Cork Constitution FC

1stXV Match Reports

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Old Belvedere RFC 04/03/2017

Competition: AIL Division 1
1stXV V Old Belvedere RFC
Score: 16 - 10 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 04/03/2017
Referee: S.Gaffikin MAR
Report:

Cork Constitution completed an AIL double over Old Belvedere with a narrow victory at Templehill on Saturday. On a cold, but dry afternoon, Belvedere took an early lead, and led until the three-quarter stage, but Constitution were never far behind, and took the victory in the final quarter.


Paul O’Keeffe gave the visitors a first minute lead from a 30 metres penalty, awarded for a high tackle. And they added a smart try and conversion in the 13th minute to lead 0-10, when full back Danny O’Riordan found a chink on the blind side of the home defence from a scrum on the 25 metre line, which O’Keeffe converted.

 

Constitution were reduced to fourteen for 10 minutes, from the 21st minute, when Conor Kindregan saw yellow, but they survived, and got five points back in the 37th minute when Brian Hayes scored following a line-out at 22 metres. But Belvedere led 5-10 at the break.

 

Tomas Quinlan notched a penalty on 65 minutes from 40 metres, and three minutes later Luke Cahill scored from a break by J.J.O’Neill. Quinlan missed the conversion, but Constitution had taken lead at 13-10. And a last minute penalty, by Quinlan from 40 metres, secured the match points for the home side.
Lansdowne, despite losing to Clontarf, lead the League table on 50 points; from Clontarf 46; Young Munster 44, and Constitution 43. There is then a clear gap to St Marys and UCD who are on 31 points each.
And next weekend, Constitution travel to leaders Lansdowne; while Clontarf go to Garryowen.

Cork Con Team:

L.O’Connell; J.J.O’Neill, N.Hodson, N.Kenneally Capt., R.Jermyn; T.Quinlan, J.Poland; L.O’Connor, M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; B.Hayes, C.Kindregan (Capt.); G.Lawler, J.Murphy, L.Cahill. Replacements: V.O’Brien (1), G.Duffy (2), C.Barry (6), J.Higgins (9), M.Clune (14).

Cork Con Scorers:

B.Hayes 1T; L.Cahill 1T; T.Quinlan 2P.

Old Belvedere RFC Team:

D.Riordan; S.McDonald, J.Kennedy, P.Robb, A.Sheehan; P.O’Keeffe, C.Rock; J.McWilliams-Gray, C.O’Flynn, A.Howard; J.Kelly, M.Ritani, C.Owende; K.Miller, M.Oyuga, J.Slattery. Replacements: K.O’Neill (2); J.Ingles (3); M.Ritani (5); T.D.Jongh (7); S.Killeen (9).

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Young Munster 26/02/2017

Competition: Munster Senior Cup Final
1stXV V Young Munster
Score: 14 - 0 (Con score given first)
Venue: Irish Independent Park
Date: 26/02/2017
Referee: G Clancy (MAR)
Report:

Cork Constitution won their 28th Munster Senior Cup on Saturday at Irish Independent Park on Saturday with a clear-cut victory over their arch Limerick rivals, Young Munster, after an absorbing match. In the event, Cork Constitution won a fifth successive Bank of Ireland Munster Senior Cup success, having already eclipsed the Club’s previous successes of 1905-07.

 

It was the 126th showpiece decider of the prestigious competition, with Young Munster hoping to avenge last year's final defeat to the Cork club. First staged in 1886, the Munster Senior Cup is among the oldest events in world rugby, with Cork Constitution the second most successful club with 27 titles, behind Garryowen who are 38-time winners, and who had won 13 titles before Constitution gained their first in 1905.

 

In the earlier rounds, Constitution survived a tricky tie away to UL Bohemians in the first round, before a comprehensive victory over Nenagh Ormond in the second round. Highfield provided stern opposition in the semi-final, but the All Ireland League 1A outfit emerged with a 31-15 win.


On a fine afternoon at Irish Independent Park, Tomas Quinlan opened the scoring with a 10th minute penalty, having missed an earlier opportunity, as Constitution started strongly. They continued to dominate the early exchanges, but had to wait until the 30th minute to add a second Quinlan penalty. And just before the break, Quinlan added a third penalty from the 10 yard line for a 9-0 interval lead.


The second half was equally competitive, but with few scoring chances on offer, and the only score came from a late surge by Constitution captain, Niall Kenneally, that ended with a try by Richard Jermyn in the 78th minute, and that closed out the victory.
Constitutionk who have not lost a Cup match since 2011,  will now bid to retain the Bateman Cup and establish another record.

Cork Con Team:

L.O’Connell; J.J.O’Neill, N.Hodson, N.Kenneally Capt., R.Jermyn; T.Quinlan, J.Higgins; G.Duffy, M.Abbott, R.Burke; B.Hayes, C.Kindregan; G.Lawler, J.Murphy, L.Cahill. Replacements: V.O’Brien (2), G.Sweeney (3), C.Barry, S.O’Leary (6), J.Poland, L.Duffy (11), M.Clune.

Cork Con Scorers:

R.Jermyn 1T; T.Quinlan 3P

Young Munster Team:

S.Airie; C.O'Hanlon, J.O'Connor, C.Bohane, M.Vaughan; A.Tynan, J.Lyons; G.Ryan, G.Slattery, C.Skehan; T.Goggin, M.Madden; A.Kennedy, D Walsh, D Ryan. Replacements: M O'Mara, P Allen, A McCloskey, D Begley, R Guerin, P Downes, E Mundu.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Terenure 18/02/2017

Competition: Ulster Bank All-Ireland League - Division 1
1stXV V Terenure
Score: 16 - 10 (Con score given first)
Venue: Lakelands
Date: 18/02/2017
Referee: D.Wilkinson IRFU
Report:

Cork Constitution won a hard earned away victory over Terenure College in the All Ireland League at Lakelands on Saturday.


The opening half was scoreless, until Eoin Joyce scored the opening try in the 36th minute. Mark O’Neill missed the conversion; and then in the final play, Tomas Quinlan kicked a penalty for Constitution, to leave the half-time score at 5-3 to the home side.


Sam Coughlan-Murray scored an unconverted try for Terenure, almost straight from the re-start, for 10-3. John Poland had a penalty for Constitution in the 56th minute to reduce the deficit to four points. Brian Hayes scored the decisive try for Constitution in the 60th minute, converted by Quinlan for the lead. A yellow-card reduced Constitution to fourteen for the final 10 minutes, but Swain missed the resultant penalty. And Poland had the last word for Constitution, with an injury time penalty for a six point win, with Terenure securing a losing bonus point.


In the Division 1A table, Lansdowne go top on 50 points, after a big win over Dublin University; Young Munster are second on 43 points after a two point home win over St Mary’s; Constitution are third on 39 points; with Clontarf fourth on 38 points, after a 36-13 away win against Old Belvedere.


Next up for Constitution is the Munster Senior Cup Final against Young Munster at Irish Independent Park on Sunday 26th February.
 

Cork Con Team:

L.O’Connell, J.J.O’Neill, N.Hodson, N.Kenneally Capt., R.Jermyn; T.Quinlan, J.Poland; G.Duffy, V.O’Brien, G.Sweeney; C.Kindregan, B.Hayes; G.Lawler, J.Murphy, L.Cahill. Replacements: M.Abbott (2), G.Roche (3), R.O’Neill (8), J.Higgins (9), L.Duffy (14).

Cork Con Scorers:

B.Hayes 1T; T.Quinlan 1C1P; J.Poland 2P.

Terenure Team:

J.O’Donoghue; S.Coghlan-Murray, C.Finn, R.Carroll, J.Swaine; M.O’Neill, K.O’Neill; C.Madden, R.Smyth, O.Heffernan; M.Murphy, K.McCoy Capt.; S.Caffrey, H.Brewer, E.Joyce. Replacements: B.Elliott, G.Mamilton, J.O’Neill, C.Weakliam, S.O’Neill.

Terenure Scorers:

E.Joyce 1T; S.Coughlan-Murray 1T.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Clontarf 11/02/2017

Competition: All Ireland League Division 1
1stXV V Clontarf
Score: 13 - 22 (Con score given first)
Venue: Castle Avenue
Date: 11/02/2017
Referee: M.Patton IRFU
Report:

Clontarf avenged their first round defeat at Temple Hill, when claiming the points at Castle Avenue on Saturday. On a wet and dismal afternoon, the home side had taken control by half-time after an uncertain start, but saw out the second period despite a strong showing by Constitution.

 

Constitution won the first League encounter in November on a 24-17 score line, with Clontarf claiming a losing bonus point; and but for a late missed conversion in this game, Constitution would have squared that series. In the event, Clontarf maintained their push for Divisional honours, while Constitution will have extra ground to make up in the coming weeks.

 

Conditions were pretty inclement as the teams took the field, but Constitution made a positive start when Tomas Quinlan converted a close in penalty after just five minutes. Clontarf  missed a long-range penalty chance on 13 minutes, before right wing Rob Keogh scored the opening try on 15 minutes. Joyce added the conversion for 7-3. And on 20 minutes, Keogh scored a second try, that was unconverted, for 12-3. 

 

Constitution battled hard to regain their composure, and were rewarded when second row Conor Kindregan scored from a maul to the line in the 37th minute. The conversion was missed, so Clontarf led 12-8 at half-time.

 

The home side had the better of the second half exchanges, with a lot of possession that they turned into points with a try by their regular scoring machine Mick McGrath on the hour, converted by Joyce. 19-8 to Clontarf, and a penalty five minutes later kicked by Joyce, left Clontarf well in command. 

 

But, Constitution did not concede lightly, and an unconverted try in the 70th minute by Rob Jermyn for 13-22, set up an exciting finish. However, conditions were not conducive to accurate play, and the home defence were secure to the end.

 

After twelve series on matches, Lansdowne lead the table on 45 points; Young Munster are second on 39; Constitution are next on 35 points, with Clontarf fourth on 33 points.

Cork Con Team:

L.O'Connell; A.McHenry, N.Hodson, N.Kenneally (capt), R.Jermyn; T. Quinlan, J.Poland; L.O'Connor, M.Abbott, G.Sweeney, C.Kindregan (Capt.), B.Hayes, G.Lawlor, J.Murphy, 
L.Cahill. Replacements: V.O'Brien, R.Burke, C.Barry, J.Higgins, JJ O'Neill.

Cork Con Scorers:

C.Kindregan 1T; R.Jermyn 1T ; T.Quinlan 1P.

Clontarf Team:

J.Power; R.Keogh, M.Browne, M.D'Arcy, M.McGrath; D.Joyce, S.Cronin; V.Abdalabze, J.Harris-Wright, R.Burke Flynn, B.Reilly (capt), E.Browne, K.Moran, A.D'Arcy, M.Noone.
Replacements: J.Larbey, J.Doyle, N.Reilly, D.Doyle, M.Sutton.

Clontarf Scorers:

R.Keogh 2T; M.McGrath 1T; D.Joyce 1P2C.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Dublin University 04/02/2017

Competition: Ulster Bank League Div.1
1stXV V Dublin University
Score: 19 - 3 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 04/02/2017
Referee: G.Clancy (IRFU)
Report:

Cork Constitution repeated their December victory over Dublin University at College Park in the return AIL game at Templehill on Saturday. In the first game at College Park they won 30-10, but it was a little closer on this occasion. 


The first half ended 6-3 in the home side’s favour. Tomas Quinlan kicked Constitution to a 15th minute lead with a penalty, after Rob Jermyn had been held up at the posts. At the other end, Trinity wing Billy O’Hora cut through the centre, but was checked by Liam O’Connell. McDermott missed a penalty chance on 26 minutes for Trinity, but he made amends with a successful effort in the 30th minute to level the scores. However, Constitution took the half-time honours, after Brian Hayes and Liam O’Connell made the play that resulted in a penalty from 35 metres by Tomas Quinlan.


Despite starting the second half strongly, Trinity conceded again when Niall Kenneally surged over for an unconverted try in the 51st minute. And a 30 metre break by Liam O’Connor in the 56th minute was finished to the corner by J.J.O’Neill for 16-3.


Tomas Quinlan kicked his second penalty to stretch Constitution’s lead to 19-3 in the 62nd minute, but despite their superiority, Constitution met stiff resistance in the final quarter that denied any further scoring.

Cork Con Team:

L.O’Connell; J.J.O’Neill, A.McHenry, N.Kenneally, R.Jermyn; T.Quinlan, J.Poland; L.O’Connor, V.O’Brien, G.Sweeney; B.Hayes, C.Kindregan; G.Lawler, J.Murphy, L.Cahill. Replacements: M.Abbott, R.Burke (3), R.O’Neill, J.Higgins (9), D.Lyons (13).

Cork Con Scorers:

N.Kenneally 1T; J.J.O’Neill 1T; T.Quinlan 3P.

Dublin University Team:

M.Silvester; T.Maupin, M.Courtney, K.Dixon, B.O’Hora; B.Slater (Capt)., J.McDermott;  E.O’Sullivan, A.Keating, P.Finlay; P.Dargan, J.Burke (Capt.); N.O’Riordan, D.O’Flynn, T.Ryan. Replacements:  J.Boland (2); D.Higgins (3); R.Dunne (7); D.Joyce (6); P.Murphy (9).

Dublin University Scorers:

J.McDermott 1P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Buccaneers 21/01/2017

Competition: Bateman Cup semi-final
1stXV V Buccaneers
Score: 63 - 0 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 21/01/2017
Referee: P.Haycock IRFU
Report:

Bateman Cup kingpins Cork Constitution will meet Old Belvedere in this season's final at the end of April following a big win in Saturday's semi-final at Temple Hill.
Recent Connacht Senior Cup winners Buccaneers were very much second best on the day as Cork Constitution put themselves on the cusp on an unprecedented fifth Bateman Cup title in a row.
Frustratingly for Buccaneers boss Brett Wilkinson, the weekend's 'A' provincial fixtures had more of an impact on his side and they made the trip south without a number of the players who have guided the midlanders to the top of Ulster Bank League Division 1B.

Buccs' depleted selection - minus six Connacht Eagles - tried gamely to match the hosts but in-form Constitution, who are second in the top flight standings, really hit the ground running and were already 35 points ahead by half-time.

Con gained possession from their kick-off and immediately piled forward with intent. Prop Rory Burke was swiftly grounding the ball wide on the left for a first minute try converted by Tomas Quinlan who soon added a brace of penalties.

When the Athlone side got a rare opportunity after a 17th minute home lineout went awry, referee Paul Haycock blew for a knock-on with the visitors having an overlap. But Buccs did not help their cause with a number of kicks not finding touch, resulting in other waves of attack bearing down on them.

Cork Con's second try stemmed from another Pirates error as the midlanders moved the ball left to right but spilled it and centre Ned Hodson snapped it up to sprint away from halfway for an opportunist 21st minute try.

The visitors suffered another setback four minutes later when injury forced Shane Layden off with Mata Fifita coming on in the centre. Just before the half hour mark, ex-Bucc Conor Kindregan stretched over for a try following a maul after a penalty had been punted to touch

Constitution's maul and scrum were facets that Buccs just could not deal with, earning hooker John Sutton a yellow card during which another home drive was finished off by Luke Cahill with Quinlan converting this 35th minute touchdown.

Buccs had a spell of pressure coming up to the interval but, when possession was turned over, Cork Con gained huge yardage from a massive relieving clearance and chased hard to get a foothold in the Pirates' 22. From there, flanker Cahill got over for his second try in the final moments of the half, giving the title holders a clear-cut 35-0 advantage at the break.

Buccaneers had the better of the territory in the third quarter but lacked the guile and grunt necessary to unlock the fast-moving Cork Con cover, Alex Hayman being stopped fractionally short of the home line after 46 minutes.

Then the visitors were hit with a sucker punch when replacement John Poland made a near immediate impact to finish off a swift counter attack for a 56th minute try which he also converted. As Buccs troubles at scrum time continued, Ruairi Byrne was sin-binned and Liam O'Connell inflicted further punishment by notching a try on the hour mark to stretch the lead to 49-0, Poland again converting.

Although Buccs battled to the bitter end, scrum half Jason Higgins completed the rout with a pair of Cork Con tries in the final quarter. Poland, first cousin of team-mates Alex and Jack McHenry, converted both tries to complete Con's 63-point tally. 

