Young Munster and Old Crescent meet in Charity Cup final

Young Munster and Old Crescent meet in Charity Cup final

Thomond Park hosts the 91st Limerick Charity Cup final on Thursday night when Young Munster and Old Crescent meet at 7.30pm.

Young Munster defeated Nenagh Ormond and UL Bohemian on their path to the final with their opponents Old Crescent overcoming Shannon and Garryowen.

Both clubs are currently enjoying a good season in the All Ireland League.  Division 1A side Young Munster are currently standing at fifth position in the top flight following their 14-6 win over Terenure College at Clifford Park and will look forward to their local derby evening cup fixture. 

High-flying Old Crescent top their division at 2C, retaining their lead following an emphatic 54-5 bonus win over Sligo in their weekend league fixture at Rosbrien.

The final had originally been due to go ahead of St Stephen’s Day, but was postponed due to an unplayable pitch at Tom Clifford Park following heavy rainfall.

Neither side are involved in Ulster Bank League action this weekend, but tomorrow night’s final will provide some vital competitive match experience before the AIL resumes on Saturday week.

The competition was originally known as the Hospital Cup introduced in 1924 to raise funds for St. Johns and Barrington Hospitals. The name was later changed to the Limerick Charity Cup to encapsulate other charities.

The proceeds of the competition this year will go to Milford Hospice, the IRFU Charitable Trust and the Redemptorist Fathers Christmas Poor Campaign.

Meanwhile, there is one game in the AIL on Saturday with Thomond hosting UCC in a rearranged fixture in Division 2A.

The Fitzgerald Park clash is due to kick-off at 2.30pm.

Thomond won’t lack for motivation ahead of this weekend’s game as the students recorded a runaway 38-0 success when the sides met at The Mardyke in December.

Resilient Thomond boosted their survival hopes in 2A thanks to a convincing 25-7 victory over fellow strugglers Skerries on Saturday.

Ninth-placed Thomond moved to within a point of Skerries and four clear of basement side Corinthians.