Cork Harlequins’ clinical finishing helped them retain the Munster Senior League crown with a 2-0 win over Cork Church of Ireland last night.
With the sides locked on 33 points from 12 games after the regular season — after each side lost once to the other — a playoff was required to determine a winner, though the miserable conditions at a drenched Farmer’s Cross helped neither’s ambitions.
David Egner had put the hosts into a fifth-minute lead from a corner rebound, but the rest of the half belonged to C of I without the Blues getting any tangible reward as Chris Daunt made a quartet of saves from John Jermyn.
Irish international hitman Jermyn was a busy man at both ends of the pitch, blocking down John Sweetnam and David Eakins as they looked set to score from Quins breakaways.
But there was little he could do about the 64th-minute copper-fastener from Eakins. Phil McLaughlin’s killer pass played in Sweetnam and although C of I keeper Billy Lynch saved his effort, he was powerless to stop Eakins finishing accurately from the loose ball at the top of the circle.
Daunt denied David Hobbs from point-blank range to keep his clean sheet intact and ensure the final minutes were comfortable ones for Phil Oakley’s side, who will now head into next Saturday’s Irish Senior Cup final against Instonians looking to add to their league and Munster Senior Cup crowns.
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