Limerick Rugby - Clubs seek early festive cheer in crunch AIL ties

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
STRUGGLING Garryowen get their final opportunity to record a victory in Division 1A of the AIL this side of Christmas when the ‘light blues’ travel to Anglesea Road to take on Old Belvedere this Saturday.

STRUGGLING Garryowen get their final opportunity to record a victory in Division 1A of the AIL this side of Christmas when the ‘light blues’ travel to Anglesea Road to take on Old Belvedere this Saturday.

Basement side Garryowen suffered their seventh straight defeat in the AIL this season when going down on a 35-10 scoreline to Lansdowne on Saturday.

Garryowen are now in real danger of losing their top flight status for the first time in their history as they occupy the automatic relegation spot in the table with almost half of the top flight season now complete.

Garryowen head coach, Tom Tierney said: “We are missing five of our key leaders on the pitch.

“We brought back a couple this week, but we probably brought them back a week or two early because they weren’t fit. We just needed them, needed to get them on the field.

“We are a in a rut now. We are zero from seven. It is backs-to-the-wall. We just have to see if we can get out.

“As a player I have experience of being in this position before. This is the first time I have been in this position as a coach.

“It is disappointment after disappointment, but you have to keep plugging away and get that first win. The first win is crucial. That is what we are aiming for.

“The teams that were in our position last season found it very difficult. Obviously we just have to keep fighting as best we can. “

Meanwhile, Limerick’s other representatives in 1A, Young Munster, will look to get back to winning ways when they host UCD at Clifford Park.

Munster dropped to fifth place in the table as a result of their disappointing away defeat to Clontarf on Saturday last.

The Greenfields side is now eight points off pace-setters ‘Tarf ahead of this weekend’s final fixtures before the League takes a break for Christmas and the New Year.

In Division 1B, UL-Bohs looking to build on their weekend success, host Buccaneers at Annacotty, while Shannon travel to Malone.

In 2A, Old Crescent travel West to face Galwegians at Crowley Park, while Bruff head to Eaton Park to face Ballymena. In Division 2B, high-flying Thomond entertain Instonians at Fitzgerald Park, while on Friday night (7.30pm), Richmond travel to Nenagh Ormond.