Friday 6 December 2019

Galwegians hope to build on promising start to league

John Muldoon speaks to his team-mates
John Muldoon speaks to his team-mates
Former sportsground favourite Mike McComish , pictured centre (Connacht v Munster),was one of the stars for the northerners (Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE)

Daragh Small

Galwegians travel to Limerick tomorrow as the early pace-setters in Ulster Bank League Division 1B following their bonus-point win over Dublin University last weekend.

Tries from Gary O'Brien, Jerome Harimate, Caolin Blade and Matt Dever sealed an impressive 25-17 victory but Shannon, defeated by old rivals Garryowen last weekend, will provide stern opposition.

Buccaneers will be looking to atone for their 29-11 loss away to Malone when they entertain Garryowen.

After reaching last year's 1A/1B promotion/relegation play-off, Buccs are one of the favourites to make the step up in 2014 but they succumbed to a loss in Belfast after a mini injury crisis.

Meanwhile, Corinthians welcome Malone to Corinthian Park after they also suffered opening-day heartache on the road when they drew a blank against Ballymena on a 20-0 scoreline.

Despite fielding three of their Connacht representatives in Ronan Loughney, Miah Nikora and Eoghan Masterson, it was a former Sportsground favourite, Mike McComish, who was one of the stars for the northerners.

They host a Malone side who are harbouring promotion ambitions and Corinthians need to emulate some of the impressive early-season performances of last year, when they won 11 of their opening 12 games, if they wish to compete at the top table in this campaign.

Sligo begin their 2A campaign at home to Down side Ards.

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