Guilfoyle-James Cup Metro J6 Final Preview
St. Mary’s College R.F.C. v Stillorgan-Rathfarnham R.F.C.
Energia Park, Donnybrook Stadium – Wednesday 17th April 2019 8pm
Despite the great recent successes of the J4 / J5 squads in the league in recent years, the Cup has generally proved more elusive. Until this year, you would have had to go back to 2014 for the last time the team had reached a semi-final, in that year losing out to neighbours Terenure. For the last time St. Mary’s tasted cup success at this level, you will have to go back to 2012 when they beat Clontarf in extra time in the O’Connor Cup. A few players from that campaign are still around this team and you can read the report from that great night on the St. Mary’s Website
The route to the final this year for St. Mary’s has been a little unusual. In the first round they produced an excellent display to defeat Monkstown in Sydney Parade. In the Quarter Final, they were paired with their old friends Kilkenny Normans who unfortunately had to concede the game due to injuries. In the Semi Final they faced Coolmine in Templeville Road and were defeated 30-17. However in the following days it transpired Coolmine had fielded ineligible players and the game was awarded to St. Mary’s.
Stillorgan-Rathfarnham have had some very strong wins against Railway Union and Clontarf to reach this final and their J4 team are competing in the O’Connor Cup final so are chasing a cup double. St. Mary’s and Stillorgan have not played this season but have had several encounters in the previous season with several closely contested games.
Captain James Casey and his squad know they are going to have to put in a top performance on Wednesday to secure victory. They have been given a great chance to cap off the hard work put in by the squad and coaches all season and will need great support from the sidelines to cheer them on. The team are looking for strong St. Mary’s presence in Donnybrook to get past Stillorgan. In one of the final competitive games of the club’s calendar, we need everyone to come along to Donnybrook!