LIMERICK’S four top flight sides in Divisions 1A and 1B of the Ulster Bank League face critical fixtures this Saturday, February 27.
With just four rounds of regular season fixtures to go in the top divisions, each result is now critical.
Limerick’s two top flight clubs face key fixtures in their battle to secure a top four play-off position.
In Division 1A, third-placed Young Munster face a trip to Castle Avenue to take on second placed Clontarf, 2.30pm.
Also in the top flight, fourth-placed Garryowen host ninth-placed Terenure College at Dooradoyle.
In-form Young Munster have won their last five AIL fixtures on the bounce, including a weekend victory over Ballynahinch. Dave Corkery’s Munsters side has now won nine of their last 10 1A fixtures.
Munsters’ sit nine points ahead of fourth-placed Garryowen in the table. Following Saturday’s away tie with Clontarf, Munsters’ have another top-of-the-table clash with Division 1A leaders UCD.
Munsters’ trail Saturday’s opponents ‘Tarf by two points. The North Dublin side has won their last three league fixtures, including an impressive away victory over Cork Constitution last weekend.
Fourth-placed Garryowen will be desperate to get back to winning ways when hosting ninth-placed Terenure at Dooradoyle.
Play-off chasing Garryowen have won just one of their last four AIL fixtures and two of their last seven games in the division.
The ‘Light Blues’ suffered a disappointing defeat away to Galwegians last weekend. Garryowen occupy the last of the top four play-off places, but sit just one point ahead of Cork Con, who have a game in hand, while the Dooradoyle side enjoy a two-point lead over Lansdowne.
Garryowen’s weekend opponents Terenure had lost their last five fixtures before scoring a surprise victory over leaders UCD on Friday night.
Following this Saturday’s game, Garryowen face a trip to Temple Hill to take on fellow play-off contenders Con.
In Division 1B, UL-Bohemian will look to boost their hopes of survival when hosting second-placed Dublin University at Annacotty.
Despite scoring an exciting 25-22 derby victory over local rivals Shannon on Friday night, UL-Bohs remain in the relegation play-off place in the table.
Gearoid Prendergast’s side sit 14 points ahead of basement outfit Belfast Harlequins who occupy the automatic relegation spot in 1B with now four series of regular season fixtures to go.
UL-Bohs trail eighth-placed Dolphin and seventh-placed Blackrock by five points. The Red, Red Robins will need to finish ahead of one of these two sides to ensure they are not caught up in a relegation play-off at the end of the season.
Saturday’s high-flying opponents Dublin University have won 11 of their 14 AIL fixtures this season and lie 31 points ahead of UL-Bohs in the table.
Meanwhile, also in 1B on Saturday, Shannon will look to get their faltering promotion play-off bid back on track when travelling to Eaton Park to take on third-placed Ballymena.
Marcus Horan’s Shannon side lie sixth in the table, four points behind Old Wesley who occupy the final promotion play-off place in 1B. Shannon sit 15 points behind Saturday’s opponents Ballymena.