Wednesday 24 January 2018

Cookies looking to end Cork Con's drive for five

Cork Con are chasing fifth consecutive senior cup. Photo credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan
Cork Con are chasing fifth consecutive senior cup. Photo credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan Sportsdesk

Excitement is rising ahead of this year's Bank of Ireland Munster Senior Cup final at Thomond Park this Sunday, with Young Munster looking to avenge last year's defeat at the hands of Cork Constitution and end their pursuit of a historic five-in-a-row.

The Ballinlough outfit have dominated the tournament since the 2012-13 season, where they defeated UL Bohemians 15-14 to claim their first Provincial title since 2008.

Last year the current crop made history, becoming the first ever senior side in the 125-year history of the club to win the Munster Senior Cup four times in a row.

Cork Con are also chasing an unprecedented five-in-a-row of Bateman Cup titles, after overcoming Midlands outfit Buccaneers 63-0 in the semi-final in January.

Young Munster have shown impressive form on their way to the decider; a confident 48-0 victory over Kanturk in the first round made clear their intentions, before hammering local rivals Shannon 50-3 at Tom Clifford Park.

The semi-final was an altogether more cagey affair, with Shane Airey's drop-goal booking consecutive final appearances in the first period of extra-time. Cork Constitution's passage to the final has been more comfortable, if slightly less spectacular than their opponents.

A 27-6 win in Annacotty over Division 1B side UL Bohemians got their latest campaign off to a successful start, before Nenagh Ormond became the latest to feel the Cork fury, defeated 57-10 at Temple Hill.

The semi-final was an all-Cork affair, as Highfield travelled across the city under the lights and were left empty-handed as Constitution continued a winning run of 19 games in the competition with a 31-15 win.

This season sees both sides near the summit of the All-Ireland League Division 1A with little to separate them, and with the Limerick outfit defeating Constitution 37-15 in the side's last meeting in the AIL - the only team to win at Temple Hill this season - the stage is set for yet another enthralling final in Cork.

Cork Constitution v Young Munster, Irish Independent Park, 2.30pm, Sunday

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