RUGBY: East Antrim clubs return to match action

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After a couple of weeks off, Ballyclare RFC return to Qualifying 1 action this weekend with a trip to Instonians.

It’s a crucial game for Mike McKeever’s side and a win at Shaw’s Bridge would see them leapfrog the side which knocked them out of the Junior Cup last month.

Instonians, however, go into the match with good momentum following Saturday’s 19-6 win over Omagh which booked their place in the Junior Cup final.

In Qualifying 2, all three East Antrim sides are set to do battle.

Eighth-placed Academy, who have just two wins from nine outings, welcome Enniskillen to Roughfort.

Table-topping Carrickfergus will be aiming get the better of Coleraine at Tom Simms Memorial Park. Carrick have played six, won six, while Coleraine have emerged victorious in their last three league outings.

At Glynn, Larne will be hoping to bounce back from consecutive defeats against Coleraine and Enniskillen respectively. Ryan Garrett’s side enetertain Randalstown.

Fixtures

Q 1: C.I.Y.M.S. v Cooke; Clogher Valley v Ards; Dromore v Portadown; Instonians v Ballyclare; Omagh v Bangor.

Q 2: Academy v Enniskillen; Carrick v Coleraine; Donaghadee v Lisburn; Larne v Randalstown

Q 3: Limavady v Newry; Civil Service v Strabane; Letterkenny v BHS FP; Lurgan v Ophir; Monaghan v Holywood; PSNI v U.U.C