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Highfield Book Place in ODM Munster Senior Cup Final

23rd November 2007 By Munster Rugby

Highfield will contest the ODM Munster Senior Challenge Cup Final at the end of December after claiming a 21-0 win over Sunday’s Well at Temple Hill on Friday night.

Just 80 minutes now separate the Woodleigh Park side with the title they last won in 1968. However, Highfield will have to wait until Sunday afternoon to find out who their opponents will be when Shannon and Cork Constitution contest the second semi final.

Despite the icy conditions, Highfield set out their stall early, with Brian O’Meara notching up three penalties to give Highfield a 9-0 lead. Winger Paul Matson added to Sunday’s Well’s woes when he crossed the line for Highfield’s first try after 25 minutes and second row John Stevenson claimed another five points after 36 minutes to give Highfield a 21-0 lead. Despite Sunday’s Well regrouping and looking to threaten Highfield’s line throughout the second half, a resolute Highfield defence prevented the Well from making any dent on the scoreboard in the second half. In fact, Highfield’s first half attacking performance proved to be enough to see them through to the final- with neither side adding to the score line in the second half, the final result was 21-0.

Shannon and Cork Constitution meet in the second semi final of the ODM Munster Senior Challenge Cup at Clifford Park on Sunday at 2pm.

HIGHFIELD
15. Dave O’Brien, 14. Peter Martin, 13. Colin Mahony, 12. John Gleeson, 11. Paul Matson, 10. Conor Quaid, 9. Brian O’Meara, 1. Dave Ryan (Captain), 2. Mike Essex, 3. Martin Gately, 4. John Stevenson, 5. John Murphy, 6. Johnathon Bradling-Harris, 7. Conor Hartigan, 8. Maurice Power
Replacements: Billy Quinlan, Dave O’Hea, Rob McGrath, Robert Bogue, Landy Hill, Frank Quinlan
Coach: Geoff Moylan
Manager: Donal Brennan

SUNDAY’S WELL RFC
15. Colin Corkery, 14. Alan Long, 13. Jono Lynch, 12. Kevin Lucey, 11. Dave Twohig, 10. Tila Taoiloa, 9. Rory Carroll, 1. Padraig Sisk, 2. Darren Blower, 3. Ritchie McKinnie, 4. Ian Carroll (Captain), 5. Eamonn Murphy, 6. Declan Coppinger, 7. Jason Rose, 8. Tumaile Tasola
Replacements:
16. John Moynihan, 17. Joe Moynihan, 18 Eoin Crean, 19. Dave Power, 20. Niall Horgan
Coach: Tommy Crowe
Asst Coach: David Corkery
Manager: Roy Thomas


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2007/8 ODM MUNSTER SENIOR CHALLENGE CUP

FIXTURES/RESULTS

Round One
Thomond 6-10 Sunday’s Well

Round Two
Bruff 12-24 UL Bohemian
Clonakilty 10-53 Shannon
Dolphin 20-19 Young Munster
Highfield 27-6 UCC
Midleton 7-13 Garryowen
Old Crescent 29-23 Nenagh Ormond
Sunday’s Well 32-18 Waterpark

Quarter Finals
Highfield 36-0 Dolphin
Shannon 22-16 Garryowen
Sunday’s Well 20-17 Old Crescent
U.L. Bohemian 20-21 Cork Constitution

Semi-Finals
Highfield v Sunday’s Well
Shannon v Cork Constitution

ODM Munster Senior Challenge Cup Final
W/E 29th December 2007

SPONSORS

ODM Accountants, North Main Street, Bandon, Co. Cork, are sponsoring this prestigious competition for the third year in a row. The company are long standing supporters of Munster Rugby and have close links with local club Bandon RFC. All three partners, Niall O’ Driscoll, Past President of the Munster Branch, his brother Gearóid O’ Driscoll and Dan Murphy are all members of the West Cork club which is one of the oldest in the province at 125 years this season. The Munster Senior Challenge Cup has a particular place in the hearts of all those involved in Bandon RFC, as the club won the very first Munster Senior Challenge Cup in 1886, defeating Garryowen one try to nil after a replay.


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