D.L.S.P. 9 Corinthians 31

Corinthians finish off with a fine win away to D.L.S.P. on their last Div 2 game of the season in Kirwan Park. The visitors started the strongest with man of the match outhalf Shane Mullaly grubber kicking ahead and touching down out wide after ten minutes of play but missing the subsequent conversion.
Under twenty’s winger Mick O Flynn got in for another try on the blind side after good work by the pack which Mullaly then converted. D.L.S.P., who were looking for a playoff spot in the division, finally got on the score board with a well taken penalty by fullback Conal Hickey after the visitors were penalized for infringing. Hickey was again on target a few minutes later when Corinthians were penalized for collapsing the scrum. Just before halftime Corinthians got in for another try after a great break by Mullaly, who set up centre Eoin Griffin to touch down under the posts. Mullaly converted to leave the visitors leading by nineteen pints to six at the break.                            D.L.S.P. came out in the second half with all guns blazing with back row David Lynch and second row Michael Manning to the fore but all they could get on the score board was another penalty by Hickey after an infringement by the visitors prop Dave Small. Corinthians winger James Buckley got in for a fine individual try, after he broke from the halfway line to skip through the home side defence and again Mullaly converted.     The visitors were now looking for the fourth try and bonus point, which they missed out on in a few games earlier in the season, but this time they made no mistake. The back row Shane Connelly got the ball out to captain Pat Cunningham who set it up for scrum half Hugh Griffin who in turn picked and fed it out to his brother Eoin to get in for the touchdown which Mullaly again converted. At this stage referee Mark Hermin (UIRFU) called full time leaving the visitors winning by thirty one points to nine. D.L.S.P. still made it into the playoffs with Corinthians only one point behind. This was a fine end of season for Corinthians which I’m sure the coaching staff would have been happy with. Corinthians next outing is a domestic one a home game in the Connacht Senior Cup against Connemara All Blacks on Wednesday the 14th at 7pm under lights.
Corinthian Team
W Williams, J Buckley, E Griffen, F Gormally, M O Flynn(D Classens),S Mullaly, E Flynn.(H Griffin). B Barrett (A O Toole), D Buckley, D Small, P Cunningham, G Ward, A Casanova, S Conneely. S Gerrity,


Gallery: HT minis – Ballinrobe, Ballyhaunis, Corinthians and Dunmore