Colm Kinsella previews this weekend’s Munster seniro cup quarter-finals
Cashel v UL Bohs
Friday - Cashel at 8pm
The attractive programme of ODM Munster Senior Cup quarter-finals gets underway on Friday night when UL-Bohemian travel to Spafield to take on newly-promoted Cashel. UL-Bohs’ bounced back from their Limerick Charity Cup semi-final defeat to Shannon to record a convincing 19-3 victory over Thomond in their opening ODM Munster Senior Cup fixture.
Edward Kelly, Robert Buckley and Sean Rennison scored tries for UL-Bohs’, while Aidan McNulty kicked two conversions. Cashel, who were promoted from Junior ranks at the end of last season, stunned Cork Con’ in the opening round of the Cork Charity Cup.
Young Munster V Shannon
Saturday - Tom Clifford Park at 2.30pm
The meeting of this season’s Limerick Charity Cup finalists at Tom Clifford Park is the stand-out tie of the quarter-final action. Both sides will relish the challenge of facing in-form opponents with the commencement of the Ulster Bank All-Ireland League now just over two weeks away.
Shannon reached the semi-final after repeating their earlier their Charity Cup victory over Nenagh Ormond. Tries from David O’Donovan and Luke O’Dea laid the foundation as Stephen Keogh’s side recorded a 35-13 win.
Willie Staunton was in terrific form for 2010 Munster Senior Cup winners Munsters’ as he bagged 24 points in their convincing 38-6 victory over UCC. Home advantage might swing the outcome in Munsters’ favour.
Prediction: Young Munster
Bruff v Midleton
Saturday - Kilballyowen Park at 2.30pm
Bruff’s new head coach Peter Malone will have been pleased with the holders’ display against Clonakilty in the opening round of the ODM Munster Senior Cup last weekend following their tame exit from the Limerick Charity Cup at the hands of Young Munster.
Resilient Bruff recorded a convincing 34-0 victory over their West Cork opponents to set up a home quarter-final tie with Midleton. The holders led 19-0 at half time, with Tom O’Callaghan, Mike Carroll and Tony Cahill scoring tries and Cahill kicking two conversions. Midleton reached the semi-finals courtesy of a 20-6 victory over Highfield.
Dolphin v Garryowen
Sunday - Musgrave Park at 2.30pm
Garryowen recorded the stand-out result of last weekend’s second round ties when defeating traditional Cup heavyweights Cork Constitution 15-9 at Temple Hill.
The ‘light blues’ scored two tries courtesy of Lorcan Bourke and Anthony Kavanagh, while Fergal Lawlor landed a conversion and Declan Cusack added a penalty goal. Garryowen’s reward is another trip to Cork to face Dolphin.