Monday 27 March 2017

Butler sees off Athenry

Col Iognid, Galway 30
Athenry VS 5
CONNACHT SENIOR CUP

Winger Robert Butler kicked 10 points as Colaiste Iognaid saw off the challenge of Athenry VS to reach their sixth final in seven years.

Two penalties from Butler in the opening quarter gave the 'Jes' a firm foothold in the rain in Monivea, before No 8 Conor Murphy crossed for a try in the 17th minute, Butler converting from the sideline.

But Athenry upped the tempo and a series of quick-tap penalties saw them open up Iognaid and Colm Mannion touched down to leave it 13-5 at the break.

However, six minutes into the second-half, Fiachra Bourne finished off a break-away to make it 18-5.

Bryan Dixon crossed for Colaiste Iognaid's third try with 10 minutes left, before Robert Browne put the gloss on the win with an injury-time try, converted by Butler.

Colaiste Iognaid -- N Murphy (R Browne, 65); R Butler, F Bourne, B Dixon, S Knight (S Fahy, 67); D Cunnane, P Power; S Fallon (D Byrne, 68), R Murray, D Wilkinson (G Hanley, 66); J Healy, J O'Donnell; M Burke, J Kennedy (C Darcy, 67), C Murphy.

Athenry VS -- P Flaherty; M Hession, K Divilly, C Lane, C Mannion; K Blade, G Kennedy (D Hurney, 28); D Keary, D Fahy, M Burke (P Cooley, 67); C Dolan, J Joyce (C Morrisey, 50); B Keane, D Maher, J Connolly.

Ref -- D Connolly (CRIFRU).

Irish Independent

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