Cork Con Team:

L.O’Connell; A.McHenry, N.Hodson, N.Kenneally (Capt.), R.Jermyn; T.Quinlan, J.Higgins; L.O’Connell, M.Abbott, R.Burke; C.Kindregan, B.Hayes; L.Cahill, J.Murphy, E.Mintern. 
Replacements: J.McHenry, G.Roche, C.Barry, G.Duffy, J.Poland, J.J.O’Neill, R.Horgan.

Cork Con Scorers:

Tries: Rory Burke, Conor Kindregan, Luke Cahill 2, Ned Hodson, John Poland, Liam O'Connell, Jason Higgins 2; Cons: Tomas Quinlan 2, John Poland 4; Pens: Tomas Quinlan 2

Buccaneers Team:

Callum Boland; Eoghan O'Reilly, Shane Layden, Alex Hayman, Jordan Conroy; Alan Gaughan, Frankie Hopkins; Martin Staunton, John Sutton, Ryan O'Meara, Simon Meagher, Ruairi Byrne, Stephen McVeugh, Evan Galvin, Kolo Kiripati (capt).
Replacements: Rory Grenham, Niall Farrelly, James Foley, Mata Fifita, Rory O'Connor, Dean McMahon, Gerard Fallon.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Highfield 07/01/2017

Competition: Munster Senior Cup – Semi-final
1stXV V Highfield
Score: 31 - 15 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 07/01/2017
Referee: K.Barry MAR
Report:

Cork Constitution won their Bank of Ireland sponsored Munster Senior Cup semi-final tie with Highfield, under lights at Templehill on Friday evening, to reach their fourth final in successive seasons.

 

Constittution built a ten point lead with a penalty by Tomas Quinlan, and a penalty try converted by Quinlan after 15 minutes. Highfield responded with an unconverted corner flag try by Ben Murphy in the 17th minute, but Constitution moved ahead with two quick-fire tries from Shane Daly after 26 minutes, and Ned Hodson two minutes later. Quinlan converted both, to leave Constitution 24-5 at the break.

 

Highfield responded with a try by lock Fintan O’Sullivan, converted by Luke Kingston, on 43 minutes. And Constitution’s supremacy was tested again, first when Luke Cahill was yellow-carded for a high tackle in the 53rd minute; and following a red card for Conor Kindregan in the 64th minute. Highfield front rower O’Callaghan received a yellow card in the same incident, but Kingston kicked a resultant penalty to close the gap to 24-15.

 

The result was confirmed when Alex McHenry scored Constitution’s fourth try in the 65th minute, and Quinlan added the extras for 31-15.

 

Constitution now await the winners of next week’s other semi-final between Young Munster and Cashel, for the final to be played at Irish Independent Park in Cork.

Cork Con Team:

S.Daly; L.O’Connell, N.Hodson, N.Kenneally Capt., R.Jermyn; T.Quinlan, B.Pope; G.Duffy, M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; C.Kindregan, B.Hayes; J.Murphy, R.O’Neill, L.Cahill. Replacements: J.McHenry (2); G.Roche (1), S.O’Leary (22), M.Clune (14), C.Barry (7,8), A.McHenry (11), D.Lyons (9).

Cork Con Scorers:

S.Daly 1T; N.Hodson 1T; A.McHenry 1T; T.Quinlan 1PT1P4C.

Highfield Team:

P.Martin; J.McLoughlin, C.Cunningham, M.Dorgan, B.Murphy; L.Kingston, C.Bannon; D.O’Callaghan, D.Heay, C.Forse; D.Kelly, F.O’Sullivan; D.O’Connell, D.Lawe, J.Cronin. Replacements: D.O’Hea (2), I.McCarthy (3), C.Gallagher (1), O.Linell, K.Foyle (9), D.Horgan (15), D.Houlihan (12).

Highfield Scorers:

B.Murphy 1T; F.O’Sullivan 1T; L.Kingston 1C1P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V University College Cork 26/12/2016

Competition: Crowley cep
1stXV V University College Cork
Score: 14 - 12 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 26/12/2016
Referee: C.Dona MAR
Report:

The annual St Stephen’s Day encounter at Templehill between Cork Constitution and University College, commemorating Dermot ‘Starry’ Crowley, was played before a large holiday crowd in very temperate mild conditions. And despite trailing 0-7 at half-time, Constitution scored twice in the second period to claim the Crowley Cup.

 

College flanker Cian Barry scored the opening try in the 28th minute following a 5-metre scrum, to which Tom Kersey added the conversion, for the half time lead.

 

Constitution drew level in the 48th minute, when fast ruck delivery gave Tomas Quinlan the break to put full back Liam O’Connell in for a try, converted by Quinlan.

 

College scored a fine try with a counter attack from their own 22 metre line for Cillian Ansbro to finish. Kersey missed the conversion, but College led 7-12 after 54 minutes.

 

Constitution might have scored on the hour, but Jermyn was knocked off the ball. However, Max Abbot got the deciding score in the 66th minute, when he was at the end of a line-out drive to the line. And Quinlan’s conversion was the decisive score.

 

John Crowley was on hand to present the Crowley Cup, commemorating his father Dermot’s contribution to both clubs.

 

 

Cork Con Team:

L.O’Connell; B.Galvin, R.Jermyn, R.Horgan, M.Clune; T.Quinlan, J.Poland; R.Wilmott, M.Abbot, G.Roche; C.Barry, B.Hayes; S.O’Leary, R.Walsh, L.Cahill. Replacements: M.Parakure (3); L.Duffy (11); H.Murphy (15); G.Good, R.O’Halloran.

Cork Con Scorers:
University College Cork Team:

UCC: C.McAuliffe; C.Ansbro, R.Slater, P.Hyde, J.Kiernan; T.Kersey, C.O’Regan; SO’Hanlon, M.Shenin, C.Slowey; M.O’Connell, B.O’Mahony; C.Barry, CGallagher, P.Derham. Replacements: L.McSherry, E.Earl, R.Walsh, A.Dorgan (9); M.Slater (12).

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V University College Dublin 03/12/2016

Competition: Ulster Bank League Div.1
1stXV V University College Dublin
Score: 50 - 25 (Con score given first)
Venue: Temple Hill
Date: 03/12/2016
Referee: N.Correll (IRFU)
Report:

Cork Constitution defeated UCD in an exciting UBL tie at Temple Hill on Saturday, scoring fifty points and collecting a four-try bonus point tomove into second place in the AIL 1A table.

 

In near-perfect conditions, Constitution took it to their opponents from the off with great enthusiasm, to lead 29-13 by half time. An opening 5th minute penalty by Tomas Quinlan, was added to by by loose-head prop Liam O’Connor four minutes later, after selling an outrageous dummy to score from 25 metres. Tomas Quinlan converted for 10-0. However, UCD had a penalty from Ciaran Frawley on 13 minutes to keep the students in touch.

 

A line-out take by Darren O’Shea led to a penalty try to Constitution on 16 minutes, converted by Quinlan for 17-3. But three minutes later, UCD right wing, Tom Fletcher, ran in a try in the right corner from 30 metres, and Colin Frawley’s excellent conversion closed the gap to 17-10. And a penalty awarded under the posts was also converted by Frawley in the 22nd minute.

 

Constitution hit back with a try by J.J.O’Neill in the 25th minute, and Quinlan’s conversion made it 24-13 to the home side. A yellow card for UCD prop Liam Hyland was punished by Constitution, as Tomas Quinlan scored their third try in the right corner after a clever blind-side run. He missed the difficult conversion, but it left Constitution at 29-13 at the break.

 

Constitution had a difficult start to the second period; first a yellow card to Darren O’Shea for an awkward tackle, was followed by a red card for Ger Sweeney in the 48th minute for a repeated scrummaging offence. However, a try by Dara Lyons in the right corner settled the home side again, and Quinlan’s conversion left Constitution well ahead at 36-13.

 

A try by UCD centre Tommy O’Brien in the 70th minute, after a midfield mistake by the home side, gave them hope as Burke converted for 36-20. But as the game reached its climax, it was Constitution who added to their total with a try by Rob Jermyn, after he was set up by a determined run by Ned Hodson. Quinlan converted for 43-20.

 

Replacement prop Gordon Frayne scored a 79th minute try for the students, but there was still time for Ned Hodson, to intercept and score Constitution’s seventh try in the last play, with Quinlan’s conversion bringing up 50 points.

 

Constitution move into second place, a point ahead of Young Munster, but four points behind Lansdowne, after nine games. There is now a space of some eight weeks before the League resumes, with Constitution and UCD due to meet again at Belfield on Sat., 28th January.

Cork Con Team:

L.O’Connell; J.J.O’Neill, N.Hodson, N.Kenneally (Capt.), R.Jermyn; T.Quinlan, J.Poland; L.O’Connor, M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; D.O’Shea, C.Kindregan; B.Hayes, J.Murphy, E.Mintern. Replacements: R.Burke (8), G. Duffy (1), R.O’Neill, J.Higgins (9), D.Lyons (14).

Cork Con Scorers:

L.O’Connor 1T; J.J.O’Neill 1T; D.Lyons 1T; R.Jermyn 1T; N.Hodson 1T; T.Quinlan 2T1P6C.

University College Dublin Team:

A.Marks; C.Burke, S.Murphy, T.O’Brien, T.Fletcher; C.Frawley, J.Glynn (capt.); M.Moynihan, S.McNulty, L.Hyland; E.McMahon, B.Cawley; J.Guy, A.Penny, G.Jones.  Replacements: G.Frayne, S.McGivern, J.Dwan, N.Peters, M.Gilsenan.

University College Dublin Scorers:

T.Fletcher 1T; T.O’Brien 1T; G.Freyne 1T; C.Frawley 1T2P2C.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Dublin University 26/11/2016

Competition: Ulster Bank League Div.1
1stXV V Dublin University
Score: 30 - 10 (Con score given first)
Venue: College Park
Date: 26/11/2016
Referee: P.Haycock (IRFU)
Report:

Cork Constitution defeated Dublin University at College Park on Saturday, before Ireland played Australia at Lansdowne Road later in the afternoon.

 

It was the first meeting between the clubs since 2005-06. And the result moves Constitution up to third place on 26 points, while Trinity drop to fourth on 22 points. Lansdowne lead on 30 points, with Young Munster second on 28 points.

 

Constitution started well against the students and lead 6-0 after 20 minutes, via two Tomas Quinlan penalties. Trinity hit back with a try in the 26th minute by Colm Hogan, who squeezed in at the left corner after a siege on the Constitution line. And Fennelly kicked a fine conversion for the lead. However, Constitution took the interval honours  at 9-7, when Tomas Quinlan converted a penalty in the 37th minute, following a drive into the Trinity 22 led by Brian Hayes.

 

And Constitution extended the lead to 16-7 in the 46th minute when Ross O’Neill , who had replaced Graeme Lawler, was at the end of a line-out maul driven to the line by the pack. Quinlan’s conversion was good for 16-7. Jack Fennelly reduced the arrears for the students with a penalty on 51 minutes, after Conor Kindregan had received a yellow card for a late tackle.

 

However, Constitution consolidated their advantage in the final quarter. Brain Hayes scored in the 65th minute after a line-out break by scrum-half Poland; Quinlan converted for 23-10. And captain Niall Kenneally scored Constitution’s third try in the 70th minute with a determined run through the middle; Quinlan’s conversion brought up the thirty points.

Cork Con Team:

L.O’Connell; J.J.O’Neill, N.Hodson, N.Kenneally, R.Jermyn; T.Quinlan, J.Poland; L.O’Connor, M.Abbott, R.Burke; B.Hayes, C.Kindregan; G.Lawler, J.Murphy, E.Mintern. Replacements: G.Sweeney (1), G.Duffy (3), R.O’Neill (6), B.Pope (11), M.Clune (14).

Cork Con Scorers:

R.O’Neill 1T; B.Hayes 1T; N.Kenneally 1T; T.Quinlan 3P3C.

Dublin University Team:

J.Kelly; B.Mollen, M.Courtney, K.Dixon, J.Fleming; J.Fennelly, D.Joyce; E.O’Sullivan, A.Keating, P.Finlay; P.Dargan, J.Burke (Capt.); S.Pim, D.O’Flynn, T.Ryan.

Replacements:  L.Cronin, F.Murphy, C.O’Dwyer, T.Whittle, E.Dyson.

Dublin University Scorers:

C.Hogan 1T; J.Fennelly 1P1C.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Clontarf 12/11/2016

Competition: All Ireland League Division 1
1stXV V Clontarf
Score: 24 - 17 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 12/11/2016
Referee: Joy Neville IRFU
Report:

A little bit of rugby history was made at Temple Hill today, when Joy Neville became the first woman to referee a Division 1 AIL fixture, and she received a warm reception, both prior and after the game, from the teams and spectators alike, for a job well done.

 

This game between the sides was their 25th meeting, since the inauguration of the AIL in 199. And since the sequence between the clubs began in 1997/98 season, there have been 25 matches between the clubs, including the final last season. Constitution have now won 16 times, to Clontarf’s nine, though Clontarf won last year’s AIB final.

 

On a fine Temple Hill surface, and with no wind to contend with, Clontarf started well, and took a seven point lead after just three minutes, when centre Matt Darcy went in unchallenged for a try, converted by Conor Jennings. Constitution, resplendent in new shirts, hit back with a try by Shane Daly in the 8th minute after a multi-phase attack. And Tomas Quinlan tied up the scores with the conversion.

 

Quinlan missed a penalty chance on 16 minutes, but Clontarf hit the front again in the 24th minute with a try at the posts by flanker Adrian Daly, converted by Jennings. Constitution drew level in the 31st minute, with a try by James Murphy from a line-out maul, converted by Quinlan, to tie up the scores at 14 points each. However, a long-range penalty by Jennings in the 34th minute, gave Clontarf the interval lead at 14-17.

 

Tomas Quinlan was off-target with a long range penalty shot in the 48th minute, but a few minutes later he converted a try by Ned Hodson, after Shane Daly made the running from half-way. 21-17 to Constitution.

 

Quinlan missed again with a penalty shot in the 62nd minute, but converted a similar effort in the 65th minute for 24-17, when scrum-half du Toit was sin-binned. And while Clontarf fought to the finish, excellent defensive work denied them an improvement on the losing bonus point.

Cork Con Team:

S.Daly; L.O’Connell, N.Hodson, N.Kenneally Capt., A.McHenry; T.Quinlan, J.Poland; L.O’Connor, M.Abbott, R.Burke; C.Kindregan, B.Hayes; G.Lawler, J.Murphy, E.Mintern. Replacements: V.O’Brien , G.Sweeney (3), S.Dwyer (6), J.J.O’Neill, D.Lyons.

Cork Con Scorers:

S.Daly 1T; J.Murphy 1T; N.Hodson 1T; T.Quinlan 1P3C.

Clontarf Team:

C.Jennings; S.Long, M.Browne, M.Darcy, M.McGrath; E.Ryan, S.Cronin; V.Aldafadge, R.Lichfield, R.Burke-Flynn; B.Reilly Capt., T.Byrne; M.Noone, A.Darcy, T.Ryan.

Replacements: J.Larbey (3); K.Moran (4); D.Doyle (7); P.duToit (9); M.Sutton.

Clontarf Scorers:

M.Darcy 1T; A.Darcy 1T; C.Jennings 2C1P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Terenure College 05/11/2016

Competition: Ulster Bank All-Ireland League - Division 1
1stXV V Terenure College
Score: 31 - 15 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 05/11/2016
Referee: L.Colgan IRFU
Report:

Cork Constitution won a fine victory over Terenure Colllege in the All Ireland League at Templehill on Saturday. On a fine October afternoon, both sides had early chances in a very competitive first period, which Constitution just shaded 14-10. However, Constitution put their foot on the pedal to streak away in the second period, adding two further tries to secure a valuable bonus point victory.

 

Jack Swaine gave the visitors a 3rd minute lead with a penalty from 22 metres after a line-out infringement. Then, in the 27th minute, after Terenure wing forward O’Neill was yellow-carded, Constitution kicked to the corner, and from the line-out, Max Abbott was driven over for the first try.

Quinlan converted for 7-3. And Constitution scored a second try from a 5 metre scrum in the 36th minute when No.8 Evan Mintern went over, and Quinlan made it 14-3 with the conversion.

 

However, from the kick off, Terenure pressurised the Constitution line, and scrum half Kevin O’Neill got in for a try after a series of rucks. Swain converted to leave it 14-10 at the interval.

