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Thursday 19 September 2019

Cronin brothers combine to help Garryowen seal Bateman Cup

Garryowen head coach Conan Doyle. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Garryowen head coach Conan Doyle. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Garryowen got their hands on the Bateman Cup for the first time since 2012, as brothers Neil and Liam Cronin combined for three tries in their 45-21 win over first-time finalists City of Armagh at Templeville Road.

Head coach Conan Doyle, who was the Light Blues’ club captain seven years ago, said afterwards: “For guys to win a national trophy, it means a huge amount. You’re always competing at All-Ireland League and it’s not easy to get a shot at the Bateman. Maybe a bit disappointing not to get to the (league) semi-finals, but it’s great to have this to finish off a good season.

“We got a bit of a lead in the first half after a helluva lot of pressure from Armagh. They came back hard at us and I suppose we got scores as they were getting scores. We kept that bit of distance between us.”

Division 1B club Armagh gave a very good account of themselves, trailing 14-7 at one stage and scoring tries through captain Chris Colvin, replacement Andrew Willis and Shea O’Brien.

However, Garryowen built a 24-7 half-time lead and maintained the gap, thanks to tries from Bryan Fitzgerald, Peadar Collins, Jamie Heuston, Neil and Liam Cronin (two), and teenage out-half Ben Healy’s 13-point kicking haul.


CITY OF ARMAGH – T McNiece; E Crummie (A Willis 48), C Colvin (capt), J Pollok, S O’Brien; H Boyd (C Fox 48), H Doyle (G Treanor 60); P Mullen (Fletcher 70), J Morton (Andrew Smyth 32), P Fletcher (O Kiernan 29, replaced by Mullen 80 +1), P Starrett (J Hanna 29), J McKinley (Starrett 46), N Simpson, R Whitten (J Morton 65), N Faloon.

Garryowen – J Heuston; B Fitzgerald, D McCarthy, P Collins (A O’Byrne 55), C O’Shea; B Healy (J Galvin 62), N Cronin (R Guerin 62); N Horan (J Mullany 31-38, C Fitzgerald 69), L Cronin, A Keating, K Seymour, D Moore (capt) (R Whelan 64), T Ferguson, J Daly, D Ryan (A Fitzgerald 57).

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