The final of the Leinster Women's Senior Cup final takes place on Friday at Sydney Parade (5pm), and sees Merrion facing Clontarf in what is sure to be an intriguing contest.

The Angelsea Road side are missing three major players, with Hannah de Burgh Whyte and the Joyce sisters all attending a wedding.

Their absence is a major blow to Merrion, but while skipper Rachel Delaney admits that they are probably now regarded as under-dogs for the final, they still have enough quality in their ranks to capture the trophy.

"On the back of some strong victories, including a win over Leinster in the semi-final, we are confident that we can carry our good form into this Fridays' clash," said Delaney.

"This year, we have been very happy with the progress of our younger players.

"While we are missing some of our more experienced players for this game, I am confident that the rest of the squad will use the opportunity to step up and rise to the occasion.

"Along the way to the final, there have been some notable batting performances from the likes of our overseas professional Matilda Lugg, as well as Leah Paul and Isobel Joyce.

"Following a defeat to Clontarf a number of weeks ago, we are expecting another tough game, and as such, we view ourselves as the underdogs going into this match."

Clontarf are a side bang in form, with skipper Una Raymond-Hoey scoring a century during a record partnership with Lara Maritz.

There was further good news for Raymond-Hoey who was named as Ireland A captain on Thursday, and the 21 year-old is looking forward to the clash.

"We’re all really excited to be playing against a top class Merrion side in front of a big crowd - and with live streaming of the match," Raymond-Hoey told CricketEurope.

"We have a spread of senior and youth players who have stood up for us at various points throughout the season.

"Lara and Tess Maritz have been in good nick of late and Kerry Tomlinson has been scoring runs consistently for us, while the likes of Anna Kirk, Aoife Brennan and Keeva Vickers have gained extra experience playing at a representative level.

"This will be the first time Clontarf have been in a Senior cup final for over 20 years, so it’s a big occasion for the club.

"We’ve been improving every game so hopefully it all comes together on the day."

Action at Sydney Parade gets underway at 5pm. 

Clontarf (from):

Una Raymond-Hoey (capt), Aoife Brennan, Kerry Tomlinson, Tess Maritz, Lara Maritz, Sue Lawless, Emma Butler, Anna Kirk, Hollie Erskine, Keeva Vickers, Lauren Maxwell,  Christina Coulter O’Reilly, Molly Butler.


Rachel Delaney (capt),  Matilda Lugg, Leah Paul, Sadbdh Breslin, Emma Paul, Julianne Morrissey, Jessica McGrane, Kate McAlinden, Emily McAlinden, Abi England, Niamh Asher.