Saturday 18 November 2017

Derby to ignite play-off race

Cork Con have all the momentum after their victory over Garryowen last time out
Cork Con have all the momentum after their victory over Garryowen last time out

Daragh Small

With just two rounds of games to go, Cork Con will hope to stave off Young Munster's top-two claims when the sides meet at Tom Clifford Park tomorrow in a massive Munster derby in the Ulster Bank League Division 1A.

Cork Con have all the momentum after their victory over Garryowen last time out, which put them two points ahead of Young Munster in the standings, and just two points off leaders Lansdowne with ten points still up for grabs.

But Young Munster were also extremely impressive in a last-ditch victory away to reigning champions Clontarf, and on the back of that they are just one point ahead of Clontarf in the table.

It looks set to be another intriguing finish in Division 1A, but Garryowen won't be involved at the right end of the table. Instead, they host Old Belvedere at Dooradoyle tomorrow, hoping they don't slip up and fall to tenth.

In Division 1B, UL Bohemians need to keep on winning if they want to secure a coveted promotion play-off place, and they clash with Ballynahinch at Ballymacarn Park tomorrow.

UCC are fifth ahead of their game with Galwegians at Mardyke, while Shannon still aren't safe before they clash with champions Buccaneers. And basement-side Dolphin need to beat Old Wesley at Irish Independent Park on Sunday.

In Division 2A, Cashel and Nenagh Ormond face off in the Tipperary derby at Spafield. Sunday's Well travel to take on Blackrock College, and Highfield host Malone.

In 2B, Thomond are away to Bective Rangers, and Old Crescent play MU Barnhall. In the bottom tier, it's Midleton against Bruff in the derby at Towns Park, while Kanturk are away to Seapoint.

Irish Independent

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