Con bid to conquer high-flying Garryowen
By Barry Coughlan, Ulster Bank League
The traditional rivalry between Cork Constitution and Garryowen alone will push today’s Ulster Bank League clash at Temple Hill into the must-see category.
And the fact that Garryowen top the league with Con in fourth will add even more spice, according to Light Blues skipper David Sherry.
“Going back years, I’d remember as a kid Con winning the first AIL by beating Garryowen, and later on the simple rivalry between the clubs,” he said. “There was a spell a few years ago when there were three or four draws and the odd narrow win either way, it’s what you come to expect when playing against Con.
“We played them in the Munster Cup this year and they gave us a bit of beating, so we’re looking to avenge that. It makes it more interesting to note they have a few ex-Garryowen players, amongst them in Niall O’Driscoll and Gerry Hurley. We have a lot of time for guys like that who did a lot for our club and we know how good they are.”
Second-placed Lansdowne host fifth placed Dolphin, Clontarf travel across Dublin to play struggling champions St Mary’s, while Young Munster, in third, hope to make up ground by beating Old Belvedere at Clifford Park.
In Division 1B, leaders Ballynahinch look set to continue their winning run against Ulster rivals Malone.
Second placed Dublin University must bounce back from their first defeat, 25-23 away to Buccaneers, but this could be a difficult enough task against a Belfast Harlequins side which demolished Malone 36-3 last time.
In Dubarry Park, it’s third playing fourth, Buccaneers against UCD and both are coming off the back of a win.
Down the table, Bruff play Blackrock at Kilballyowen Park and this is a decent chance for the Co Limerick side to strengthen their position in the table.
The only game in the lower divisions is that between Division 2B strugglers Clonakilty and Connemara at the Vale today.
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