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Missing: Jacob Stockdale is one of Queen’s absent players

Missing: Jacob Stockdale is one of Queen’s absent players

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Missing: Jacob Stockdale is one of Queen’s absent players

Despite having their resources depleted over recent weeks, Queen's remain well-placed in AIL 2A and will expect to keep that momentum going when they host Bective Rangers this afternoon (2.30pm kick-off).

An Ireland Under-20 camp means they are without Jack Owens, Jacob Stockdale, Connor Young, Alex Thompson and Zac McCall while Sean O'Hagan was injured last week for the Ulster Ravens.

Norman Sinclair and Johnny Craig are also absent.

When Bective last visited Upper Malone, they overcame a 24-0 deficit to take the win and, while the students did return home from Donnybrook last year, they will be keen to ensure there is no repeat of such embarrassments.

Elsewhere in 2A, Rainey Old Boys carry encouraging form into their meeting with Cashel after wins over Naas and Bective Rangers but, aside from a loss to Old Wesley in their last fixture, the Tipperary men have proven hard to beat and sit two places above today's opponents in the table in eight place.

Dungannon, beaten by City of Derry a fortnight ago, face another Ulster rival when Banbridge travel to meet Nigel Brady's men.

Daniel Soper's side are up to ninth and will expect to improve on that today.

City of Derry will be buoyed by that recent derby victory at Stevenson Park but face a relentless Blackrock College outfit who trail only Old Wesley in the standings.

In AIL 2B, the two Ulster representatives take on each other as Ards host Armagh at Hamilton Park.

Bottom of the table, without a win, and coming off a 69-0 hammering against Highfield last time out, the County Down side will expect little as Armagh look to maintain their position in the league's top four.

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