3 p.m. kick-off for BUCCS v UL BOHS
BUCCANEERS are home to UL Bohemian in the fifth round of the Energia All-Ireland League on Saturday. Due to the Ireland v Japan international match, kick-off time is half an hour later than usual at 3 p.m.
UL Bohs have been struggling for results to date, losing 22-11 away to Nenagh Ormonde last time out, and currently lie second from bottom. But in their previous outing they recorded a heroic 18-14 victory over Cashel despite having two players red carded! So the Pirates will need to grant the Limerick side due respect and be prepared to work from start to finish if they are to maintain their current good run.
Centres Paul Clancy, who captains the Red Robins, and Harry Byrne (their place-kicker) are two key performers for UL Bohs as are forwards Teddy Rowesome and the vastly experienced Ian Condell.
Buccaneers have a relatively settled squad which like Saturday’s opponents is fairly youthful. Performances have had quite good patches mixed with some shoddiness. If Buccs can eliminate errors and lapses of concentration, then they have immense potential in their burgeoning squad. Of course yellow cards must be eliminated totally as the midlanders cannot afford to be playing with less than a full complement particularly in tight matches. Tabo Maree and Rory O’Connor are Buccaneers injury concerns but, hopefully, both will be fit for Saturday’s duel.
U-20’s AWAY TO DLSP
BUCCANEERS U-20’s head to Dublin for their second J.P.Fanagan Leinster U-20 Premier League 3 fixture away to De La Salle Palmerstown on Sunday. Kick off at Kirwan Park is 2.30 p.m. DLSP lost their opening game, a high-scoring affair at home to Boyne, by 38-28. Meanwhile Buccs tallied 60 points in their opener in Kildare. So scores aplenty looks likely but if the midlanders repeat the form of their opener they can record another away day win.
SECONDS IN CAWLEY CUP PLATE SEMI-FINAL
BUCCANEERS JUNIORS face Tuam in the Plate semi-final of the Cawley Cup on Sunday in Tuam where the kick off is at 2.30 p.m. Tuam lost their opening two Cup games but then bounced back to record a brace of victories. This looks being a finely balanced battle but Buccs should have the sharper cutting edge and so can advance to the final.