They came, they scored, they conquered …just.

John Colleran and the Galway Corinthians landed at Glenina’s Crowley Park on Saturday morning with the Glynn Cup and Langan Trophy. Half a St Patrick’s Day later they left again, muddied and bloodied but with silverware in tow.

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Corinthians opened their 2012 account with a victory, the Thirds responsible for taking the visitors one ahead in the Ryder Cup-style aggregate tally. The score remained unchanged at the 19s full-time whistle, the first of two draws logged on Saturday.

By the time the Under16s had finished, Corinthians had gone two ahead, Galwegians managing just a half-point from a possible three. The hosts then went on the rampage clearing three wins from the next three fixtures to go one point clear after the 14s, 21s and Under17s.

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Just over the halfway mark after six of 11 games played, Galwegians President Noel Leader’s smile was never more apparent. It was shortlived however, as Colleran’s crowd nabbed the next two; the Under15s and Seconds flying the flag for the N17.

With three matches remaining, Corinthians had the upper hand on three-and-a-half one win clear of Galwegians.

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The Galwegians Under13s made it very interesting with a late victory squeezing the gap to a half-mark, leaving the womens tag rugby challenge and the senior feature match. The women drew in their last outing, and did so again in 2012. Corinthians could have afforded a draw to retain the Glynn Cup, the onus on the hosts’ to see the visitors’ hand and raise them a try in the seniors.

Corinthians, down three-nil on half-time to a Darragh Leader dropped goal scored the invaluable touchdown six minutes in to the second.

It stayed that way to the finish, President Leader’s grasp on the Glynn Cup only temporary on Saturday. John Colleran, the Corinthians, and the all-important Glynn Cup departed Glenina in convoy, in much the same way they had arrived earlier that morning.

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