St. Michael’s v Terenure College been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch it has been rescheduled for Monday 3rd Feb, 3pm in Templeville RD.
Preview of St.Michael’s vs. Terenure
It’s that time of year again, the time that every schoolboy, past and present, lives for. The schools chants are echoing around Donnybrook as anticipation rises for what is sure to be a cracking campaign once again. St. Michael’s and Terenure clash in the first round of this year’s Beauchamps Leinster Senior Cup this Sunday at Donnybrook.
Both teams suffered heartbreak last season, St. Michaels came up short in a tantalising final against fellow Holy Ghost rivals Blackrock. While Terenure went into last year’s Senior Cup as favourites with players like Harrison Brewer and Billy Dardis but crashed out against an impressive Roscrea side. Both teams will have fire in their bellies as they march onto the sand-laden fortress that is Donnybrook stadium.
St. Michael’s have an impressive side once again this year with an incredible ten Leinster representatives including captain Charlie Cregan and 5th Year James Ryan who is tipped to have a prosperous professional career when he leaves school. Other players to watch this Sunday are Adam Leavy and Alex Penny who offer St. Michaels another dimension of attack. For Terenure they have a big pack including Leinster reps Robert Lalor and Andrew Roche that is likely to trouble St. Michael’s at the breakdown. Scrum-half Tim Schmidt enters his third campaign for Terenure and looks to be central to their game plans.
Duels of the Game:
Undoubtedly, the biggest duel of this Sunday’s game at Donnybrook is the titanic clash between James Ryan and James Lalor who will both be looking to lead by example in each pack. Both prominent at the line-out and breakdown, it is set up to be an old fashioned dog fight between the two talisman. Another duel is between the two scrum-halves Dave Duggan and Tim Schmidt, who have battled for the same position in the Leinster under-age programmes. Although Duggan is a year younger, his bravery and strength will match the experience of Schmidt. It all comes down to which scrum-half gets quick, clean ball but it is bound to be a cracking show from both sides of the ruck.
St. Michael’s are favourites on paper but it is set up for Terenure to cause an early upset. St. Michaels have had a successful pre-season with an impressive win over Clongowes but showed they may lack the experience needed to go the distance this year with losses to fellow Holy Ghost schools St. Mary’s and Blackrock. Terenure have had a solid pre-season but cracks have shown at times. With nothing to lose and a fierce determination in the Terenure side, I expect them to put up a stern fight against St. Michaels and push them to the very edge at times but I can’t see this well-drilled St. Michael’s side go out in the first round, especially after their consistent success in recent years for the men in blue. I’m predicting a narrow win for St. Michaels, with no more than ten points in the difference.