Munster Senior Cup semis go ahead without Shannon

YOUNG Munster are due to face UL-Bohemian in the semi-final of the ODM Munster Senior Cup this Saturday after Shannon were deemed to have failed to field a team in their scheduled quarter-final clash with the Clifford Park side.

YOUNG Munster are due to face UL-Bohemian in the semi-final of the ODM Munster Senior Cup this Saturday after Shannon were deemed to have failed to field a team in their scheduled quarter-final clash with the Clifford Park side.

Competition organisers held that Shannon had been ‘unable to field a team on Friday night’ when the scheduled quarter-final clash with Young Munster at Coonagh was postponed. As a result a walkover had been awarded to Shannon’s opponents Young Munster.

Both quarter-finals of the ODM Munster Senior Cup are scheduled to take place this Saturday with AIL Division 1A rivals UL-Bohemian entertaining Young Munster at Annacotty at 2.30pm and Cork Constitution hosting surprise packets Cashel at Temple Hill at the same time. A Shannon RFC spokeswoman said the club was disappointed by the decision of the Munster Branch. Shannon RFC insist the club remains available to play the quarter-final with Young Munster on a mutually agreeable date.

Shannon, 19-time winners of the Munster Senior Cup, have made a disappointing start to the AIL season and face a crucial home fixture in Division 1A against Dolphin on Saturday week.

In a statement issued in the wake of the postponement of Friday night’s scheduled quarter-final tie with Young Munster, Shannon RFC President Vincent Ryan said that ‘health and safety concerns’ had dictated that Coonagh was unavailable to stage the fixture.

The statement continued: “Having offered several alternatives, including playing the game next Sunday afternoon in Coonagh, no agreement on an alternative was reached. Shannon RFC remain committed to this premier provincial competition, inaugurated in 1886, and remain available to play this fixture on a mutually agreed date in the future.”

Limerick clubs are going for four-in-a-row following Young Munster’s success in 2010, Bruff’s victory in 2011 and Garryowen’s win of last season.

The final of the ODM Munster Senior Cup is provisionally fixed to take place on Saturday, November 24. Should Cork Con overcome their AIL Division 2A opponents Cashel this weekend, the decider will be played at a Cork venue.