Tuesday 20 February 2018

Gerry Hurley on song as Cork Constitution retain crown

Cork Constitution 19 UCD 6

Cork Constitution's Gerry Hurley
Cork Constitution's Gerry Hurley

Cork Constitution maintained their firm grip on the Bateman Cup as they cruised to victory at Temple Hill.

The boot of Gerry Hurley did most of the damage for the home side. He was calmness personified in the greasy conditions, bagging four penalties and a conversion, and the scrum-half also showed great ability with the ball in hand as he sniped for space all game.

Others to show their worth for the Munster champions were Dara Lyons at full-back, Michael Keyes in the centre, out-half Johnny Holland and second-row Joe McSwiney, with Lyons in particular standing out thanks to his terrific individual try on 28 minutes.

The first half was a tight affair, scoreless until Johnny Thornton's penalty put UCD ahead on 25 minutes; the out-half doubled the lead 10 minutes later, before Con responded with Lyons' fine try and a penalty and conversion from Hurley to leave it 10-6 at the break.

Con settled down after the interval, adding three more penalties to retain the cup.

CORK CONSTITUTION – D Lyons, C Desmond, M Keyes, N Kennelly, E O'Donnell, J Holland, G Hurley, G Duffy, A O'Driscoll, G Sweeney, J McSwiney, B Holland, G Lawlor, J Ryan, W Ryan. Reps: M Abbott, C Corkery, R Burke, C O'Flaherty, A Cahill, R Foley, A Ryan.

UCD – A Boyle, S Coughlan Murphy, A Kelly, S Murphy, B Daly, J Thornton, J Glynn; J Tracey, R Byrne, K Maloney, S Granell, E McMahon, J Van Der Flier, M McGroarty, E Joyce. Reps: L Hyland, B Cawley, R Harrison, A Clarkin, S O'Meara, N Earls, T Fletcher.

Ref – N Correll (Old Wesley)

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