AIL Preview: Division 2C Week 8

With just weeks to go until the Christmas break, teams will hope to end the year on a positive note, Omagh Academicals look to move up from eight, while Bangor and Bruff fight for fourth spot.

Ballina V Omagh Academicals, Sat December 3rd, Heffernan Park, 2:30pm

After picking up points last weekend, Ballina aim to go one better than a draw and defeat Omagh Academicals, who themselves have slumped to eight after a poor run of form of late.

Two teams desperately in need of points, more so the hosts who are rock bottom of the table, it’s not all doom and gloom for Omagh with he majority of teams no more than five points ahead of them, a big cluster has formed in the table, but a win would help them get back to form.

Bangor V Tullamore, Sat December 3rd, Upritchard Park, 2:30pm

After climbing up to fourth spot last weekend, Tullamore could be another stumbling block for Bangor, as the second place side hope to keep their streak going to chase down the league leaders.

One point was enough for Bangot to snatch a win last weekend, they search for a better showing this weekend, while Skerries gave Tullamore a real test last weekend but the midlanders came out on top.

Bruff V Clonmel, Sat December 3rd, Kilballyowen Park, 2:30pm

Bruff picked up form last weekend with a third win of the season, with Clonmel having lost ground last time out, this serves as a game to change fortunes for either side.

A top four spot could be there for the taking if Bangor were to slip up, provided Bruff manage to get the win over Clonmel, but in this Munster derby Clonmel can show their quality and regain the composure they lost last time out.

Instonians V Midleton, Sat December 3rd, Shaws Bridge, 2:30pm

With one more week to go until we break for Christmas, Insotnians will hope to keep that unbeaten run going until then, Midleton look to keep the game as competitive as possible.

The leaders have been impeccable so far this year, looking to keep the run going and be in a healthy spot after Christmas, a win and a draw in their last two gives Midleton confidence going into the tie, they will need it to produce a giant killing this weekend.

Sundays Well V Skerries, Sat December 3rd, Musgrave Park, 2:30pm

Defeat last weekend saw Skerries drop points to the sides above them, they’ll hope for better this weekend, with a trip to Leeside to meet Sundays Well.

The hosts are facing a fourth loss in a row after a low scoring defeat with Bruff last time out, they face a challenge in Skerries and need to turn their fortunes around this weekend, Skerries meanwhile need to respond well to last weekend’s defeat, in the hopes of keeping their name within a chance of the league title.

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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