Limerick's Division 2 sides take centre stage in AIL 

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Limerick's Division 2 sides take centre stage in AIL 

UL Bohemian Robbie Bourke will host Queens this weekend

THE three Limerick clubs operating in Division 1A of the All-Ireland League take a well earned break this weekend, but the four remaining local sides in Division 2 will see action.

After five series of games in Division 1A, promoted Shannon are the best-placed Limerick side lying in third place in the table, their tally of three wins helping Tom Hayes’ side move within five points of table toppers Clontarf.

Promoted Shannon got back to winning ways when easing past UCC 31-20 on the back pitch at Thomond Park last Saturday. 

Team captain Lee Nicholas, Luke Clohessy and Connacht out-half Conor Fitzgerald scored first half tries for the Parish side who trail 1A table toppers Clontarf by five points.

A try from Munster scrum-half Jack Stafford sealed the bonus point for Shannon. Fitzgerald also added four conversions and a penalty goal.

Also in 1A, after disappointing starts, Young Munster sit seventh in the table, while Garryowen are eighth, with both clubs suffering three defeats to date.

Munsters’ succumbed 12-23 at home to Lansdowne at Clifford Park on Saturday managed tries from Conor Hayes and Darragh O’Neill, with a late intercept try scuppering their hopes.

Garryowen managed only a penalty from Peader Collins in their 27-3 defeat at the hands of Cork Con in Temple Hill last weekend.

Garryowen and Munsters’ face off in a crucial derby fixture next up on Friday, November 23 at Dooradoyle. In-form Shannon travel to mid-table Dublin University on the following day.

All-Ireland league action continues this weekend for the four Limerick clubs in Division 2A and Division 2C.

In 2A, fifth-placed UL-Bohemian, on the back of a heavy defeat away to leaders Navan last weekend, host fourth-placed Queen’s University in a crucial fixture at UL North Campus this Saturday, 2.30pm.

Also in 2A this Saturday, ninth-placed Old Crescent, who have found the step up the division difficult in recent weeks, make the trip West to Crowley Park to face Galwegians.

In this Saturday’s Division 2C action, high-flying Bruff make the long trip to Uprichard Park to face Bangor.

In the wake of their win over Seapoint last weekend, Bruff coach Eoin Cahill said: “After the relief of staying up in the All-Ireland League at the end of last season passed, there was a lot of what do we do next? We didn’t want to be back there again this season.

“Things are going ok at the moment, we have four wins from five, but last season we were in a similar position too, so we are not going to be complacent. 

“We have gotten in a couple of guys who have strengthened up the ship, including Taylor Jones who scored two tries today. He has straightened out the line-out and set-piece.

“It’s a cliche, but we’re taking it game by game. We're looking to do the basics right and if we can get a steady platform, we are starting to score a few tries.”

Also in Division 2C, ninth-placed Thomond host Midleton at Fitzgerald Park on Saturday, 2.30pm.

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