Shannon will contest yet another ODM Munster Senior Challenge Cup Final after overcoming Cork Constitution 13-6 at Clifford Park on Sunday.
CORK CONSTITUTION 6-13 SHANNON
By Terry Ledger
Shannon’s campaign to win back the ODM Munster Senior Challenge Cup remains on track after they claimed a 13-6 victory over Cork Constitution at Clifford Park on Sunday afternoon. In the AIB League the sides currently hold the two top spots, and so it was expected that this semi final would be a close affair. Having won 8 titles in the last 10 years, Shannon’s dominance in this competition will surely label them favourites when they face Highfield in the final at the end of December.
The overcast conditions did nothing to hinder Shannon’s defenses, as they were put to the test during the first five minutes and soaked up the early pressure exerted by the Cork side. Both Constitution’s Jeremy Manning and Shannon’s Andrew Thompson failed in their first attempts at goal, and it was Shannon’s Padraic O’Brien who claimed the first score when he touched down for a try by the corner flag in the 37th minute, which was converted by Andrew Thompson to give Shannon a 7-0 lead at the break.
In the second half, Constitution were awarded a penalty allowing Jeremy Manning to make some inroads into the scoreline in the 45th minute. However, his sin binning reduced Constitution to fourteen men. In the 50th minute Shannon’s Andrew Thompson stretched Shannon’s margin once again by adding three points from a successful penalty kick. Five minutes later Tom Gleeson clawed back three points for Constitution with his on target goal attempt. Thompson stretched Shannon to a 13-6 lead in the 60th minute with another penalty kick on target, and despite Shannon’s defense being tested for the remainder of the game, with Constitution keeping play inside Shannon’s half, Constitution were not able to deny Shannon the victory.
15. David O’Donovan, 14. Stephen Kelly, 13. Andrew Thompson, 12. Joe Manuel, 11. Andrew Finn, 10. Tadgh Bennett, 9. Fiach O’Loughlin, 1. Les Hogan, 2. Sean Cronin, 3. Kevin Griffin, 4. Padraic O’Brien, 5. Fergal Walsh, 6. Philip O’Connor, 7. Leonard Mullane, 8. David Quinlan
Replacements: 16. Jason Cronin, 17. Gavin Murphy, 18. Joey Moran, 19. Dave Barry, 20. Killian O’Neill
15. Evan Ryan, 14. Anthony Horgan, 13. John Kelly, 12. Tom Gleeson, 11. Cronan Healy, 10. Jeremy Manning, 9. Duncan Williams, 1. Colm Murphy, 2. Des Murray, 3. Tim Ryan, 4. Merle O’Connell (C), 5. Shane O’Connor, 6. Ed Leamy, 7. Brendan Cutriss, 8. Frank Cogan
Replacements: 16. Denis Fogarty, 17. Bill Holland, 18. Darragh Hurley
Club Rugby- the Heartbeat of Rugby in Munster
2007/8 ODM MUNSTER SENIOR CHALLENGE CUP
Thomond 6-10 Sunday’s Well
Bruff 12-24 UL Bohemian
Clonakilty 10-53 Shannon
Dolphin 20-19 Young Munster
Highfield 27-6 UCC
Midleton 7-13 Garryowen
Old Crescent 29-23 Nenagh Ormond
Sunday’s Well 32-18 Waterpark
Highfield 36-0 Dolphin
Shannon 22-16 Garryowen
Sunday’s Well 20-17 Old Crescent
U.L. Bohemian 20-21 Cork Constitution
Highfield 21-0 Sunday’s Well
Cork Constitution 6-13 Shannon
ODM Munster Senior Challenge Cup Final
W/E 29th December 2007
ODM Accountants, North Main Street, Bandon, Co. Cork, are sponsoring this prestigious competition for the third year in a row. The company are long standing supporters of Munster Rugby and have close links with local club Bandon RFC. All three partners, Niall O’ Driscoll, Past President of the Munster Branch, his brother Gearóid O’ Driscoll and Dan Murphy are all members of the West Cork club which is 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.