AIL Preview: Division 2C Week 7

Instonians remain the leaders in 2C and look for seven wins in a row, while very little separates the teams from fourth down in a highly exciting Division.

Clonmel V Instonians, Sat November 26th, Ardghaoithe, 2:30pm

After a recent high flying run of form that has seen them climb to fourth in the table, Clonmel face a huge task to keep their unbeaten streak alive as they host the unbeaten league leaders Instonians.

Form for booth is positive coming into the tie, Clonmel looking for a third win in a row after wins over Bangor (33-12) and Ballina (29-15) last time out, they will look for the biggest scalp to keep that form going.

Instonians meanwhile are the front runners to go up the division, it is still early days but they have shown their quality in droves this season, with their unbeaten streak at six and six bonus points coming in the process, they could well storm to another win this weekend.

Midleton V Ballina, Sat November 26th, Towns Park, 2:30pm

Midleton will hope to continue gaining ground when they meet bottom placed Ballina. A game that they look poised as favourites, with Ballina struggling as of late.

Midleton have had good and bad results in recent weeks, beating Bangor last time out was positive but defeat before to Skerries was their second in a row, now they will look for some momentum and a winning streak to mount a push up the table.

Ballina need a huge boost to get them off the bottom of the table, they have the quality we seen that against Skerries and Bangor in the opening two weekends, coming just short against Skerries for a bonus point but getting one over Bangor, their only point this season, some heavy defeats but a positive showing could go a long way for their season.

Omagh Academicals V Bangor, Sat November 26th, Thomas Mellon Playing Fields, 2:30pm

In the Ulster derby at the Thomas Mellon Playing Fields, Bangor will hope to avoid a third loss in a row as their slump in form continues, the same can be said for Omagh as they also have slipped down the table.

Accies looked to have dusted themselves off when they overcame Sundays Well at the end of October, but this month has not gone the way they would have hoped, they tested Tullamore but were second best, last time out they managed just a penalty in a low scoring tie with Skerries, against Bangor they will bid to show their ability and test their provincial neighbours.

Bangor looked to be a title contender early on, but now are down to fifth in the table after seeming to lose their confidence in games, two opening wins left them in great shape until defeat to Instonians, since then they managed to defeat Bruff but losses to Clonmel and Midleton leaves them badly needing a boost before the Christmas break in a few weeks.

Sundays Well V Bruff, Sat November 26th, Musgrave Park, 2:30pm

In the Munster derby on Leeside, Bruff will hope to put a bigger gap between them and the sides bottom of the table, if they can overcome Sundays Well.

Well have just one win on the board this season coming over Ballina, but points are a premium for the teams at the bottom of the table, they need a boost to get over the line having lost three in a row before this weekend, a win is needed.

Bruff tested the leaders Instonians last time out, losing by eight in the end they had led at the break, the Limerick outfit have the ability despite being eight in the table, two points separates them from fourth in the table, it is a congested table and a win this weekend would see them gain the ground lost with that defeat.

Tullamore V Skerries, Sat November 26th, Spollanstown, 2:30pm

The game of the weekend sees second meet third, as Tullamore and Skerries both want to remain hot on the heels of the league title chasing Instonians.

Tullamore have been unbeaten since the second weekend of the season, losing the opener to Instonians they have worked hard to keep form positive Skerries will sure be a test for the, to keep that form going, the second highest scorers in the league will hope their might will be get them over the line.

Skerries started the year strong win a win before the second weekend gave then a stumbling block, since then they have become a different team and have grinded out results to see them sit two points behind their hosts for this weekend’s tie, they haven’t been high scoring in a lot of games but tend to battle hard and will fight for the points until the final whistle is sounded.

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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