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Rampant Armagh have a taste for adding to title glory


By Michael Sadlier

After securing the SONI Ulster Rugby Premiership for the first time, City of Armagh are now hoping to further their newfound taste for titles by winning the race to finish top of Division 2B.

Alex McCloy's squad are second in the table and, with just two to play, trail leaders Greystones by a point. And, of course, finishing top of the heap brings with it automatic promotion so the club from the Palace Grounds have much to aim for.

Armagh are, at least, guaranteed second - and a home play-off semi-final - but will be looking to stay in the title hunt through their Ulster derby at City of Derry who are seventh and not free of the drop zone.

"We can't worry about what Greystones are doing and take our eye off the ball," said McCloy.

"We don't have as good a points difference as them so, realistically, we probably need them to lose a game."

Elsewhere in 2B, sixth-placed Dungannon host Skerries.

In 2A, Banbridge are also locked in a fight for the title though they lead the table by two points from Highfield.

Dan Soper's squad host Queen's University.

Should Bann win this Ulster derby and fourth-placed Malone topple Highfield in Cork - denying them any bonus points -Soper's men will have won the race and secured promotion.

And Malone have plenty of motivation to go for it at Highfield as a second place is a possibility for Paddy Armstrong's in-form squad who trail their Cork opponents by three points.

In 2C, rejuvenated Bangor welcome leaders Navan.

Bangor director of rugby Danny Curran this week signed up long-standing player/coach Jason Morgan for another two years.

Div 2A: Banbridge v Queen's, Belfast Harlequins v Corinthians, Blackrock v Sunday's Well, Highfield v Malone

Div 2B: Bective v Thomond, City of Derry v Armagh, Dungannon v Skerries, Old Crescent v Barnhall, Wanderers v Greystones

Div 2C: Bangor v Navan, Boyne v Rainey, Midleton v Bruff, Seapoint v Kanturk, Sligo v Tullamore

McCrea Cup semi-finals: Cooke v CIYMS, Malone II v Queen's II

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