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Lansdowne can crank up title tilt by bashing Bohs

Lansdowne v UL-Bohemian, The Aviva Stadium: Prospective Ireland U20 Tom Daly's late penalty last Saturday just about preserved Lansdowne's lead at the top. In-form wing Cian Ahearne has to pass a late fitness test.

ULSTER BANK ALL-IRELAND LEAGUE (all Saturday 2.30 unless stated).

DIVISION 1A

Dolphin v Clontarf, Musgrave Park: 'Tarf have not been able to apply consistency from what is a strong and deep squad. They were waiting to see how Noel Reid came through the Leinster A match yesterday.

Old Belvedere v Cork Constitution, Anglesea Road: Belvo' have finally found their stride. They have followed three defeats with two wins to look upwardly mobile with Steve Crosbie and Fergal Lawlor combining nicely at half-back.

Shannon v St Mary's College, Coonagh, Sunday: Hugh Hogan's St Mary's will have to pick themselves up after a sickening late loss to OB. The availability of prop Jack McGrath could be crucial.

DIVISION 1B

Dublin University v UCD, College Park: Trinity are unbeaten in 17 matches in the AIL stretching back to last season. Lock Collie MacDonnell is in for Max Waters. College had to wait on six players from the Leinster 'A' match yesterday. They train this evening and should be close to unchanged.

Dungannon v Blackrock College, Stevenson Park: Coach Ben Manion had to be chuffed at the defiance and commitment of his Rock boys, securing their first victory of the season against the odds in the last round.

DIVISION 2A

Old Crescent v Old Wesley, Rosbrien: Wesley have to shore up the second worst defence in the Division. Darren Horan and Steven Boyle have been ushered into the back row.

Galwegians v DLSP, Crowley Park: The Galway club will be in no mood for compromise at home to a Salmo crew with the second worst attack in this grade. Fly-half Adam Philpott, hooker Emmet O'Reilly and prop Mark Hudson miss out through work.

Greystones v UCC, Dr Hickey Park: Reggie Corrigan's Stones really have to embark on a run to trouble the leading lights. Wing Ronan O'Carroll will make his first start of the season.

Terenure College v City of Derry, Lakeland's Park: 'Nure are going best of the Leinster representatives, but trail Banbridge by five points. They should have Willie Staunton back at 10.

Bective Rangers v Seapoint, Donnybrook 5.0: Rangers are one of two clubs who have yet to register a win in this division. They will have to figure out how to get past their former backs coach Nigel Osbourne, the chief at Seapoint.

The Killiney club have built a respectable return of two wins from four rounds. Paddy Crown comes back into the back row from injury.

DIVISION 2B

Boyne v Naas, Shamrock Lodge: This is a case of fourth at home to first with Boyne capable of moving ahead of their visitors in a congested top half-dozen places. Player/coach Niall Carson's Naas are flying high in first. Johnny Delaney will start on the wing and Stephen Kinneavy at flanker.

Navan v Thomond, Balreask Old: Leo Jordaan's Navan should be able to scalp the struggling Limerick men with the same pack and Louis Jose Rodrigues directing traffic from fly-half.

NUIM Barnhall v Clonakilty, Parsonstown: Denis Bowes' men will look to push on from seventh against a Clon' side that have yet to win in five attempts.

Skerries v Armagh, Holmpatrick: The North Dublin club has not seen the full benefit of their strong recruitment in the off-season. They will need to get a move on from ninth.

Suttonians v Sunday's Well, McDowell Grounds: Damien Ivory comes in at lock, Thomas Keane moves from the second to the back row and Philly Dwane returns to number eight.


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