Cork Constitution and Highfield meet in the Munster Junior Cup Final at Irish Independent Park on Sunday next. The only occasion that the clubs previously met in the final was 1987 at Musgrave Park (now Irish Independent Park). On that occasion, Constitution, captained by Rea Kennedy, won 21-0.
Since then Constitution have gone on to win a further eight Cups, the most recent in 2012 when Peter O’Sullivan captained the team, to make it eighteen wins overall, the most by any Munster club.
This season Constitution had a bye to Round 3, in which they met Kinsale at the west Cork venue on Feb.3rd. They won that tie readily 46-0, to gain a home tie with Mallow. on Feb.24th and they duly won 31-6 to advance to the 5th Round.
On a first ever visit to Newcastlewest in the 5th Round on 24th March, Constitution prevailed in a high-scoring encounter 34-24, to advance to the semi-final, and a meeting
with Clonmel at Templehill on 21st April. Clonmel were fresh from qualifying for next season’s All-Ireland League after wins over Instonians and Seapoint, but Constitution won readily 60-12, to reach the final.
Highfield had a bye in Round 1, and defeated Charleville 33 -20 at home in the 2nd Round. In Round 3, they were drawn away to Dolphin, and despatched them readily 55-0. In the 4th Round they had a home draw with their old Junior Club rivals Shannon, and won a landslide victory 56-0. They had a tough draw in Round 5 on 21st March – a visit to Greenfields to play Young Munster, where they won a dramatic victory 31-27. That set up a semi-final with Cashel, who had finished runners-up to Highfield in the AIL Division 2A, and they won 29-3 at Model Farm Road to reach the final.
Highfield won their first Munster Junior Cup in 1937 when captained by Redmond Holland. They won twice in 1940’s, and most recently in 1972 with Der Healy as captain.
Constitution won their first Junior Cup in 1949, and have won on eighteen occasions overall.