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Match of the day: Cork Constitution v Dolphin, Temple Hill, 2.30

Published 10/04/2010 | 05:00

Cork Constitution and St Mary's have already booked their play-off spots, while Old Belvedere just need a point from their Division 1B visit to UCC this afternoon to join them, so the last remaining semi-final spot comes down to Dolphin versus Shannon.

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If that wasn't enough pressure, both sides need to beat their local rivals this afternoon and after finally beating Con earlier this season for the first time, Dolphin must repeat the trick to book a play-off place.

Up the N20 there will be a person employed with the full-time job of refreshing Aertel to get word from Cork. Shannon need to beat Garryowen well and hope for the right result from Temple Hill.

Con and Garryowen have nothing to chase, but local pride will go some way to motivating them as they try and deny their neighbours any glory.

Dolphin's opening-day win over Con gave them temporary bragging rights thanks to a late kick from Barry Keeshan (above), while they will want to keep their winning run going ahead of the semi-final.

For the visitors, a losing bonus point could be enough to get them over the line if Shannon win without scoring four tries, but it would be risky business as the points difference between the teams stands at a lowly eight at the moment in favour of the Leesiders. It might not be enough.

Verdict: Home win.

DOWN MEMORY LANE

April 3, 2004.

CORK CONSTITUTION 30

SHANNON 22

it was the final day at Temple Hill and these old rivals served up some excellent fare for the crowd.

Con needed a win for a home semi-final, with Shannon having already secured that luxury, but they were still up for a fight and led at half-time. Tomas O'Leary (right), deployed on the wing, scored the try to get Con back in touch and Cronan Healy put his side in front after the break, before O'Leary grabbed himself a second and Brendan O'Connor secured the bonus, while Mossie Lawlor's late try for Shannon wasn't enough to deny their rivals.

CORK CONSTITUTION -- D Dillon; T O'Leary, C O'Sullivan, JV Igarza, C Healy; S McColl, P McCarthy; T Ryan, D Murray, M Ross; S O'Connor, J Frahill; U O'Callaghan, B O'Connor, J Murray.

SHANNON -- D O'Donovan; T Cregan, B Tuohy, E Cahill, M Lawlor; A Thompson, F O'Loughlin; T Downes, N Conroy, G McNamara; T Hayes, T Hogan; E Halvey, G Noonan, C McMahon.

Ref --A Rolland (Leinster).

AIB LEAGUE DUALS

Players who have lined out for both sides in today's fixtures

Cork Constitution v Dolphin: Tomas O'Leary, Paul McCarthy, Conor Mahony, Cian Mahony, Ollie Barrett, Denis O'Dowd.

UCC v Old Belvedere: Darren Keane, Ben Nagle.

Clontarf v St Mary's: Rob Sweeney.

AIB LEAGUE FIXTURES (2.30)

Division 1A -- Blackrock v UL Bohemians, Stradbrook; Clontarf v St Mary's, Castle Avenue; Cork Constitution v Dolphin, Temple Hill; Shannon v Garryowen, Coonagh.

Division 1B -- Ballynahinch v Ballymena, Ballymacarn Park; Buccaneers v Young Munster, Dubarry Park; Dungannon v Galwegians, Stevenson Park; UCC v Old Belvedere, The Mardyke.

Division 2 -- Clonakilty v Bruff, The Vale; DLSP v Corinthians, Kirwan Park; Dublin University v Belfast Harlequins, College Park, Greystones v Bective, Dr Hickey Park; Highfield v Old Crescent, Woodleigh Park; Malone v Lansdowne, Gibson Park; Thomond v Terenure, Liam Fitzgerald Park; UCD v Old Wesley, Belfield.

Division 3 -- Banbridge v Navan, Rifle Park; Barnhall v QUB, Parsonstown; Connemara v Naas, Monastery Field; Portadown v Carlow, Chambers Park; Rainey v Ards, Hatrick Park; Sunday's Well v Instonians, Musgrave Park; Suttonians v Midleton, JJ McDowell Park; Wanderers v Nenagh Ormond, Merrion Road.

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