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Undefeated City of Derry can land a blow in title race

By Michael Sadlier

With City of Derry the only side throughout the AIL's five divisions to have triumphed in all six games, it's only natural that the Judges Road men are attracting some long overdue attention.

And this weekend another test of the Division 2B leaders' impressive credentials is at hand when coach Terry McMaster's side visit second-placed Highfield, who are six points behind.

Indeed, McMaster, in the wake of last weekend's narrow win when hosting Greystones, has issued a rallying call ahead of this top of the table clash in Cork.

"I told the players it's about the men in the green and black jerseys going down there collectively as men and fronting up because that is what they will be doing to us," said McMaster.

Selection wise, David Houston's lineout expertise will probably see him start while John Burns is also back in harness in a squad which is largely injury free.

Also in 2B, Armagh host Bective Rangers with Alex McCloy's squad going well in third, though they are 13 points behind the leaders.

Sixth-placed Rainey Old Boys are at mid-table Greystones while Dungannon, who are in ninth, entertain fellow strugglers Barnhall.

Up in 2A, Banbridge will be looking to get the better of UCC in Cork, to keep up the pressure on leaders Cashel, who are now just one in front.

However, Bann know they will have to do better than in their previous two away games which have been narrowly lost while Malone - in third but on equal points with Bann - entertain bottom side Nenagh Ormond and will be in confident mood after becoming the first side to take Cashel's scalp.

Indeed, the Munster side face another visit from an Ulster club this weekend as Queen's University, who are in seventh, rack up.

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