TWO Limerick clubs, Young Munster and Garryowen, face make-or-break Ulster Bank League play-off fixtures in Dublin this Saturday.
Munsters’ will be looking to book a Division 1 final berth when facing Lansdowne in their semi-final showdown on the main pitch at the Aviva Stadium, while Garryowen can secure their place in 1A next season with a play-off victory over St Mary’s College at Templeville Road. Both games kick-off at 2.30pm.
Munsters’ head coach John Staunton insists it is vital the side give their semi-final clash with Lansdowne ‘a right good lash and have no regrets.’
Munsters secured the fourth and final play-off place in 1A with a dramatic victory over this weekend’s opponents Lansdowne on the final day of the regular season.
Munsters’ finished 22 points behind leaders Lansdowne at the end of the 18-game regular season. While Lansdowne are 4/6 to lift the Cup after next month’s final, Young Munster are outsiders of the four remaining title contenders at 10/1.
Young Munster head coach John Staunton insists the Greenfields side deserve to be underdogs in Saturday’s semi-final, despite lowering the Dubliners’ colours on the last day of the regular season at Clifford Park.
Staunton said: “You would have to put Young Munster in there as underdogs, I’m not just saying that. When you look at Lansdowne’s record, they finished well ahead of us in the table. They have beaten everyone this season. We pushed them close in Dublin at the start of the season, 27-20, and we beat them in Clifford Park. It’s the best of three now. We have to go up there, give it a right good lash and have no regrets.
Meanwhile, Garryowen will look to make the most of their second shot at promotion to Division 1A for next season when locking horns with St Mary’s College.
Conan Doyle’s Garryowen side was pipped by Galwegians for automatic promotion to the top flight for next season when losing out to the Connacht side at Crowley Park on the last day of the regular season.
Garryowen managed to pick up a losing bonus point in that defeat and it guaranteed a second-placed finish in 1B for the ‘light blues’ and with it a promotion play-off game. Saturday’s opponents St Mary’s College finished second-from-bottom in 1A.
Garryowen are looking to bounce straight back up to 1A after the Dooradoyle side was relegated from the top flight for the first time in their history at the end of last season.