Moyle Rovers will embark on another Munster club championship campaign on Sunday when they take on UCC in Clonmel at 2pm.
Rovers go into the semi final clash determined to make up for the defeat in the county final to combination team Thomas MacDonaghs.
Their opponents UCC defeated Monaleen of Limerick in the quarter final after extra time in a thrilling match. That one point victory secured by the students over the Limerick side will have provided them with the perfect preparation for Sunday’s contest.
On the same day Dr. Croke’s of Kerry take on Kilmurray/Ibrickane of Clare in the other semi.
Made up of a pick of players from mostly Cork and Kerry clubs, UCC will provide further combination opposition for Moyle Rovers as they attempt to recover from the county final setback.
“The players were all very disappointed, nobody likes losing a county final. There was a very positive reaction after that game from the players and that has continued in training since then and they are determined to give everything they have in the Munster championship,” said manager Tony Smith.
He will have to plan without the services of Paul Shanahan who suffered two breaks to his hand early in the second half of the county final. His loss is a big blow and David McGrath who pulled up with a troublesome hamstring after being introduced as a sub in the county final is also unavailable as is Declan Browne.
“I saw Cork in their county final and we know how slick and talented an outfit they are. Effectively we took on a North Tipp team in our county final and now we have to take on a team that have the pick of clubs in Cork and Kerry,” he said.