Garryowen claim Munster Cup

GARRYOWEN claimed the ODM Munster Senior Cup for the 38th time in their history when accounting for holders Bruff in their decider played at Thomond Park on Friday night.

GARRYOWEN claimed the ODM Munster Senior Cup for the 38th time in their history when accounting for holders Bruff in their decider played at Thomond Park on Friday night.

Tries in either half from winger Ronan O’Mahony and centre Corey Hircock saw the ‘light blues’ avenge last season’s final defeat at the hands of the same opposition.

As well as claiming the Munster Senior Cup for the first time since 2007, Garryowen have also secured their place in the semi-finals of the Bateman All-Ireland Cup in January. Garryowen face an away tie with the Connacht Senior Cup winners.

Garryowen held an 11-3 half-time lead in Friday night’s final, thanks to two penalty goals from scrum-half Fergal Lawlor and an opportunist fifth minute try from winger O’Mahony when he took advantage of some slackness in the Bruff defence.

Bruff centre Brian Cahill landed two penalty goals in the 23nd and 59th minutes to leave five points between the sides entering the final quarter. Bruff applied plenty of pressure in the third quarter, but were held at bay by tenacious Garryowen defence.

Garryowen broke out of defence in the 65th minute and Munster Academy player Corey Hircock showed a terrific turn of pace to race more than 50 metres and score the game clinching try.

Cahill and Lawlor traded further penalties as Garryowen secured a 10-point win.

- For a full report on this game, along with reaction from both camps, see Monday’s Limerick Leader