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Nigel Brady braced for Blackrock battle

By Jonathan Bradley

After two consecutive wins in All-Ireland League 2A, Dungannon welcome Blackrock College to Stevenson Park this afternoon looking to continue their upward trajectory.

Head coach Nigel Brady has admitted, however, that his side will face a huge challenge at the hands of their Dublin visitors.

"It's always hard to tell in this league because so much changes from week to week, but I would say that this will be as tough a test as we've had," said the former Ulster hooker.

Blackrock are fourth in the standings but, after addressing their winless start, the County Tyrone side will at least come into the contest with a degree of momentum.

Brady added: "It was a bit of a slow burner this season but we always knew it was a long-term process.

"It was a difficult start but we've had a couple of good wins now and the young players can take some confidence from their part in that."

Dungannon expect to choose from the same squad that beat U.C.C last week while Blackrock will feature Owen Cullen, the brother of former Leinster and Ireland lock Leo Cullen.

Elsewhere in 2A, Banbridge host second-placed NUIM Barnhall at Rifle Park while Queen's, who lost to league leaders Old Wesley last week, will look to bounce back when they face Seapoint.

Rainey Old Boys and City of Derry are propping up the table at present and may struggle to improve their fortunes when they travel to face Naas and Nenagh Ormond respectively.

In AIL 2B, Armagh will expect to rebound from their first loss of the campaign when they travel south to face Wanderers.

The men from the Palace Grounds lost to Highfield last week but are still just four points off top spot.

Ards are not faring nearly so well and go into their clash with sixth-placed Greystones rooted to the foot of the standings.

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