Munster Senior Cup
There will be no strangers on the touchline at Musgrave Park today (4pm) when Cork Constitution defend their Munster Senior Cup title against old rivals Garryowen.
Conan Doyle heads up the Garryowen coaching team and faces up to Tom Tierney who has moved on from Dooradoyle to Temple Hill.
There’s history between the clubs over the years in any event, but also from last season when Con picked up a 25th title in dramatic fashion. It’s difficult for Doyle and Tierney to forget that day when a last-second penalty gave Constitution a 9-6 win.
“We were pipped at the post and bitterly disappointed,” recalls Doyle. “It was controversial to say the least. We were penalised in the last play of the game. Our manager was on the field helping an injured player and the ref saw it as time-wasting. The ball was out of play and the clock could easily have been stopped. It was a draw at the time and we knew we were going to win because we had got the first score. We were bitterly disappointed.”
Tierney was Garryowen coach that day. Doyle was on the field for the light blues and will be on the bench as player-coach today. He admits the situation will probably feel a bit strange for both men. “We’ll both just have to get on with our respective jobs.”
Tierney is also determined to stay focused, but admits it will be a different challenge than he has been used to. “It’s unique for me. This time last year, I was in the Garryowen camp against Con and it has been well documented how that one panned out, how the last play of the game went. Now I’m on the different side of the fence and I’m very confident we have the resources to pull out another title, to get that three-in-a row.
“We’re up against a very good Garryowen team and the league suggests they won’t be in Division 1B very long. They’ll soon be coming up again to regain their rightful place in 1A so it’s going to be a quality game. We know it’s going to be tough but, from our perspective, we hope it goes according to plan.”
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