Four Limerick clubs face make-or-break AIL fixtures

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Four Limerick clubs face make-or-break AIL fixtures

THREE of Limerick’s four Division 1 clubs face crucial Ulster Bank League fixtures this weekend as the curtain comes down on the regular season.

And Divison 2C side Bruff will be looking to take a giant step towards promotion when taking on Tullamore in a high stakes promotion play-off semi-final clash.

In Division 1A, second-placed Young Munster, who have already qualified for the top four play-offs, will be looking to secure a home semi-final when facing Lansdowne at Clifford Park on Saturday, 2.30pm.

Munsters’ currently enjoy a one-point lead over Cork Con in the table, so David Corkery’s side will need to match or better Con’s result at home to Galwegians in order to be sure of securing a home semi-final.

Seventh-placed Lansdowne have little more than pride to play for this weekend, but Cork Con’s opponents Galwegians can secure their top flight survival with a win at Temple Hill on Saturday.

Fourth-placed UCD also have an outside home of securing a home semi-final by securing a bonus point win on Saturday and hope Munsters’ fail to pick up a single points from their game with Lansdowne.

Elsewhere, in 1A, Garryowen, who cannot make the play-offs face a trip to alraeady relegated Ballynahinch.

The emphasis is on survival for the two Limerick sides in Division 1B both hoping to avoid finishing in the relegation play-off berth.

Eighth-placed UL-Bohemian, currently ahead of ninth-placed Blackrock College who occupy the relegation play-off berth on more points difference, travel to Dublin to face Old Wesley. 

Fifth-placed Wesley can still make the promotion play-offs.

Sixth-placed Shannon sit just two points ahead of UL-Bohs and Blackrock in 1B and Marcus Horan’s side will be looking to secure their survival by beating fourth-placed Buccaneers.

Meanwhile, Bruff will be looking to defeat Tullamore for the third time in the AIL this season when the Kilballyowen side travel to Spollanstown for theri AIL promotion play-off semi-final clash on Saturday, 2.30pm.