Limerick clubs chase early festive cheer in All-Ireland League

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent


Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent

Limerick clubs chase early festive cheer in All-Ireland League

THE last round of Ulster Bank League fixtures before the competition takes a seven week Christmas and New Year's break take place in Saturday.

Limerick seven senior clubs will be desperate to finish off the first phase of the League with vital wins.

In Division 1A, second-placed Young Munster, still smarting from Friday night's defeat to local rivals Garryowen, face a trip to Dublin to take on leaders Lansdowne in a crucial top-of-the-table clash.

Munsters' currently sit two points behind their Dublin opponents prior to Saturday's top-of-the-table clash. Both sides have picked up five try bonus points each this season.

Also in the top flight, Garryowen will be looking to make it three wins on the bounce in 1A when hosting basement side Terenure College at Dooradoyle.

Garryowen moved up to fifth place in the top flight table on the back of a gritty 13-11 away derby win over Munsters last weekend.

Garryowen have won four and lost four of their eight AIL fixtures this season.

Meanwhile, in Division 1B, second-placed UL-Bohs will be looking to get back to winning ways when hosting fellow students UCC on the 4G pitch at UL on Saturday afternoon.

UL-Bohs suffered a frustrating defeat to Naas last time out.

In the same Division, bottom-placed Shannon, boosted by their gritty second half display last weekend, when they fought back to secure a draw with Old Wesley, travel to Crowley Park for a mammoth relegation clash with ninth-placed Galwegians.

In Division 2B, improving Old Crescent, currently fifth in the table, travel to Dungannon, while ninth-placed Thomond entertain Greystones at Fitzgerald Park.

Finally in 2C, Bruff host table toppers Rainey Old Boys at Kilballyowen Park. All games in the AIL this Saturday start at 2.30pm.