Trailing second from bottom Sligo Rovers by five points Athlone Town will be hoping to open their seasonal account at Thomond Park this evening when Mick Cooke’s side face Limerick FC.
Stuart Taylor’s Blues, who had posted a couple of encouraging draws, won their first SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match against Bohemians last Friday to edge six clear of Athlone, who need to pick up a positive result quickly. Athlone were plucky at the Brandywell, but Derry City still pocketed the spoils so the Midlanders will be seeking to summon an instant response in the south west. Then on Monday, Dundalk, who are currently top of the table, will be the visitors to Lissywollen for a 5pm kick-off as important matches arrive thick and fast for an Athlone outfit that is short on confidence.
Buccaneers, who have advanced to the Ulster Bank League Division 1B play-offs, travel to Terenure College for their final group game at Lakelands Park tomorrow, Saturday.
Last Saturday’s exciting win over UL Bohemians means that Buccs will be monitoring results elsewhere with Dolphin or Young Munster the most likely opponents at the promotion/relegation stage. A splendid display against UL Bohs ensures Buccs are already guaranteed to play more rugby this season following the 24-23 triumph.
In a repeat of last year’s Leinster Minor football final, Westmeath will be hoping for a better result when hosting Kildare in tomorrow’s first round provincial opener at Mullingar.
Kildare are highly rated at this level again in 2014, but Tom Carr’s Westmeath panel is well represented with players who made an impact in the Leinster Colleges Senior Championship for Marist College and St Joseph’s Rochfortbridge.