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Queen's and Derry face battle to avoid the drop

AIL DIVISION 2A/2B: Despite the promotion battle already having been decided, the final day of All-Ireland League 2A action will see two Ulster clubs looking to maintain their status come the off-season reshuffle.

With only the top 10 keeping their place in the third tier for next season, both Queen's and City of Derry are in need of a result this afternoon.

Matters are more straightforward for the students, who currently sit in eighth place, as they know avoiding defeat against ninth-place NUIM Barnhall would see them safe.

Lose, however, and they could find themselves dropping into 2B should U.C.C beat an already-promoted Blackrock College and Nenagh Ormond overcome an already-relegated Rainey Old Boys side.

City of Derry need that pair to lose while also recording a resounding victory against second from bottom Seapoint.

Dungannon know they will be playing in 2B next year but will hope to avoid finishing in the bottom two by securing a win against Bective Rangers at Stevenson Park.

Banbridge are sitting fourth and host newly-crowned champions Old Wesley at Rifle Park.

In 2B, only the top four will remain in the division with Armagh currently occupying the final survival spot.

They travel to Tullamore, who sit third, with both knowing that a defeat would open the door for Sunday's Well to sneak into the top four with a win over champions Highfield.

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