Limerick sides chase vital AIL wins after poor start

Limerick sides chase vital AIL wins after poor start

LIMERICK’S seven senior rugby clubs will be determined to enjoy a more fruitful second Saturday of All-Ireland League action.

Only UL-Bohs recorded an opening day victory after a disappointing and frustrating start to the campaign for local sides.

In Division 1A, Young Munster will look to bounce back from their dramatic 36-35 home defeat to Old Belvedere when travelling to Temple Hill to face Cork Constitution. The game is a repeat of last season’s semi-final which the Leesiders won.

Also in the top flight, Garryowen, smarting from an opening day defeat at home to Lansdowne, face Old Belvedere, coached by their former head coach Paul Cunningham, at Anglesea Road.

Belvo’s squad this season includes several players who have played for the ‘Light Blues’ in recent seasons, including Dave Sherry, Declan Lavery, Willie Staunton, James McInerney and Danny Riordan.  

In Division 1B, UL-Bohs will be looking to back up their excellent opening day win away to Dolphin when hosting Ballynahinch on the 4G rugby pitch at UL.

Christy Neilan’s opening game in charge of the Red, Red Robins could hardly have gone any better as his side ran in six tries in their 41-10 demolition of Dolphin at Musgrave Park.

Meanwhile, also in 1B, Shannon will look to pick up their first win of the campaign when travelling to Dubarry Park to face Buccaners. Marcus Horan’s side lost 25-19 at home to Ballymena on Saturday.

In Division 2B, promoted Old Crescent will look to bounce back from their disappointing opening day defeat to Greystones when taking on MU Barnhall at Parsonstown.

In the same Division, Thomond host Bective Rangers at Liam Fitzgerald Park, a week after their heavy loss to Wanderers in Dublin.

In Division 2C, Bruff will entertain Midleton at Kilballyowen Park.

Bruff suffered a 24-19 defeat away to Boyne  in their opening fixture.

All games on Saturday kick-off at 2.30pm.