Friday 19 January 2018

Dolphin eager to avenge Cookies defeat in crunch derby

Dominic Gallagher, Ballinahinch, in action against John Quill and Ryan Murphy, right, Dolphin
Dominic Gallagher, Ballinahinch, in action against John Quill and Ryan Murphy, right, Dolphin

Declan Rooney

Just five points separate Munster's top three sides in the AIL, but it could be even tighter tomorrow evening if Dolphin can take the honours from their derby with Young Munster at Musgrave Park.

A win last week at Ballynahinch was a huge boost for Dolphin, but victory over their Limerick rivals could draw them level on points. Young Munster emerged 18-7 winners in the reverse fixture, but on the back of a home defeat to Clontarf, they may be wary of this trip to Leeside.

Cork Con are next up to try and halt the Clontarf machine as they travel to Castle Avenue, while Garryowen will see a home game against Ballynahinch as the perfect way to end their season-long drought.

While UL Bohs slipped up last weekend they retained third place in Division 1B, but the trip to Belfast Harlequins is a difficult assignment this weekend.

APPEALING

One of the most appealing games of the weekend sees Shannon welcome Corinthians to Thomond Park. The Galway side have lost only once this season, but a home win would dent their promotion hopes and get Shannon's own campaign right back on track.

UCC will hope to recover from last weekend's defeat to Galwegians when they host Ballymena in Division 2A, while Cashel aim to build on last week's victory when Queen's visit.

Bruff, Highfield and Old Crescent occupy the bottom three, but Bruff managed to pick up their first win of the season last weekend and will fancy a second against Banbridge, while Old Crescent face Nass at Rosbrien and Highfield travel to City of Derry.

Nenagh Ormond's dominance of Division 2B continues – they are targeting a ninth win of the season against Boyne at Shamrock Lodge.

Thomond are still in the hunt for promotion, and a win over bottom side Suttonians at Liam Fitzgerald Park is vital. Richmond and Midleton are comfortable in mid-table, but wins against Tullamore and Skerries would be welcome, while Sundays Well face a tricky trip to Sligo RFC.

* All games kick off at 2.30.

Irish Independent

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