Wednesday 20 September 2017

Promotion and relegation on the line in derby showdown

Photo: Richard Sellers/Getty Images
Photo: Richard Sellers/Getty Images

Daragh Small

Old rivals Galwegians and Corinthians do battle in Ulster Bank League Division 1B at Crowley Park this evening (7.30).

Both sides need a win but for very different reasons - Galwegians are top, just two points ahead of Garryowen while Corinthians are joint-bottom with Malone.

The last time these sides met on November 14, the league leaders left with a 18-10 win in wintery conditions at Corinthian Park.

Colin Conroy and Brian Murphy got the tries for 'Wegians on that night but they had trailed 10-0 at the break after David Panter struck for Corinthians.

Last weekend Galwegians had a crucial win away to Ballymena, the team that broke their winning run on November 1.

Rory Parata, Brian Murphy, John Cleary and Aidan Moynihan got over for the pace-setters at Eaton Park as they won 25-17.

Corinthians lost 17-14 at home to Buccaneers, which leaves them precariously at the foot of the table with just four games remaining.

The victory was massive for Buccs as they head into a game against Belfast Harlequins at Dubarry Park tomorrow.

The Pirates won by virtue of two second-half tries - a penalty try and an effort from Ireland U-20 star Cian Romaine, both converted by Alan Gaughan.

Elsewhere, in 2B tomorrow ninth-placed Sligo will be looking to follow up their 24-13 win over DLSP when they take on leaders Highfield at Woodleigh Park.

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