EIGHT local rugby sides will be battling it our for semi-final places in this season’s Limerick Charity Cup when the four quarter-finals take place this Friday and Saturday.
The Charity Cup fixtures also provide clubs with their final competitive match work-out before the start of the new Ulster Bank All-Ireland League season which kicks-off a week later on September 12.
The Charity Cup quarter-final action begins on Friday evening when UL-Bohemian host Thomond in Annacotty, 6.30pm.
UL-Bohs are the only side in the last eight to have already played a fixture in the competition. Colm Tucker’s side secured a gritty 27-18 win over AIL 1A side Young Munster at Annacotty on Saturday in their first round fixture.
The home side led 14-10 at half time, with tries from Darragh Moroney and Eoin Cross. Joe Murray converted both. Young Munster’s were awarded a penalty try and Willie Staunton converted and also added a penalty.
A penalty by Staunton and a try by Craig O’Hanlon saw Munsters’ lead 18-14. However, two Murray penalties and a conversion of a try by Colin Ryan saw the Robins advance to a home quarter final tie against Thomond this Friday.
In Friday night’s second Charity Cup quarter-final, Old Crescent will host Nenagh Ormond at Rosbrien at 7.45pm.
The winners of the UL-Bohs/Thomond quarter-final will face the victors of the Old Crescent v Nenagh Ormond clash at the semi-final stage of the Cup.
The remaining two quarter-finals in this season’s Limerick Charity Cup are scheduled to take place on Saturday afternoon.
Garryowen, preparing for life outside of the AIL’s top flight for the first time in their history, travel to Kilballyowen Park to take on Bruff at 2.30pm.
In the day’s other quarter-final tie, Charity Cup holders Shannon travel to Richmond Park to take on Richmond also at 2.30pm.