YOUNG Munster will aim to take a step towards securing a fourth Limerick Charity Cup title in a row when they face fellow AIL Division 1A side, Garryowen, at the semi-final stage of the competition this Friday.
And in the second semi-final, last season’s beaten finalists Shannon will host UL-Bohemian at Coonagh.
Adding interest to this clash will be the presnce of Mossie Lawler in the UL-Bohs’ ranks.
Lawler moved to the Annacotty side as Director of Rugby from Shannon during the summer, but the former Munster star showed that he has a lot to contribute to the on-field efforts of the red, red robins bagging two tries in their 17-6 quarter-final victory over Bruff.
Holders Young Munster secured their semi-final meeting with Garryowen this Friday night at Clifford Park at 6.45pm, thans to an exciting 36-21 victory over a plucky Old Crescent side at Clifford Park.
New-look Young Munster scored three tries through Darren Gallagher, Darragh Cantillon anbd a penalty try, while Wilie Staunton landed four penalty goals and three conversions, while Declan Bannon added a drop goal.
A youthful Garryowen side saw off Nenagh Ormond 23-10 at Dooradoyle to set up their semi-final meeting with Munsters’
The ‘light blues’ had tries from Jack O’Donovan, Anthony Kavanagh and replacement Mark Hanrahan.
UL-Bohs’ also scored three tries in setting up their semi-final meeting with Shannon at Coonagh this Saturday at 2.30pm.
Flanker Keith McManus bagged the first with Lawler chipping in with two more, one in either half.
Stephen Keogh’s Shannon side had to withsatnd a strong second half fightback from Thomond before securing their second-final spot.
Thomond showed plenty of character after turning over 20-3 down and a blistering last quarter saw them go within a whisker of at least levelling the tie, only to be denied at the death.
Shannon raced into an early 10-0 lead with Dan Heffernan scoring a fine try and out-half Ben Sergeant kicking a penalty and conversion.
A second Sergeant penalty and a Ken Hanley try which the out-half converted saw Shannon pull further clear.
Ten minutes after the re-start it was 20-9, but further penalties from Sergeant and Rob Guerin helped Shannon advance to their semi-final meeting with UL-Bohemian.
The final of the Limerick Charity Cup is due to take place on the weekend of September 7-8, while the ODM Munster Senior Cup is due to begin on the following weekend.