Sunday 21 January 2018

Munster clubs in the thick of pulsating top-four battle

Photo: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile
Photo: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile

Daragh Small

Garryowen will look to get their Ulster Bank League Division 1A title claims back on track when they host Terenure College at Dooradoyle tomorrow.

Andrew O'Byrne and JP Cooney both crossed the whitewash for the Limerick men at Crowley Park last weekend, but Garryowen slipped to their sixth defeat of the season, losing 30-17 against Galwegians. Garryowen are now nine points behind third-placed Young Munster with just four rounds remaining.

Young Munster are primed for a tilt at the top two, and they travel to take on Clontarf at Castle Avenue. Cork Con are fifth, just one point Garryowen, ahead of their clash with league-leading UCD at Belfield.

In Division 1B, Shannon make the journey to promotion-chasing Ballymena. Shannon are sixth, but are not totally clear of the relegation battle.

Eighth-placed Dolphin make the difficult trip to Old Wesley. Dolphin are just two points ahead of UL Bohs and are facing off against another promotion-chasing side.

UL Bohs host Dublin University and are in major danger of relegation if they fail to make the most of their four remaining games.

In Division 2B, Sunday's Well host Rainey OB at Irish Independent Park tomorrow. In 2C Kanturk are at home to Midleton in their Cork derby at Knocknacolan.

Irish Independent

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