Cork Con FC 1st XV 26 - 23 Garryowen RFC
Venue: TemplehillCompetition: Munster Senior Cup Final
Cork Constitution defeated Garryowen in the final of the Munster Senior Cup at Thomond Park on Saturday, to claim their 29th Cup success, and nudge a little closer to Garryowen’s overall record of 39 Cup successes.
Garryowen had the better of the first half exchanges to lead 13-9 at the break. A 1st minute penalty by Ben Swindlehurst gave an early advantage, but Constitution settled quickly and, after a yellow card for Garryowen at the first scrum, Constitution took the lead with a try by Joe McSwiney, following a 5-metre scrum and line out maul. The conversion was missed, as Moynihan’s attempt hit a post.
Constitution added a try in the next play, as wing Sean French got clear on the right to score in the corner, for 3-10, as the score was unconverted. Garryowen reduced the deficit with a penalty on 19 minutes by Ben Healy. And last season’s Glenstal star, added a third penalty from 25 metres on 27 minutes for 9-10.
Constitution hit back with a penalty in the 31st minute from Aiden Moynihan for 9-13. But a yellow card for Luke Cahill in the 39th minute meant Constitution were a man down for the opening exchanges of the second half.
A Con attack broke down within five minutes of the restart, and another defensive error led to an opportunist try for Garryowen by winger Cian O’Shea, converted by Healy. But on 43 minutes, it was back to level pegging at 16-16 with a Moynihan penalty for Constitution.
A major turning point came when the Constitution pack showed their power with a try at the posts, converted by Moynihan for 16-23 after 55 minutes. And a further penalty by Moynihan on 78 minutes made it 16-26. However, Garryowen had the final say with a last minute try by Fitzgerald, converted by Swindlehurst to close to 23-26.
And so, captain Niall Kenneally was able to receive the Cup from President Ger Malone, and make it Cup number 29 for the Templehill club.Referee:
R.O’Sullivan MARCon Players:
L.O’Connell; S.French, A.McHenry, N.Kenneally Capt., R.Jermyn; D.A.Moynihan, J.Higgins; G.Duffy, V.O’Brien, P.Casey; C.Kindregan Capt., B.Hayes; J.McSweeney, K.Sheahan, L.Cahill. Replacements: L.O’Connor (1), G.Roche (3), E.Mintern (4), R.O’Neill, R.Cassidy(9) , B.Crowley (12), J.Wren (15).Garryowen RFC Players:
R.O’Mahony; B.Fitzgerald, D.Mccarthy, P.Collins, C.O’Shea; B.Swindlehurst, R.Guerin; M.O’Donnell, L.Cronin, A.Keating; K.Seymour, T.Ferguson; M.Wilson, J.Daly, D.Ryan. Replacements: D.Barron (5), C.Fitzgerald (1), A.Fitzgerald, D.Moore (6), J.Hurley (13)