0012 galwegians  0008 corinthiansThe oldest competition in Connacht Rugby – the Connacht Senior Cup final is being played on Friday 20th of December under the floodlights at Crowley Park when Galwegians host Corinthians at 7.30 pm.

First played in 1896, The Connacht Senior Cup in it’s current format is played between Connacht’s four UBL clubs, with the winner going forward to represent Connacht in the All Ireland Bateman Cup. Connacht haven’t had a winner of the Bateman Cup in its current format, with only 3 editions played. Cork Constitution are the current holders, and the team that both Galwegians and Corinthians want to dethrone.

Corinthians will be hoping for revenge following last season’s come from behind defeat to their local rivals. Last years final was an epic, with a huge second half effort from Galwegians overcoming a 15-11 deficit, to emerge victorious 31-15.

There was a number of Connacht academy players on show that day, with Finlay Bealham getting on the scoresheet for Corinthians, and Tadhg Leader’s goalkicking keeping Galwegians in touch in that difficult first period.

Both teams will be looking to have their academy players back, with Eoghan Masterson and James Connolly featuring for Corinthians in the semi final victory over Sligo. David Panter, Ultan Dillane and Aaron Conneely could also make an appearance after featuring in last year’s final.

Galwegian’s narrow victory over Corinthians in the League will give them confidence. That 19-16 result at the end of September featured a number of likely starters for Friday, with academy players Marcus Walsh and Daragh Leader also involved.

One key battle that will go a long way to deciding the outcome will be if standout performers from last year’s final Eoin Rooney, Brian McClaren and Anthony Ryan, can match Corinthians talents of Dillane, Conneely, Connolly and Masterson.

In a game nearly impossible to call, one thing is for certain, this year’s final promises to be one not to be missed.

 

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