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Queens hoping to gain ground as top-two face each other

By Jonathan Bradley

All-Ireland League 2A action resumes tomorrow after the Christmas break.

With Old Wesley and Blackrock College, the league's top two, set to face each other, third-placed Queen's University will be hoping to gain ground.

The students - who had Lorcan Dow, Alexander Thompson, Zac McCall, Jack Owens and Jacob Stockdale called up for Ireland under-20 duty this week - will travel to Forenaughts to face Naas.

The Co Kildare side beat Nenagh Ormond before the festive break to lift themselves into 10th place in the standings.

The Tipperary men will be looking to bounce back from that reverse when they travel to Rifle Park for a meeting with Banbridge and both sides are aiming to maintain their position in the all-important top 10.

Elsewhere in 2A, three Ulster sides are battling to stay in the third tier with Rainey Old Boys, Dungannon and City of Derry all in action tomorrow.

Rainey host UCC, the new coaching set-up at City of Derry face a stern test against fourth-placed Skerries and bottom-placed Dungannon travel to Thomond.

Heading into the second half of the season, the fortunes of the two Ulster teams in AIL 2B remain starkly contrasting.

Ards have taken just one point from their eight fixtures so far and host Midleton, who are sixth but will still harbour hopes of securing a place in the top four and subsequently remaining in the fourth division of the All-Ireland League following the off-season reshuffle.

The pick of the fixtures in 2B, however, sees Armagh host Sunday's Well. The sides sit third and fourth respectively, but level on points, and the winner will keep pace with the league's top two, Highfield and Tullamore.

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