Clonmel seek to complete magnificent treble

The showpiece match of the season takes place this weekend as the Munster Junior Cup final pits the dominant junior club of the season, Clonmel, with the top seconds of a senior club, Shannon, at Thomond Park on Sunday (5pm).

Clonmel are looking to record an historic treble, having already secured the Clubs Cup and league title.

The Tipperary side possess a host of attacking threats with numerous excellent runners, while the interplay is always of a high quality. Ronan Crosse has been racking up tries with Darren Cass and Alex Sheehan other men Shannon will need to be a close eye on. The Tipp’s side foundation is based on a strong pack and they will look to win the forward battle and hope their backs can take advantage.

Shannon have been just as impressive getting to this stage. They topped their league section and this proud club will be eager to claim this prestigious piece of silverware. They haven’t had it easy in this campaign with a couple of hard-fought victories against some of the top Division 1 sides.

The team proved their self-belief and desire when snatching a win against St Senan’s before showing superb composure to pull through against Kilfeacle. The boot of Ronan McKenna is a big asset while Kelvin Brown has popped up with some crucial scores. If they can still be in the game around the hour mark, they will be confident that they can finish strongly.

Way up in Carrickfergus, the Munster junior team will be aiming to follow up an excellent victory over Leinster, as they face a very tough Ulster side in the Junior Interprovincial series.

Against Leinster, Munster had trailed 17-3 at half-time. The team showed great character to pull back and will be full of confidence ahead of this difficult trip.

Eoin Geary was a key figure, with the Cobh Pirates out-half dictating the second half of the game and he will be a key man once again. He will be the first to acknowledge the effort of the pack in front of him, with Kieran Downey and Pa Ryan putting big efforts in.

Munster have made three changes to that team, with Rory Hannon and Courtney Canning coming into the pack and Mark Chandler set to play on the wing.

There are a number of other trophies to be claimed as clubs look to finish the season on a high. The Cork County Cup Final provides a mouthwatering tie in Bandon as Skibbereen and Clonakilty battle it out. Clon finished higher in the league but will be eager to avenge a defeat suffered in Skibb.

Tonight in Musgrave Park, Highfield and Cobh Pirates contest the Junior 2 Cup South Final. In Rathcooney, Crosshaven will be eager to salvage something from a disappointing season as they compete in the McCarthy Cup decider. Fermoy provide the opposition and will be confident of claiming some silverware.

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