Wednesday 19 June 2019

McSwiney double fires Con to Senior Cup glory

 

Cork Con captain Niall Kenneally lifts the Munster Senior Challenge Cup
Cork Con captain Niall Kenneally lifts the Munster Senior Challenge Cup

Cork Constitution regained the Bank of Ireland Munster Senior Challenge Cup with a 26-23 victory over Garryowen in the 128th final of the competition at Thomond Park last Saturday afternoon.

The Leesiders outscored the defending champions in the first half with two tries and a penalty, courtesy of Joe McSwiney, Sean French, and the boot of Aidan Moynihan, despite Garryowen's Ben Healy converting all three of his penalty opportunities.

The 'Light Blues,' in search of their 40th Senior Challenge Cup title, took an early lead after the interval through a Cian O'Shea try before Cork Con reclaimed the lead with McSwiney's second and a Moynihan penalty.

Munster Academy back Liam Coombes claimed a last-gasp try for Garryowen, converted by Healy, but it was all too late as Cork Con held on to lift the prestigious club silverware for the 29th time having last won it in 2017.

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