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Bann hope to continue revival

Jonathan Bradley

After a series of narrow defeats saw Banbridge slip steadily down the All-Ireland 2A table, much of the talk surrounding Daniel Soper's side was that results have been scant reward for the level of performance.

That all changed last week however, as the County Down side won 28-13 over promotion-chasing City of Derry at Rifle Park, a result that has lifted them into 11th in the table going into today's trip to Bruff.

The surprise result thrilled head coach Daniel Soper, who commented: "It was an excellent result for us obviously and we performed very well.

"It maybe shocked a few people but not us because we know we've been on the verge of this for a while so we're just pleased we could finally seal the deal."

Today's opponents enjoyed an upset win of their own last week as they beat Naas away from home, their first victory in the division this season.

"All the teams in this league are going to get wins and I suppose they were always going to get their first just before they played us," joked Soper.

"We've played all of the top seven now but it's tough playing the sides down at the bottom at this time of year when everyone is fighting to stay alive.

"We'll go down there in a confident mood though and hopefully get another good result."

Banbridge will name an unchanged side as they look to win consecutive AIL games for the first time this year.

Elsewhere, Queen's will travel to Cashel in a confident mood as they continue their charge towards promotion

Last week's win over Old Wesley kept the students in second, four points behind Galwegians.

City of Derry will be hoping to get their season back on track after that Banbridge defeat when they welcome struggling Highfield to Judge's Road, while Ballymena make the testing trip to U.C.C.

Rainey OB had an impressive win over NUIM Barnhall and take on Old Wesley at Donnybrook.

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