Ulster Bank League Play Off
The Kanturk story is a remarkable one and it will be told in more detail on these pages in the coming days but first things first, let’s just mark down that the Duhallow men are in the All Ireland League after Saturday’s stunning display at Shaws Bridge.
An unbroken 23 run in the All Ireland League for Instonians is now over after this defeat, their second half fight back wasn’t enough with Brian O’Neill’s late try sealing another huge win for the Munster champions.
Wins over OLBC and Clogher Valley got them to the play off, the might have won the Round Robin but were pipped by a single point in their clash with Wanderers leaving them with Saturday’s challenge. Beating the long established Belfast Senior club on their own patch. Caption: O’Neill crashes over for the third try right at the end of Saturday’s win. Pic: Janusz Trzesicki, more pics
It took a huge effort too as the highly motivated and spirited home side were not going to relinquish their position easily. Kanturk trailed 6-0 early but fought back to lead at half time and were ahead by 17-6 on the hour mark before a converted try for the home side made things tense.
Brothers Luke and Dan McCabe had their earlier tries with Mark Healy kicking the extras and adding a penalty. The huge support had to endure some nervous moments late on but when the man they call Nailor crashed over right at the end, the celebrations began and they lasted all the way back to Kanturk town late on Saturday night.
They join a league next season that will see them take on plenty of other Munster sides with Old Crescent, Richmond, Bruff, Sunday’s Well and Highfield all on the fixture list next year. Dreamland for the turks.