GARRYOWEN will face holders Cork Constitution in the Munster Senior Cup final for the second successive year after the clubs won their respective semi-finals on Saturday.
Garryowen secured their final berth thanks to a convincing 23-3 victory over local rivals UL-Bohs on the back pitch at Thomond Park. Cork Con kept their bid for a three-in-a-row on titles when scoring a 28-16 win over Young Munster at Temple Hill.
The final of this season’s Munster Senior Cup is due to take place at a Cork venue on December 27. Cork Con earned a dramatic 9-6, extra-time win over Garryowen in last season’s Munster Senior Cup final at Thomond Park.
Garryowen led UL-Bohs 16-3 at half-time in their semi-final tie. The ‘light blues’ bagged a crucial try just half-time through captain Dave Sherry. Garryowen were also awarded a penalty try after an hour. Out-half Jamie Gavin kicked 13 points for the Dooradoyle side, while Shane Airey had UL-Bohs only points with a first half penalty goal.
Young Munster’s hopes of a first Cup success since 2010 were ended by Tom Tierney’s Cork Con side after a competitive tie. Munsters’ had beaten the Temple Hill side in Cork when they met in Division 1A of the Ulster Bank League earlier in the season.
Meanwhile, Bruff are up to seventh place in Division 2B of the Ulster Bank League after recording a precious 9-9 draw away to Sligo.
Declan Bannon kicked all of Bruff’s nine points. The Kilballyowen Park side did lead the game 9-3 at one stage.