Shannon's Jamie McGarry races through the Cork Con defence during his side's opening day loss in the All Ireland League. This Friday night Shannon host Young Munsters in Thomond Park at 8pm
THE ‘Friday Night Lights’ meeting of Shannon and Young Munster in Division 1A at Thomond Park (8pm) tops an exciting programme of All-Ireland League action this weekend.
Promoted Shannon will be looking to bounce back from their opening day defeat to Cork Con, when locking horns with their local rivals in a mouth-watering derby.
Tom Hayes’ Shannon side had led 7-3 at half-time with a try from Ty Chan which was converted by Jake Flannery. However, 24 unanswered points from Con in the second half sealed victory at Temple Hill.
Opponents Munsters’ will be looking to build on their impressive opening day victory over Terenure College at Tom Clifford Park.
New Zealand out-half Clayton Stewart kicked 17 points, while Daragh O’Neill bagged a try in the 22-5 win.
Also in Division 1A, Garryowen, winners over Dublin University last weekend, host champions Lansdowne at Dooradoyle on Saturday, 2.30pm.
Garryowen’s game with Dublin University last Saturday was tied, 20-20, late on only for a Dave McCarthy try and Peader Collins’ crucial conversion to guide the home side to victory.
In Division 2A, UL-Bohemian, fresh from their excellent away win over Galwegians, host local rivals Nenagh Ormond in another ‘Friday Night Lights’ clash at UL 4G rugby pitch on Friday, 8pm.
Also in 2A, Old Crescent will look to get back to winning ways when facing Dolphin at Musgrave Park on Saturday, 2.30pm.
In 2C, Bruff will be seeking back-to-back league wins when facing Tullamore at Spollanstown, while Thomond host Omagh at Fitzgerald Park on Saturday, also 2.30pm.