Friday 20 September 2019

Five sides targeting festive boost with wins this weekend


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The five senior Connacht clubs will look to finish 2018 on a high this weekend when they play their final games in the All-Ireland League before the annual Christmas break.

Ballina will look to solidify their place at the top of Division 2C of the AIL tomorrow when they travel to City of Derry for their ninth game of this year's campaign.

The Mayo side have won seven of their eight games so far this season, a great run after making their long-awaited return to the AIL last summer.

Midleton and Bruff remain hot on their heels however, sitting three points and five points behind them respectively.

In Division 2B Sligo aim to make it three wins in a row after overcoming Corinthians in the Connacht derby last time out.

They host Belfast Harlequins in Strand Hill while Corinthians make the trip to Wanderers in Dublin.

Both sides have identical records in 2B so far, picking up three wins and 16 points.

In Division 2A, Galwegians' latest search for an elusive victory sees them host Nenagh Ormond at Crowley Park. Nenagh are directly above 'Wegians at the foot of the table but 11 points still separates the sides.

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Lastly in 1B, Buccaneers play Ballymena in a game which could have big ramifications on who avoids automatic relegation to 2A.

Both sides are level on 14 points at the bottom of the table, but a better points differential for Buccs has them slightly ahead.

Meanwhile in Connacht the focus this weekend is on the cups where the Cawley Cup final and Curley Cup semi-finals are down for decision.

The Cawley Cup decider takes place on Sunday at Crowley Park in Galway (2pm) where Creggs take on Castlebar.

Creggs saw off Connemara and Monivea en route to this year's final while Castlebar overcame Ballinasloe and Westport.

In the Curley Cup the first of this year's semi-finals is at 2pm tomorrow when Dunmore host Ballyhaunis.

At the same time on Sunday it's the meeting of Loughrea and Ballinrobe. The final will take place later in the season.

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