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Cork Con FC 1st XV 34 - 19 Shannon RFC
Venue: Thomond Park –back pitch
Competition: All Ireland League Division 1
Match Report:

Cork Constitution completed an All-Ireland League double over Shannon at Thomond Park on Saturday, to complete their campaign.  The result earns Constitution a home semi-final against Dublin University, who defeated Garryowen and claim fourth place. 

Meanwhile, Clontarf defeated Lansdowne to claim second place and a home semi-final against their Dublin rivals. Shannon have been relegated back to Division 1B, after just one season in the top flight, after a 19-34 defeat to Division 1A table toppers Cork Constitution on the back pitch at Thomond Park, to end their hopes of getting out of the drop zone. Meanwhile, also in the Division 1A relegation battle, Young Munster breathed a huge sigh of relief after retaining the top flight status, despite a 22-15 defeat away to Terenure College at Lakelands Park

At Thomond, Constitution led 7-17 by half time, and went on to score six tries for a comfortable victory. For Shannon, former AIL specialists, their task was unenviable as they already trailed UCC by five points and had a further point deducted for a player irregularity, which allowed them very little leeway. And as it turned out, UCC got two points in a 20-20 draw against UCD, to edge them away from the trap door.

Shannon had opened the scoring on 10 minutes with  a try by Kelvin Brown, following a forward drive to the line, converted by Fionn McGibney. Shannon had the better of those early exchanges, but Constitution reduced the arrears in the 35th minute with an unconverted try by Barry Galvin. And remarkably they scored twice more before the break; an unconverted try by Brian Hayes on 40 minutes; and a third try in injury time by James Murphy, converted by Moynihan.

In the second period, wing Eathon Moloney scored a try for the home side on 55 minutes, converted by Fionn McGibney for 14-17. But Constitution were never phased and scored tries by Greg Higgins on 70 minutes, and were awarded a penalty try in the 75th minute, converted by Gerry Hurley, who was making a first appearance of the season from the bench. And he converted a sixth try by Barry Galvin. Shannon did score a consolation try by full back Jamie McGarry in injury time, but Constitution had won the day with a bonus point.

So Constitution have completed the regular season with 73 points, 11 ahead of Clontarf in second; 13 ahead of third-placed Lansdowne; and 17 ahead of Dublin University, whom they will now meet in the semi-final at Templehill, next week.

Referee:

N.Correll IRFU

Con Players:

J.Wren; B.Galvin, J.Costigan, G.Higgins, R.Jermyn; D.A. Moynihan, D.Williams; P.Casey, V.O’Brien, D.Murphy; B.Hayes, C.O’Flaherty; D.Hyland, J.Murphy, E.Mintern. Replacements: M.Abbott (2);  G.Duffy (3); S.Duffy (8); G.Hurley (10); R.Cassidy (9).

Con Scorers:

B.Galvin 3T; B.Hayes 1T; J.Murphy 1T; G.Higgins 1T; A.Moynihan 2C.

Shannon RFC Players:

J.McGarry; N.Randles, B.Deegan, P.Ryan, E.Moloney; F.McGibney, A.Hehir; C.Glynn, J.Prendeville,T.Cusack; R.Coffey, J.Kriel; C.Carmody, K.Browne,, C.Heffernan. Replacements: T.Chan, S.Karlen, S.Walsh, B.Daly, J.O’Donnell.

Shannon RFC Scorers:

K.Brown 1T; E.Moloney 1T; J.McGarry 1T; F.McGibney 2C.

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