Monday night sees the Munster Senior Cup semi-final between Rockmount and Cobh Ramblers finally take place at Rockmount Park. Cobh defeated Bandon back in January to progress to this round, and it is Cork City who await the victors in the final.
Rockmount are the current holders of the trophy, having defeated Cork City in the 2020 final. The 2021 edition of the tournament did not take place but the competition made a welcome return this year. The Rams have claimed the title six times, most recently in 2016 when Rockmount were defeated at the final stage.
The Whitechurch side enjoyed an incredibly successful 2021/22 season, winning the MSL Premier Division title and the FAI intermediate cup among other honours. They will be eager to retain their hold on the historic Munster Cup and it will make for a tough test. A number of former Rams are now in the Rockmount ranks, including brothers Eoin and Cian Murphy, goalkeeper David Browne and midfielder Adam Crowley.
It’s a first Cup tie for Cobh manager Shane Keegan and comes on the back of his first win on Friday at home to Bray. It also sets the scene ahead of Sunday’s FAI Cup first round tie with Cork City in St Colman’s Park.
Goalkeeper Sean Barron and midfielder Pierce Phillips remain absent for Ramblers through injury and won’t feature on the night.
Kick-off on Monday is at 19:45 in Rockmount Park, with the tie to be decided on the night.