Friday 23 March 2018

AIL at a glance

Star turn

Conal Keane (Old Belvedere)

Old Belvedere remain top of the Division 1A table thanks to Keane's late intervention at Dolphin on Saturday afternoon. With the match heading for a draw, the Skerries native dropped his second goal to give the leaders a crucial victory away from home.

One to watch

Paddy Butler (Shannon)

Name-dropped by Paul O'Connell on Friday night, Tipperary man Butler is a hugely promising No 8 who is highly rated by Munster. Compared to his fellow Cashel man Denis Leamy in terms of style, Butler's ball carrying can help lift Shannon out of the hole that they are currently in.

Number of the week

0 Without a victory or a bonus so far this term, Division 2 strugglers Clonakilty are the only club in the country yet to pick up any points at all this season.

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