Tuesday 20 February 2018

Cork Con look to continue flying form in Senior Cup trip to UL Bohs

Declan Rooney

Fresh from victory in the Cork Charity Cup semi-final over Highfield, Cork Constitution will be hopeful of transferring their impressive early-season cup form into another knock-out competition as they take on UL Bohemian in the ODM Financial Munster Senior Cup first round.

Con face a difficult task at Annacotty; their Cork Charity Cup final opponents, Cashel, will also hope to leave Limerick with a victory when they take on Young Munster at Tom Clifford Park tomorrow.

Fellow Cork side Dolphin are highly fancied to ease their way into the quarter-finals as they take on Thomond at Musgrave Park, while the meeting of Midleton and Sunday's Well at Towns Park looks like being an altogether tighter affair, with the winner due to meet the victors from the Cork Con-UL Bohs encounter.

Richmond will be hoping to create a huge shock when they meet Garryowen in the all-Limerick tie at Canal Bank, while UCC and Nenagh Ormond do battle at the Mardyke, with an away quarter-final against either Old Crescent or Highfield up for grabs.


And in perhaps the most mouth-watering tie of the first round, Shannon RFC will be hoping to carry on their impressive pre-season pace when they take on Bruff at Coonagh.

With the Limerick Charity Cup final win over UL Bohs already notched up this season, Shannon will fancy their chances of taking the scalp of fellow Limerick side Bruff in tomorrow's tussle.

James Murphy's first-half try gave Shannon the edge over Bohs in last weekend's final, but it wasn't until John Shine touched down in the second half and Tadhg Bennett found his range with the boot that Shannon took the silverware for the first time in four years.

With just one week to go to the opening All Ireland League games, expect all sides to throw their big names into the fray as they work on ironing out the creases ahead of the new season. All games kick-off at 2.30.

Irish Independent

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