Monday 23 October 2017

Garryowen desperate for result as old rivals renew hostilities

Declan Rooney

With seven AIL titles between them, the Munster derby clashes between Cork Con and Garryowen have always been mouth-watering affairs.

And the 11-point gap between them in the table will be forgotten as the old foes go to war again at Temple Hill tomorrow.

Without a point to their name after three games, Garryowen will be keener than ever to turn over their rivals, but unbeaten Con will certainly be a stern test on home soil.

Dolphin have the toughest task of the weekend as they take on league leaders UCD at Belfield. Defeat last weekend to Clontarf was a blow to the Cork men, but if they can take anything from tomorrow's tie they will garner huge confidence.

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And at Tom Clifford Park, Young Munster host Old Belvedere, who will be keen to rack up some points this week after last weekend's drab 3-3 draw with Cork Con.

In the second tier, fresh from their first win of the campaign, Shannon will go to Dubarry Park with a pep in their step for their clash with joint-leaders Buccaneers, while UL Bohs will fancy making it three wins on the hop when they take on Trinity at Annacotty tomorrow.

Four Munster teams in Division 2A have away games this weekend, with UCC travelling to Banbridge, Old Crescent taking on NUIM Barnhall and Bruff journeying to Rainey Old Boys.

But the eye-catcher in the division is tomorrow's meeting of Highfield and Cashel RFC at Woodleigh Park.

The lights will be on tonight at Spollanstown as leaders Nenagh Ormond take on Tullamore at 8.0.

There are also away trips for Midleton at De La Salle Palmerston and Thomond in Sligo, while Richmond host Armagh, and Sunday's Well will hope to get off the mark at home to Ards.

All games kick off at 2.30 tomorrow unless otherwise stated.

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