Cork Con need a home win
It’s the final weekend of the Ulster Bank League’s normal round of fixtures and all top four clubs in Dvision 1A will be playing for a home spot in the playoffs.
Cork Constitution are among the four and head into the game with St Mary’s after suffering a 3-0 loss to Young Munster, another side that are among the four playoff teams.
Their first time in the League where they failed to register a score, the result of the loss is that the fate of Con’s playoff fixture no longer lies in their own hands. They play St Mary’s on Saturday at Temple Hill, a side they beat 20-16 in the first round of League fixtures in September.
Con currently lie in fourth place in the League on 52 points, one point less then that of Lansdowne, Clontarf and Young Munster who are all on 53 points as it stands; with Lansdowne in first place on points difference.
As a result of the close standings, this weekend’s results are significant, along with potential bonus points, but it is likely that Cork Con will be handed an away tie for their semi-final playoff fixture.
Elsewhere in Division 1B, Dolphin greatly improved their chances of avoiding relegation, at least for a week, after their 22-10 win over Old Belvedere.
The win means Dolphin have overtaken Galwegians who are now in the bottom spot, but they now need a win away to UL Bohemian on Saturday to avoid an automatic drop in favour of a spot in the playoffs for survival in the division. In Division 2A, Highfield, who had a 34-28 win over Malone at home and are second in the table, face an away trip to Queens with the possibility of topping the table still in contention.
Two points behind League leaders Banbridge, Highfield will travel to Belfast but Banbridge are away to Sunday’s Well, who are second from the bottom in this division.
At the very worst, Highfield will be handed a home draw in the playoffs with six points between themselves and third-placed Nenagh Ormond as it stands.
An all-Cork encounter in Division 2C will see Kanturk up against Midleton and although a win would draw Kanturk level with second-from-bottom Boyne; if Boyne lose, the significant points difference means it is all but certain that the North Cork outfit will be relgated.
• All games in the Ulster Bank League kick-off on Saturday at 2.30pm.
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