Powerful front-rower Barry McNamara crossed for the key try that captured the title for Cork IT.
Tied 3-3 at half-time, McNamara struck the killer blow after a well-worked move, while Darragh O'Keeffe punished Carlow with five penalties.
Cork IT -- Dean; Clohessey, Hurley, Fleming, Mulcahy; O'Keeffe, Barry; Foley, Murray (McNamara 47), Flavin (Morrissey 47); Mullins, Keogh; O'Donnell, O'Brien (Dowling 4), McCarthy.
Carlow IT -- Southgate; Nolan, McQuillan, Barcoe, Lynch; Sheridan, Kenny; Kelly (Finan 56), Grenham, O'Rourke (O'Grady 56); Turner, Smith; Bulmer, Owens, Nolan.
National College of Ireland were deservedly crowned champions
Carlow IT 9
National College of Ireland were deservedly crowned champions as the imperious Alan McGinty stole the show at Cork IT yesterday.
McGinty took control with the boot, kicking two long-range penalties while running in a try of his own which he duly converted.
NCI -- O'Byrne; O'Grady, D'Arcy, Hanratty, Johnson; McGinty, Ward; MurrIn, Tonge, Cadwell; Kennedy, Sherwin, Tiernan, Short, Crosby.
Carlow IT -- Clifford; Waters, Wall, Carthy, McDonagh; Dempsey, McCleery; O'Grady, Adams, O'Brien; Rogers, Clark; Fay, Crossan-Murphy, O'Byrne.