Make-or-break for Limerick clubs in AIL

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Garryowen have set up a Bank of Ireland Munster Senior Cup quarter-final date away to Cork Con after defeating Shannon 22-12 in their first round tie at Coonagh on Saturday
THE penultimate round of regular season fixtures in the Ulster Bank All-Ireland League takes place this Saturday with Limerick’s eight senior clubs facing crucial games in the four divisions.

THE penultimate round of regular season fixtures in the Ulster Bank All-Ireland League takes place this Saturday with Limerick’s eight senior clubs facing crucial games in the four divisions.

In Division 1A, seventh-placed Young Munster host St Mary’s College in ninth at Tom Clifford Park, 2.30pm.

Back-to-back wins over Dolphin and UCD have boosted Munsters’ hopes of remaining in Division 1A next season.

Munsters’ enjoy a three-point advantage over Saturday’s opponents St Mary’s who occupy the relegation play-off play in the top flight.

Indeed, such is the competitive nature of 1A this season, that Munsters’ also sit just two points off the top four play-off places. Following Saturday’s game, the Greenfields side will host in-form Lansdowne in their final regular season fixture at Clifford Park on Saturday, April 11.

In Division 1B on Saturday, high-flying Garryowen face another key fixture in their promotion bid when the ‘light blues’ host struggling Malone at Dooradoyle. Second-placed Garryowen occupy the promotion play-off place in 1B, two points behind leaders Galwegians who occupy the automatic promotion spot. Garryowen face ‘Wegians on the final day of the regular season.

Elsewhere, in 1B, UL-Bohs will look to boost their survival hopes when travelling to Dubarry Park to face Buccaneers. Eighth-placed UL-Bohs are one point clear of the relegation zone at present.

Also in 1B, Shannon can ensure their place in the Division for next season with a victory over Ballymena at Coonagh. Kick-off for this game is at the earlier time of 2pm.

In Division 2A this Saturday, sixth-placed Thomond travel to Donnybrook to take on Bective Rangers. Bective have won just two of their 13 league fixtures to date.

Meanwhile, in 2B, second-from-bottom Richmond will look to boost their hopes of remaining in the AIL for next season by beating Armagh at the Palace Grounds. Elsewhere in 2B, Old Crescent travel to Shamrock Lodge to take on struggling Boyne, while seventh-placed Bruff face a trip to Dr Hickey Park where third-placed Greystones provide the opposition.