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Irish Rugby TV: All-Ireland League Final – 2017 Rewind

Niall Kenneally celebrates with the league trophy 7/05/2017

Division 1A Final, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 7/05/2017 Clontarf vs Cork Constitution Cork Constitution's Niall Kenneally celebrates with the league trophy Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Bryan Keane

Cork Constitution and Clontarf renew their All-Ireland League final rivalry on Sunday at the Aviva Stadium. Yesterday we looked at the Joey Carbery-inspired 2016 win for ‘Tarf. Today we look at Con/’Tarf part II – ‘The Cup Goes South’.

Back-to-back finals for both clubs but this time it was Brian Hickey’s Constitution side who emerged as 25-21 winners from yet another sun-drenched and enthralling clash at IRFU headquarters.

Ireland Sevens star Mick McGrath threatened all day for Clontarf, creating one try and scoring another. However, it was the boot of man-of-the-match Tomás Quinlan which sealed the victory for Cork Con – he kicked 20 points as the Leesiders exacted revenge for the loss in 2016.

Speaking after the game, victorious captain Niall Kenneally said: “So happy and so relived for the lads, the management. All the effort we put in over a long season and to have a reward like this at the end of it is special.

It wasn’t a perfect game by any means, but what a contest and the physicality out there was immense. Both teams dug really deep. We were really blowing there in the second half and I thought Clontarf were getting back into it, but some big tackles turned things and were enough to turn it our way in the end.”




Tickets are on sale from Ticketmaster.ie at 10 euro for adults and free for children when purchased with an adult ticket – click here to buy now. The game will be live on RTÉ 2 with coverage starting at 2.45pm.