ÁRDSCOIL Rís will run-up against Presentation Brothers College in the Munster Schools Junior Cup Final at Thomond Park next Wednesday (kick-off 2pm).
In their respective semi-finals, Árdscoil survived a comeback from local rivals Castletroy College and PBC came from behind to overcome St Munchin’s College.
Ardscoil built up a 23-0 half-time lead, but weathered a hectic storm from their dogged opponents in the closing period. Tries for the winners came through Frank Sheehan-Williams, Daniel O’Connell, Lloyd Costello, while James Butler was successful with one conversion attempt and also landed two fine penalties.
It’s a first appearance in the Under-16 Final for Árdscoil since 2012. The school has two Junior Cup wins, secured in 2003 and 2005.
The game will be refereed by John Lillis of Thurles who is manager of the Limerick Senior Camogie team.
Árdscoil Rís: Frank Sheehan-Williams, Daniel O’Connell, Leo Connolly, Aaron Kelly, Dylan Quirke, James Butler, Ollie Desmond; Jamie Kelly, David Salmon, Lochlann Brown, Lloyd Costelloe, Daniel O’Flaherty, Jack Rafferty, Brendan Morrissey, Darragh Leyden, Jack Hartigan, Jake Das, Matthew Collins, Christian Cantillon, Brian O’Loughlin, Cathal O’Doherty, Conor Ryan, Louis O’Flanagan, Alexander Fennell, Jack Thorne.
A BRILLIANT campaign thus far for Desmond League will culminate in a SFAI (Under-14) All-Ireland Cup Final against Kerry at University of Limerick on Saturday (kick-off 4.30pm).
Desmond have arrived centre-stage following merited wins over Clare, North Tipperary, Donegal, and NEC (North East Counties) in the semi-final. The latter was a truly superb 3-2 victory against highly fancied opposition, with the goals arriving through Eamon O’Sullivan (Shountrade), Broadford United’s Seán O’Flynn, and Brooklyn Delahunty of Dromore United.
Desmond: Zach Bennis, Ryan Foley, Aaron Murphy, John Ross-O’Reilly, Ben Hough, Eoin Hennessy, Eamon O’Sullivan, Rowan Collins, Tiarnan Kelly, Seán O’Flynn, Dylan Buckley, Michael Kirby, Brooklyn Delahunty, Thomas McMahon, Sheagh Mulvihill, Matthew Walshe, Charlie McCarthy, Andrew Johnson, Mikolaj Pater, and Cian Barry.
Management: Niall O’Connor, Kevin Taylor, and Tommy O’Connor.
On the senior front, winless Treaty United are at Athlone Town in the First Division of the League of Ireland on this Friday night (kick-off 7.45pm).
Athlone, who have won their last couple of league outings, sit mid-table. In the corresponding fixture last season, Athlone won 2-0.