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Sunday 25 September 2016

Con turn focus to next final

Galwegians 19 Cork Constitution 38

Published 02/05/2016 | 02:30

Ryan Foley touched down twice for Cork Constitution during their drubbing of Galwegians at Crowley Park. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Ryan Foley touched down twice for Cork Constitution during their drubbing of Galwegians at Crowley Park. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Cork Constitution created history by becoming the first team to win the Bateman Cup four consecutive times when brushing aside Galwegians at Crowley Park in the final.

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Ryan Foley (two), Shane Daly and Max Abbott all touched down for the Leesiders in Glenina. Galwegians were 20-12 behind at half-time, Brian Murphy sandwiching in a brace of tries between efforts from Foley and Daly.

Tomas Quinlan's assured goal-kicking stretched Con's lead out to 26-12 and although John Cleary picked off 'Wegians' third try, the visitors stormed home with closing scores from Abbott and scrum-half Foley.

Con can take plenty of momentum forward from this performance as they prepare to take on Clontarf in Sunday's Ulster Bank League decider. 

 "The Bateman Cup is a special trophy for this club," said captain James Ryan. "But we'll start again, put this behind us and try to beat Clontarf."

Galwegians - J Cleary; C Brennan, A Pewhairangi, B Murphy, E O'Keeffe; A Moynihan (D Clarke 54), B Lee (E Dowling 80); J Naughton (capt, D McHugh 61), J Anaya, J East; M Cummins, D Nolan; M Kelly, J Pimm, A Ryan (M Towey 77).

Cork Constitution - D Sweetnam; A Spring, N Hodson (S Daly 32), N Kenneally, R Jermyn; T Quinlan, R Foley (J Poland 80); G Duffy (L O'Connor 39), M Abbott, G Sweeney (R Burke 59); C Kindregan, B Hayes; G Lawler (L Cahill 46, C O'Flaherty 59), J Murphy, J Ryan (capt).

Ref - N Correll (IRFU)

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