 

In the 52nd minute, when Terenure centre Devane was yellow-carded, Quinlan kicked the penalty for 17-10. Shane Daly scored in the left corner after a sustained Constitution siege of the Terenure line in the 68th minute, and Quinlan kicked a superb conversion for 24-10.

 

Constitution ran in the bonus point try in the 76th minute, as they ran a quick penalty from half way, with centre Niall Kenneally getting the touchdown. Quinlan converted for 31-10. Terenure got a consolation unconverted try in the final minute by flanker Caffrey.

 

In the Division 1A table, Constitution on 18 pts go fourth, behind Young Munster (22); Lansdowne (20) and Old Belvedere (19). Next Saturday at Templehill, Constitution meet Clontarf who are in 8th place having lost 13-20 at home to Old Belvedere.

Cork Con Team:

S.Daly; L.O’Connell, N.Hodson, N.Kenneally Capt., A.McHenry; T.Quinlan, J.Higgins; L.O’Connor, M.Abbott, R.Burke; C.Kindregan, B.Hayes; G.Lawler, J.Murphy, E.Mintern. Replacements: G.Duffy, G.Sweeney (3), S.Dwyer (7), J.Poland (9), M.Clune.

Cork Con Scorers:

M.Abbott 1T; E.Mintern 1T; S.Daly 1T; N.Kenneally 1T; T.Quinlan 1P4C.

Terenure College Team:

J.Swaine; S.O’Neill, C.Finn, W.Devane, R.Murphy; J.O’Donoghue, K.O’Neill; S.Borza, R.Smith, G.Hamilton; J.Dever, C.Deans; S.Caffrey, J.O’Neill, K.McCoy. Replacements: B.Elliott, T.Creagh (3), P.Thornton, T.Burke (12), M.Hiney (11).

Terenure College Scorers:

K.O’Neill 1T; S.Caffrey 1T; J.Swaine 1P1C.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Old Belvedere 29/10/2016

Competition: AIL Division 1
1stXV V Old Belvedere
Score: 20 - 14 (Con score given first)
Venue: Anglesea Road
Date: 29/10/2016
Referee: M.Patton IRFU
Report:

Cork Constitution defeated Old Belvedere at Anglesea Road on Saturday to boost their own credentials for this season’s AIL honours. The success takes Constitution off the bottom rung of the League Table to joint fifth with St Mary’s College, four points behind joint leaders Young Munster and Dublin University.


On a  pristine Anglesea Road pitch, Constitution hit the ground running, and took a nine points to nil interval lead, through three penalties from Tomas Quinlan. And they fully deserved that lead as they dominated possession throughout the half. Quinlan landed his first from 45 metres in the first play when the home side were penalised. Constitution dominated that opening period, and scrum half Jason Higgins might have added to the total when he broke through the middle of the home defence on 26 minutes, but was stopped just short of the try line.


A yellow card for Old Belvedere wing Sean Coughlan yielded the next score, as Tomas Quinlan landed the resultant penalty for 0-6 after 19 minutes. And in injury time, Quinlan made it 9-0 with his third successful penalty conversion.


Constitution opened the second half just as strongly as the first, when Graeme Lawler was put over from an attack that was initiated from half way by Liam O’Connor and Jason Higgins. Quinlan missed the conversion, but kicked a 50th minute penalty from 40 metres for 0-17.


A yellow card followed shortly after for Rob Jermyn, and Belvedere capitalised as wing Sean Coughlan scored a 59th minute try with a blind side run, which Steve Crosbie converted for 7-17. However Quinlan kept Constitution on the front foot with his fifth penalty for 7-20 on 70 minutes.


In the final minutes, inexplicably, Constitution were reduced to thirteen players, as Evan Mintern was yellow-carded and Rob Jermyn red-carded. The latter resulted in a penalty try, converted by Crosbie in the 81st minute, leaving Constitution the winners at 20-14.
It was Constitution’s third win from five games played, and moves them up to fifth place on 13 points, four behind leaders Dublin University

Cork Con Team:

S.Daly; L.O’Connell, N.Hodson, N.Kenneally Capt., R.Jermyn; T.Quinlan, J.Higgins; L.O’Connor, M.Abbott, R.Burke; B.Hayes, C.Kindregan (Capt.); S.Dwyer, J.Murphy, E.Mintern. Replacements: G.Roche, G.Duffy (1), G.Lawler (6), J.Poland (9), M.Clune.

Cork Con Scorers:

G.Lawler 1T; T.Quinlan 5P.

Old Belvedere Team:

D.Riordan; S.McDonald, J.Kennedy, S.Crosbie, S.Coughlan; W.Staunton, A.Sheehan; A.Howard, E.Rossiter, D.Lavery; J.Kelly, M.Ritani; M.Oyuga, P.Pritchard, K.Miller.
Replacements: C.O’Flynn , D.Ryan (5), T.de Jongh (8), S.Killeen (11), C.Rock (9).

Old Belvedere Scorers:

S.Coughlan 1T; S.Crosbie 1PT2C

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Nenagh Ormond 22/10/2016

Competition: Munster Senior Cup – 2nd Round
1stXV V Nenagh Ormond
Score: 57 - 10 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 22/10/2016
Referee: C.Harrington MAR.
Report:

With Munster playing Racing in the Heineken Cup, and Munster ‘A’ playing London-Welsh in the B&I Cup, both on Saturday afternoon, there was a consequent absence of some regulars, both spectators and team players, for the 2nd round Munster Senior Cup tie against Nenagh Ormond at Templehill. Munster ‘A’ had taken the services of Constitution players: Liam O’Connor, Rory Burke and Darren O’Shea, while Darren Sweetman and Billy Holland were at Thomond Park.

 

In the event, Constitution made light of the challenge of the Division 2A side, leading 24-3 at half time, and going on to more than double their tally in the second period. In the next round they will meet Highfield at Templehill on 9th November.

 

Constitution hit the front early with a slick try by Niall Kenneally who took the scoring pass from Brian Hayes. Tomas Quinlan kicked the conversion. Constitution doubled their advantage in the 16th minute with a try by James Murphy from a line-out take by Sonny Dwyer. Tomas Quinlan again added the conversion and kicked a penalty in the 22nd minute for 17-0.  Evan Mintern scored the third try in the left corner, that Tomas Quinlan again converted from the touchline. Clayton Stewart kicked a penalty for Nenagh in the 40th minute for 24-3 at the interval.

 

Scrum half Jason Higgins broke from his own 22 in the 49th minute, to release Liam O’Connell, who put Ned Hodson in for the fourth try. Quinlan kicked the conversion, and repeated the feat three minutes later, as Niall Kenneally intercepted and finished from his own 22 metre line, for 38-3. Nenagh full back Eathon Maloney got in at the posts in a rare Nenagh attack in the 56th minute, converted by Stewart for 38-10

 

But Con struck again on the hour, as Michael Clune scored in the right corner, when he collected a cross-kick by Quinlan. Shane Daly ran in a try in the 68th minute, as Nenagh wilted, and Niall Kenneally converted for 50-10. And finally, Rob Jermyn got in on the act with a long-range score after 75 minutes, for James Murphy to close off the scoring with the conversion.

 

The other Cup quarter-final results were:

Highfield  w/o        Old Crescent
UCC  5            Cashel  0
Young Munster    50      Shannon 3

 

The semi-finals pairings, to be played 19th November:

Cork Constitution v Highfield
UCC v Young Munster

Cork Con Team:

S.Daly; R.Jermyn, N.Hodson, N.Kenneally Capt., L.O’Connell; T.Quinlan, J.Poland; G.Duffy, M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; E.Mintern, B.Hayes; R.O’Neill, J.Murphy, S.Dwyer. Replacements: G.Roche (3), J.McHenry (2), G.Lawler (6) , C.Barry (5), J.J.O’Neill (13), J.Higgins (9), M.Clune (14).

Cork Con Scorers:

T.Quinlan 1T1P5C; N.Kenneally 1T1C;J.Murphy 1T1C; E.Mintern 1T; N.Hodson 1T; M.Clune 1T; S.Daly 1T; R.Jermyn 1T.

Nenagh Ormond Team:

E.Maloney; J.Melamphey, W.Coffey, D.Corcoran, G.O’Gorman; C.Stewart, P.O’Leary; F.Breslane, J.Healy, J.Coffey; K.O’Gorman, K.O’Flaherty; A.Macken, J.O’Flaherty, K.Quigley. Replacements: A.Doyle, T.McNamara, C.Comerford, C.O’Gorman, D.Mahon, B.Hayes

Nenagh Ormond Scorers:

C.Stewart 1T1P1C

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Lansdowne 08/10/2016

Competition: AIL Division 1
1stXV V Lansdowne
Score: 31 - 13 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 08/10/2016
Referee: Sam Grove-White (Scotland RFU)
Report:

Cork Constitution defeated AIB League leaders Lansdowne on Saturday at Templehill to get their League campaign back on track, after defeats in their opening games against Young Munster and Garryowen.  


Constitution opened brightly, and might have scored from the kick-off, but knocked-on near the line. But they did score after 5 minutes when Evan Mintern took a line-out and skipper Conor Kindregan was driven over. Tomas Quinlan added the conversion for 7-0. Lansdowne struck back with a Scott Deasy penalty on 8 minutes, but Quinlan restored Con’s early lead with a penalty on 13 minutes.


Deasy missed a penalty chance for the visitors on 19 minutes. And when Con lost Graeme Lawlor to the sin-bin, they conceded a penalty kicked by Deasy in the 31st minute. Lansdowne had flanker Earle binned in the 33rd minute, but Quinlan missed the penalty chance from 45 metres.


Constitution finished the half strongly: Shane Daly scored in the 38th minute from a Lawler / Murphy combination; and Quinlan kicked a 43rd minute penalty for 18-6 at the break.
Former Constitution player, Joe McSwiney, scored a try for Lansdowne following a line-out drive from 20 metres after 52 minutes, and Deasy converted to close the deficit to 18-13. But a penalty by Quinlan in the 55th minute brought Con to 21-13.


Deasy missed with a penalty from 43 metres, before Lansdowne lost centre Mark Roche to yellow in the 68th minute, but Quinlan missed the penalty chance. However, Constitution finished strongly, with a penalty from Quinlan on 75 minutes, and a try by James Murphy, also converted by Quinlan, in the last play of the match.

Cork Con Team:

S.Daly; L.O’Connell, N.Hodson, N.Kenneally Capt., R.Jermyn; T.Quinlan, J.Higgins; L.O’Connor, M.Abbott, R.Burke; B.Hayes, C.Kindregan (Capt.); G.Lawler, J.Murphy, E.Mintern. Replacements: G.Duffy (1), G.Sweeney (3), S.Dwyer (5), J.Poland (9), D.Lyons.

Cork Con Scorers:

S.Daly 1T; C.Kindregan 1T; J.Murphy 1T; T.Quinlan 2C4P.

Lansdowne Team:

E.Mills; D.McEvoy, J.O’Donnell, M.Roche, C.McMickian; S.Deasy, A.Bennie; J.Walsh, T.Moran, N.Mpiko; J.O’Rourke, J.Gardiner; J.McSwiney, C.Butterworth, W.Earle. Replacements: T.McElroy, J.Barry, P.Boyle, M.Darcy, J.Howlett.
Referee: Sam Grove-White (Scotland RFU)

Lansdowne Scorers:

J.McSwiney 1T; S.Deasy 1C2P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Garryowen RFC 01/10/2016

Competition: Ulster Bank All-Ireland League - Division 1
1stXV V Garryowen RFC
Score: 13 - 16 (Con score given first)
Venue: Dooradoyle
Date: 01/10/2016
Referee: D.Phillips (IRFU)
Report:

Garryowen defeated Munster rivals Cork Constitution in a typical Munster AIL derby battle at Dooradoyle on Saturday.

 

Garryowen scrum half Niall Cronin stepped up to kick a 72nd minute penalty - his fourth successful kick of an 11-point haul - to make it two narrow victories on the trot for the home side.

 

Constitution had the upper hand early on thanks to a fifth-minute penalty by Tomas Quinlan, and a try on the quarter hour by second row Conor Kindregan, converted by Quinlan, for a 10-0 lead.

 

However, Con's discipline was poor and when full-back Liam O'Connell was sin-binned for a high tackle five minutes before half-time, Niall Cronin kicked a penalty, and added a second for 10-6 before the break.

 

Garryowen centre Andrew O'Byrne scored a  55th minute try, converted by Cronin for 13-10, but Tomas Quinlan leveled the score at 13 points each with a penalty  in the 70th minute.

 

Cronin then held his nerve to split the posts for the final time, and Garryowen determinedly held on to take a tight verdict. They did so despite losing loose head prop Niall Horan to injury and playing out the final few minutes with 14 men.

Cork Con Team:

L.O’Connell; M.Clune, N.Hodson, N.Kenneally Capt., R.Jermyn; T.Quinlan, J.Poland; G.Duffy, M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; C.Kindregan, B.Hayes; G.Lawler, J.Murphy, E.Mintern. Replacements: L.O’Connor (1), V.O’Brien (2); S.Dwyer (6);  J.Higgins (9); J.J.O’Neill  (14).

Cork Con Scorers:

C.Kindregan 1T; T.Quinlan 1C1P.

Garryowen RFC Team:

L.Coombes; S.McMahon, A.O’Byrne, H.O’Brien-Cunningham, P,Collins; J.Gavin, N.Cronin; N.Horan, E.Costello, JP Phelan;  B.O’Byrne, S.O’Connor; J.Keane, E.Fitzgerald, B.Faloon. 
Replacements:  C.Moloney (1); M.O’Donnell (3); D .Shanahan; J.Purcell; R.O’Halloran.

Garryowen RFC Scorers:

A.O’Byrne 1T; N.Cronin 1C3P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Young Munster 24/09/2016

Competition: Ulster Bank All-Ireland League - Division 1
1stXV V Young Munster
Score: 15 - 37 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 24/09/2016
Referee: G.Conway IRFU
Report:

Young Munster scored a comprehensive victory over a subdued Cork Constitution side at Templehill on Saturday. Leading 10-13 at the break, they pulled away for an easy second half win.

 

Constitution had their best period in the opening quarter to lead 10-0. A 10th minute penalty by Tomas Quinlan opened the scoring, and when full back Shane Daly touched down in the 19th minute, Constitution looked to be in command. Tomas Quinlan kicked the conversion for 10-0. 

 

David O’Mahony kicked a 24th minute penalty for Munsters, and he repeated the effort two minutes later when Constitution prop Gavin Duffy was yellow-carded. And while he was off, Munster pro Robin Copeland scored a try, converted by O’Mahony for 10-13 to the Limerick side at the break.

 

Scrum half Rob Guerin scored a try following a 5 metre scrum in the 47th minute, and a penalty try followed five minutes later as Young Munster’s scrum dominated. The conversion put the Cookies out of sight at 10-25. However, Constitution got the next score when Shane Daly scored his second try in the 63rd minute. Quinlan kicked the conversion for 17-25.

 

However, Young Munster scored two tries in the final ten minutes through Mark Doyle and Copeland again, as Constitution finished with fourteen when Liam O’Connor was yellow-carded. O’Mahony converted the final try, to collect the match points with a bonus point.

Cork Con Team:

S.Daly; L.O’Connell, N.Hodson, N.Kenneally Capt., R.Jermyn; T.Quinlan, J.Poland; G.Duffy,M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; B.Hayes, C.Barry; G.Lawler, J.Murphy, E.Mintern. Replacements: R.Burke (1), L.O’Connor (17), S.Dwyer (6),  J.Higgins (9), J.J.O’Neill (15).

Cork Con Scorers:

S.Daly 2T; T.Quinlan 1P1C.

Young Munster Team:

A.Tynan; D.O’Mahony, C.Nash, M.Doyle, J.Harrington; A.Griesel, R.Guerin; G.Ryan, G.Slattery, C.Skehan; A.Ross, M.Madden; R.Copeland, D.Walsh, S.Rennison. Replacements: P.Meyer, C.Bartley (3), D.Ryan, A.Kennedy (8), P.Downes (11).

