Thursday 29 September 2016

Clontarf in need of rousing Rebel display before run-in

Ian Callender

Published 29/08/2015 | 02:30

Eoghan Delany, pictured here with the Bob Kerr cup
Eoghan Delany, pictured here with the Bob Kerr cup

Clontarf have the destiny of Leinster League Division 1 in their own hands but with three games to go the league leaders have the most difficult run-in.

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North County and Merrion, their only remaining challengers for the title, are their opponents in their last two games, so maximum points from their trip to Cork County today is virtually a necessity for Eoghan Delany's side.

However, the positive for Clontarf is that third-place North County today host current runners-up Merrion, eight points off the lead, which could all but knock the losers out of the title reckoning.

The Ballsbridge side go to Railway Union next weekend - the day after their Irish Cup final date with Waringstown - and two weeks today North County host Pembroke, safe in the middle of the table.

At the bottom, two from three will be relegated and, like the battle for the championship, it could come down to the last round of fixtures when Cork County face Malahide.

First up, today, though, is an almost must-win game for the Villagers at Railway Union, who are locked together with Cork County in joint sixth place, 12 points above Malahide.

Last year's champions YMCA, stranded in fourth place, could have a big say in relegation as next weekend they go to Malahide and on the final day make the short journey to Park Avenue to play Railway.

Meanwhile, Leinster Lightning travel north west on Sunday to face the Warriors in the final inter-provincial Cup game of the season at Strabane when captain John Mooney will receive the trophy which they clinched with a third-straight victory earlier this month.

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