ULSTER BANK ALL-IRELAND LEAGUE PREVIEWS
(All games Saturday 2.30pm unless otherwise stated)
St Mary’s v Young Munster
HIGH-FLYING Young Munster will look to continue their excellent start to Division 1A when they travel to Templeville Road to take onSt Mary’s College this Saturday, 2.30pm.
A run of three successive wins has seen Munsters’ jump up to third place in the 1A table. Despite Munsters encouraging start to the season head coach, John Staunton is keeping his feet firmly fixed to the ground.
Staunton said: “We are very much a work in progress. We would like to keep improving every week, but sometimes that is not going to be possible. You could see at the start of the season we ground out two wins out of four. We had an awful lot of injuries, but we have gotten fellas back bit by bit. When there isn’t B&I Cup won, we have fellas back. The likes of Gearoid Lyons and Edward O’Keeffe stepped up when Dan Goggin and Shane O’Leary were away. They played outstanding and are still playing outstanding for the team.”
Garryowen v Ballymena
Third-placed Garryowen host second-placed Ballymena at Dooradoyle on Saturday, 2.30pm.
Garryowen will be looking to build on their 11-6 derby win over UL-Bohs on Friday night last. Head coach Conan Doyle said: “We knew the UL-Bohs game would be close. The important thing was to get the win and we now need to kick on. We have Ballymena, who are above us in the table, at home next Saturday. Then we travel to Malone and the Munster Senior Cup takes centre stage. It is a long slog coming up to Christmas.”
Shannon v UL-Bohemian (Friday, 7.30pm)
THE fixtures continue thick and fast in the Ulster Bank All-Ireland League this week with the 1B meeting of UL-Bohemian and Garryowen at Thomond Park this Friday night, 7.30pm, topping the local bill of fare.
Both sides will be desperate to record a win as seventh-placed UL-Bohs look to break a four-game losing win in the Division and Shannon rooted to the foot of the table.
Such is the competitive nature of the division that although Shannon prop up the table, the Parish side sit just three points adrift of the Annacotty side.
UL-Bohs are playing their second Limerick derby in the space of seven days on Friday having lost out narrowly to Garryowen at Thomond Park last Friday night.
Thomond v Skerries
Liam Fitzgerald Park
THOMOND will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing defeat away to Seapoint in wet conditions. Thomond are currently third in the 2A table, now six points off pace-setters Old Wesley. The ‘royal blues’ are also due to be presented with the Limerick Charity Cup after Saturday’s game.
Richmond v Sligo
Richmond are second-from-bottom in the 2B table and are still searching for their first win of the campaign. They ran into an improving Bruff side last time out, ut will be encouraged by their second half showing at Kilballowen Park.
Sunday’s Well v Old Crescent
OLD Crescent will travel to Leeside on the back of a confidence-boosting victory over Tullamore at Rosbrien last weekend. The victory, Crescent’s second of the campaign has helped the Rosbrien side jump up to 13th place in the table.
Tullamore v Bruff
Bruff lie in a lofty third place in the table, following an encouraging start to the AIL season ahead of Saturday’s trip to Tullamore.
The Kilballyowen side will be anxious to keep their winning run going.