Young Munster Scorers:

R.Copeland 2T; R.Guerin 1T; M.Doyle 1T; D.O’Mahony 1PT2P3C

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V St Mary’s College 17/09/2016

Competition: Ulster Bank All-Ireland League - Division 1
1stXV V St Mary’s College
Score: 20 - 16 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templeville Road
Date: 17/09/2016
Referee: S.Gaffikin IRFU
Report:

Cork Constitution defeated St Mary’s College in the opening game of their All-Ireland League campaign at Templeville Road on Saturday. A fourth minute try by Rob Jermyn set them on their way; they led 12-3 at the break, and consolidated that advantage with a try by Conor Kindregan within a minute of the restart. However, St Mary’s fought back to within a point, before Tomas Quinlan kicked an injury-time penalty to secure the victory. 

 

Constitution started with debutantes, Shane Daly at full back, and Evan Mintern and Darren O’Shea in the pack, and early pressure on the St Mary’s line yielded a 4th minute try for Rob Jermyn. St Mary’s were well in the game thereafter, but were off-target with a couple of penalty chances, before Constitution extended their lead in the 33rd minute with a try under the posts by Liam O’Connell, following a break from half-way by Conor Kindregan. Tomas Quinlan slotted the conversion for 12-0, but Mary’s got three points back just before the break, when Sean Kearns kicked a penalty;  12-3 to the visitors at half-time.

 

Constitution started the second period with a decisive try by Conor Kindregan, who finished a break from half-way by Rob Jermyn for 17-3. Kearns kicked a penalty for Mary’s in the 52nd minute when Ger Sweeney was sin-binned; but otherwise Constitution survived that ten minutes, and also with Kindregan in the bin from the 60th minute. 

 

However, Mary’s did strike back with a try at the posts by Kearns in the 70th minute, and his conversion closed the score to 17-13. Two minutes later the same player kicked a penalty to close to a point, however, Constitution saw out time and an injury-time penalty by Quinlan closed the scoring.

Cork Con Team:

S.Daly; L.O’Connell, N.Hodson, N.Kenneally Capt., R.Jermyn; T.Quinlan, J.Poland; G.Duffy,M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; B.Hayes, D.O’Shea; E.Mintern, S.Dwyer, C.Kindregan. Replacements: J.McHenry (16); L.O’Connor; G.Roche; J.Higgins (10); J.J.O’Neill.

Cork Con Scorers:

R.Jermyn 1T; L.O’Connell 1T; C.Kindregan 1T; T.Quinlan 1P1C.

St Mary’s College Team:

J.McDonnell; T.Kennedy,R.O’Loughlin, I.Dinneen, M.Fogarty; S.Kearns, P.O’Driscoll; T.O’Reilly, H.Kean, B.McGovern Capt.; C.Ruddock, C.O’Flaherty; N.McCarthy, D.Aspil, K.Sheehan. Replacements: R.Halpin, E.Fenton, D.Keller, I.Cullinane, Z.O’Hagan.

St Mary’s College Scorers:

S.Kearns 1T3P1C.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V UCC 05/09/2016

Competition: Cork Charity Cup 2016
1stXV V UCC
Score: 34 - 3 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 05/09/2016
Referee: E.Hogan-O’Connell (MAR)
Report:

Cork Constitution made a quick return to domestic action at Templehill on Monday evening, after their successful pre-season tour to Canada, where they played three games in eight days.


A slow start by both sides in the first half, yielded just three scores; two penalties by Tomas Quinlan, answered by one from Sean Grey, left the score at 6-3 to the home side at the interval.


The second period was more entertaining with Constitution finding their scoring form from the restart. Centre Niall Kenneally had the first opportunity, but his 30 metre run to the line was void. It fell to Liam O’Connell to finish to the line in the 47th minute, from a fine mid-field break by scrum-half John Poland. Quinlan’s conversion opened the gap to 13-3. 
Graham Lawler powered over at the posts for the second try in the 68th minute, to give Quinlan the easiest of conversions for 20-3. Liam O’Connor notched his second try two minutes later from a Quinlan grubber-kick to the line, and the conversion was good for 27-3.
And Max Abbott closed out the victory when he took an overthrown line-out for the fourth try in the 78th minute, to which John Poland added the extras.


In the semi-final , Constitution are home to Cashel, who defeated Kanturk 20-17 at the weekend.

Cork Con Team:

L.O’Connell; S.Grey, M.Keyes, N.Kenneally, R.Jermyn; T.Quinlan, J.Higgins; G.Duffy, M.Abbott, R.Burke; C.Kindregan, C.Barry; G.Lawler, J.Murphy, S.Dwyer.
Replacements: J.McHenry (5); G.Sweeney (1); D.Maloney (4); G.Roche (1); J.Poland (9); M.Clune (14);
B.Pope (13).

Cork Con Scorers:

L.O’Connell 2T; M.Abbott 1T; T.Quinlan 2P4C.

UCC Team:

C.McAuliffe; K.O’Keeffe, K.Slater, M.Linn, C.Ansbro; C.O’Regan, A.Dorgan; C.Slowey, B.Burns, R.O’Donovan; B.Mitchell, R.Moran; C.Barry, C.Gallagher, D.Feeney. Replacements:

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Young Munster 14/05/2016

Competition: Munster Senior Cup Final
1stXV V Young Munster
Score: 14 - 7 (Con score given first)
Venue: Thomond Park
Date: 14/05/2016
Referee: E.Hogan-O’Connell MAR
Report:

Cork Constitution won their 27th Munster Senior Cup, sponsored by Bank of Ireland, at Thomond Park Stadium on Saturday afternoon, with a display of grit and determination, thus recording their fourth title in succession. And in so-doing, they have added to the four-in-a-row Bateman Cups won with their recent victory over Galwegians.

 

So Constitution, after the disappointment of losing to Clontarf in the final of the AIB League last Sunday at the Aviva Stadium, showed their great pedigree with a strong opening half display. Having already defeated Young Munster in the recent AIL semi-final, they started in confident mood and led 11-0 by half-time. 

 

Young Munster had the first scoring chance after 8 minutes, when a penalty by Paul Downes slid wide of the target. On a day when there was little wind effect, Tomas Quinlan nailed his first penalty opportunity in the 22nd minute for the lead. However, he was unable to add to a try by Darren Sweetnam in the left corner in the 27th minute, but Constitution had a valuable 8-0 lead.

 

However, as to be expected Young Munster’s challenge was yet to come, and when they opted to run a close-in penalty in the 33rd minute, they were unfortunate not to make the try-line. Then in the play just before the break, Sweetnam and Jermyn combined to return a Young Munster clearance kick deep into Munster’s territory, and a 42nd minute penalty yielded three points for Tomas Quinlan, to leave Constitution 11-0 at the break.

 

Constitution introduced John Ryan to loose-head at the start of the second period, and that added further pressure to the Munster’s scrum. Constitution’s U20 scrum-half Jason Higgins made a valiant attempt for the line in the 50th minute, but when he was sin-binned ten minutes later, Munster’s went for position in the corner. Constitution had to battle hard to keep their line intact, and Tomas Quinlan showed his undoubted football instinct with a great clearance from his temporary scrum-half position.

 

It was becoming inevitable that Munster’s would get a score, and when Con’s outstanding second-row Brian Hayes was sin-binned in the 70th minute, Munster’s took the ball wide for wing Darragh O’Neill to score. Downes kicked an excellent conversion to close the score to 11-7. Battle on again!

 

However, Constitution rose to the challenge and played the game in the opposition half, forcing three penalty chances in the final 10 minutes. Tomas Quinlan missed the first two, but held his composure to kick a beauty from the 10 metre line in the 80th minute.

 

And in the final play of the game, evergreen Dara Lyons cleared to touch at half way, to claim the coveted trophy for Constitution. In doing so, he would collect his fifth Munster Senior Cup medal, having won his first in 2007.

Cork Con Team:

D.Sweetnam; A.Spring, L.O’Connell, N.Kenneally, R.Jermyn; T.Quinlan, J.Higgins; John Ryan, M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; C.Kindregan, B.Hayes; G.Lawler, J.Murphy, James Ryan Capt.. Replacements: L.O’Connor (2), B.Quinlan (3), C.O’Flaherty (7), S.Dwyer (6), R.Foley (9), D.Lyons (14), 

Cork Con Scorers:

D.Sweetnam 1T; T.Quinlan 3P.

Young Munster Team:

P.Downes; C.O’Hanlon,  M.Doyle, J.Harrington, D.O’Neill; A.Griesel, R.Guerin; G.Ryan, G.Slattery Capt., E.Ryan; T.Goggin, D.Gallagher; A.Ross, D.Dee, B.Kilkenny. Replacements: D.Begley, P.Allen, S.Rennison (4), D.Ryan, C.Nash, Y.Browne (6), J.Lyons.

Young Munster Scorers:

D.O’Neill 1T; P.Downes1C.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Clontarf 08/05/2016

Competition: Ulster Bank League Div.1 Final
1stXV V Clontarf
Score: 25 - 28 (Con score given first)
Venue: Aviva Stadium
Date: 08/05/2016
Referee: A.Brace UAR
Report:

Cork Constitution failed valiantly in their attempt to achieve the All-Ireland Cup and League double. Having won the Bateman Cup last weekend, hopes were high that the feat could be completed at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday. However, fate, and a few doubtful decisions, conspired to see them fall just short. Clontarf, who topped the League table by eight points, were that bit stronger on the day, and were in the end deserving winners.

 

Played in bright sunshine on the pristine Lansdowne Road pitch, early penalty chances were missed by Quinlan and Carberry, before Clontarf took the lead on the half-hour. A turnover on the Con 22, gave Joey Carberry the chance to put Matt D’Arcy over for the opening score. Carberry converted with an excellent kick for 0-7. And in their next play Carberry was on the end of another attack from half-way for the second try, although there was a clear forward pass in the movement. The conversion was good, and Constitution were in trouble at 0-14 after 34 minutes.

 

Tomas Quinlan kicked a 38th penalty from 40 metres as the Con pack forced a scrum penalty. But there was still time for Clontarf who, despite an unobserved knock-on in midfield went in for a third try by No.8 Tony Ryan in the 43rd minute, again converted by Carberry, to leave Con with a mountain to climb in the second period at 3-21.

 

Max Abbott gave Constitution some hope with a try from a maul driven to the line, and Quinlan’s conversion made it 10-21 after 44 minutes. Clontarf had No.8 Ryan sin-binned in the play, and Quinlan kicked the penalty for 13-21. But Clontarf struck again on 52 minutes when burly wing Mick McGrath scored, again converted by Carberry for 13-28.

 

To their credit, Constitution regrouped, and tries by Rob Jermyn and Darren Sweetnam, who latched onto Ryan Foley’s box kick, together with a conversion by Quinlan, brought Constitution within range at 25-28 with 15 minutes still on the clock. 

 

And Constitution fought to the end. An interception by Cathal O’Flaherty at half way in injury time might have produced a stunning finish, but he was unable to get the ball wide, and Clontarf saw time out for the win. 

Cork Con Team:

D.Sweetnam; A.Spring, N.Hodson, N.Kenneally, R.Jermyn; T.Quinlan, R.Foley; G.Duffy, M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; C.Kindregan, B.Hayes; G.Lawler, J.Murphy, J.Ryan (capt).Replacements: R.Burke (3), L.O'Connor (1), Cathal O'Flaherty (6t), Sonny Dwyer (7), J.Poland (9), S.Daly, D.Lyons, L.O'Connell

 

Cork Con Scorers:

M.Abbott 1T; R.Jermyn 1T; D.Sweetnam 1T; T.Quinlan 2P2C.

Clontarf Team:

E.Ryan; M.Brown, C.O'Brien, M.D'Arcy, M.McGrath; J.Carbery, S.Cronin; I.Soroka, B.Byrne, I.Hirst, T.Byrne, B.Reilly (capt), M.Noone, K.Moran, T.Ryan.

Clontarf Scorers:

M.D’Arcy 1T; T.Ryan 1T; M.McGrath 1T; J.Carberry 1T4C

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Galwegians 30/04/2016

Competition: Bateman Cup Final
1stXV V Galwegians
Score: 38 - 19 (Con score given first)
Venue: Glenina, Galway
Date: 30/04/2016
Referee: N.Correll IRFU
Report:

Cork Constitution won the Bateman Cup for an unprecedented fourth year in succession with a comprehensive win over a gallant Galwegians side at Crowley Park, Glenina.

 

Constitution forged a 20-12 half time lead with the benefit of the fresh breeze, and never released their grip in a tense second period. And, although the home side were relegated from the top division this season, they gave a great account of themselves in this very well-contested final.

 

Tomas Quinlan gave Constitution an 8th minute lead with a 35 metre penalty, and added the points to a try by his scrum half partner Ryan Foley’s 18th minute try, after Brian Hayes had won a line-out and made a 20 metre drive for the line.

 

Galwegians hit back in the 24th minute with a try by New Zealander, Api Pewhairangi, who burst through the centre from a scrum on the 22 metre line. However, the conversion was missed, and from the next play Quinlan slotted a 32 metre penalty for 13-5.

 

Constitution lost centre Ned Hodson to a knee injury on the half hour, and from a 5 metre scrum, Gawegians set up Brian Murphy to score as he ran into the gap left by Hodson. Moynihan converted to close the gap to 13-12. Then in the 38th minute, Hodson’s replacement, Shane Daly latched on to Quinlan’s grubber kick for Constitution’s second try, and Quinlan’s converion brought up the half time score at 20-12.

 

Quinlan missed a couple of drop goal chances on either side of half time, but he kept the score ticking over for his side with a second penalty in the 44th minute. And again on the hour mark he knocked over a 25 metre penalty for 26-12.

 

Then in the 65th minute, Galwegians got some renewed hope when wing John Cleary got space and crashed over. David Clarke’s conversion from the touchline closed the deficit to one score at 26-19. But when Galwegians had second row Martin Cummins sin-binned, Constitution struck again with an unconverted try by hooker Max Abbott.

 

And Constitution closed out the game in the final minutes when scrum half Ryan Foley scooped up a loose ball to score his second try, and deservedly earn the ‘man of the match’ award. Quinlan converted, and Constitution were home and dry.

 

IRFU President, Martin O’Sullivan was on hand to present the Bateman Cup to the ‘bloodied, but unbowed’ Constitution captain James Ryan for the fourth season in succession, a feat only achieved by Lansdowne in the distant past.

Cork Con Team:

D.Sweetnam; A.Spring, N.Hodson, N.Kenneally, R.Jermyn; T.Quinlan, R.Foley; G.Duffy, M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; C.Kindregan, B.Hayes; G.Lawler, J.Murphy, J.Ryan. Replacements: L.O’Connor, R.Burke, C.O’Flaherty, L.Cahill, J.Poland, S.Daly, D.Lyons.

Cork Con Scorers:
Galwegians Team:

J.Cleary; C.Brennan, B.Murphy, A.Pewhairangi, E.O’Keeffe; A.Moynihan, B.Lee; J.Naughton Capt., J.Anaya, J.East; M.Cummins, D.Nolan; M.Kelly, J.Pim, A.Ryan. Replacements: P.Curran, D.McHugh, D.O’Connor, M.Towey,D.Clarke, A.McMahon, E.Dowling.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Young Munster 23/04/2016

Competition: All Ireland League Division 1 Semi-final
1stXV V Young Munster
Score: 22 - 16 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 23/04/2016
Referee: G.Conway (MAR)
Report:

Cork Constitution prevailed over their great Limerick rivals, but only after another heart-stopping encounter at Templehill on Saturday. Having lost twice in the regular season, it was imperative for Constitution to get the upper-hand. And though they conceded a first minute penalty, they hit back immediately and controlled the first half thereafter, leading 7-3 at the break.

 

Gearoid Lyons kicked that early penalty when the home side were penalised for obstruction when receiving the kick-off. Constitution almost equalised immediately as an up and under led to a penalty chance, but Tomas Quinlan’s effort rebounded from a post. And when Constitution forced a five-metre scrum in the next play, James Ryan set up Niall Kenneally for a try, converted by Quinlan for 7-3. From there to half time, scoring chances were at a premium, as both sides used their possession to test the respective defences which held firm.

 

Constitution attacked from the restart, but a high tackle after 51 minutes gave Gearoid Lyons a penalty chance that closed the gap to 7-6. Then in the 62nd minute, Constitution hooker Max Abbott was sin-binned for off-side in the red zone, and Lyons converted the penalty for the lead 7-9. But Constitution re-took the lead with a 35 metre penalty by Quinlan in the 65th minute. But then, as play swung from end to end, Young Munster scored a fine try in the 70th minute, when they countered from a loose kick with full back Craig O’Hanlon scoring. And Lyons’ conversion was good, to set Constitution a serious challenge at 10-16 with 10 minutes remaining.

