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Friday 9 December 2016

Kelly targets another win with Highfield high-flyers

Daragh Small

Published 04/12/2015 | 02:30

The Munster team gather together in a huddle before the start of the second half against Treviso recently. The squad will need to present a united front as they seek to bounce back from the defeat to Connacht in tomorrow’s clash against Dragons
The Munster team gather together in a huddle before the start of the second half against Treviso recently. The squad will need to present a united front as they seek to bounce back from the defeat to Connacht in tomorrow’s clash against Dragons

Highfield are riding high in Division 2B of the Ulster Bank League and stalwart Dave Kelly will play his 100th consecutive AIL game when they host MU Barnhall at Woodleigh Park tomorrow (2.30pm).

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The 33-year-old former Connacht lock was part of Timmy Ryan's side as they topped Division 2B last term - they are second after six wins from eight games in 2015-'16.

"We have to make sure of the win against Barnhall, and then we face them again the following weekend away which will be strange. I've never done that before in the AIL," said Kelly.

"Since I joined the club there have been a lot of changes in the league. In the first season we had one Ulster team, now we have to make four trips north and that is hard on the players and hard on the club finances."

Elsewhere in Division 1A, Garryowen travel to take on Clontarf at Castle Avenue. Cork Con host Terenure at Temple Hill, and Young Munster welcome Galwegians to Tom Clifford Park.

In 1B, UL Bohs clash with Buccaneers, Dolphin play Blackrock and Shannon face off against Trinity. In 2A, Cashel and Corinthians clash, it's Nenagh Ormond against Naas, and UCC up against Thomond.

In the other game in 2B, Sundays Well take on Dungannon, while in 2C, Old Crescent face Bruff, and Midleton take on Kanturk.

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