Wednesday 21 March 2018

Highfield and Thomond battle it out for spot in 2A

Relegated Garryowen still have a part to play in the outcome of the title race. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
Relegated Garryowen still have a part to play in the outcome of the title race. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

Daragh Small

All eyes will be on Woodleigh Park tomorrow for another keen Munster derby as Highfield play Thomond with the winner of this Cork-Limerick clash claiming Division 2A status next season.

Highfield, with home advantage, will go into the relegation/ promotion play-off as favourites, although their solid victory over Bective Rangers last weekend came too late to save them from ending up in the play-off.

The Limerick men come into the game on a high and will relish the opportunity after they hammered DLSP in Dublin in the last round.

Kanturk may well see themselves in Division 2B next season. All that stands between the Cork junior side and the higher leagues is a play-off against lowly Instonians side. Their date with destiny takes place tomorrow in Shaws Bridge (2.30).

In the top flight, Garryowen may have been relegated last weekend, but still have a big role to play in the outcome of the title as it enters its final round this weekend.


They play host to title-chasing Old Belvedere and all the omens are with Belvo who are looking to win a second title in four years. But the men from Dooradoyle still have their pride and this looks set to be a titanic struggle.

The mid-table battle between Cork Con and St Mary's in another to whet the appetite. Both sides registered two much-needed wins last week and are likely to play with the sense of freedom that being sixth and seventh in the table respectively gives you.

The side who came out on the wrong side of that Munster derby last week, Young Munster and fellow strugglers Dolphin are not safe just yet and if Ballynahinch were to upset the apple cart in Clontarf, who knows what might happen.

UL Bohs missed the hop last weekend and in doing so must face up to another year in 1B, so this has given added incentive to a relegation-threatened Blackrock, who will need to take all the points.

Shannon's away tie to Dublin University looks to be a dead- rubber and, even though they have a game in hand, the men from Limerick will be staying put for at least another season.

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