Tuesday 21 November 2017

Con on high after title triumph

Tomas Quinlan of Cork Constitution. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Tomas Quinlan of Cork Constitution. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Daragh Small

Cork Con out-half Tomás Quinlan said that he side had finally found the Holy Grail after the Munster club lifted the Ulster Bank League Division 1 title with victory over Clontarf at Aviva Stadium last weekend.

Cork Con dominated Irish club rugby this season, taking the Bateman Cup and Munster Senior Cup, but this was a massive prize after a memorable season.

Con lost last season's final 28-25 against Clontarf at Aviva Stadium, but they have been brilliant all season and bounced back with victory here.

Quinlan scored all seven of his kicks, including six penalties and one conversion, to help his side over the line.

"It's an unbelievable feeling. Last year we were on the other side of this and it's an absolute killer," said Quinlan.

"This year we were on a mission all season, and all of the hurt from last year came out in the final against Clontarf.

"It's always tough to come and win an AIL, and to break that seven-year wait it's just unbelievable.

"This squad has been together for the bones of three years and to finally get to the Holy Grail and win it, it's incredible."

Rob Jermyn scored Con's only try last Saturday, but it was enough to secure victory and captain Niall Kenneally was the thrilled with his side's success.

"This is special, absolutely delighted and relieved for the boys and the management," said Kenneally.

"Clontarf are a super side, there were times in the second half when I thought the game was slipping.

"But there was a few game-changing moments that won it for us in the end."

Irish Independent

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