Battle for AIL wins heats up as games run out for Limerick sides

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Battle for AIL wins heats up as games run out for Limerick sides

Back again: Shannon's Ger Finucane races down the wing to score a try against Terenure when the two sides last met. They meet again this Saturday at Thomond Park at 1.30pm

THE third last series of regular season fixtures in the All-Ireland League takes place on Saturday for Limerick’s senior clubs.

In Division 1A, fifth-placed Garryowen sit just one point off the play-off places following recent victory over UCD at Belfield.

Garryowen will face fellow play-off chasers Clontarf at Dooradoyle this Saturday, 2.30pm, before taking on Lansdowne, away, and Dublin University, away, in their three final AIL fixtures.

While Garryowen trail final round opponents Dublin University by a point in the table, the Dooradoyle side enjoy a nine-point advantage over sixth-placed UCD, so it looks like a two-way battle for the final play-off spot.

Young Munsters, boosted their survival hopes in Division 1A, moving out of the relegation zone when scoring their first win in six attempts against Trinity last time out.

The win sees Munsters’ move up to seventh-place in the 1A table, but just one point ahead of both UCC and Shannon.

Intriguingly, Munsters’ face UCC and Shannon in their next two AIL fixtures, beginning with that trip to Cork to face the students on Saturday at the Mardyke.

Shannon dropped into the relegation play-off position following their fifth defeat on the bounce in 1A, this time a 45-14 loss away to Clontarf.

Shannon face a crucial fixture against fellow strugglers Terenure College on the back pitch at Thomond Park this Saturday, 1.30pm.

Tom Hayes’ charges are four points clear of basement side Terenure, who occupy the automatic relegation place in the table. Shannon are level on points with UCC and just a single point behind Young Munster.

In Division 2A, UL-Bohs sit four points off the promotion play-off positions following their bonus point home win over Blackrock College.

UL-Bohs face a trip to Nenagh Ormond this Friday night, 8pm.

The Red, Red Robins complete their AIL fixtures with a home game against basement side Galwegians, followed by an away date with leaders Highfield. 

Also in 2A, sixth-placed Old Crescent also remain in the promotion play-off mix after defeating Navan.

The Rosbrien side host Munster rivals Dolphin this Saturday, 2.30pm. Crescent face Cashel and QUB in their remaining games.

In Division 2C, Bruff remain well in the promotion hunt despite losing out to high-flying Ballina.

Bruff host Tullamore this Saturday at Kilballyowen Park, 2.30pm. The South Limerick side sit four points clear of fifth-placed Omagh.

Also in 2C, Thomond remain rooted to the foot of the table, four points off Seapoint following their 11-point defeat to Malahide. 

Thomond will look to boost their survival hopes when travelling to Omagh this Saturday.