Monday 24 October 2016

Corinthians keep flag flying after tough week for AIL sides

Published 23/10/2015 | 02:30

Dave Heffernan
Dave Heffernan

The fifth round of fixtures in the Ulster Bank All-Ireland League proved to be a difficult one for the Connacht sides.

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Three of the four Connacht clubs involved slipped to defeat in their respective divisions. Galwegians faced a very tough trip to Garryowen and were forced to leave empty-handed following an 18-9 defeat.

Galwegians were in the game for long periods and had their opportunities to force a valuable win but it was the Limerick side who took their chances on the day. The loss leaves Galwegians in eighth position going into the sixth round of games.

Buccaneers too suffered disappointing loss in Division 1B. The Athlone side hosted St Mary's College in Dubarry Park. The two sides appeared to be evenly matched going into the game given their similar early-season form but a red card on 13 minutes proved to be costly in the end as Dave Heffernan was given his marching orders.

The final score was 24-20 to the visitors, the win lifting St Mary's above Buccaneers in the table.

Corinthians were able to bag a win in Division 2A, their second in succession, and it lifted the Galway side off the foot of the table. Corinthians have been suffering badly with injuries to key personnel in the early part of the season but appear to have really turned a corner. The 20-12 victory over Nenagh Ormond is sure to give the whole club a lift going forward.

Sligo were the third of the four Connacht sides to suffer defeat last weekend. Sligo slipped to a 23-17 defeat at Wanderers.

The result leaves Sligo without a win from their first five games and second from bottom in Division 2C.

Sligo face a massive home game versus Dundalk, the only side below them in the table, next Saturday, October 31. A victory could be the kick-start that their season needs.

AIL Round Six Fixtures

Galwegians v UCD

Dolphin v Buccaneers

Corinthians v Skerries

Sligo v Dundalk

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