Division 2A & 2B Previews – Gameday 13

Division 2A

There are only two Division 2A league game on this weekend, but two huge games at either side of the table. Grange host St Paul’s on Friday night while Tullysaran make the journey to Annaghmore.

St Paul’s are currently in their position in the table, three-points off table toppers Carrickcruppen and two off Pearse Og. A win this weekend for the Lurgan men will bring them level with the Ogs.

Speaking of the Ogs, two of their former players will lock horns on the sideline of this game. Both Grange and St Paul’s are managed by Pearse Og championship winners in Chris Rafferty and Ronan Clarke respectively.

There are only two Division 2A league game on this weekend, but two huge games at either side of the table.
Photo Credit: John Merry

Grange are in one of the relegation spots at the bottom of the table with four games left to play. They’ve suffered a couple of heavy defeats in recent weeks and will be keen to bounce back on Friday.

St Paul’s have hit their own rocky patch having suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time this season. Antoin McParland is off to America for the summer, so they’ll be without him for the foreseeable future.

Tullysaran are just hovering above the relegation zone at the minute and a win this Friday would help to ease those fears. Annaghmore are at the bottom of the table at present, just one-point behind Tullysaran.

There are only two Division 2A league game on this weekend, but two huge games at either side of the table.
Photo Credit: Diarmuid McGurk

Division 2B

The Division 2B league trophy was collected by Belleek last weekend but there’s still lots to play for before the end of the league. There’s a second promotion spot up for grabs and the two relegation places aren’t decided just yet either.

That could all change on Friday however as it’s last chance saloon for both Clonmore and Cross IIs. They are the bottom two, on four-points apiece, and can only be saved if they win their last four games.

In order for one of those teams to be saved, they would need to hope that Derrynoose lose their remaining four games as well. As it happens, Derrynoose take on Clonmore at home on Friday evening.

A victory for the home side would see them secure their status in Division 2B for another season. A lose for Clonmore however, the 2023 Division 3A league champions, would see their fate sealed.

Cross IIs are in a similar situation although they’ll enjoy home advantage against Tir na nOg on Friday. They must win to avoid relegation (and hope Derrynoose lose) while Tir na nOg are still battling for a top four finish.

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