THE four Limerick sides in Divisions 2A and 2B of the Ulster Bank All-Ireland League face their opening fixtures of 2015 this Saturday. All games kick-off at 2.30pm.
Thomond (9th) v Dungannon (15th)
Liam Fitzgerald Park
NINTH-placed Thomond host struggling Dungannon at Liam Fitzgerald Park in their first Ulster Bank All-Ireland League outing of 2015 with the home side looking to get their promotion bid back on track.
After a run of back-to-back defeats Thomond, who are now 16 points off top spot, will be anxious to return to winning ways.
Having lost heavily away to Blackrock College at the start of December, Thomond suffered a 10-point defeat away to Old Wesley last time out.
The Limerick side’s opponents this Saturday, Dungannon, lie 11 points behind their hosts in the table and have won just two of their eight AIL fixtures.
Under the restructuring of the AIL which is due to come into effect for next season, the top two clubs in Division 2A following the completion of the regular league season will be promoted to Division 1B.
The clubs ranked 3-10 at the end of the regular league season will form Division 2A along with the two clubs relegated from Division 1B.
Clubs placed 11-16 in Division 2A at the end of the regular league season will form Division 2B for 2015/16, with the top four ranked clubs in 2B at the end of the 2014/15 regular league season.
Old Crescent (9th) v Wanderers (10th)
NINTH-placed Old Crescent host Wanderers, who lie in tenth, in a crucial Division 2B mid-table clash at Rosbrien.
Both these sides have 19 points and a similar scoring difference, so Crescent will be anxious to put some daylight between themselves and the three sides directly below them.
Old Crescent will be looking to make it three wins on the bounce in the AIL this weekend following victories over Richmond and a thumping of Sligo.
Navan (11th) v Bruff (8th)
MID-table Bruff are on the road to Co Meath where they will lock horns with Navan at Balreask Old this Saturday.
The sides are separated by three places in the table, but just one League point.
It is now six weeks since Bruff played a competitive league fixture. Their last outing was a 9-9 draw with Sligo, while prior to that Bruff lost away to Wanderers. The clubs finishing third to tenth in 2A at the end of the regular league season will form Division 2A for next season along with the two clubs relegated from Division 1B.
Greystones (5th) v Richmond (14th)
Dr Hickey Park
Richmond face a trip to Co Wicklow this weekend where fifth-placed Greystones will provide the opposition at Dr Hickey Park.
Richmond will be anxious to record a second win in the League this term as the side currently lies in 14th place in the table.
Richmond were in a decent run of form prior to the Christmas and New Year’s break. Having picked up a much needed victory over Navan in early December, Richmond secured a losing bonus point against Old Crescent last time out.