Cork squeeze into the final cup final

 

CORK CONSTITUTION emerged triumphant, but only just, from their Carling Munster Senior Cup Semi-Final with Old rivals Sunday's Well at Musgrave Park yesterday.

This hard-fought victory gives them a place in the decider for the first time since 1989, when they last won the trophy.

Favourites Constitution had to live on their nerves when Sung day's Well, playing with the aid of (a strong wind, came to within a point three minutes from time. But it was then that the first division side took control. They (played out the remaining minutes in their opponents' territory and enhanced the scoreline with an injury-time penalty.

While Constitution sometimes looked much the better side, Sunday's Well were always competitive and their gritty performance (was consolidated by a spectacular display of goal kicking from centre Conor Burke.

Burke got six opportunities and kicked every one of them to really put it up to the Temple Hill side.

He opened the scoring in the sixth minute, and after Paul Burke kicked two penalties for Constitution, the Sunday's Well marksman struck again to equalise.

Victor Donnelly got the first try of the game for the winners in the 25th minute, but Burke kept Sunday's Well in touch with a penalty shortly afterwards and then put them ahead two minutes into the second half.

It was a lead they were to hold for 22 minutes.

Paul Burke finally restored the Constitution lead with 16 minutes to go and almost immediately Len Dinneen grabbed a try to push the lead to 19-12.

But Sunday's Well were far from finished and Burke kicked two penalties in four minutes to set up what should have been a grandstand finish.

From an attacking situation, however, Sunday's Well lost possession in the ruck and Constitution responded with a period of pressure during which Paul Burke kicked the insurance point.