Wednesday 18 January 2017

Con aiming to sink Clontarf and complete famous double

Daragh Small

Published 06/05/2016 | 02:30

Con were brilliant in their win over Galwegians last weekend, even if the scoreline did flatter the visitors in the end. Ryan Foley scored two tries. Photo: Sportsfile
Con were brilliant in their win over Galwegians last weekend, even if the scoreline did flatter the visitors in the end. Ryan Foley scored two tries. Photo: Sportsfile

Cork Con will look to make a good season great this weekend, when they clash with Clontarf in the Ulster Bank League Division 1A final at Aviva Stadium on Sunday (2.30pm).

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Last weekend the Munster club made it an unprecedented four Bateman Cups in a row, when they beat Galwegians 38-19 at Crowley Park and they couldn't be in better form as they bid to complete a famous double by beating the 2014 league champions.

Con lost both outings against Clontarf this season - 14-13 in Castle Avenue, and then 18-12 in Temple Hill - so there will be no shortage of the motivation for the underdogs who still have a Munster senior league final to follow against Young Munster at Thomond next weekend.

Con were brilliant in their win over Galwegians last weekend, even if the scoreline did flatter the visitors in the end. Ryan Foley scored two tries, while further tries from Shane Daly and Max Abbott secured the win.

That was Con's fourth Bateman Cup in as many years, and it will have given them plenty of confidence ahead of this match, with out-half and former Ireland underage star Tomás Quinlan in fine form from the tee.

But opposing out-half Joey Carbery was one of the main-stays in Ireland's U-20 campaign last term, and has been brilliant for a prolific Clontarf this side this season - they finished top of the league standings.

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