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Monday 23 July 2018

Sligo still in mix for promotion

Stock photo: Sportsfile
Stock photo: Sportsfile

Daragh Small

Sligo are back within a point of leaders Thomond at the top of the Ulster Bank League Division 2C as their season goes from strength to strength ahead of an exciting conclusion to their campaign.

There are just two games remaining in the season proper, and a brilliant 31-10 victory over Bruff at Hamilton Park last time out has boosted Sligo's hopes.

It was their ninth win from 16 games this season and they are within touching distance of promotion now with games to come against Malahide and Thomond.

The penultimate round of fixtures takes place at Estuary Road on April 7. And it's crucial Sligo continue their brilliant form there, with a massive game on the final day, which will likely decide their fortunes.

Leaders Thomond will make the trip to Hamilton Park in Round 18 on April 14. When those sides met on the opening day of the season Sligo left Liam Fitzgerald Park with a 13-12 win.

In Division 1A, Buccaneers are all but relegated, seven points adrift of second from bottom St Mary's College in the standings.

Buccaneers are at home in the next round, against Garryowen in Dubarry Park next weekend. But if they don't win that game, the Athlone outfit could go down at the first time of asking.

In Division 2A, Galwegians and Corinthians need a few solid closing rounds if they want to end the season on a high and, more crucially, avoid relegation.

Galwegians are ninth after they lost 33-20 at Stradbrook last time out. They clash with City of Armagh next time out.

Basement side Corinthians play their game in hand this evening. They are at New Ormond Park for a crunch tie with Nenagh Ormond.

Irish Independent

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