UCD return to the men’s Leinster Division One fray on Sunday as they restart their pursuit of the title with a home date against Portrane.
Unbeaten at Christmas in the provincial competition with 40 goals in eight games, they stood out as the side to beat in the competition to date.
The goals have been shared around with freshers Peter Lynch and Ewan Ramsey netting five alongside Andrew Tutty while the experienced David Nolan has netted four times, showing their range of options up top.
Seven of their total came on the opening day in Donabate and so Imran Khan and Mukhtar Ahmed’s crew will have a big task ahead of them to tame the students.
Railway moved into a share of first place last weekend – with a game extra played – will be without the injured Chris Reilly, David McCarthy and Eoin MacArthur while Simon McKeever’s departure for Australia is a big blow to their line-up.
Their travails on this front, meanwhile, have been compounded by Felim Kelly, Michael McKenzie and Andy McGregor adding to the list of absentees.
It means they could find their trip to Avoca a tricky one on Saturday at Newpark. The Blackrock club will hope for more of their second half performance from a week ago when they reeled in a couple of goals against Clontarf rather than the first half when they conceded five.
Kilkenny are seeking their first win since September when they host Dublin North, a side also looking to end a long wait for points, theirs going back to mid-October.
Their first meeting was a cracker, the cats coming out on top 4-3, but they may have one eye on Sunday’s Leinster indoor league semi-finals where they will play Railway Union with a place at the nationals on the line.
Corinthian play their first tie of 2019 as they look to begin their pursuit of the clubs above them. They host Clontarf who moved into the top half of the table last weekend but anything other than a victory will probably leave them out of the running for a shot at the EYHL2 places.
Men ‘s Leinster Division 1
Saturday: Avoca v Railway Union, Newpark, 12.30pm; Corinthian v Clontarf, Whitechurch Park, 12.45pm; Kilkenny v Dublin North, Kilkenny College, 1.30pm
Sunday: UCD v Portrane, Belfield, 2.15pm
Munster Division 1: Bandon v Ashton, Bandon GS, 3.15pm; UCC v Cork Harlequins, Mardyke, 11am; Waterford v Cork C of I B, Newtown, 2.30pm