Dublin University (@1.91) vs Garryowen (@2.0)
19-10-2019

Our Prediction:

Dublin University will win

Dublin University – Garryowen Match Prediction | 19-10-2019 09:30

The Limerick side have long held the upper hand in these meetings and can trace their domination right back to the start of the league. In 1994, a strong Lansdowne team containing such notables as Fergus Aherne, Conor O'Shea, Brian Glennon and Angus McKeen travelled to Thomond Park and were blown away 39-0 by a Shannon side that went on to win their first AIL title a few months later.

Preview: The Cara Cup will impact on both coaches selections here. Clontarfs Sean OBrien and Declan Adamsonboth lined out for Connacht Eagles in Weymouth in the last week, and while OBrien is marked absent tomorrow, the Light Blues will need to keep close tabs on centres Michael Courtney and Matt DArcy who have scored three tries each in as many games.

Preview: These storied clubs have won twelve All-Ireland League crowns between them, and this seasons first meeting was a tight contest before Lansdowne pulled away in the second half for a 32-15 bonus point win. Neither side won in the last round, with the headquarters clubs eight-match winning streak ended by UCC in a gripping game on Leeside.

Some of our big players like captain Dean Moore and Kevin Seymour, his second row partner, were huge for us in our semi-final win over Lansdowne. Behind the pack Ben Healy was instrumental in the win, playing in his first year out of of schools rugby, as was Jamie Heuston who is playing his first season at full-back for the club.

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Hinch are without second row James Simpson tomorrow, but can bank on the try-scoring threat of Ross Adair and captain Aaron Cairns who, between them, have scored six tries in the last seven rounds. With 22-year-old tighthead Adam Coyle and Connacht flanker James Connolly (25), the Kildare men pack a punch up front and they were 27-14 winners of the sides November encounter.

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Aidan Moynihans injury-time penalty guided the Leesiders to the top of the table and the 23-year-old out-half also shone most recently for the Ireland Club XV, landing all nine of his place-kicks across the two legs. Andy Woods charges will have been waiting for this game ever since losing a 10-point lead in an eventual 16-13 December defeat to Con.

In 1994, a strong Lansdowne team containing such notables as Fergus Aherne, Conor O'Shea, Brian Glennon and Angus McKeen travelled to Thomond Park and were blown away 39-0 by a Shannon side that went on to win their first AIL title a few months later. The Limerick side have long held the upper hand in these meetings and can trace their domination right back to the start of the league.

Lansdowne won their opening game at that venue against Clontarf but have been struggling for consistency since. They suffered a shock reverse in St Mary's last time out and will be anxious to get back on track at the RDS this afternoon. Mick Galwey played that day and, 13 years on, the Shannon coach is desperate to reclaim the title won last year by Limerick rivals Garryowen.

Meanwhile, Clontarf face UCD at the Belfield Bowl.

Andy Woods charges will have been waiting for this game ever since losing a 10-point lead in an eventual 16-13 December defeat to Con. Aidan Moynihans injury-time penalty guided the Leesiders to the top of the table and the 23-year-old out-half also shone most recently for the Ireland Club XV, landing all nine of his place-kicks across the two legs.

With his side determined to bounce back, Shannon boss Tom Hayes said: (Losing 28-7 to Garryowen) was a tough pill to swallow.

Football, which may have come to Ireland from Britain, was originally a peasant pastime based on the parish or village. One challenge between neighbouring villages in Co. Dublin University Football Club is the oldest club in the world in continuous existence. It was unregulated and violent, and fatal accidents occurred during matches with alarming frequency.

It should be quite a tussle at out-half where 21-year-old Connacht Academy talent Conor Dean comes up against one of the provinces former players, Steve Crosbie. Gerard Hill, who played for Belvedere College in last years Leinster Schools Senior Cup final, replaces Eoin Sweeney in the visitors back row. The Belvo management also promote loosehead Adam Howard from the bench.