Garryowen look to push on in AIL

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

There was a busy schedule of games in the Ulster Bank League today
There is a full schedule of games across all five division of the Ulster Bank League this weekend.

There is a full schedule of games across all five division of the Ulster Bank League this weekend.

Garryowen, the only Limerick side to record a win when action resumed in the Ulster Bank League’s top two divisions last weekend, face another crucial 1A tie away to leaders UCD this Saturday.

Garryowen jumped up to third place in the Division 1A table thanks to an impressive 10-3 home victory over Clontarf at Dooradoyle on Saturday.

The ‘light blues’ opponents this weekend, UCD, are currently top of the 1A table on 25 points, eight more than third-placed Garryowen.

Meanwhile, also in 1A, sixth-placed Young Munster will look to bounce back to winning ways when hosting ninth-placed Terenure College at Clifford Park, 2.30pm.

Munsters’ suffered a frustrating defeat to Galwegians at Crowley Park on Saturday. David Corkery’s side trailed fourth-placed Old Belvedere by a single point, so the Greenfields side will be desperate to get back to winning ways this weekend.

In Division 1B, Marcus Horan’s Shannon side will be seeking their fifth win of the campaign when travelling to Musgrave Park to take on Dolphin.

Seventh-placed Shannon will be aiming to return to winning ways after losing their back-to-back fixtures against Dublin University.

Shannon did fight back strongly in the closing stages of the sides’ meeting at Thomond Park on Saturday to earn a losing bonus points against the Dublin students.

Shannon, who have won four of their 10 Division 1B fixtures this term, currently sit one place and two points ahead of Saturday’s opponents Dolphin.

Also in 1B, ninth-placed UL-Bohemian host high-flying Ballymena at Annacotty.

UL-Bohs’ were unable to complete a home-and-away double over Buccaneers when losing out 18-7 at Dubarry Park on Saturday.

UL-Bohs have won three of their 10 AIL fixtures this season, while second-placed Ballymena have lost just one of their fixtures this term.

Action also resumes in Division 2A, 2B and 2C this Saturday after the Christmas and New Year’s break.

In Division 2A, ninth-placed Thomond travel to third-placed Naas. With two wins from their nine games this season, Thomond are currently level on points with bottom-placed Corinthians and will be anxious to quickly record a third win of the season.

Meanwhile, in Division 2C, table toppers Old Crescent host struggling Dundalk at Rosbrien on Saturday.

Crescent, who suffered defeat in their last AIL fixture away to Bruff, are 32 points ahead of Saturday’s opponents from Co Louth.

Crescent have lost just two of their 10 league fixtures. The free-scoring Rosbrien side has managed an average of 23 points in their AIL outings to date this term.

Also on Saturday, third-placed Bruff face a trip to Hamilton Park to take on Sligo. Bruff currently trail pacesetters and leaders Old Crescent by six points in the table.

Their opponents on Saturday, Sligo, have won just one AIL game this season.