Wednesday 21 February 2018

Cookies have top spot in sights as they make trip to leaders 'Tarf

Declan Rooney

THE top spot is up for grabs this weekend as Young Munster make the trip to Castle Avenue in the hope of knocking Clontarf off their AIL Division 1A perch.

John Staunton's side trail the Dubliners by three points, so if the Cookies win -- and can deny the home side a losing bonus point -- they will take pole position, providing results elsewhere go their way.

After last weekend's defeat, Cork Constitution face a difficult task to get back to winning ways when they take on UCD at Belfield, but a victory against the Students would see them right back in the mix ahead of the final game before Christmas.

Dolphin have only one win to their name in the last four games -- a derby success over Cork Con -- and with second-from-bottom Ballynahinch coming to Musgrave Park, they have a great chance of improving their stats.


Defending champions Lansdowne head to Dooradoyle tomorrow, when winless Garryowen will be searching for inspiration to finally get their season up and running.

Both Limerick sides in Division 1B will be eyeing wins this weekend as Shannon host Belfast Harlequins and UL Bohemian make the long trek to face third-from-bottom Dungannon.

In Division 2A, after four consecutive wins, UCC can close the gap on leaders City of Derry if they can secure four points at NUIM Barnhall and Bruff can come to their aid with a win over the table-toppers at Kilballyowen Park.

Elsewhere, Highfield host Old Wesley, while Old Crescent and Seapoint will do battle at Rosbrien.

And in the bottom tier, Nenagh Ormond's perfect season will get a severe test when third-placed Skerries host the Tipp men.

Thomond and Boyne do battle at Shamrock Lodge, Richmond welcome De Le Salle to Limerick, while Sunday's Well and Midleton face difficult away games at Tullamore and Sligo RFC.

All games take place tomorrow at 2.30.

Irish Independent

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