Munsters' coach Corkery relishes semi-final date with old boys Con 

Colm Kinsella


Colm Kinsella

Munsters' coach Corkery relishes semi-final date with old boys Con 

YOUNG Munster will look to secure a place in this season’s Ulster Bank League Division 1 final when they face Munster rivals Cork Constitution in a high stakes semi-final clash on Saturday.

Munsters’ travel to Temple Hill to face Cork Con’ (2.30pm) hoping to complete a hat-trick of wins over their arch rivals in the AIL this season.

Con’ pipped the Limerick side for home advantage in this weekend’s semi-final after securing a dramatic last gasp, bonus point win over Galwegians on Saturday.

At the same time, Munsters could only manage three tries in their 22-3 victory over Lansdowne at Clifford Park.

Despite the disappointment of missing out on securing a home semi-final, Munsters’ head coach and former Cork Con player David Corkery said there was no reason why the Greenfields side couldn’t win at Temple Hill.

Corkery said: “We are alive, we’re kicking and by Christ it is going to take a good side to beat us. I’ll tell you that right now.

”Con’ better be prepared because we are coming. We have beaten them twice already this season, by a point on both occasions in the last minute of the game. There is no reason why we cannot do it again.

”This club has only ever won one AIL, 20-odd year ago, but the club is better than that, way better than that. We didn’t pick up any injuries against Lansdowne which is good.

“Diarmuid McCarthy might be back next week. This is a massive week ahead. Saturday’s semi-final is a massive game.”

Corkery was keen to play down the significance that he will be bringing his Young Munster side to his former club this weekend. 

”It’s nothing for me to be honest with you. I actually couldn’t care less. It’s about the lads. It is they I really feel for.

”This is about Young Munsters. It is about the players inside in that dressing room. It is about the players who train on a Tuesday and Thursday night. That is what it means to me.

”We haven’t got to the last four by luck. It is by design.

”If we beat Con we end up in the final at the Aviva Stadium. Finals are won on neutral venues.

”The disappointment of narrowly missing out on a home semi-final is my team speech done for next weekend. 

”I am surplus to requirements now at this time of the season.”

Clontarf host UCD at Castle Avenue in the second Division 1 semi-final. The Ulster Bank League final goes ahead at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday, May 8.