Wednesday 21 March 2018

Young Munster aim to pip Mary's in frantic finale

Hugh Farrelly

IT'S all to play for in this weekend's final round of regular fixtures in Division 1A and 1B of the All-Ireland League.

The top three teams in Division 1A and top team in Division 1B will go in the play-off semi-finals for the league title and, as it stands, champions Cork Constitution head 1A, followed by Old Belvedere and St Mary's, with Clontarf 10 points clear at the top of 1B. However, Young Munster will believe they can secure the third play-off spot ahead of Mary's as they are only a point behind in the table.

Meanwhile, the second-placed team in 1B will be automatically promoted to 1A along with Clontarf, while the third-placed team faces the bottom side in 1A for a place in the top tier. Lansdowne are in second place in 1B on points difference from Buccaneers (both have 36 points) with Old Belvedere three behind on 33 in fourth and Dungannon fifth on 32.

It makes for a frantic weekend of action in 1B as the sides behind Clontarf jostle for position while, at the basement of 1A, Garryowen and Shannon are both battling to avoid that survival play-off.

Ulster Bank League, Saturday (all games 2.30) -- Division 1A: Cork Constitution v Blackrock; Old Belvedere v St Mary's; Shannon v Dolphin; Young Munster v Garryowen. Division 1B: Bruff v Clontarf; Dungannon v UCC; Galwegians v UL Bohemian; Lansdowne v Buccaneers.

Irish Independent

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