Cork Con FC 1st XV 20 - 13 Ballymena
Venue: Eaton Park, BallymenaCompetition: Bateman Cup Semi-final
Cork Constitution made the long trip to Ballymena for the Bateman Cup semi final on Saturday, trusting that the inclement weather would not interfere with the fixture. In the event the home club had made arrangements to ensure the fixture was fulfilled by clearing the carpet of snow that had covered the pitch in time for the kick-off.
Constitution started well and led 13-3 at the interval. Gerry Hurley kicked two penalties and converted a try by No.8 James Ryan. Ballymena’ replied with a penalty from Rory Drysdale.
In the second period Constitution secured their right of passage to the final with a second James Ryan try, duly converted by Hurley. Hurley took a quick free and his grubber kick to the line was seized on by the No.8. Ballymena hit back with a try from Adrian Hamilton. Drysdale converted, and added a second penalty.
In the Bateman Cup final, Constitution will meet St Mary’s College, who defeated Galwegians 30–22 at Glenina, Galway. The final is scheduled for Saturday 27th April at a venue to be confirmed.
R.Clune; C.Desmond, N.O’Driscoll, C.McGovern, C.Healy; D.Lyons, G.Hurley; B.Cagney, A.Cudmore, C.Corkery; P.Donnellan, C.O’Flaherty; G.Lawler, B.O’Hara, James Ryan.Con Scorers:
J.Ryan 2T; G.Hurley 2P2CBallymena Players:
A.Hamilton 1T; R.Drysdale 2P1C.