THERE are two all-Limerick ties among the remaining SEAT Munster Schools Junior Cup first round fixtures which are due to be played today, Wednesday.
Last season’s beaten Junior Cup finalists Crescent College Comprehensive host Glenstal Abbey at Dooradoyle at 3.30pm. Meanwhile, across the city, St Munchin’s College take on Ardscoil Rís at Grove Island, again at 3.30pm.
With Eddie Barry as head coach and an impressive array of assistant coaches in Declan Edwards, Conor Cosgrove, Christy Dickinson and Mike Fenton, Crescent College are sure to be well prepared for their Junior Cup assault.
The squad includes Ben Leahy, son of former Munster and Ireland B player Shane Leahy who won two Senior Cup medals with the school in 1989 and 1990. The talented Eoghan O’Halloran is a son of former Young Munster and Thomond star Aidan O’Halloran, while Mark Edward’s son Declan previously played with Young Munster and is a past President of the club. Michael Fenton’s father Mike, who is an assistant coach, previously played with Garryowen.
Opponents Glenstal Abbey have no fewer than eight squad members back from 2014 which should stand the Murroe side in good stead in the Cup campaign.
St Munchin’s will be captained by the promising Evan Maher who is playing scrum half for the second year in the competition for their clash with Ardscoil Ris.
Head Coach Ken Kelly is assisted by forwards Coach Tim Airey, backs coach Pat Cross and Ronan Loughrey who looks after S&C.
Opponents Ardscoil Ris have two survivors from their 2014 Cup campaign back once again in Luke Clohessy and Craig Casey. Casey, who is also the Junior Cup captain, is a son of Gerry Casey, currently involved in the management team at Thomond RFC .
Under the second chance system, the loser’s of today’s first round games will get a second opportunity to qualify for the semi-finals. Winners of first round games will gain home advantage at the quarter-final stage. CBC and Rockwell meet in the day’s other first round tie.