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Cookies hoping to halt Cork Con's drive for five

Young Munster and Cork Con will face off in a repeat of last year’s Bank of Ireland Munster Senior Cup final. Photo: INPHO/Cathal Noonan
Young Munster and Cork Con will face off in a repeat of last year’s Bank of Ireland Munster Senior Cup final. Photo: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

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The Bank of Ireland Munster Senior Cup final between Cork Constitution and Young Munster will be played on Sunday, February 26, at Irish Independent Park with a 2.30pm kick-off.

It will be the 126th showpiece decider of the prestigious competition with Young Munster hoping to avenge last year's final defeat to the Cork club.

First staged in 1886, the Munster Senior Cup is among the oldest events in world rugby with Cork Con the second most successful club with 27 titles, behind Garryowen (38-time winners).

Young Munster have captured the trophy on seven occasions and enjoyed big wins over Kanturk and Shannon in the opening rounds before a 16-13 win away to Cashel in the semi-final. The Cookies needed a drop-goal from Shane Airey in the first period of extra-time to decide the issue after a superb match.

Cork Con, meanwhile, navigated a tricky tie away to UL Bohemians in the first round of the cup before a comprehensive victory against Nenagh Ormond in the second round. Highfield provided stern opposition in the semi-final but the All Ireland League 1A outfit emerged with a 31-15 win.

Cork Constitution are on course for a fifth successive Munster Senior Cup success after last year's decider which ended 14-7 in their favour at Thomond Park.

The winners of next month's final will advance to next year's Bateman Cup along with the Leinster, Ulster and Connacht champions.

Con also claimed an unprecedented Bateman Cup four-in-a-row last year thanks to a runaway 38-19 final win over Galwegians and will meet Old Belvedere in this season's final at the end of April.

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