Sundays sees the opening round of the Towns Cup begin as Longford RFC welcome Tullamore to CPL Park.
The competition is an open draw format and as such throws up many David V Goliath encounters. As President of the Leinster Branch Ben Gormley said: “The Town’s Cup is the Holy Grail of Junior rugby in the province and it is a competition that grips towns like no other. Its popularity continues to grow year on year.”
Longford come up against a team in a higher division but Head Coach Niall Moran feels confident heading into the game
“We are relatively confident are league form has been pretty good”
Last weekend’s bonus point victory over Newbridge in the league has seen the team go five points clear in division 2A .
Tullamore are in division 2C of the Ulster Bank League where they sit fourth in the table, so it is expected that they will play a second string team for the game this weekend but Moran knows it still doesn’t make things any easier
“Tullamore have huge tradition in this competition all be it we’re playing their second team but they have a number of players with AIL experience so it’s a challenge none the less”
Moran feels Tullamore are going to bring a high intensity to the game which his players will not only have to match but better than is well
“The difference between the AIL and the league we’re in could be the difference between both sides at the end of the day”
However despite being such underdogs the Towns Cup is a knockout competition so anything can happen on the day
“The Towns Cup is special it’s a great competition and we were blessed to play in the final a number of years ago so it’s probably the biggest Junior competition in the country although id imagine they would argue with that down in Munster”
2013 Longford RFC reached the Provincial Towns Cup Final for the first time since the club was reformed in 1967. An historic occasion when Pat Fitzgerald, representing Longford RFC, become the President of the I.R.F.U. He was the first Junior Club representative ever to hold this office.
The Provincial Towns Cup is one of the oldest trophies in existence in Irish rugby dating back to 1892. The Cup originally named the Leinster Junior Challenge Cup was then presented for the inception of the Provincial Towns Cup in 1926. Longford RFC contested the 88th final in Tullamore.
Kick off on Sunday at CPL Park is 2:30pm