THE final third of the Ulster Bank League season begins this Saturday with Limerick’s eight senior clubs chasing precious AIL points.
(All games Saturday, February 21, 2.30pm, unless otherwise stated)
Young Munster (8th) v Cork Con (4th) Clifford Park
Munsters’ season can still go in one of two very different directions.
The side is just two points above St Mary’s, who occupy the relegation play-off spot.Munsters’ are also seven points off the semi-final positions, one of which is held by Con.
Belfast Harlequins (7th) v Shannon (6th) Deramore Park
Shannon’s most recent win over Corinthians was huge for their survival hopes. Ian Sherwin’s side have NOW won three of their last five. Shannon are not safe yet in 1B, but they look to be getting there.
Dublin University (3rd) v Garryowen (2nd) College Park
THE ‘light blues’ are strong promotion contenders.
However, they face several tricky fixtures, including Saturday’s trip to Dublin University. The top side is promoted automatically with the second placed team in a play-off.
UL-Bohemian (10th) v Malone (8th) Annacotty
UL-Bohs have just won three of their 13 fixtures and are lying bottom of the table. However, the Red, Red Robins sit just one point off 9th placed Corinthians are just two points behind Saturday’s opponents Malone. This is a massive fixture.
Thomond (8th) v UCC (12th) Liam Fitzgerald Park
Thomond’s ambition now will be to remain in Division 2A in the restructured AIL for next season. Clubs placed between third and tenth in 2A at the end of the season will form 2A.
Bruff (7th) v Midleton (6th) Kilballyowen Park
The top four ranked clubs in 2B after the regular season will be part of Division 2B for next season. Clubs ranked 5-13 will be part of a new Division 2C. Bruff are three points off fourth, so a lot to play for.
Old Crescent (8th) v Ards (16th) Rosbrien
Old Crescent’s ambitions will be to finish in the top four to ensure their place in 2A next season. The Rosbrien side currently sit six points off fourth spot.
Richmond (15th) v Sunday’s Well (4th) Richmond Park
The bottom two clubs in 2B will be relegated from the AIL at the end of the regular season. Richmond are currently six points off safety.
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