Munsters host Garryowen in crunch AIL 1A derby

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Young Munster host Garryowen in a crucial Ulster Bank League Division 1A clash at Clifford Park this Friday night, 7.30pm
HISTORY will be made at Tom Clifford Park this Friday night when Young Munster host their first Ulster Bank League game under their impressive new floodlights.

HISTORY will be made at Tom Clifford Park this Friday night when Young Munster host their first Ulster Bank League game under their impressive new floodlights.

Garryowen will be the visitors to Greenfields for a crucial Division 1A derby clash which will have a 7.30pm kick-off time.

The official switching on of the new floodlights at Tom Clifford Park will take place at 5.45pm on Friday, attended by both Mayors of Limerick, the president of the Munster Branch of the IRFU as well as the presidents of both Young Munster and Garryowen. The turning on of the lights will be followed by a pre-match meal at Greenfields.

While Munsters’ suffered a disappointing opening day defeat away to Lansdowne on Saturday in a repeat of last season’s AIL semi-final, promoted Garryowen edged out Ballynahinch at Dooradoyle.

Munsters’ led Lansdowne 6-3 at half-time in their game played on the back pitch at the Aviva Stadium. However, the Dubliners ran in four second half tries to record a comfortable victory.

Munsters’ new head coach, former Queensland Reds and Australian ‘A’ prop Anthony Mathison, will be looking for an improved display in Friday night’s big local derby.

The official switching on of the floodlights at Tom Clifford Park will take place at 5.45pm on Friday.

Meanwhile, in Division 1B on Saturday Shannon host Blackrock College at Thomond Park (4.30pm), while UL-Bohs travel to Deramore Park to take on Belfast Harlequins. In Division 2A, Thomond are also in Belfast when they will be seeking their first win of the campaign against Queen’s University at Dub Lane.

Meanwhile, in 2C, Old Crescent, fresh from an excellent away win over Tullamore, host Navan at Rosbrien (4.30pm), while Bruff face Tullamore at Kilballyowen Park, 7.30pm.