A strong performance from City of Armagh was not enough to prevent Cork Constitution reaching the final of the Bateman Cup for the sixth year in a row. The Division 1A side squeezed through 13-20 in an exciting encounter at The Palace Grounds.
Cork Con exerted early pressure and opened the scoring after twelve minutes with a penalty from out-half Aidan Moynihan.
Armagh then stunned their senior opponents with the first try of the match on seventeen minutes. Armagh full-back Tim McNeice taking advantage of a mistake by the Cork defence to squeeze in for a try at the corner to take the score to Armagh 5 Cork 3..
Cork responded with a penalty on twenty five minutes from Moynihan to edge ahead 5 – 6.
Armagh were rewarded for some enterprising play with a second try on thirty-five minutes when winger, Robbie Faloon, touched down for the home team to lead 10 – 6.