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Conor Desmond will be hoping to help Cork Constitution inflict a blow on league rivals Old Belvedere tomorrow

Conor Desmond will be hoping to help Cork Constitution inflict a blow on league rivals Old Belvedere tomorrow

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Conor Desmond will be hoping to help Cork Constitution inflict a blow on league rivals Old Belvedere tomorrow

Third-placed Cork Constitution will hope to inflict a huge blow on the side directly above them in the standings when Old Belvedere arrive in Temple Hill tomorrow as clubs return to Division 1A action.

Defeat to Dolphin in the Cork derby was a huge blow to Con's title ambitions, but they will look to their near neighbours to do them a favour tomorrow when Dolphin travel to Castle Avenue to face leaders Clontarf.

After 10 defeats in a row, Garryowen have responded with two wins on the spin and the in-form Limerick men now face a tough assignment when they take on UCD at Belfield.

Despite being 13 points back from Clontarf, Young Munster still retain hopes of a late charge up the table, and a win against champions Lansdowne at Tom Clifford Park would start that ascent.

Both Shannon and UL Bohs are in with a sniff of the top-two promotion places in Division 1B should they continue to impress and if Shannon can add a win against Buccaneers at Coonagh to their two games in hand, they could thrive on the challenge.

Third-placed UL Bohs will be happier to have points in the bag, though, and will fancy adding to their loot against Trinity at Sydney Parade.

In Division 2A, the Munster contingent will need to break from the pack if they are to join Galwegians on their streak towards the second tier. Cashel and UCC seem to be in the best position at the minute, but they need wins at home to Old Wesley and away to Queen's respectively.

Elsewhere, Old Crescent travel to face Banbridge, while Highfield and Bruff will battle it out at Woodleigh Park in an interesting provincial clash.

With just four games remaining, Nenagh Ormond can take a step closer to promotion with a win at home to Armagh, while third-placed Thomond also desperately need the points from their away clash with Ards.

Midleton can do them both a favour by defeating chasers Greystones at Towns Park, while Richmond and Sundays Well will hope for home wins against Instonians and Navan.

All games kick off tomorrow at 2.30.

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