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In-form Malone aiming to secure title with win in Cork


By Michael Sadlier

Division 2A leaders Malone stand one win away from securing the title and aim to wrap things up at Highfield, who just so happen to be their nearest challengers.

Though the Cork side are seven points behind Malone coach Paddy Armstrong's in-form squad are still heading south with confidence that they can do the job and win automatic promotion on the penultimate weekend.

Malone, who have lost just once all season, should have Jack Owens and Joe Dunleavy available.

Also in 2A, City of Armagh host Galwegians and need a result to keep their hopes afloat of making the play-offs.

Coach Willie Faloon's fifth-placed side are two points off Cashel, who are in fourth, and will be looking for another big win after last weekend's 54-24 drubbing of Blackrock.

Queen's University, in sixth, are at third-placed Nenagh.

Though Rainey Old Boys are certain of play-off rugby in 2B, the key is to nail down a home tie by staying in second which is the plan when they host Navan.

There is an Ulster derby clash at Deramore as Belfast Harlequins meet already relegated City of Derry with Quins looking to take some form to the relegation play-offs.

Elsewhere, Dungannon, who are in sixth, entertain Sundays Well.

In 2C, Omagh, in third, face a massive test at Midleton.

Bangor are now outside the play-offs in sixth and host Seapoint.

2A: Armagh v Galwegians, Highfield v Malone, Nenagh v QUB 2B: Rainey v Navan, Quins v Derry, Gannon v Well, 2C: Bangor v Seapoint, Midleton v Omagh

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