Thursday 19 April 2018

Con turn focus to next final

Galwegians 19 Cork Constitution 38

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
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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.

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)

Irish Independent

Sport Newsletter

The best sport action straight to your inbox every morning.

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport