LIMERICK’S three Ulster Bank League Division 2 clubs face crucial fixtures in the penultimate round of regular season games this season on Easter Saturday.
In Division 2A, relegation-threatened Thomond host Queen’s University at Liam Fitzgerald Park, 2.30pm.
Meanwhile, in Division 2C, table toppers Old Crescent make the trip to Navan, while promotion play-off contenders Bruff face an away tie with second-placed Tullamore.
Bottom side Thomond face a huge battle to maintain their 2A status with just two games to go. Thomond sit in the automatic relegation position at present, four points behind ninth placed Corinthians.
Thomond trail eighth-placed Skerries by 10 points and given their inferior scoring difference, the best the ‘royal blues’ can hope for is a relegation play-off.
To secure a play-off, the Limerick side need to finish ahead of ninth-placed Corinthians, though.
In 2C, leaders Old Crescent remain well-placed to secure automatic promotion as the Rosbrien side enjoy a five-point lead on Tullamore ahead of Saturday’s away date with Navan.
The side finishing top of the league will gain automatic promotion to 2B next season, with those placed second to fourth involved in a play-off.
Old crescent have won 13 of their 16 AIL fixtures, picking up a try bonus point in nine of the games. Crescent’s final fixture is at home to Tullamore. Third-placed Bruff can cement their hopes of securing a promotion play-off by doing Crescent a favour and defeating Tullamore on Saturday.
Bruff are one point ahead of fourth-placed Wanderers.