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Limerick derby the highlight as clubs bid to bounce back


Shane Buckley

Shane Buckley


Shane Buckley

The Friday Night Lights are welcomed back to Tom Clifford Park as Garryowen visit Young Munster for a massive Limerick derby in the Ulster Bank League Division 1A tonight (7.30).

It is a huge fixture for both sides as Garryowen look to make it back-to-back wins on their return to the top flight.

Munster flanker Shane Buckley bagged a try in their impressive 14-10 win over Ballynahinch last time, but Young Munster fell to a 29-6 defeat away to Lansdowne.

Cork Con also lost their opener, and host reigning champions Lansdowne at Temple Hill tomorrow (4.30). Con fought bravely but could not extract a win from newly-promoted Galwegians in Round 1.

In 1B, Dolphin need a win at home to Ballymena at Irish Independent Park, and UL Bohemians make the difficult journey to take on Belfast Harlequins at Deramore Park.

Shannon's defeat away to Buccaneers made it a dismal weekend for the Munster sides, and they'll hope for better when they host Blackrock at Coonagh.

In 2A, there is one all-Munster tie where Cashel host Nenagh Ormond at Spafield. UCC welcome Skerries to Mardyke, and Thomond face Queen's.

In 2B, there is another derby as Highfield host Sunday's Well, while in 2C Midleton play Dundalk, Old Crescent meet Navan, Kanturk face Sligo, and Bruff host Tullamore.

Irish Independent