Thursday, January 15, 2009

Men's Division Two preview

For the second week running, Clontarf face a battle for the top spot as this week they welcome Bray to Mount Temple. A win for the Wicklow-men would see them jump from third to first while a home win sees 'Tarf pull clear at the top especially with Skerries having a rest weekend.

The free-scoring Bulls have the current form, hitting the backboard a minimum of four times in each league and Mills Cup encounter to date - spread quite evenly through the squad - but the form of Stephen Cairns in nets has been key, too, for the league's tightest defence.

Bray's firepower comes mainly from former Monkstown-man Simon Cox (pictured, left) who has six to his name in league action, hoping to break 'Tarf's winning streak.

Elsewhere, Dublin Uni will hope to hold their concentration for the full 70 minutes against Suttonians in a match that looked, preseason, like it could be a pivotal one but currently sees the two stuck in mid-table.

Weston host Naas as part of the undercard to their seconds opening act of the day against Cork C of I in the Junior Cup while Avoca play Navan without John Ralph whose knee is out of action.

Division 2 (Saturday):
Suttonians vs Dublin University, 1pm, Sutton Park; Navan vs Avoca, 1pm, Sportslink; Weston vs Naas, 3pm, Griffeen Valley Park; Clontarf vs Bray, 2pm, Mount Temple


Anonymous said...

I wouldn't write off the trin/sutts game as a mid table clash. still a long way to go and i reckon sutts will be a better side now that the two lads have returned home. it often happens when a team loses it's better players that they pull together and become a better team.

it'll be very hard to catch clontarf now for anyone, although Bray are a top side and this weekend could be a lot closer than people think, but the fight for second spot is still wide open.

very accurate comment about the clontarf keeper too. we played them this season and he really is a class act. Definitely the best keeper in Div 2 and if they do get promoted he'll be one of the best in Div 1 next year.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to disagree with the first comment but i think the trin/sutts game has lost its relevance. I cant understand why trin don't win more games they have one of the strongest squads in the league but i thin sutts will struggle now. I do think the clontarf keeper is good but my vote for best keeper in the league would go to sutt's guy hes their captain and has a big impact on their games.

Anonymous said...

clontarf to win the league with suts second and bray close behind, agree with the comment about suttonians keeper being the best in the league too hes class

Anonymous said...

Weekend Div 2 Predictions:

Cant see Trinity offering much against Sutts even without the two lads! 3 - 0 Sutts!

Bray nowhere near tarf, well organised but not the class to break down tarf,Kelly and Noonan to tear bray apart! 3 - 0 Tarf Win!

I reccon Navan will give Avoca a good game at Sportslink tomorrow,A Close 2-1 win for Navan!

Naas to struggle at Griffen valley park against Weston. 3-0 Weston win!

Lets see Sat eve who can predict the days results!

Anonymous said...

Sutts 3 trin 1

avoca 3 navan 0

clontarf 2 bray 2

weston 4 naas 0

Anonymous said...

I'd have the Skerries Keeper, the Clontarf keeper and the Bray keeper in my nets before I had the Sutts keeper, he's dodge with his feet

Anonymous said...

Suttonians 1-2 Trinity
Bray 1-3 Clontarf
Navan 0-2 Avoca
Weston 3-1 Naas

Anonymous said...

no way will navan beat avoca weston would want to be putting a few more goals past nass too

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't say tarf are home and dry yet by any means, a Bray win tommorrow and things will be very interesting. however a tarf win will mean they will have a comfortable lead that should be enough

Anonymous said...

trin 3-1 sutts
clontarf 4-0 bray
avoca 5-0 navan
weston 1-1 naas

Anonymous said...

suttonains 5 trinity 0

Anonymous said...

weston 5-1 nass

Anonymous said...

anyone kno the score from tarf bray???

Anonymous said...

3 2 to clontarf