THE 91st Limerick Charity Cup final featuring Young Munster and Old Crescent that was due to take place at Tom Clifford Park on St Stephen’s Day has been called off.
The match, which was due to take place at 5pm, has been called off due to an unplayable pitch.
Young Munster had defeated Nenagh Ormond and UL Bohemian on their path to the final with their opponents Old Crescent overcoming Shannon and Garryowen. Both clubs are enjoying a good season in the All Ireland League.
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.
The match between Young Munster and Old Crescent was due to honour the memory of Michael Kelly who was a member of Young Munster, a distinguished member of the Munster Branch and a close friend of Rev Fr JG Guinane SJ, founding member of Old Crescent. The Kelly Cup is played for annually on St Stephen’s Day.
Meanwhile, in a rescheduled Ulster Bank League fixture, Thomond suffered a 38-0 thumping at the hands of UCC at the Mardyke in Division 2A on Saturday last.
UCC moved into third place after this runaway bonus point win over the Liam Fitzgerald Park side.
Since beating high-flying Banbridge in late September, Thomond’s results have been poor with five losses in the last six rounds of AIL fixtures. That run of results has seen the Limerick side slip to ninth place in the table, level on points with basement outfit, Corinthians. Thomond have won two AIL fixtures in all.