LOCAL rivals Crescent College Comprehensive and Castletroy College will face-off at the semi-final stage of the 107th Clayton Hotels Munster Schools Senior Cup at Thomond Park this Thursday, 2.30pm.
The Limerick schools last met in the 2014 semi final at Rosbrien which saw Crescent claim a 23-8 victory under the captaincy of Cormac Blake.
The Dooradoyle school went on to win the title for their second year in a row deating Ardscoil Rís, in the first ever all Limerick final since the competition's inception in 1909.
The winners of Thursday’s all-Limerick semi-final will face CBC, of Cork, in next month’s final.
Crescent College have 11 titles to their credit with two doubles claimed in 1989 and 1990 and more recently in 2013 and 2014.
With one title to their credit, 2008 was the last occasion that a new name was inscribed on the trophy whenCastletroy College, captained by Paul Dooley, overcame CBC 21-15 in a thrilling decider at Dooradoyle.
Many of the Castletroy and Crescent senior representatives will know each other from the 2013 Junior Cup semi final when Castletroy College emerged victorious over Crescent, winning the Junior title for the second time.
Crescent College recovered from a first round defeat to CBC to defeat Glenstal Abbey and Rockell College on route to Thursday’s semi-final. Opponents Castletroy College have taken the direct route to the semis, defeating Glenstal Abbey and St Clement’s College to date.
Despite losing their opening fixture, Crescent will start as favourites in Thursday’s semi-final.
The Dooradoyle side boast a highly impressive backline led by the likes of free-scoring full-back Daniel Hurley, centres Calvin Nash and Billy O’Hora and winger Conor Phillips. All four are representative players.
Crescent pack plenty of punch up front too with captain Bailey Faloon and flankers Niall Mulcahy and Daniel Feasey forming a powerful back-row unit.
Opponents Castletroy College began the Cup as bookies favourites to win it, but despite winning both their fixtures to date, the Newtown school has drifted out to fourth favourites in the latest bookmakers odds.
City Cup holders Castletroy College will look to upset the odds with the likes of captain Niall O’Shea and his back-row colleagues Dylan Reeves-Wasik and Eoin Hourigan, lock Sean English, prop Joseph Conway, winger Eoghan Carew and full-back Shane Hogan among their key figures.
The final of the Clayton Hotels Munster Schools Senior Cup is scheduled to take place on Turesday, March 8 in Cork.
However, there is growing speculation that the Cork-Limerick final will be switched to a new date of Sunday, March 13.
Confirmation of any change of date will be announced in the coming days. The Clayton Hotels new partnership deal with Munster Rugby will run for the next two years.