GARRYOWEN suffered a bitterly disappointing Munster Senior Cup final defeat to Cork Constitution for the second successive year when losing out on a 22-26 scoreline in a highly entertaining final at Musgrave Park this Saturday evening.
AIL Division 1B side Garryowen looked the more likely winners for the majority of this highly competitive decider. The ‘light blues’ held a 22-19 lead inside the closing 10 minutes. However, just as with last season’s final showdown between the same two sides, Cork Con struck the decisive score late on as winger Rob Jermyn struck for his second try of the game on 76 minutes. Out-half Tomas Quinlan duly converted to held Con seal a third successive Munster Senior Cup success.
Garryowen, who lost last season’s final to Division 1A Cork Con after extra time, led 13-6 at half-time. However, the 38-time Cup winners will be disappointed not to have been further ahead at the break, given their dominance in terms of possession and territory. New Zealand back-rower Joshua Hrstich scored Garryowen’s try, while out-half Jamie Gavin kicked eight points. The impressive Gavin took his tally of points for the game to 17 points in the second period.
Cork Con out-half Tomas Quinlan racked up 16 points with the boot for the Temple Hill side who were completing a three-in-a-row of Munster Senior Cup final wins.