Cork Con FC 1st XV 28 - 16 Young Munster
Venue: TemplehillCompetition: Munster Senior Cup Semi-final
Cork Constitution qualified for the Munster Senior Cup final with a clear-cut win over Young Munster at Templehill on Saturday. Played in cold, but fine winter sunshine, Constitution led 11-3 at the break and, though Young Munster closed to 18-13 mid-way in the half, Constitution pulled away in the final quarter, to claim their place in the final against Garryowen, who defeated UL-Bohemian in the other semi-final.
Graeme Lawler made the first incisive break in the opening 10 minutes, but it was Garryowen who got the first score when Willie Staunton dropped a fine goal from 40 metres in the 10th minute. Centre Rory Horgan notched a try for Constitution in the 15th minute after a smart interchange with Dara Lyons. And Lyons kicked penalties in the 20th and 36th minutes to give Constitution their 11-3 interval lead.
Constitution started the second period on the front foot with a try from a rolling maul by Andrew O’Driscoll, converted by Dara Lyons. But Young Munster hit back with a similar score by their pack after 50 minutes, the try being awarded to hooker Ger Slattery. Ben Martin kicked the conversion for 18-10. And Martin kicked a penalty in the 60th minute to set up an exciting final quarter at 18-13 to the home side.
However, Constitution quickly secured the game with an unconverted try by Niall Kenneally in the 62nd minute, and a penalty by Tomas Quinlan in the final minutes finished the scoring.
In the other semi-final Garryowen defeated UL-Bohemian 23-3, so the scene is set for another Con-Garryowen final, and while the venue will be in Cork, it is yet to be announced which Cork venue will host the final on Saturday 27th December.Referee:
O.Hodges MARCon Players:
M.Keyes; K.Desmond, R.Horgan, N.Kenneally, R.Jermyn; D.Lyons, G.Hurley Capt.; G.Duffy, A.O’Driscoll, C.Corkery; D.O’Brien, F.McSwiney; G.Lawler, S.Dwyer, J.Ryan. Replacements: S.Galvin, G.Murray (1), A.Ross, J.Murphy (6), L.Cahill (7), A.Dorgan, T.Quinlan (12).Con Scorers:
R.Horgan 1T; A.O’Driscoll 1T; N.Kenneally 1T; D.Lyons 2C2P; T.Quinlan 1P.Young Munster Players:
B.Martin; E.Carr, E.O’Keeffe, K.Hifo, D.O’Connor; W.Staunton, E.Mulcahy; E.Ryan, G.Slattery, G.Ryan; D.Gallagher, T.Goggin; Y.Browne, D.Ryan, S.Rennison. Replacements: L.O’Halloran, P.Allen, G.Flaherty, P.Staff, M.Madden, C.O’Halloran, C.Clohessy (all played).Young Munster Scorers:
G.Slattery 1T; W.Staunton 1DG; B.Martin 1C3P.