30pm; Dolphin v Ballymena, Irish Independent Park, 2:30pm; MU Barnhall v Buccaneers, Parsonstown, 2:30pm.

Energia All-Ireland League Division 2B: Belfast Harlequins v Blackrock College, Deramore Park, 2:30pm; Dungannon v Ballina, Stevenson Park, 2:30pm; Galwegians v Malahide, Crowley Park, 2:30pm; Sligo v Galway Corinthians, Hamilton Park, 2:30pm.

Energia All-Ireland League Division 2C: Bangor v Tullamore, Upritchard Park, 2:30pm; Bruff v Skerries, Kilballyowen Park, 2:30pm; City Of Derry v Clonmel, Judges Road, 2:30pm; Enniscorthy v Sundays Well, Alcast Park, 2:30pm; Midleton v Omagh, Towns Park, 2:30pm.

Energia Women’s All-Ireland League: Cooke v Galwegians, Shawsbridge, 5pm; Old Belvedere v Malone, Ollie Campbell Park, 5pm, Railway Union v Blackrock College, Park Avenue, 5pm; UL Bohemian v Suttonians, 5pm, UL.

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