TERENURE COLLEGE 30-12 Cork Constitution
Clontarf and ourselves will meet in a repeat of last year’s Energia All-Ireland League Division 1A final when this season’s title race is decided at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday, 7 May.
The Dublin rivals, the top two finishers in the table, won through to the decider in contrasting style, with reigning champions Clontarf edging out Young Munster 13-12 in a tense tussle at Castle Avenue.
The Lakelands Park faithful roared Terenure on to their second successive final appearance, which was sealed by a 30-12 victory over Cork Constitution.
Caolan Dooley kicked 20 points and Adam La Grue and Jordan Coghlan claimed a try each.
Cork Con gave themselves a mountain to climb when falling 18 points behind in wet conditions.
Two early Dooley penalties gave Terenure the upper hand, the first coming from a scrum penalty on the 10-metre line.
Nure’s backs gave a glimpse of their attacking class in the 22nd minute when quick hands releasing full-back La Grue for the left corner.
Number eight Coghlan crossed six minutes later, with Con’s defence missing sin-binned centre Niall Kenneally.
Jonny Holland’s men were unable to convert some late pressure into points before half-time, but replacement James Murphy barged over in the 49th minute – followed by an Aidan Moynihan conversion – to reduce the arrears to 18-7.
Nure, who are gunning for a League and Cup double, turned to goal-kicking winger Dooley to settle things down again.
His reliable right boot banged over two more penalties to leave 17 points in it with 13 minutes remaining.
Con did rally again with a Cathal O’Flaherty try in the corner, but a late brace of Dooley kicks – the last one from far out – ensured Sean Skehan’s side got the job done in clinical fashion.
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