Friday 30 September 2016

Galwegians facing a fight for 1A survival

Daragh Small

Published 11/03/2016 | 02:30

Galwegians won’t be able to rest easy during their time off in the Ulster Bank League Division 1A as they look to be in big trouble and in the thick of a relegation fight ahead of their clash with Terenure next time out. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile
Galwegians won’t be able to rest easy during their time off in the Ulster Bank League Division 1A as they look to be in big trouble and in the thick of a relegation fight ahead of their clash with Terenure next time out. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile

Galwegians won't be able to rest easy during their time off in the Ulster Bank League Division 1A as they look to be in big trouble and in the thick of a relegation fight ahead of their clash with Terenure next time out.

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Last weekend's 32-24 defeat at home to Old Belvedere, and their failure to pick up a losing bonus point in Crowley Park, has plunged them to ninth place in the standings and in fear of a return to the second tier of club rugby next season.

Galwegians are still eight points clear of Ballynahinch though, but if they cannot pick up the points against eighth-placed Terenure on April 2, a promotion/relegation play-off could be imminent.

In 1B, Buccaneers are in mid-table, but could still climb to fourth if they overcome Old Wesley next time out. The pair are separated by a point in the standings after the Pirates' win over Blackrock last time. And Brett Wilkinson's side will look to carry that form through with a ninth win as the Athlone outfit aim to end their season on a high.

Corinthians look to have turned their season around in Division 2A and they could be about to continue a remarkable turnaround in fortunes when they clash with Banbridge in the next round.

The Tuam Road side had lost 11 games and won just three prior to their crucial game away to Thomond recently. They beat the Limerick men and followed that up with a victory over Malone last time out.

Sligo have a fight on their hands to stay in 2C and they face Kanturk in their second-last game.

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