 

A crucial yellow card for Young Munster’s Sean Duggan in the 73rd minute gave Constitution a valuable advantage that they turned into points from a 5-metre scrum in the 80th minute, as a penalty try was awarded against the creaking Young Munster scrum. Quinlan’s conversion was a formality for 17-16 with just injury time to be played.

 

In the event, Constitution sealed their victory when Niall Kenneally again went over in the right corner for an unconverted try, and a sweet 22-16 victory, especially after conceding twice to the Limerick-men during the season. But there is still time for more, as the sides are also likely to meet in the final stage of the Munster Senior Cup.

 

The AIL final is set for the Aviva Stadium on Saturday 7th May, when Constitution will meet Clontarf, who defeated UCD 24-10 in the second semi-final. 

 

Meanwhile, Constitution travel to Galway next Saturday, to play Galwegians in the Bateman Cup Final.

Cork Con Team:

S.Daly; A.Spring, N.Hodson, N.Kenneally, R.Jermyn; T.Quinlan, R.Foley; G.Duffy, M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; C.Kindregan, B.Hayes; G.Lawler, J.Ryan Capt., L.Cahill. Replacements: L.O’Connor (1); R.Burke (3); C.O’Flaherty (5); J.Murphy (8), J.Poland (9); D.Lyons, L.O’Connell.

Cork Con Scorers:

N.Kenneally 2T; T.Quinlan 1PT1P2C

Young Munster Team:

C.O’Hanlon; J.Hamilton, D.Goggin, G.Lyons, D.O’Neill; R.Guerin, A.Greisl; D.Begley, G.Slattery, E.Ryan; T.Goggin, S.Duggan; A.Kennedy, D.Dee, B.Kilkenny. Replacements: S.Redisson (6); A.Ross (8); P.Downes (1); M.Malden (4); M.Doyle, P.Meyer, B.Botts (3).

Young Munster Scorers:

C.O’Hanlon 1T; G.Lyons 3P1C

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Galwegians 16/04/2016

Competition: AIL Div 1
1stXV V Galwegians
Score: 26 - 16 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 16/04/2016
Referee: S.Gaffikin IRFU.
Report:

Cork Constitution defeated Galwegians to claim a top-four AIL Division 1 finish, after a well-contested final fixture of this season’s league campaign. Trailing 5-9 at the break, they added three second-half tries to claim a bonus-point victory.

 

The opening-half play was somewhat tentative as the sides probed each other’s defences in near-perfect playing conditions. Two penalties by Aidan Moynihan gave the visitors a first quarter lead, before Constitution opened their account with an unconverted try by James Ryan in the right corner. Three minutes later, a yellow card for Luke Cahill left Constitution a man down until the break, and Galwegians took the lead from the resultant penalty by Moynihan. However, Moynihan missed a similar chance before the break to leave just four points between the sides at half-time.

 

Constitution took the lead in the 50th minute with a try, when hooker Max Abbott was at the end of a maul to the line. Quinlan’s conversion put Constitution 12-9 ahead. 

 

However, Galwegians hit back in the 68th minute with centre Cormac Brennan running in from 30 metres. And Moynihan’s conversion restored his side’s four point lead.

 

But Constitution found an extra gear in the final 10 minutes, when Arthur Spring and Niall Kenneally scored well-worked tries, both converted by  Quinlan, to give the home side a ten point winning margin, and a valuable four-try bonus point.

 

Clontarf, winners over UCD, head the final table on 64 points, while Constitution edged out Young Munster on points difference for second place. And UCD fill the fourth spot.

 

For the play-off series, the pairings will be: Clontarf v UCD and Cork Constitution v Young Munster; to be played on next Saturday 23rd April. The final is set for the Aviva Stadium on Saturday 8th May.

 

Meanwhile, Constitution will meet Galwegians again in the Bateman Cup Final in Galway on Saturday 30th April.

Cork Con Team:

T.Quinlan; A.Spring, N.Kenneally, N.Hodson, R.Jermyn; D.Lyons, R.Foley; L.O’Connor, M.Abbott, R.Burke; C.Kindegan, B.Hayes; G.Lawler, L.Cahill, J.Ryan Capt. Replacements: G.Slattery (3), B.Quinlan (1), J.Murphy (8), J.Poland (9), S.Daly (10).

Cork Con Scorers:

J.Ryan 1T; M.Abbott 1T; A.Spring 1T; N.Kenneally 1T; T.Quinlan 3C.

Galwegians Team:

J.Cleary; E.O’Keeffe, C.Brennan, A.Phewhiri, A.Leavy; A.Moynihan, B.Lee; J.Naughton Capt., J.Anaya, J.East; M.Cummins, D.Nolan; M.Kelly, J.Pim, A.Ryan. Replacements: P.Curran, C.Kyne, M.Towey, A.McMahon, R.Parata.

Galwegians Scorers:

C.Brennan 1T; A.Moynihan 1C3P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Lansdowne 02/04/2016

Competition: Ulster Bank League Division 1A
1stXV V Lansdowne
Score: 15 - 13 (Con score given first)
Venue: Lansdowne
Date: 02/04/2016
Referee: D.Phillips IRFU
Report:

Cork Constitution  travelled to Lansdowne for their return AIL fixture in the knowledge that points for ‘top four’ qualification are getting harder to win by the week. In the first match at Templehill the sides shared the points in a 22-22 draw.

 

It was a wet afternoon at the Aviva Stadium as the teams took the back pitch, prior to the main event, when Leinster and Munster engaged in their Pro12 match. Con’s record on the all-weather pitch before today was two games won and two lost.

 

Constitution took a 29th minute lead with a penalty try awarded for a pulled-down scrum near the line, that Tomas Quinlan converted. However, Lansdowne hit back with a try by Mick Darcy, converted by Deasy, who also added penalty for 8-7 to the home side.

 

Constitution regained the lead with a try by Aaron Spring, converted by Quinlan for 12-8.
And a second penalty by Tomas Quinlan pushed Con to 15-8, before Lansdowne hit back with a try by Ireland Club international Mick Roche, to finish the scoring.

 

The result, with one round of matches remaining, means that Constitution have qualified for the Top Four play-off sequence, together with Clontarf (60pts), Young Munster (52), Constitution (51) and UCD (47). Next week, Constitution are at home to Galwegians, while Young Munster play Lansdowne at Greenfields. And those outcomes will determine the play-off pairings.

 

While Constitution were delighted with their team performance against the now-dethroned League champions, in this most vital game of the season, the attached photo of the match scene at the rear of the East Stand begs the question, where is the AIL going, if this is what the best Club players can expect, at the crucial stage of the competititon. Playing at 1.30pm, on a plastic all-weather pitch, as the Leinster and Munster fans were filling the stadium bars prior to the Leinster-Munster Pro12 encounter.

Cork Con Team:

T.Quinlan; A.Spring, N.Hodson, N.Kenneally, R.Jermyn; D.Lyons, J.Poland; G.Duffy, M.Abbott, R.Burke; C.Kindregan, B.Hayes; G.Lawler, J.Ryan Capt., L.Cahill. Replacements: B.Quinlan, G.Sweeney, C.O’Flaherty, R.Foley, S.Daly.

Cork Con Scorers:

Aaron Spring 1T; Tomas Quinlan 1T1C1P.

Lansdowne Scorers:

E.Quinn 1T; M.Roche 1T; S.Deasy 1P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Terenure College 26/03/2016

Competition: Ulster Bank League Division 1A
1stXV V Terenure College
Score: 35 - 17 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 26/03/2016
Referee: D.Wilkinson IRFU.
Report:

Cork Constitution won their re-fixed UBL tie against Terenure College at Templehill on Saturday, and collected a valuable bonus point. The original tie in January was postponed due to weather, but it was still pretty wintry on this occasion.

 

Constitution took an early lead when lock Conor Kindregan swooped in under the posts from Con’s first attack in the 4th minute. Tomas Quinlan added the extras for 7-0. Then in the 15th minute, following a mix-up in the home defence, wing Jake Swain pounced for a soft equalising try that he also converted. And Swain gave his side the lead with a penalty on 17 minutes. 

 

Luke Cahill was held up on the line in the 20th minute as Constitution looked to consolidate, and eventually Niall Kenneally did break the line as he rode three tackles to score at the posts. Quinlan’s conversion, together with a 43rd minute penalty, had Constitution leading 17-10 at the break.

 

Constitution were awarded a penalty try in the 46th minute that Quinlan converted, before Terenure had a good try by lock Kevin O’Dwyer in the 64th minute. Swain’s conversion reduced Terenure’s deficit to 24-17. However, Constitution drove on with two penalties by Quinlan to lead 30-17 by the 70th minute, and he finished off a good day’s work by running on to Dara Lyons’ grubber kick to close out the scoring at 35-17.

 

The bonus-point win confirms Constitution in fourth place on 43 points; a point behind Young Munster, with Clontarf on 50 pts, leading UCD on 46 points; with three matches remaining for everybody.

Cork Con Team:

T.Quinlan; A.Spring, N.Hodson, N.Kenneally, R.Jermyn; D.Lyons, R.Foley; G.Duffy, M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; B.Hayes, C.Kindregan; G.Lawler, J.Murphy, L.Cahill, Replacements: R.Burke, B.Quinlan (1), C.O’Flaherty (6), J.Poland (9), L.O’Connell (10).

Cork Con Scorers:

C.Kindregan 1T; N.Kenneally 1T; T.Quinlan 2T3C3P

Terenure College Team:

I.Hanly; J.Swain, J.O’Donoghue, H.Brewer, M.Byrne; J.Thornton, K.O’Neill; K.Moloney, R.Byrne, O.Heffernan; M.Melia, K.O’Dwyer; J.Dever, N.O’Sullivan, E.Joyce. Replacements: R.Smith, G.Hamilton, P.Thorrnton (13), M.O’Neill, M.Hiney (10).

Terenure College Scorers:

J.Swain 1T2C1P, K.O’Dwyer 1T

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Nenagh Ormond 12/03/2016

Competition: Munster Senior Cup Semi-final
1stXV V Nenagh Ormond
Score: 30 - 22 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 12/03/2016
Referee: R.O’Sullivan MAR
Report:

Cork Constitution qualified for the Munster Senior Cup Final with a hard-fought win over a gallant Nenagh Ormond side at Temple Hill on Saturday. In very temperate conditions, Constitution just about edged the first half, to lead 11-7 against their 3rd Division opponents, who had knocked out Dolphin in the previous round.

 

Constitution took an early lead when Tomas Quinlan knocked over a 3rd minute penalty. A try by Conor Kindregan on 11 minutes stretched the lead to 11-0, but thereafter the game went somewhat scrappy. And when Brian Hayes was sin-binned in the 34th minute, Nenagh took the opportunity to pressurise the home try-line and were rewarded with a 38th minute penalty try. However, Tomas Quinlan kicked a second penalty just before the break for 11-7.

 

Constitution attacked strongly after the interval; Quinlan kicked his third penalty in the 44th minute; and he added the extras to a 51st minute try by Ger Sweeney for 21-7.
However, Nenagh hit back when a forward drive yielded a try for Kevin O’Gorman, converted by Hifo in the 54th minute for 21-14. Two minutes later, Quinlan kicked his third penalty, before Constitution were again reduced to fourteen when Ryan Foley was sin-binned. Nenagh replacement prop forward Peter O’Connor scored a try from a line-out maul in the 62nd minute, but the conversion was missed. Then Tomas Quinlan stretched Constitution’s lead to 27-19 after Nenagh scrum-half, Mike Fogarty, was sin-binned in the 65th  minute. 

 

Mark Walsh kicked three points from a Nenagh penalty in the 73rd minute, to close the score to 27-22, but Tomas Quinlan had the final say with his sixth successful penalty in the final minute, having hit a post with a similar effort a couple of minutes earlier.

 

In the Final scheduled for 9th April, Constitution await the outcome of next weekend’s semi-final between Old Crescent and Young Munster.

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons; A.Spring, N.Hodson, R.Horgan, R.Jermyn; T.Quinlan, 
R.Foley; G.Duffy, M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; C.Kindregan, B.Hayes; J.Murphy, C.O’Flaherty, L.Cahill. Replacements: L.O’Connor (2), R.Burke (3), G.Duffy (1), S.Dwyer (5), S.O’Leary (t), J.J.O’Neill (10), A.Dorgan (9).

Cork Con Scorers:

C.Kindregan 1T; G.Sweeney 1T; T.Quinlan 1C6P.

Nenagh Ormond Team:

E.Moloney; R.O’Brien, Derek Corcoran; W.O’Connor, David Corcoran; K.Hifo, M.Fogarty; J.Hayes, J.Healy, C.Brislane; K.O’Gorman, K.O’Flaherty; M.Slattery, A.Kavanagh, L.Vaipulu. Replacements: P.O’Connor,J.Flaherty, F.Brislane, P.Cleary, J.Long, M.Walsh.

Nenagh Ormond Scorers:

K.Hifo 1PT2C1P; K.O’Gorman 1T; P.O’Connor 1T

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Garryowen 05/03/2016

Competition: Ulster Bank League Division 1A
1stXV V Garryowen
Score: 16 - 14 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 05/03/2016
Referee: P.Fitzgibbon MAR
Report:

Cork Constitution edged their great rivals Garryowen in a thrilling All Ireland League encounter at Templehill on Saturday. It was a typical March afternoon, with a biting wind and a little watery sunshine, and it was played with typical Con-Garryowen fervour, with the outcome in doubt to the very end.

 

Garryowen took the first half honours, but only in the final minutes. Constitution led on 7 minutes from a penalty by Tomas Quinlan, and he doubled that lead on 33 minutes from a similar opportunity. Both sides had try scoring chances, but it was Garryowen who crossed the line first, when Andrew O’Byrne scored in the 41st minute. Cronin added the points for the half time lead. 

 

Both kickers missed penalty chances in the third quarter. Garryowen extended their lead in the 67th minute when full back Alex Wooton scored, and Cronin kicked the conversion for  6-14. Two minutes later, Tomas Quinlan kicked a fine penalty from 40 metres to narrow the deficit to five points. Then in 74th minute, Constitution full back Aaron Spring scored, when he chased down a grubber kick to the line, and Quinlan added the points for 16-14 to Constitution.

 

There was still time for a little further drama, as Graeme Lawler was yellow-carded in the final minute, but Cronin’s penalty attempt hit the crossbar and was cleared.

 

With two series of matches remaining, Constitution exchange 4th and 5th places with Garryowen, on 42 and 39 points respectively, but Constitution also have an extra re-fixed game away to Terenure College on March 26th.

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons; A.Spring, N.Hodson, N.Kenneally, R.Jermyn; T.Quinlan, R.Foley; L.O’Connor, M.Abbott, R.Burke; B.Hayes, C.Kindregan; J.Murphy, J.Ryan Capt., L.Cahill. Replacements: B.Quinlan (3), G.Duffy (1), G.Lawler (5), J.Poland (9), L.O’Connell.

Cork Con Scorers:

A.Spring 1T; T.Quinlan 1C3P

Garryowen Team:

A.Wootton; H.O’Brien-Cunningham, S.McMahon, A.O’Byrne, J.Purcell; C.Doyle, N.Cronin; J.P.Cooney, L.Cronin, B.Rowley; D.Sherry, P.McCarroll; C.Oliver, J.Coghlan, J.Hrstich (Capt.). Replacements: B.McNamara, S.Buckley,  J.McInearney, J.Keane, C.Moloney.

Garryowen Scorers:

A.O’Byrne 1T; A.Wooton 1T; N.Cronin 2C.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V University College Dublin 27/02/2016

Competition: All Ireland League Div.1
1stXV V University College Dublin
Score: 58 - 15 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 27/02/2016
Referee: M.Connolly (IRFU)
Report:

Cork Constitution met UCD for the third time this season, and for the second time at Belfield. The first AIL match was drawn 19 points each at Templehill in October; Constitution won the Bateman Cup tie at Belfield in January; and Constitution have now won the return League tie, with a bonus point to boost their AIL chances.

 

Constitution led 13-8 at half time from two Tomas Quinlan penalties and a conversion of a try by Aaron Spring. While UCD had a try and a penalty by Billy Dardis. 

