Saturday 25 February 2017

Con on verge of semis spot

CORK CONSTITUTION can become the first side to book their place in the AIL semi-finals with a win over UL Bohemians at Thomond Park this afternoon.

Defeat in this rescheduled fixture will relegate bottom side Bohs a week early, while Con are looking to avoid going into next week's derby clash with Dolphin needing to win.

A chink of light for Bohs comes with the fact that the visitors are coming off the back of their third defeat of the season, while they secured only their third win away at Garryowen. But St Mary's needed everything in their locker to beat the Leesiders, and UL are unlikely to have sufficient firepower to down the AIB Cup holders.

Garryowen need a win over Blackrock at Dooradoyle to secure their Division 1A status, and victory would propel them into the play-off mix next week.

Rock are looking to stop the alarming slide that has seen them drop from semi-final chasers to relegation candidates. A bonus-point win for them would see Clontarf join UL Bohs in Division 1B next season.

If they fail to win, they'll host Bohs in Stradbrook next week needing to win to stay in the division, a situation that seemed unlikely earlier in the season after their brilliant start.

Bruff can secure promotion from Division 2 with victory over Malone this afternoon at Kilballyowen Park.

The Limerickmen are five points ahead of DLSP with a game in hand, so any sort of win will see them join Lansdowne in Division 1B next year.

Old Crescent will be hoping the league leaders will be in post-season form at Rosbrien as they look to cement their Division 2 status and relegate Highfield.

There's a Dublin derby at Lakelands as fourth placed Terenure welcome UCD, while Corinthians host Belfast Harlequins in Galway.

AIL FIXTURES

(2.30)

DIVISION 1A

Garryowen v Blackrock, Dooradoyle; UL Bohemians v Cork Constitution, Thomond Park.

DIVISION 2

Bruff v Malone, Kilballyowen Park; Corinthians v Belfast Harlequins, Corinthian Park; Old Crescent v Lansdowne, Rosbrien; Terenure v UCD, Lakelands.

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