ACTION resumes in the All-Ireland League this Saturday with all eight local senior clubs facing crucial fixtures.
In Division 1A, third-placed Young Munster host leaders Clontarf in a crucial top flight fixture at Tom Clifford Park.
Meanwhile, at the other end of the table, Garryowen will hope that the assistance of former Ireland head coach Eddie O’Sullivan to their coaching set-up will result in a change of fortune when the ‘light blues’ travel to the Aviva Stadium to tackle Lansdowne.
In-form Young Munster go into their clash with ‘Tarf - which marks the beginning of the second half of the League - eight points adrift of the Dublin side.
Munsters’ have been in a rich vein of form of late , winning their two most recent outings against UCD and crucially away to Cork Con, 16-10, at the start of the month. Munsters’ have won four of their last five outings.
The absence of play-offs from the League structure once again this season means the Greenfields side will be desperate for a win in order to stay in touch with ‘Tarf. The Dublin side has suffered just one AIL defeat so far.
Garryowen’s hopes of hauling themselves clear of the relegation zone look slim although the arrival of former ‘light blue’ player Eddie O’Sullivan to Dooradoyle is sure to provide a timely boost ahead of the resumption of the League.
Garryowen have lost all nine of their AIL fixtures to date and have picked up just two losing bonus points so far.
The Tom Tierney-coached side currently occupy the automatic relegation spot in 1A. The ‘light blues’ trail second-from-bottom Ballynahinch - currently in the relegation play-off lost by 12 points and are 15 points off safety.
In Division 1B, promotion chasing UL-Bohemian host table toppers Terenure College at Thomond Park, while fifth-placed Shannon travel to Dublin to take on Blackrock College.
In-form UL-Bohs are currently third in the 1B table, 11 points behind leaders Terenure College, but just two points behind second-placed Corinthians, who occupy the promotion play-off spot.
Terenure have won all nine of their AIL fixtures so far this season, so UL-Bohs will have to be at their best to record a precious home win.
In 2A, Old Crescent are away to Bective Rangers, while Bruff travel to Naas.
The Division 2B fixtures include the meeting of fourth-placed Thomond and second placed Greystones at Fitzgerald Park, while Richmond are at Musgrave Park to face Sunday’s Well. All games start at 2.30pm on Saturday.