 

Ryan Foley had a try for Constitution after the break, again converted by Quinlan, but UCD replied when out half Bobby Holland had a try under the posts for the Students, converted by Dardis to reduce the deficit to 20-15. The Con backs put the ball through the hands for the next score by Dara Lyons, converted by Quinlan for 27-15. And a penalty by Quinlan kept the score ticking over, before the forwards mauled a fourth try, touched down Max Abbott, and again converted by Quinlan for 37-15. 

 

Constitution maintained the pressure to the end, scoring further tries by Tomas Quinlan and Aaron Spring, both converted by Quinlan. And a final try by Johnny Holland, converted by himself, completed a most comprehensive win. 

 

UCD slip to second place, as Clontarf scored a bonus point home win over Young Munster. Meanwhile Constitution claim fourth place on points-difference over Garryowen, who are next week’s opponents at Templehill.

Cork Con Team:

T.Quinlan; A.Spring, N.Hodson, R.Horgan, R.Jermyn; J.Holland, R.Foley; G.Duffy, M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; C.Kindregan, B.Hayes; L.Cahill, J.Murphy, Jas.Ryan Capt. Replacements: B.Quinlan, R.Burke, G.Lawler, J.Higgins, D.Lyons.

Cork Con Scorers:

A.Spring 2T; R.Foley 1T; J.Ryan 1T; M.Abbott 1T; J.Holland 1T1C; T.Quinlan 1T3P6C;

University College Dublin Team:

B.Dardis; A.Boyle, S.Murphy (Capt.), C.Doherty, B.Daly; B.Holland, J.Byrne; G.Frayne, S.McNulty, L.Hyland; B.Cawley, E.McMahon; J.Dwyer, D.Lawler, J.Murphy. Replacements: J.Brennan, R.Byrne, M.Cawley, L.Burke, T.Fletcher.

University College Dublin Scorers:

B.Dardis 1T1P2C.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Clontarf 20/02/2016

Competition: Ulster Bank League Division 1A
1stXV V Clontarf
Score: 12 - 18 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 20/02/2016
Referee: L.Colgan (IRFU)
Report:

Clontarf gained victory over Cork Constitution in their return Ulster Bank League tie at Templehill on Saturday, and thus reversed the outcome of their first meeting at Castle Avenue in October.  For Clontarf, it keeps their title hopes alive, while it deals a blow to Constitution, who now trail Garryowen in fourth place by one point, with four games to go.

 

Clontarf had the benefit of the gusty down-field breeze in the first period, and used it to dominate possession and territory. Full back Joseph Carberry took two early penalty chances to notch six points, and when wing Michael Browne crossed for a try in the 21st minute, it looked bleak for the home side. Carberry added the conversion for 0-13. Thereafter, Constitution did have some good moments, but only a 20th minute penalty by Dara Lyons was registered to their account by half time.

 

Constitution opened brightly in the second period and two penalties by Lyons put them in a challenging position at 9-13. However, a second try by Browne in the 63rd minute, though unconverted, gave Clontarf breathing space. Constitution tried to the end, and an 81st minute penalty by Lyons earned the home side a consolation losing bonus point.

 

With four games remaining, UCD lead on 46 pts; Clontarf are on 45; Young Munster 43; Garryowen 34, and Constitution 33. 

 

Constitution’s next two games: UCD A Feb.27; Garryowen H Mar.5.

Cork Con Team:

J.White; A.Spring, R.Horgan, N.Hodson, R.Jermyn; D.Lyons, R.Foley; G.Duffy, M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; C.Kindregan, B.Hayes; G.Lawler, J.Murphy, J.Ryan Capt. Replacements: L.O’Connor (16), B.Quinlan (1), L.Cahill (6), J.Higgins (9), T.Quinlan (10)..

Cork Con Scorers:

D.Lyons 4P.

Clontarf Team:

J.Carbery, M.Browne, M.Darcy, M.McGrath; I.Soroka, B.Byrne, V.Abdaladze, T.Byrne, B.Reilly Capt.; M.Noone, A.Darcy, ??. Replacements: A.Dundon (2), I.Hirst (1), D.O’Meara (9),

Clontarf Scorers:

M.Browne 2T; J.Carbery 2P1C.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Ballynahinch 06/02/2016

Competition: Ulster Bank League Division 1A
1stXV V Ballynahinch
Score: 36 - 3 (Con score given first)
Venue: Ballymacarn Park
Date: 06/02/2016
Referee: N.Correll
Report:

Cork Constitution made the long trip to bottom of the table side, Ballynahinch, in the shadow of the Mourne mountains, and scored a fine victory and a valuable bonus point.

 

Conditions were quite difficult, with a cross-field wind and driving rain, but Constitution settled to their task well in the first half. Constitution got a quick start with a penalty by Dara Lyons after just four minutes. However, they had to wait until just before half-time to make the breakthrough for a 17-0 lead. In the five minutes just before the break, Constitution hit the home side with two tries, by Max Abbott and James Ryan, both from driving mauls, to which Dara Lyons added the conversions.

 

Constitution continued their good finish to the first half with a score on the resumption, when James Ryan got over for his second try from a 5 metre scrum, with Lyons again adding the conversion for 24-0.

 

On 58 minutes, former Constitution ace, Chris Quinn kicked a penalty to get the home side on the board. But Constitution hit back with a fourth try by lock Conor Kindregan, in the 63rd minute, and a valuable bonus point. And in the 74th minute replacement scrum half Jason Higgins scored a fifth try to make the final score 36-3.

 

Constitution are in 4th place on 32 points in the League table, a point behind Garryowen, and two points ahead of Young Munster, with both sides having games for refixing.While at the top, UCD are out in front on 45 points, with a game in hand against Lansdowne, and Clontarf are second on 41 points.

Cork Con Team:

D.Sweetnam; L.O’Connell, A.Spring, N.Hodson, R.Jermyn; D.Lyons, R.Foley; L.O’Connor, M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; C.Kindregan, B.Hayes; G.Lawler, J.Murphy, J.Ryan Capt. Replacements: G.Duffy, B.Quinlan, C.O’Flaherty, T.Quinlan, J.Higgins (9).

Cork Con Scorers:

J.Ryan 2T; M.Abbott 1T; C.Kindregan 1T; J.Higgins 1T; D.Lyons 1P4C

Ballynahinch Team:

M.Eden; C.Quinn, R.Harte, R.Rainey, A.Cairns; S.Windsor, P.Rowley; K.McCall, J.Murphy, C.Trenier; J.Madden, J.Simpson; T.Donnan, C.Joyce, L.Dow. Replacements: J.Simpson, Z.McCall P.Pritchard, D.McIlwaine, J.McBriar.

Ballynahinch Scorers:

C.Quinn 1P

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Young Munster 30/01/2016

Competition: Ulster Bank League Division 1A
1stXV V Young Munster
Score: 17 - 18 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 30/01/2016
Referee: S.Gallagher IRFU
Report:

Young Munster took the spoils at Temple Hill on Saturday, and by a single point for the second Ulster Bank League tie this season – in the first game at Greenfields, they won 11-10. The Limerick men played with the fresh breeze in the first period, and led 6-0 after half an hour from two penalties by Gearoid Lyons. However, Constitution struck just before the break with Max Abbott touching down from a well controlled maul to the line. Tomas Quinlan added the conversion for a somewhat fortunate half-time lead.

 

Constitution added to their total with a second try from a strong charge to the line in the 46th minute. And Quinlan added the extras for 14-6. At that stage it looked that the home side might consolidate their advantage, but in a second maul to the line, they turned over possession, and Munsters cleared the danger. 

 

Then at the other end, former Constitution player Alan Ross got in on the end of a maul driven to the line for a try in the 60th minute, and Lyons kicked the conversion, to leave a point between the sides. In a frantic finish, Constitution had captain James Ryan sin-binned, and in the last play of the match Young Munster stole the honours with a try by second-row Sean Duggan from another maul.

Cork Con Team:

T.Quinlan; L.O’Connell, N.Hodson, N.Kenneally,R.Jermyn; D.Lyons, R.Foley; G.Duffy, M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; C.Kindregan, B.Hayes; M.Carey, J.Murphy, J.Ryan Capt. Replacements: J.McHenry, B.Quinlan (1), G.Lawler (6), C.O’Flaherty, J.J.O’Neill (11).

Cork Con Scorers:

M.Abbott 1T; N.Kenneally 1T; T.Quinlan 2C1P

Young Munster Team:

P.O’Mahony; M.Vaughan, D.McCarthy, D.Goggin, D.O’Neill; G.Lyons, A.Griesel; D.Begley, G.Slattery, B.Betts; T.Goggin, S.Duggan; A.Kennedy, D.Dee, B.Kilkenny. Replacements: P.Meyer (1), P.Allen (7), G.Ryan, A.Ross (6), C.O’Hanlon.

Young Munster Scorers:

A.Ross 1T; S.Duggan 1T; G.Lyons 1C2P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V UCD 16/01/2016

Competition: Bateman Cup Semi-final
1stXV V UCD
Score: 24 - 0 (Con score given first)
Venue: UCD
Date: 16/01/2016
Referee: S.Douglas (Ulster Referees Soc
Report:

Cork Constitution scored a very good win over UCD,  the current AIB League leaders, with an emphatic result at Belfield on Saturday, and in the process are a step away from recording an unprecedented four Bateman Cup titles in as many years. After this result, they will face Galwegians, victors over Ballynahinch in the other semi final, in an end of season final.

 

Constitution looked on key from the outset at the sunny, but frosty, Belfield Bowl all-weather surface. But for a missed pass on the UCD line in the 2nd minute they would have taken an early lead. However, they did take the lead in the 6th minute when Brian Hayes touched down from a maul driven to the line. Tomas Quinlan kicked the conversion for 7-0 and a perfect start.

 

A kick ahead, and follow up, yielded a second try for Hayes on 15 minutes, and the conversion by Quinlan pushed Constitution out to 14-0. That was the score at half-time, and despite a yellow card for Niall Kenneally in the 46th minute, Constitution continued to dominate, and capitalised with a Tomas Quinlan penalty in the 52nd minute, when a UCD player was sin-binned.

 

The result was closed off in the 60th minute when James Ryan touched down from another maul to the UCD line.  Quinlan’s conversion was again successful for 24-0, and Constitution saw out time relatively comfortably, to reach their fourth Bateman Cup final in as many years.

Cork Con Team:

T.Quinlan; N.Hodson, N.Kenneally, L.O’Connell, R.Jermyn; D.Lyons, J.Poland; B.Quinlan, G.Duffy, M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; C.Kindregan, B.Hayes; L.Cahill, D.Walsh, J.Ryan Capt. Replacements: J.McHenry, G.Roche, C.O’Flaherty, S.Dwyer, M.Carey, J.J.O’Neill, A.Dorgan.

Cork Con Scorers:

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Old Belvedere 09/01/2016

Competition: All Ireland League Div.1
1stXV V Old Belvedere
Score: 32 - 0 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 09/01/2016
Referee: M.Patton (IRFU)
Report:

Cork Constitution defeated Old Belvedere at Templehill on Saturday, and scored 32 points for the second week running, as they collected all five points on offer. Last week they hit Terenure for 32 points, and this week did the same to their Dublin neighbours, and kept a clean sheet into the bargain.

 

The Templehill pitch held up well after the recent rains, and made for a decent game. There were early chances to both sides, before Luke Cahill rolled off a maul near the line to score the first try. Johnny Holland added the conversion for 7-0 after 21 minutes. Holland, back after a long layoff, was influential for the home side throughout, and his punt to the corner set up the next score for centre Ned Hodson to score from the recycled ball. Holland missed the conversion, but added a penalty before the break for 15-0.

 

Constitution attacked from the restart, and Holland kicked a penalty after James Murphy had been held up. The Constitution pack were well in command throughout, and showed their scrummaging power in the 58th minute, for No.8 James Ryan to control perfectly and score. Holland added the conversion for 25-0. And when Ned Hodson crashed over in the 67th minute for his second try, Constitution’s day was complete as they collected the bonus point. Holland kicked his third conversion for 32-0.

 

The result keeps Constitution in fourth place, on points difference over Young Munster and Lansdowne, a point behind Garryowen; seven behind Clontarf, but 14 behind leaders UCD. However, they do have a home match in hand against Terenure College, which is re-fixed for Feb.13th.

Cork Con Team:

D.Sweetnam; S.Daly, N.Hodson, N.Kenneally, R.Jermyn; J.Holland, J.Poland; G.Duffy, M.Abbott, G.Sweeny; C.Kindregan, B.Hayes; J.Murphy, J.Murphy, J.Ryan Capt. Replacements: L.O’Connor (1); R.Burke (3); C.O’Flaherty (6); R.Foley (9); D.Lyons (10).

Cork Con Scorers:

N.Hodson 2T; L.Cahill 1T; J.Ryan 1T; J.Holland 1P3C.

Old Belvedere Team:

 D.Rriordan; R.O’Loughlin, J.Kennedy, P.Robb, P.O’Dwyer; S.Crosbie, C.Rock; A.Howard, E.Rossiter, D.Lavery; C.Owende, J.Kelly; M.Oyuga, K.O’Gorman, J.Slattery. Replacements: C.O’Flynn (1), J.McWilliams-Grey (3); M.Ludwig ( 6); A.Wynne (10); A.Sheehan (9).

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Old Crescent 03/01/2016

Competition: Munster Seconds League Play-off
1stXV V Old Crescent
Score: 33 - 11 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 03/01/2016
Referee: P.Sheehan MAR.
Report:

Cork Constitution J1 XV got their New Year programme underway with a comfortable win over Old Crescent in the Seconds League quarter-final at Templehill on Sunday afternoon, in fairly wintry conditions, but on the excellent home first pitch.

 

Constitution did most of the damage in the first half as they led 25-6 at the break. Eoin Lacey had an early penalty, before adding a try and conversion for 10-0 after 15 minutes. Liam O’Connell was next to do similarly, with a try that he converted himself. And before half time Sean O’Leary scored, for Lacey to add the extras. In the meanwhile, Old Crescent kicked two penalties to bring up the half time situation.

 

Crescent opened the second period brightly with an unconverted try, but Michael Clune maintained the home side’s supremacy with their fourth try, and Lacey added a penalty before the finish for a comprehensive win.

 

Next week it will be on to Munster Junior Cup rugby as Constitution travel to Mallow for their first round encounter with the home side.

Cork Con Team:

J.White; S.Gray, K.Desmond, M.Clune, L.O’Connell; E.Lacey, R.Foley;  B.Quinlan, D.Coughlan, R.Burke; G.Stokes, S.O’Leary; M.Carey, L.O’Leary, S.Dwyer. Replacements: G.Roche (2); L.Walsh (1), E.Mintern (7); C.Barry (4); S.Kennedy (9).

Cork Con Scorers:

L.O’Connell 1T; S.O’Leary 1T; M.Clune 1T; E.Lacey 1T2C3P. 

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Terenure 02/01/2016

Competition: Ulster Bank League Division 1A
1stXV V Terenure
Score: 32 - 22 (Con score given first)
Venue: Lakelands, Dublin
Date: 02/01/2016
Referee: M.Connolly IRFU.
Report:

Tomas Quinlan came off the bench and contributed 12 points, including the bonus point try, as Cork Constitution ran out impressive 32-22 winners over Terenure College at Lakelands Park.

 

It was all Constitution in the early stages, out-half Darragh Lyons nailing his first penalty attempt. A strong 10th-minute lineout maul put flanker James Murphy over for a try converted by Dara Lyons. The margin was out to 15-0 after Terenure's James Thornton had a clearance kick charged down by Brian Hayes, and the latter's second row partner Conor Kindregan, following a number of close range drives, eventually touched down for the visitors.

 

'Nure hit back with a 29th minute penalty from Thornton to make it 15-3 for half-time and with Risteard Byrne and John Dever making an impact off the bench, the Dubliners were enjoying more possession and territory. Their persistence paid off in the 57th minute when Dever crashed over at the end of a forwards drive.

 

But that only served to rouse Constitution, and moments after his introduction for Lyons, Quinlan knocked over a close range penalty. And then with a quarter of an hour remaining, winger Rob Jermyn raced onto a kick into the 'Nure half to touch down in style.

