Bad weather disrupts Limerick AIL fixtures

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

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THE heavy rain and strong winds which have battered the country over the past 24 hours has caused disruption to a number of Ulster Bank League fixtures involving Limerick clubs this Saturday.

THE heavy rain and strong winds which have battered the country over the past 24 hours has caused disruption to a number of Ulster Bank League fixtures involving Limerick clubs this Saturday.

Young Munster’s Division 1A tie with Galwegians, scheduled to take place at Clifford Park this Saturday afternoon, has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Meanwhile, UL-Bohemian’s Division 1B fixture with Buccaneers which had been due to be staged at their Annacotty grounds has been transferred to the 4G rugby pitch at UL with the game brought forward to a 1pm kick-off time.

Three more Limerick clubs are due to be in Ulster Bank League action this Saturday, however, with two teams playing in Dublin.

In Division 1A, Conan Doyle’s Garryowen side face Clontarf at Castle Avenue, 2.30pm

Following their frustrating home defeat to UCD last weekend, Garryowen side sit four points behind second-placed ‘Tarf and five behind leaders UCD.

In Division 1B, Shannon will be hoping to extend their excellent run of four successive wins when taking on Dublin University at College Green. The students are third in the table, while Marcus Horan Shannon’s side lies fifth in 1B.

Meanwhile, in Division 2A, struggling Thomond face a trip to Cork to face UCC at the Mardyke. Thomond have won just two of their eight AIL fixtures this season and were beaten by Naas last weekend. UCC sit fourth in 2A with four wins and a draw.

One game of Limerick interest did take place in the Ulster Bank League on Friday night when leaders Old Crescent scored a dramatic 14-12 derby victory over Bruff at Rosbrien in Division 2C.

A late Shane O’Brien drop goal helped the home side secure victory and cement their place at the top of the table.

In wet and windy conditions, Bruff had led 12-3 at half-time with a try from Jake Considine followed by a penalty try and conversion from Tony Cahill.

However, the home side fought back strongly in the second half with a try from Shane Monaghan and a second Larry Hanly penalty goal reducing the Bruff lead, before O’Brien struck for his match-winning drop goal.