Tuesday 20 August 2019

Con target Clontarf win to keep play-off hopes alive

Cork Con are desperate for a win at Clontarf tomorrow as the race hots up for play-off places in Ulster Bank League Division 1A.
Cork Con are desperate for a win at Clontarf tomorrow as the race hots up for play-off places in Ulster Bank League Division 1A.

Daragh Small

Cork Con are desperate for a win at Clontarf tomorrow as the race hots up for play-off places in Ulster Bank League Division 1A.

Con are fourth in the standings and a win would bring them closer to securing a play-off place, but just five points separate them and ninth-placed St Mary's.

The last time these sides met in Round 7, a James Murphy try secured a 13-10 victory for Con at Temple Hill.

Bottom side Dolphin host Ballynahinch at Irish Independent Park knowing that anything but a win would seal their fate. They must beat the Northerners and hope that Young Munster do them a favour against second-from-bottom St Mary's, but Dolphin are seven points adrift.

The Cookies are seventh but are targeting a late play-off push - they are two points behind Con.

In 1B ,second-placed Garryowen must beat Malone in Dooradoyle - they are two points behind leaders Galwegians who they face in the final round.

Elsewhere, eighth-placed UL Bohemians will want a win away to Buccaneers to give them a cushion when they travel to bottom side Corinthians on the final day.

Shannon should be okay; they host Ballymena.

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