The AIL 1B continues apace this weekend with five fixtures on Saturday afternoon, the big clash taking place at Palace Gardens where City of Armagh entertain high flying Malone.
There will be extra interest this weekend with the Ulster clubs welcoming back their players previously involved in the Celtic Cup.
This week’s fixtures are shown below.
|Sat 20th Oct||14:30||Ballymena||v||St Mary’s College||Eaton Park|
|Sat 20th Oct||14:30||Buccaneers||v||Old Wesley||Dubarry Park|
|Sat 20th Oct||14:30||City of Armagh||v||Malone||Palace Gardens|
|Sat 20th Oct||14:30||Naas||v||Banbridge||Forenaughts|
|Sat 20th Oct||14:30||Old Belvedere||v||Ballynahinch||Anglesea Road|
Ballymena will be looking to kick start their season when they entertain St Mary’s College at Eaton Park. However, with the Templeville Road outfit beating Ballynahinch in the opening round before losing narrowly to Malone, last week, the visitors go into the game as favourites.
City of Armagh could easily be sitting at the top of the table with two wins as opposed to the narrow defeat and the draw that they have clocked up this season. Unfortunately their game management has been wanting and it will need to improve if they are going to get one over undefeated Malone.
The Gibson Park boys should be strengthened by Ulster A returnees and should be too hot to handle for the home side.
Banbridge face a difficult trip to Nass with the Co Kildare side defending a 100% record with 10 points from their previous two outings. However the Ulser side welcome back a host of players involved with Ulster A and the outcome will rest on how quickly they acclimatise to the club game.
I suspect it’ll be a week too early and Nass should, just about, come out on top.
Ballynahinch find themselves still looking for their first win following last weeks draw with Malone but a trip to Anglesea Road isn’t the easiest of places to kick start your season.
Hinch will only welcome back Zac McCall from Ulster A duty but I suspect they will travel with a degree of confidence after Belvo stuttered to a draw last week, against Old Wesley, which, on paper, was somewhat less impressive than their opening day hammering of Banbridge!
McCall will give the Hinch pack a welcome boost and, if they play with a bit more ambition than they did against Armagh last week (albeit in difficult conditions), I’ve got a feeling that the Ulster side might just pinch this one!
Current standings ahead of round 3 below.
|St Mary’s College||2||1||0||1||47||45||2||1||0||5|
|City of Armagh||2||0||1||1||20||25||-5||0||1||3|