ODM Munster Senior Challenge Cup Final
Garryowen 18-13 Cork Constitution
The ODM Munster Senior Challenge Cup will remain Limerick side for another year, as Garryowen claimed their 36th Munster Senior Cup title, and their first since 1999, with an 18-13 win over Cork Constitution at Thomond Park on Saturday in what was a gritty, hard fought game.
From the off, Garryowen dominated proceedings territorially and in terms of possession, however, their missed scoring opportunities throughout the game ensured Cork Constitution remained very much in the mix until the final whistle. Garryowen full back Conor Kilroy missed two early penalties in the first seven minutes, and it wasnâ00t until the 17th minute that Garryowen put their first points on the board, with Kilroy finding his mark with his third kick. Constitution reformed and worked hard at the breakdown, winning more possession and ensuring that sniping runs from Peter McKee at scrum half and out half Darragh Lyons kept Garryowen on their toes. Just before the half hour mark, a Garryowen penalty kicked by Eoghan Hickey failed to find its target, and Constitution grabbed an equaliser to put their first points on the board on 31 minutes with a penalty kicked by winger Daniel Nethery. Hickeyâ00s drop goal attempt five minutes before the break was just wide however, Garryowen got the edge going into half time with a try from Mark Melbourne after some excellent work by the centre partnership of Doyle and Hartigan. With the try not converted, Garryowen led 8-3 at the break.
Conditions deteriorated dramatically in the second half as rain settled over Thomond Park. Four minutes after the restart, Nethery notched up another three points with a penalty kick, bringing Constitution within a score of the leaders. Garryowen responded immediately with a surge on the Constitution line, with Conan Doyle showing tremendous ball carrying skill as they edged closer and closer to the line. The relentless pressure paid off as centre Kevin Hartigan eventually got the touch down on 48 minutes. A sure footed Hickey kicked a stunning conversion from the touch line, increasing Garryowenâ00s lead to 15-6. Garryowenâ00s supportersâ00 euphoria was short lived as Constitutionâ00s counter attack was immediate. Centre Tom Gleeson crossed the line after 54 minutes after tremendous pressure from the Constitution back row of Brendan Cuttriss, Ross Noonan and Frank Cogan. With Nethery adding the extras, the score was 15-13 going into the final stages. Hickey missed an opportunity to stretch his sideâ00s lead on 58 minutes with a missed penalty kick, however, he was on target on the 76th minute, giving Garryowen a 5 point lead which they clung onto until the final whistle, despite the best efforts of Constitution.
15. Conor Kilroy, 14. Adam Oâ00 Loughlin, 13. Kevin Hartigan, 12. Conan Doyle, 11. Kevin Oâ00 Riordan, 10. Eoghan Hickey, 9. Gerry Hurley, 1. Rory Brosnan, 2. Damien Varley, 3. Eugene McGovern, 4. Mark Mebourne, 5. Ed Mackey, 6. Paul Neville (Captain), 7. Anthony Kavanagh, 8. Peter Malone
Ciaran Oâ00 Boyle for Adam Oâ00 Loughlin (52), John Staunton for McGovern (55), Donal Sheehan for Ed Mackey (66), Pat Humphreys for Damien Varley (83)
15. Denis Hurley, 14. Daniel Nethery, 13. Diarmuid Oâ00 Riordan, 12. Tom Gleeson, 11. Cronan Healy, 10. Darragh Lyons, 9. Peter McKee, 1. Tom Ryan, 2. Des Murray, 3. Colm Murphy, 4. Merle Oâ00 Connell, 5. Shane Oâ00 Connor, 6. Ross Noonan, 7. Brendan Cuttriss, 8. Frank Cogan (Captain)
Tim Ryan for Colm Murphy (HT), Conor Quaid for Diarmuid Oâ00 Riordan (49), Robert Quinn for Des Murray (63), John Moloney for Ross Noonan (75), Colm Murphy for Tom Ryan (75)
Referee: Ger English (MAR)
TJ1: Jude Quinn (MAR)
TJ2: Noel McMahon (MAR)
Official No. 4: Chris Fox (MAR)
Official No. 5: Tony Wallace (MAR)
Sponsors of the 2006/7 Senior Challenge Cup, ODM Accountants, North Main Street, Bandon, Co. Cork, are long standing supporters of Munster Rugby. They have close links with local club Bandon RFC. All three partners, Niall Oâ00 Driscoll, Past President of the Munster Branch, his brother GearÃ³id Oâ00 Driscoll and Dan Murphy are all members of the West Cork club, one of the oldest in the province at 125 years this season. The Munster Senior Challenge Cup has a particular place in the hearts of all those involved in Bandon RFC, as the club won the very first Munster Senior Challenge Cup in 1886, defeating Garryowen one try to nil after a replay. This is ODM Accountants second year sponsoring the competition.
Fri 22nd September 2006
Dolphin 0-30 Highfield
Sat 23rd September 2006
Garryowen v Youghal (W/O to Garryowen)
Midleton 13-18 Clonakilty
Old Crescent 31-30 U.C.C.
Thomond 26-6 Sunday's Well
U.L. Bohemian 22-30 Cork Constitution
Waterpark 10-59 Shannon
Byes - Nenagh Ormond, Young Munster, Bruff.
Sat 30th September 2006
Bruff 10-17 Nenagh Ormond
Clonakilty 26-3 Old Crescent
Cork Constitution 29-8 Highfield
Shannon 35-6 Young Munster
Thomond 6-16 Garryowen
Sun 12th November 2006
Shannon 12-16 Cork Constitution
Sat 18th November 2006
Cork Constitution 31-14 Clonakilty
Nenagh Ormond 12-44 Garryowen