 

Terenure replied with a try from full-back Ian Hanly, who profited from Thornton's neat lay-off, and Stephen O'Neill's conversion made it a ten-point game. But again Con had the answer, with Quinlan breaking through for the bonus point score in the final minutes.

 

Although 'Nure scrum half Kevin O'Neill helped himself to a consolation try right at the death, James Blaney's charges missed out on a losing bonus point, and they now find themselves second-from-bottom in the table.

Cork Con Team:

D.Sweetman; S.Daly, N.Hodson, N.Kenneally, R.Jermyn; D.Lyons, J.Poland; G.Duffy, M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; C.Kindregan, B.Hayes; L.Cahill, J.Murphy, J.Ryan Capt. Replacements: A.Slattery (2), R.Burke (3), C.O’Flaherty (6), R.Foley (9), T.Quinlan (10).

Cork Con Scorers:

T.Quinlan 1T1P2C; D.Lyons 1C1P, J.Murphy 1T; C.Kindregan 1T; R.Jermyn 1T; 

Terenure Team:

I.Hanly; J.O’Donoghue, S.O’Neill, H.Brewer, H.Moore; J.Thornton, K.O’Neill; O’Heffernan, B.Smith, K.Moloney; M.Murphy, K.O’Dwyer; R.Duke, J.O’Neill,Capt., M.Melia. Replacements: R.Byrne, S.Borza, J.Dever, M.Byrne, M.Hiney.

Terenure Scorers:

J.Dever 1T; I.Hanley 1T; K.O’Neill 1T; S.O’Neill 2C; J.Thornton 1P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V UCC 26/12/2015

Competition: Crowley Cup
1stXV V UCC
Score: 28 - 0 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 26/12/2015
Referee: P.Sheehan MAR
Report:

Cork Constitution were victorious in the annual Crowley Cup fixture with University College Cork at Templehill on St Stephen’s Day.

 

This annual fixture dates back to the 1960’s and has been dedicated to the memory of Dermot ‘Starry’ Crowley since 1980, to honour his memory and his contribution to both clubs. The Cup was presented for the competition by the Crowley family, and John Crowley was on hand to present the Cup. Dermot (Starry), and his brother Jack, played for Cork Constitution between 1946 and 1957, during which Starry captained the club twice in 1950 & 1955 seasons. 

 

Constitution opened well and went 6-0 up with two penalties from Tomas Quinlan in the 9th and 20th minutes. And they forged further ahead in the 24th minute when scrum half Ryan Foley benefited from a line-out drive to the line with a try. Quinlan converted for 13-0. Constitution had a second try in the 32nd minute, when No.8 Luke Cahill scored an unconverted try in the left corner following a scrum, to leave the half time score at 18-0 to the home side.

 

In the 50th minute Constitution clinched the victory when Tomas Quinlan scored with a solo effort from 25 metres, and also added the conversion for 25-0. A late penalty by Joe White completed the scoring.

Cork Con Team:

J.White; S.Grey, M.Clune, R.Horgan; L.O’Connell; T.Quinaln, R.Foley; G.Duffy, J.McHenry, G.Roche; S.O’Leary, C.Barry; L.Cahill, L.O’Leary, S.Dwyer. Replacements: L.Walsh, B.Quinlan, E.Mintern, G.Stokes, M.Carey, A.Dorgan.

Cork Con Scorers:
UCC Team:

C.McAuliffe; K.O’Keeffe, T.Cronin, G.Ryan, R.Slater; I.O’Donoghue, P.Hyde; S.O’Hanlon, B.Burns, R.O’Donovan; P.O’Regan, B.Mitchell; F.Moynihan, T.Arrigan, P.Derham. Replacements: D.Dennehy, P.Barry, C.Healy, J.Kiernan, K.Slater.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Garryowen 19/12/2015

Competition: Munster Senior Cup 2nd Round
1stXV V Garryowen
Score: 11 - 9 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 19/12/2015
Referee: R.O’Sullivan MAR
Report:

Cork Constitution and Garryowen once again played a well-contested Munster Senior Cup tie at Temple Hill on Saturday. Constitution won in the end, but only after another close encounter.

 

Constitution had four players making their Munster Senior Cup debuts: Joe White, Shane Daly and John Poland from the successful Under 20’s and Conor Kindregan who has played with UL-Bohs. In the first round, Constitution defeated Highfield 57-6, while Garryowen had accounted for Shannon 22-12. Constitution had five changes in their starting line-up from the AIL game with Garryowen at Dooradoyle in September, which Garryowen won 23-19; while Garyowen had some eight changes from that starting team.

 

The game was played in moist conditions, but the Temple Hill pitch was in pristine condition, with a slight westerly wind. Garryowen had the first scoring chance, but Niall Cronin was wide with his penalty attempt after 7 minutes. Constitution then took the lead in the 11th minute after a line-out drive to the line resulted in a penalty, converted by Tomas Quinlan. And Quinlan kicked a second penalty in the 17th minute awarded for a pulled down maul.

 

Both sides missed chances before half time, with Shane Daly just missing out for a try for Constitution in the right corner, while a Garryowen break ended in touch, just short of the line also. Thus Constitution led 6-0 at the break.

 

Cronin missed a penalty chance for Garryowen on the resumption, before nailing a similar opportunity in the 47th minute, for a scrum penalty.

 

In the 66th minute, Constitution struck a major blow, when lock Conor Kindregan drove over from a line-out steal at half way. The conversion was missed, and Garryowen kept in touch with a Cronin penalty in the 70th minute, but could not close the deficit before the end, despite a couple of penalty chances.

 

Constitution will now await the winners of Nenagh v Thomond scheduled for 23 January, in the semi-final due to be played on 19 March.

 

 

 

 

 

Cork Con Team:

Cork Constitution: J.White; S.Daly, N.Hodson, N.Kenneally, R.Jermyn; T.Quinlan,
J.Poland; G.Duffy, M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; C.Kindregan, B.Hayes; L.Cahill, J.Murphy, J.Ryan Capt. Replacements: G.Roche (3), A.Slattery (2), M.Carey (7), C.O’Flaherty (6), D.Lyons (10), L.O’Connell (11), R.Foley (9).

Cork Con Scorers:

Cork Constitution: C.Kindregan 1T; T.Quinlan 2P.

Garryowen Team:

Garryowen: S.McMahon; K.Bennett, J.McInearney, J.Purcell, H.O’Brien-Cunningham; A.O’Byrne, N.Cronin; B.McNamara, L.Cronin, B.Roley; A.McCloskey, P.McCarroll; J.Keane, E.Fitzgerald, D.Sherry. Replacements: K.Moloney (5), M.O’Donnell (3), P.O’Shea (1), E.Barry (14), D.Sheehan, L.McMahon.

Garryowen Scorers:

N.Cronin 3P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Old Belvedere 28/11/2015

Competition: Ulster Bank League Division 1A
1stXV V Old Belvedere
Score: 17 - 19 (Con score given first)
Venue: Anglesea Road
Date: 28/11/2015
Referee: S.Gaffikin (Ulster)
Report:

In an exciting finish at Anglesea Road on Saturday, Cork Constitution just failed to get a share of the points, when Tomas Quinlan’s last minute conversion attempt from a wide angle, failed to find it’s mark. Constitution had trailed 12-19 entering the final minutes of the game, when a multi-phase attack from half-way was eventually touched down by left wing Darren Sweetnam. 

 

The match was played on an excellent surface, but the players had to cope with a strong breeze that favoured the home side in the opening sequence. And they duly took the lead with a 14th minute penalty from 30 metres by Shane McDonald. Belvedere had the better of the early exchanges, but Constitution scored the opening try in the 28th minute. A line-out drive from the 22 metre line set up a maul to the line. Belvedere conceded a penalty, which was taken quickly to set up Niall Kenneally for the score. Tomas Quinlan landed the conversion for 3-7.

 

McDonald kicked a second penalty in the 33rd minute to reduce the arrears to a point, and in the 38th minute Riordan scored, after a kick to the corner, set up the scoring chance. The conversion was missed, as was a 40th minute penalty attempt, to leave Belvedere 11-7 to the good at the break.

 

Quinlan missed a penalty chance for Constitution in the opening minutes of the second half, but when Riordan scored an unconverted try for Belvedere in the left corner in the 54th minute, it began to look bleak for the visitors. Especially as they also lost No.8 James Ryan to a yellow card shortly afterwards, following which McDonald kicked his second penalty.

 

To their credit, Constitution rallied in the final quarter. A try from a maul by replacement Daniel Walsh in the 68th minute was unconverted, but set up an exciting climax. 

 

Belvedere centre, John Kennedy, was sin-binned for a deliberate knock down in mid-field, and as Constitution continued to attack, Darren Sweetnam found his way to the try line in the last minute after a long attacking movement. However, Quinlan was unable to square the game from the place kick.

 

The day’s results leave Constitution still in 8th place, with back-to-back games with Terenure College to come either side of Christmas.

Cork Con Team:

T.Quinlan; D.Sweetnam, N.Hodson, N.Kenneally, R.Jermyn; D.Lyons, R.Foley; L.O’Connor, M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; C.O’Flaherty, B.Hayes; G.Lawler, J.Murphy, J.Ryan Capt. Replacements: B.Quinlan, R.Burke (3), D.Walsh (6), S.Daly, J.Poland (9)

Cork Con Scorers:

N.Kenneally 1T; D.Sweetnam 1T; D.Walsh 1T; T.Quinlan 1C.

Old Belvedere Team:

D.Riordan; S.McDonald, J.Kennedy, P.Robb, A.Wynne; S.Crosbie, A.Sheehan; A.Howard, C.O’Flynn, D.Ryan; J.Kelly, C.Owende; K.Miller, M.Oyuga, J.Slattery. Replacements: E.Rossiter, D.Lavery, M.Ludwig, W.Staunton, C.Noonan.

Old Belvedere Scorers:

D.Riordan 2T; S.McDonald 3P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Young Munster 07/11/2015

Competition: Ulster Bank League Division 1A
1stXV V Young Munster
Score: 11 - 12 (Con score given first)
Venue: Greenfields
Date: 07/11/2015
Referee: G.Clancy IRFU
Report:

Cork Constitution lost to Young Munster after a hard-fought Ulster Bank League encounter at Greenfields on Saturday afternoon. Two penalties kicked by Gearoid Lyons had the home side 6-0 in front at the break, despite a strong first half performance by the visitors. Constitution had a disallowed try by Shane Daly in the 18th  minute, but Young Munster took the lead with a penalty for a high tackle in the 37th minute, and in the 43rd minute a second penalty for off-side gave the home side a 6-0 lead.

 

Two minutes into the second period and Constitution cut the lead with a Tomas Quinlan penalty. Constitution’s hopes were raised when centre Shane Daly intercepted at half way in the 46th minute, and outpaced the defence to the try line, for a fine individual effort. The conversion by Quinlan gave Constitution a 10-6 lead.

 

However, the match was decided in the 55th minute when Young Munster left wing Darragh O’Neill found space to score in the corner. The try was unconverted, but the home side never relinquished their lead to the end.

 

Prior to the game a minutes silence was observed for Young Munster legend Willie Allen.

Cork Con Team:

 T.Quinlan; L.O’Connell, S.Daly, N.Hodson, R.Jermyn; D.Lyons, J.Higgins; L.O’Connor, M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; B.Holland, B.Hayes; G.Lawler, J.Murphy, J.Ryan Capt. Replacements: B.Quinlan (1), R.Burke (2), C.Kindrigan (4), L.Cahill (8), R.Foley (9).

Cork Con Scorers:

S.Daly 1T; T.Qunlan 1C1P.

Young Munster Team:

M.Vaughan; D.McCarthy, D.Goggin, M.Doyle, J.O’Connor; G.Lyons, A.Griesel; D.Begley, G.Slattery, E.Ryan; A.Kennedy, S.Duggan; A.Ross, D.Dee, B.Kilkenny. Replacements: S.Fenton (2); P.Allen (3); Y.Brown, G.Fitzggerald (11); P.Downes (12).

Young Munster Scorers:

D.O’Neill 1T; G.Lyons 2P

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Ballynahinch 31/10/2015

Competition: Ulster Bank League Division 1A
1stXV V Ballynahinch
Score: 32 - 23 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 31/10/2015
Referee: Lloyd Linton (Ulster Society)
Report:

Cork Constitution, having lost to Ballynahinch in both home and away games last season, showed a determination to secure the match points in this, their sixth game of this season’s Ulster Bank League.  The win leaves them in sixth place, but now only six points behind leader’s Clontarf, who they defeated in their last outing in Dublin.

 

The visitors had the better of the early exchanges going into an eight point lead after five minutes play. Former Constitution Cup hero, Chris Quinn, kicked the opening penalty in the second minute. And two minutes later he converted a try by right wing Aaron Cairns. Tomas Quinlan reduced the arrears with successful penalties in the 8th and 19th minutes. Quinn hit a post with a 21st minute penalty attempt, but then nailed his next opportunity in the 27th minute for 6-11.

 

Brian Hayes was unlucky to knock-on with the line beckoning in the 32nd minute, before Quinlan brought Constitution to 9-11 with a penalty awarded for a high tackle, that also yielded a yellow card for full back Mani Egan. And Constitution capitalised before the break when James Murphy and Liam O’Connell combined to send Dara Lyons over from 30 metres. Quinlan’s conversion left Constitution 16-11 to the good at the break.

 

From the restart, Constitution attacked and James Murphy scored at the posts, after Rob Jermyn had made ground to the left corner. Quinlan added the conversion for 23-11, and he kicked further penalties in the 49th and 62nd minutes for 29-11. 

 

However, Ballynahinch showed their forward strength with a try by replacement prop Kyle McCall in the 73rd minute, with the conversion by Sam Windsor. And again in the final five minutes, a multiphase attack to the left corner yielded an unconverted try for Robin Harte, to leave just six points between the teams.

 

But Tomas Quinlan had the final say, as he steadied the ship for the home side with his sixth penalty from 40 metres, securing the points from a most entertaining game.

 

Next Saturday, Constitution travel to Young Munster, who knocked Old Belvedere off the top of the table with a 20-18 home victory. 

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons; L.O’Connell, S.Daly, R.Horgan, R.Jermyn; T.Quinlan, R.Foley; B.Quinlan, M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; C.Kindregan, B.Hayes; G.Lawler, J.Murphy, J.Ryan Capt. Replacements: A.Slattery (6), G.Sweeney (3), L.O’Connor (1); L.Cahill (4), R.Foley (9).

Cork Con Scorers:

J.Murphy 1T; D.Lyons 1T; T.Quinlan 2C6P.

Ballynahinch Team:

M.Egan; C.Quinn, R.Harte, R.Rainey, A.Cairns; S.Windsor, P.Rowley; J.Simpson, J.Murphy, C.Trenier; J.Madden, J.Simpson; Z.McCall, T.Donnan, C.Joyce. Replacements: K.McCall C.Gibson, B.Pentland, J.McBriar, J.Grattan.

Ballynahinch Scorers:

A.Cairns 1T; K.McCall 1T; R.Harte 1T; C.Quinn 2P; S.Wilson 1C.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Highfield 24/10/2015

Competition: Munster Senior Cup 1st Round
1stXV V Highfield
Score: 57 - 6 (Con score given first)
Venue: Woodleigh Park
Date: 24/10/2015
Referee: S.Kierans MAR
Report:

Cork Constitution and Highfield made a little bit of history on Saturday, when they contested the 1st Round of the Munster Senior Cup. It was the first Cup meeting between the clubs at Highfield’s Woodleigh Park ground. When Highfield entered senior ranks in 1952, they first met Constitution in the second round of the Cup at the Mardyke, in which Constitution ran out 21-3 winners. Highfield turned the tables in their next meeting at Musgrave Park in 1958, winning a semi-final encounter 3-0, with a penalty by Finn Buckley. 

 

The club’s met in memorable finals in 1967 and 1968. Constitution won 6-0 in ’67 after a replay, with two Barry McGann penalties; but Highfield won 11-9 the following year to claim their first Munster Senior Cup. Captained by Joe McDonnell, the team featured Highfield icons in brothers Jim and Denis Dennehy, Tony Loughrey, Mick Leahy, Bunty Ormonde and Terry Moore. A try by Donal Kiely, allied to Loughrey’s goal kicking, saw Highfield score a notable success.

 

The last Cup meeting between the clubs was in 2007 at Templehill, when Constitution won 29-8. In all, there have fourteen Cup matches between the clubs, with Constitution winning ten, to Highfield’s three, with one drawn.

