Phase 2 of division 2 gets underway on Sunday

The first phase of the second division is completed but there is no let-up in the action as the second phase gets underway on Sunday. There are just a few games listed with action in both 2A and 2B and a number of interesting fixtures down for decision.

Division 2A

All games at 2.00pm

Con Magees Glenravel v St James Aldergrove

Glenravel have enjoyed a good season to date and they will continue their quest to return to the top grade when they entertain St. James Aldergrove on Sunday.

Con Magees have worked hard to regain division 1 status and entertain a St. James’ side with similar ambitions and who defeated them in the corresponding fixture in Crumlin.

With ground advantage certain to aid the cause Glenravel have an opportunity to revenge that defeat earlier in the season and may do just that.

All Saint’s Ballymena v Gort na Mona

All Saints have enjoyed brief spells in the top grade in the past and the Ballymena side are unbeaten in 2023 and they will be hoping for a good start in the second phase as they play hosts to Gort na Mona.

Gort na Mona did well in the second grade this term, finishing just a few places behind the table topping All Saints but lost to the Ballymena side at Enright Park earlier in the season and they will hope to overturn that result at Slemish Park.

All Saint’s will start this one as favourites and although the Gorts will not go down easily they should gain the victory and the benefit of a positive start.

Division 2B

Patrick Sarsfield’s v Cuchullian’s Dunloy

Dunloy have struggled without their county player and have only one point to date and they travel to a Sarsfield’s side who finished just outside the top six..

Sarsfields will start as favourites and they are strong favourites to open phase 2 with a win.

St Patrick’s Lisburn v St Paul’s

Lisburn based St Patricks have found life tough in division 2 after gaining promotion last year and, like Dunloy have only one point in their 2023 campaign despite honest endeavour.

St Paul’s have fared better than Sunday’s opponents and sit two places above them but with seven points and travel as firm favourites and they should gain the verdict.

St Teresa’s v Kickham’s Ardoyne

St Teresa’s have saved their best performances for home this season and have five wins to their credit and entertain an Ardoyne side who sit one place behind them with four wins and a draw.

A close one in prospect here but ground advantage could shade it St Teresa’s way.

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