Letterkenny RFC welcome Larne in Gordon West semi-final

Letterkenny RFC welcome Larne in Gordon West semi-final
Letterkenny RFC welcome Larne to Dave Gallaher Memorial Park or Saturday’s semi-final of the Gordon West Cup, kick-off 2:30pm.

Letterkenny RFC welcome Larne to Dave Gallaher Memorial Park or Saturday’s semi-final of the Gordon West Cup, kick-off 2:30pm.

Boyd Robinson’s team are aiming for a place in a sixth final in 12 years at Ravenhill next month but first much concentrate on their old nemesis.

Letterkenny overcame the Co Antrim outfit 20-18 in the 2011 final in Belfast, only to later have the cup stripped off them for not having a replacement prop as scrums went uncontested in extra-time following an injury.

The side from the Glebe also suffered final day blues when they went down to the Irish Predators in 2003, 2005 against Larne, 2009 at the hands of University of Ulster Coleraine and 2010 when they faced Grosvenor.

Liam McGlynn is the only survivor who played all those finals.

Robinson, though, is certainly not looking at Ravenhill just yet. Larne hammered them in the Kukri Qualifying Three 110- in September and won 34-15 at the Glebe in December.

Letterkenny are third from bottom of the league but a win in either of their two remaining fixtures - away to bottom side PSNI on March 30 before welcoming Donegal Town next month - will see them survive.

In the group stages of the Gordon West, Letterkenny lost to Donegal Town but a win over Derry YM was enough to seal a last eight berth.

They squeezed past Monaghan on a 6-5 scoreline thanks to the boot of Bryan McGinley.

Letterkenny hope Ciaran Clarke overcomes an ankle knock for Larne.

“We’ve improved a bit in the league of late but would still be considered outsiders for the Gordon West semi-final,” Robinson says.

“We’re glad to have Mark Scott back for selection at No 8. He’s been our best player over the last seven or eight years and has now moved home from Australia.”

Hollywood welcome Newry, who defeated Donegal Town in the quarter-finals, in the other semi-final.

The final takes place in Ravenhill on Easter weekend.

Letterkenny squad: Michael Foy, Gary Canning, Rae Clarke, Kevin Durran, Christopher Digamus, Conor Dunleavy, Ben Mortimer, Terence Gallagher, Roger McLoughlin, Liam McGlynn, Ciaran Clarke, Conal Sheridan, Conal McGinley, Bryan McGinley, David O’Reilly, Colm McNicholl, , David King, Craig Heron, Brendan McGrory, Ciaran Curran, Michael Moran.