THE rescheduled Munster Schools Senior Cup qualifier clash of St Clement’s College and Glenstal Abbey will now take place this Friday, January 16 on the 4G rugby pitch at UL at 2pm.
The all-Limerick derby clash had been due to take place this Wednesday on the 4G pitch in UL, but was postponed due to the advderse weather.
St Clement’s College have come through a rigorous qualifying campaign to book their place in today’s play-off.
St Clement’s scored an impressive 17-5 win over Bandon Grammar at Fermoy RFC in November to reach the play-off.
St Clement’s led Bandon Grammar 7-5 at half-time, with a try from Aaron Dunne, which was converted by Jack Broderick.
Two second half tries from Darragh Ryan and Ross Fitzgerald sealed St Clement’s passage to the next round.
Clement’s will look to the likes of team captain and Munster Youths player, Ryan Minihan, second row Kristian Burchardt, a Superleague Basketball player with UL Eagles and talented half-back Hugh O’Brien-Cunningham to inspire them in Wednesday’s play-off.
Head coach of the St Clement’s College Senior Cup team is Shane Mullally, while Brendan Guilfoyle is the side’s forwards coach.
Despite having impressed in their qualifier fixtures in recent months, St Clement’s will go into the game as underdogs.
Glenstal Abbey, second favourites to win this season’s Munster Schools Senior Cup with the bookmakers, claimed a deserved success in the Colm Tucker Limerick City Senior Cup final when beating Crescent College Comprehensive 22-14 before Christmas.
Twelve of last year’s starting Senior Cup XV return to the Glenstal Abbey Senior Cup squad and there are also six interprovincial players from Munster and Connacht.
The winners of the St Clement’s College v Glenstal Abbey play-off will face Castletroy College in the first round proper on Tuesday, January 27.
The SEAT Munster Schools Senior Cup first round clash of Limerick rivals St Munchin’s College and Ardscoil Ris will now take place at Thomond Park on Wednesday, January 28 at 2pm. It was originally scheduled to take place at 7.30pm that day.
Holders Crescent College face CBC at Clifford Park and PBC face Rockwell College at the Mardyke on Wednesday, January 28.
St Clement’s face a Munster Schools Junior Cup preliminary round game against Rockwell College on January 21 at Clifford Park, 3pm.
The winner of that play-off tie will face Christian Brothers College (CBC), of Cork, in the first round of the Cup.