Wednesday 18 October 2017

Cookies aim to get title hopes back on track in UCD clash

Declan Rooney

The province's top-ranked side in the Ulster Bank League, Young Munster, will seek an immediate return to winning ways when they take on title-chasing UCD at Tom Clifford Park tomorrow.

Last week's defeat to leaders Clontarf dented the Cookies' ambitions to claim a first AIL title in 21 years, but a win against the Students could see them back in the top three for the Christmas break.

Dolphin can take up the baton as Munster's leadering side should they upset champions Lansdowne at the Aviva Stadium, while Cork Con – just a point further back – desperately need a win against St Mary's at Templeville Road after three straight defeats.

And Garryowen will be hoping that their first win of the campaign can surface before the mid-season break – tomorrow's trip to Old Belvedere is their last chance to end the year on a high note.

CHALLENGE

Shannon have got their Division 1B campaign back on track nicely and a win against Malone tomorrow and another against Trinity at home next week will leave them in fine fettle, while UL Bohemian face a huge challenge against second-placed Buccaneers at Annacotty tomorrow.

Cashel, Highfield and UCC all have home advantage tomorrow as they target victories against Seapoint, NUIM Barnhall and Old Wesley respectively in Division 2B, but there are daunting away fixtures for Bruff at Ballymena and for Old Crescent at in-form Galwegians.

Midleton will be fancied by most to take the honours from the Cork derby with Sunday's Well tonight (7.45) at Towns Park, but in tonight's other all-Munster clash, leaders Nenagh Ormond will aim for a seven-from-seven record with victory over Richmond (7.30) at New Ormond Park as they face into the five-week lay-off.

And after a four-game unbeaten run that has put them into a position to challenge for promotion, Thomond will be keen to improve their record with a home win against Instonians tomorrow.

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