Saturday 10 December 2016

Cork Con wary of 'Wegians backlash in Bateman final

Daragh Small

Published 29/04/2016 | 02:30

'Con effectively relegated Galwegians on the final day of the Division 1A season, prior to the play-offs' Photo: Sportsfile
'Con effectively relegated Galwegians on the final day of the Division 1A season, prior to the play-offs' Photo: Sportsfile

Cork Con will aim to make it four Bateman Cups in a row when they travel to take on Galwegians at Crowley Park tomorrow.

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It's a massive fortnight for Con as they go in search of the All-Ireland Cup and Ulster Bank League Division 1A titles.

But before they can turn their attentions to the Aviva Stadium and Clontarf on May 8, they will look to continue their dominance in the Bateman Cup this weekend.

Con effectively relegated Galwegians on the final day of the Division 1A season, prior to the play-offs - Niall Kenneally's late intercept try ensured a home play-off semi-final with a bonus point 26-16 win at Temple Hill on April 16.

That was Galwegians' 13th loss of the season, and with Ballynahinch securing a shock 59-5 hammering over Garryowen, the Connacht club were relegated back to Division 1B.

They will be looking for revenge in Glenina, but Con lost 12-11 in the same fixture earlier in the season and if they don't get distracted by next week's final against Clontarf, that could spur them on here.

Elsewhere, after their comprehensive victory over Banbridge, UCC clash with Cashel's conquerors, Blackrock, at Stadbrook as both sides look to secure Division 1B status for 2016-17.

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