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Preview | Busy Weekend Of AIL Action

28th October 2021 By Leonard Allen

Muirne Wall in action for UL Bohemian last week.

Muirne Wall in action for UL Bohemian last week. Inpho

The All Ireland League resumes this weekend with a full programme of games across all five divisions as action also continues in the Women’s All Ireland League.

See a full list of fixtures here.

In the Women’s All Ireland League, UL Bohemian, who surrendered their unbeaten start to the campaign against Railway Union in Dublin last time out, will be looking to get back to winning ways as they host Wicklow at the UL Arena. The Garden County side are propping up the table but claimed their first points from their 12-7 home win over Malone last time out.

Ballincollig will have their work cut out following their heavy 75-0 defeat by  Old Belvedere, as they go head to head with new leaders Railway Union at Tanner Park. The Mid Cork side are fifth on nine points, while Railway Union are unbeaten with three maximum point wins and one draw to their credit.

Proceedings in this weekend’s Men’s All Ireland League programme get underway in Division 2A as Nenagh Ormond, who are second from bottom, go head to head with seventh-placed UL Bohemian at New Ormond Park. The North Tipperary side go in search of their first win, while UL Bohemian go into the tie on the back of a narrow 18-14 home win over Cashel.

Division 1A leaders Garryowen, who are on maximum points after three games, travel to County Down to take on Ballynahinch, who are hovering above the drop zone. The Sky Blues defeated UCD 26-13 last time out, while Ballynahinch claimed a losing bonus point from their 19-13 away defeat by Dublin University.

Third-placed Young Munster travel the Capital to take on second-placed Lansdowne on the back pitch at the Aviva Stadium. Both sides go into the tie unbeaten as Young Munster recorded a 19-7 home win over Terenure College, while the Dublin side returned with all five points from their 31-15 victory over UCC at the Mardyke.

Cork Constitution, who are on three losing bonus points from three games will be looking to make the most of home advantage count as they entertain Dublin University at Temple Hill. The Lilywhites were defeated 31-24 by Clontarf in Dublin and are seventh, while the Dublin Students, who are fifth, recorded a 19-13 home win over Ballynahinch last time out.

UCC, who are second from bottom, travel to the Capital for their basement clash with UCD, who are propping up the table. Both sides are on zero points as the Cork Students were defeated 31-15 by Lansdowne on home soil, while UCD go into the tie on the back of a 26-13 defeat by Garryowen in Limerick.

In Division 1B, unbeaten leaders Highfield make the long trip north to Belfast to take on Malone, who are hovering above the drop zone. Highfield have claimed maximum points from their games to date, while the Belfast side were defeated 32-10 by Old Belvedere in Dublin last time out.

Fifth-placed Shannon face a tricky task as they welcome Old Belvedere, who are fourth, to Thomond Park. The Limerick side go into the tie on the back of a narrow 23-20 away defeat by City of Armagh, from which they claimed a losing bonus point, while Old Belvedere claimed all points on offer from their 32-10 home win over Malone.

Dolphin, whose unbeaten start to the campaign in Division 2A was ended by a heavy 60-0 defeat by Queen’s University in Belfast, face a tough assignment as they entertain Ballymena at Musgrave Park. The County Antrim side go into the tie on the back of a maximum-point 29-25 home win over Old Crescent.

Cashel, who are sixth with two losing bonus points to their credit, following their 18-14 defeat by UL Bohemian in Limerick, will be looking to make the most of home advantage count in a bid to record their first win as they welcome Rainey Old Boys to the Spafield. The Magherafelt side are hovering above the drop zone following a 39-0 defeat by MU Barnhall in County Kildare.

Bottom side Old Crescent, who have two losing bonus points to their credit, will have their work cut out as they lock horns with third-placed Buccaneers at Takumi Park. The Limerick side claimed a losing bonus point from their 29-25 defeat by Ballymena in County Antrim, while Buccaneers scored four tries in their 26-14 home win over Nenagh Ormond.

In Division 2C, Clonmel, whose only points came from away draws against Sunday’s Well and Bruff, face a tough assignment as they welcome second-placed Skerries to South Tipperary. The South Tipperary side were defeated 29-13 by Bangor in their only home game to date, while Skerries are unbeaten after recording their second maximum point win over Tullamore at Holmpatrick last time out.

Seventh-placed Midleton welcome Bruff, who are hovering above the drop zone, to East Cork. Midleton were defeated 24-14 by Bangor in County Down last time out, while their only points came from their last home game in which they Sunday’s Well 14-6. The County Limerick side are seeking their first win as they go into the tie on the back of a 17-17 home draw against Clonmel.

Sunday’s Well travel to County Tyrone for their basement clash with Omagh Academicals. Both sides are seeking their first win as Sunday’s Well, who are on three points, claimed a losing bonus point from their 20-14 home defeat against City of Derry. The Ulster side, who are propping up the table on two points were narrowly defeated 19-16 by Tullamore on home soil in their last game.

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