AIL Preview: Division 2B Week 7

Greystones look to build on their lead at the summit of 2B, with Galway Corinthians and Belfast Harlequins both in pursuit.

Belfast Harlequins V Dungannon, Sat November 26th, Deramore Park, 2:30pm

The Ulster derby in the top four of the table is certainly the pick of the weekend’s games, with Harlequins aiming to keep their push for the title going with a win.

It has been a topsy turvy run of form by the Belfast Club in recent weeks, but victory last time out will give them confidence going into this tie, a point between them and Galway Corinthians, with six more separating them from Greystones, keeping within these sides is a must for Harlequins.

Dungannon lost ground in the table with back to back defeats, a disastrous second half saw them drop points to Malahide, while Corinthians claimed the win when they met last time out leaving them chasing this tie to try and get a positive result to not see them have three losses in a row to their record.

Galwegians V Greystones, Sat November 26th, Crowley Park, 2:30pm

Seven wins in a row will be the aim for Greystones, as they hope to keep their unbeaten run alive for another weekend against ninth placed Galwegians.

Wegians could be on course for a sixth loss of the season, the league leaders are no pushovers and bring a dominant style of rugby that they may struggle trying to hold off, they were so close to Malahide last weekend, but it became their fourth loss in five games, they need points to avoid relegation from the division.

Greystones have been impeccable this season, their style and ability has yet to be conquered by a side in 2B, they have been tested but have yet to taste defeat and do not want any blemish on that record, six clear they are aiming to keep the gap healthy, ahead of a difficult second half of the season.

Malahide V Galway Corinthians, Sat November 26th, Estuary Road, 2:30pm

Malahide look to put their recent winning streak on the line taking on second placed Corinthians, who will not want to lose ground in the table.

The hosts have been impressive in their last two outings which included wins over fourth placed Dungannon and fellow Galway side Galwegians, they have the confidence to get a positive result this weekend, a tough test awaits them but the same can be said for their opponents.

Corinthians are hoping not to slip up in their pursuit of the league title, plenty of games left to be played but you cannot be complacent at any level and they will know that going to face a stern Malahide side, three wins in a row if they manage victory this weekend would leave them in great shape.

Rainey Old Boys V Wanderers, Sat November 26th, Hatrick Park, 2:30pm

Little separates the teams from fifth down to eight, but Rainey Old Boys will hope they can move back up the table, if they can get the right result over seventh placed Wanderers.

Old Boys lost to greystones last time out but before that had a great run of form winning three in a row, picking themselves up from a disappointing start to the season, Greystones had their number last time out, but they are a team full of talent who can bounce back this weekend.

Wanderers also suffered defeat last time out, in a very narrow defeat to Sligo, draw with Harlequins the week previous could easily have been a win for them but it would elude them as they are yet to record a win since the end of October, they are hopeful to bounce back this time around.

Sligo V Enniscorthy, Sat November 26th, Hamilton Park (Strandhill), 2:30pm

After finding their feet last time out against Wanderers, Sligo are looking to start a winning run to move them off eight spot, as they host bottom placed Enniscorthy.

Their win over Wanderers was a closely fought contest, but one they will be happy to have got over the line, with their last couple of games ending late on against them, they held firm to take the win, now to build some momentum as it was just their second win of the season, with five points separating fourth to eight, it remains all to play for.

Scorthy suffered their fifth defeat of the season to Harlequins last time out, a draw their only points haul so far this season, they are hoping to get some form going before Christmas to revive their season in the second half come January, it really is becoming win or bust for them if they want to avoid going back to 2C.

Diarmuid Kearney is a freelance Sports Journalist based in Co Kerry. He has more than 5 years experience covering domestic and international soccer for different media organisations, while also working for local and national print and digital organisations covering GAA.

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