 

Constitution fielded eight MSC newcomers for this first round meeting, and they all acquitted themselves with distinction. They led 17-6 by the break, and ran in forty points without reply in the second period, as Highfield’s resistance wilted.

 

Paddy O’Toole got the first score from a penalty for the home side, but Constitution had tries from Cathal O’Flaherty and John Poland, both converted by Dara Lyons for 14-3 to the visitors. A penalty apiece by O’Toole and Lyons brought up half time.

 

On the restart, scrum half Poland had a second try following break from a line-out. Graeme Lawler was a constant threat to the home side, and his break from half way in the 50th minute yielded a try for Liam O’Connell. And five minutes later, Darren Sweetnam finished a break from his own half by right wing Aaron Spring. Lyons added the conversions, and his clever chip was gathered by Quinlan for the sixth try in the 60th minute. Spring and Daniel Walsh scored further converted tries in the final ten minutes to see the holders emphatically into the next round. 

 

In the 2nd round on 14th November at Templehill, Constitution with meet Garryowen, who defeated Shannon 22-12, also today.

Cork Con Team:

D.Sweetnam; A.Spring, L.O’Connell, R.Horgan, R.Jermyn; D.Lyons, J.Poland; G.Duffy, A.Slattery, G.Sweeney; C.O’Flaherty, S.O’Leary; G.Lawler, L.Cahill, M.Murphy. Replacements: L.O’Connor (3), M.Abbott, B.Hayes, J.Ryan (6), D.Walsh (7), T.Quinlan (11), J.Higgins (9).

Cork Con Scorers:

C.O’Flaherty 1T; J.Poland 2T; L.O’Connell 1T; D.Sweetman 1T; T.Quinlan 1T; A.Spring 1T; D.Walsh 1T; D.Lyons 1P7C.

Highfield Team:

J.McLoughlin; S.Quaid, J.Cassidy, P.Stack, J.Sheehan; P.O’Toole, K.Foyle; D.O’Callaghan, C.Forde, C.Tuohy; M.O’Donnell-Fitzgerald, F.O’Sullivan; M.Murphy, M.O’Connell, M.Cronin. Replacements: D.O’Hea, D.Morris, C.Gallagher, M.Power, C.Bannon, G.Arthurs, K.Duggan.

Highfield Scorers:

P.O’Toole 2P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Clontarf 17/10/2015

Competition: Ulster Bank League Division 1A
1stXV V Clontarf
Score: 15 - 14 (Con score given first)
Venue: Castle Avenue
Date: 17/10/2015
Referee:
Report:

Cork Constitution scored a much-needed win over champions Clontarf at Castle Avenue, in round five of the Ulster Bank League on Saturday. 

 

Fielding five changes from last week’s match-squad that drew with UCD, Constitution included two players, Shane Daly and John Poland, making their AIL debuts, who together with Liam O’Connell, Jason Higgins, Liam O’Connor, Brendan Quinlan and Rory Horgan, were all members of last season’s successful U20 XV.

 

So after five AIL games, Constitution have scored their first success, against arguably their toughest opponents, to add to the two previous draws with UCD and Lansdowne.

 

Constitution led 6-0 at half time from two Tomas Quinlan penalties. Clontarf had tries by Matt Darcy and Michael Noone, both converted by Joey Carbery, but Quinlan won the match for his side with three further penalties in the second half

 

Next Saturday, Constitution play Highfield in the first round of the Munster Senior Cup at Woodleigh Park, before the next UBL game at home to Ballynahinch on 31st October.

Cork Con Team:

D.Sweetnam; L.O’Connell, S.Daly, N.Hodson, R.Jermyn; T.Quinlan, J.Higgins; L.O’Connor, M.Abbott, R.Burke; C.Kindregan, B.Hayes; G.Lawler, J.Murphy, J.Ryan Capt., L.Cahill. Replacements: A.Slattery, B.Quinlan, L.Cahill, J.Polland, R.Horgan

 

Cork Con Scorers:

T.Quinlan 5P.

Clontarf Team:

M.Darcy 1T; M.Noone 1T; J.Carbery 2C.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V UCD 03/10/2015

Competition: Ulster Bank League
1stXV V UCD
Score: 19 - 19 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templhill
Date: 03/10/2015
Referee: Referee: P.Fitzgibbon (MAR)
Report:

Cork Constitution and University College Dublin played out an exciting drawn Ulster Bank League tie at Templehill on Saturday. The match was in the balance right to the final whistle, and a share of the points was probably a fair result.

 

Darren Sweetnam gave Constitution a first minute lead when he chased down a clearance from his own half by Tomas Quinlan, and gained possession to score at the posts. Quinlan added the conversion for a tonic start for the home side.

 

However, UCD attacked immediately and from possession in the Constitution 22, full back Barry Daly stepped the home defence for an unconverted try in the 5th minute.

 

UCD always threatened when in possession, but the home defence stood firm, and at the other end, when penalty chances were awarded, Tomas Quinlan was unerring with successful conversions in the 24th, 27th and 32nd minutes, to give his side a 16-5 interval advantage.

 

Quinlan added to Constitution’s tally in the 53rd minute, when UCD were penalised in preventing a quick throw to a line-out. However, UCD were never out of the game and after a siege on the home line, scrum half Nick McCarthy picked his way over in the 64th minute. Bourke converted for 19-12.

 

The outcome was decided in the 68th minute, when referee Fitzgibbon awarded a penalty try to the students for what appeared to be an obstruction offence on the UCD scrum half, for which flanker James Murphy was sin-binned. Bourke’s conversion tied up the scores.

 

There was still time for an exciting finish as Constitution stormed the student’s line. First Quinlan was unlucky to see a drop goal attempt just fade wide of the posts, and in the 74th minute Darren Sweetnam appeared to have won the game for the home side when he intercepted and ran to the posts. However, after an intervention by a touch judge the score was disallowed, and so the game ended all-square.

 

The day’s results leave Constitution in 8th place, still without a win after four games.

Cork Con Team:

Cork Constitution: D.Lyons; D.Sweetnam, N.Hodson, N.Kenneally, L.O’Connell; T.Quinlan, R.Foley; B.Quinlan, M.Abbott, R.Burke; C.Kindregan, B.Hayes; J.Murphy, J.Ryan Capt., L.Cahill. Replacements: L.O’Connor (2), G.Sweeney (3), L.Cahill (7), C.O’Flaherty (6), L.O’Connell (12).

Cork Con Scorers:

D.Sweetnam1T; T.Quinlan 1C4P

UCD Team:

J.Power; T.Fletcher, C.Doherty, J.Glynn, B.Daly; B.Holland, N.McCarthy; A.Porter, S.McNulty, L.Hyland; G.Thornbury, E.MacMahon; S.Grannell,M.McGroarty, P.Timmins. Replacements: G.Frayne (2); M.Moynihan (1); B.Cawley (8); L.Bourke (12); R.Keenan.

UCD Scorers:

B.Daly 1T; N.McCarthy 1T; L.Bourke 1PT2C

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Garryowen 26/09/2015

Competition: Ulster Bank League Division 1A
1stXV V Garryowen
Score: 19 - 23 (Con score given first)
Venue: Dooradoyle
Date: 26/09/2015
Referee: D.Wilkinson
Report:

Garryowen scored a notable win against their oldest adversaries to get their season up and running at a sunny Dooradoyle on Saturday afternoon. And, in the process eked out four tries, and a valuable bonus point. While on the other hand, Constitution will again rue missed opportunities, as they had to settle for a losing bonus point.

 

Fielding with four changes in personnel from last week’s drawn game with Lansdowne, they conceded three tries in the opening 20 minutes against an enthusiastic home side. Wing Shane McMahon scored in the left corner after just three minutes, and scrum half Neil Cronin scored a second try in the ninth minute in the same corner, to give the home side a tonic start. And McMahon scored his side’s third try in the 16th minute when he ran onto a punt by Doyle to the same corner.

 

Tomas Quinlan had given Constitution some hope with a 14th minute penalty, and added the points to a try by James Murphy in the 34th minute following a line-out. Constitution continued their fight-back and Quinlan was again on target in the 38th minute with a penalty to leave Garryowen with a 15-13 advantage at half time.

 

James Frawley took over the kicking duty for Garryowen and slotted a penalty in the 44th minute to give his side a five point advantage, but then Quinlan kicked two penalties on 53 and 73 minutes, as Constitution gained a measure of supremacy to lead 19-18. And Quinlan was also unlucky to see a 70th minute effort come back off a post.

 

However, true to the Garryowen’s fighting spirit, they fought to the end, and as Constitution’s discipline failed, with two late yellow cards, it fell to full back Alex Wootton to get over for the winning score in the 86th minute.

 

The result leaves Constitution in 7th place, still without a win after three games. Next week they have a home game against UCD.

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons; M.Keyes, N.Hodson, N.Kenneally, L.O’Connell; T.Quinlan, R.Foley; J.Ryan, M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; C.Kindregan, B.Hayes; J.Murphy, J.Ryan Capt., L.Cahill. Replacements: A.Slattery (2), B.Quinlan (3), G.Lawler (5), C.O’Flaherty, K.Desmond

Cork Con Scorers:

J.Murphy 1T; T.Quinlan 1C4P

Garryowen Team:

A.Wootton; S.McMahon, A.O’Byrne, J.Purcell, J.Frawley; C.Doyle, N.Cronin; P.O’Shea, L.McMahon, B.Rowley; A.McCloskey, P.McCarroll; S.Buckley, J.Coghlan, J.Hrstich (Capt.). Replacements: L.Cronin, J.P.Phelan, E.Fitzgerald, E.Barry, J.McInearney.

Garryowen Scorers:

S.McMahon 2T; N.Cronin 1T; A.Wooton 1T; J.Frawley 1C.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Lansdowne 19/09/2015

Competition: Ulster Bank League Division 1A
1stXV V Lansdowne
Score: 22 - 22 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 19/09/2015
Referee: D.Phillips IRFU
Report:

Cork Constitution and Lansdowne played out an exciting Ulster Bank League tie at Temple Hill on Saturday that ended all-square. Last week Constitution lost by a point away to Galwegians, and for their first home game against the League Champions, they gave as good as they got. Constitution dominated the first half to lead 16-3 at the interval.

 

However, Lansdowne had levelled by the 51st minute, and from there to the end it was nip and tuck. Tomas Quinlan put Constitution into a 2nd minute lead with a penalty from 30 metres. Then in the 14th minute, Brian Hayes scored the opening try when he blocked down and gathered Aidan Boland’s attempted clearance. Quinlan was off with the conversion, as he also was with two prior penalty attempts. Scott Deasy reduced the deficit with a penalty for Lansdowne in the 16th minute, but Constitution surged ahead when Luke Cahill benefited from an over-long Lansdowne line-out throw near the line for 13-3 to the home side.

 

Deasy missed a penalty chance for Lansdowne in the 32nd minute, but Quinlan was successful when Lansdowne were penalised for bringing down a scrum, to leave the half time score at 16-3 to Constitution. Lansdowne scored almost from the kick-off to the second period when left wing Foster Horan scored. Quinlan then missed with two penalty attempts, before right wing Cian Kelleher finished for a classy Lansdowne try in the corner to tie up the scores again at 16 points each.

 

A 54th minute drop goal by Quinlan edged Constitution back in front, but Deasy struck his third penalty to tie up the scores again a minute later. Quinlan was unsuccessful with a penalty in the 66th minute, but landed a fine kick from 42 metres in the 77th minute for 22-19. But there was still time for Lansdowne, and Tom Daly stepped up to land the equalising penalty from 40 metres in the 80th minute. And still, Tomas Quinlan might have stolen it with the last kick of the game, but his drop goal attempt was just wide. In the end, a draw was a fair outcome to a well-contested match.

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons; D.Sweetnam, N.Hodson, N.Kenneally, K.Desmond; T.Quinlan, J.Higgins; B.Quinlan, M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; C.Kindregan, B.Hayes; J.Murphy, J.Ryan Capt., L.Cahill. Replacements: A.Slattery (2), R.Burke (3), C.O’Flaherty (5), R.Horgan (11), A.Ryan (9).

Cork Con Scorers:

Brian Hayes 1T; Luke Cahill 1T; Tomas Quinlan 1DG3P.

Lansdowne Team:

E.Mills; M.Roche, T.Farrell, T.Daly, F.Horan; S.Deasy, P.O’Driscoll; I. Prendiville, J.McKenna, A.Boland; J.O’Rourke, P.Donnellan; T.Beirne, C.O’Donnell, R.Deacon. Replacements: J.Barry (2), N.Mpiko (3), E.Walsh, M.Darcy, F.Doherty.

Lansdowne Scorers:

Foster Horan 1T; Cian Kelleher 1T; Scott Deasy 3P; Tom Deasy 1P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Galwegians 12/09/2015

Competition: AIL Div 1
1stXV V Galwegians
Score: 11 - 12 (Con score given first)
Venue: Crowley Park
Date: 12/09/2015
Referee: S.Gaffikin IRFU.
Report:

Cork Constitution lost their opening All Ireland League match at Crowley Park, Galway on Saturday, however, they will take heart from a good display, albeit just short on the scoreboard. It was the first league meeting with Galwegians for six years, and the Westerners settled quickly into their pattern on a fine sunny day.

 

Constitution showed some early nervousness as they conceded the opening try through the middle after only 3 minutes play. It was a tough break for the new-look Constitution side, as centre Cormac Brennan touched down at the posts, for Adrian Moynihan to add the points.

 

Despite a yellow card for Dara Lyons for a high tackle a few minutes later, Constitution hit back with two Tomas Quinlan penalties on 29 and 36 minutes, to leave Galwegians 7-6 to the good at half time.

 

In the second period Galwegians had the advantage of the fresh breeze, and on 65 minutes scored a smart try in the left corner through wing Ed O’Keeffe for a 6-12 lead.

 

A yellow card for wing Rob Jermyn in the final quarter did not help Constitution’s cause, however, they continued to attack, and when Jermyn returned he scored a 78th minute try, following a 5 metre scrum. However, Quinlan was not able to convert, so the consolation of a losing bonus point was the final outcome.

Cork Con Team:

T.Quinlan; K.Desmond, N.Kenneally, N.Hodson, R.Jermyn; D.Lyons, J.Higgins; G.Duffy, M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; C.Kindegan, B.Hayes; C.O’Flaherty, L.Cahill, J.Ryan Capt. Replacements: A.Slattery (2), B.Quinlan (1), S.Dwyer (6), A.Ryan (9), R.Horgan (12)

Cork Con Scorers:

R.Jermyn 1T; T.Quinlan 2P.

Galwegians Team:

G,Tynan; D.Symes, C.Brennan, B.Murphy, E.O’Keeffe; A.Moynihan, B.Lee; J.Naughton Capt., J.Dinneen, J.East; A.Muldowney, M.Cummins; S.O’Brien, J.Pimm, A.Ryan. Replacements: C.Blake, D.Clarke, M.Kelly, J.Anaya, C.Kyne.

Galwegians Scorers:

C.Brennan 1T; E.O’Keeffe 1T; A.Moynihan 1C.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Shannon 05/09/2015

Competition: Senior Friendly
1stXV V Shannon
Score: 29 - 6 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 05/09/2015
Referee: W.O’Connor MAR
Report:

Cork Constitution and Shannon met at Templehill on Saturday, in the final friendly match before the All-Ireland League fireworks begin next weekend. Constitution will be pleased to have completed a decent early season campaign in which they have blooded many newcomers. Again in this game, played in bright sunshine, there were a number of combinations tested against, as ever, a resolute Shannon side.

 

Constitution struck early when hooker Max Abbott crashed over for the opening score. Tomas Quinlan converted for 7-0 to the home side. And Quinlan extended the lead with a penalty in the 14th minute.

 

Shannon No.10 Shane Airey struck two penalties to reduce the arrears, before live-wire flanker Sonny Dwyer latched onto a grubber to the line by Ned Hodson, and Quinlan’s conversion made it 15-6 to Constitution at the break.

 

Constitution maintained their advantage throughout the second period, and added tries by Max Abbott again, and Cormac O’Doherty in the 53rd and 68th minutes, with Quinlan adding the conversions.

Cork Con Team:

 T.Quinlan; K.Desmond, N.Hodson, N.Kenneally, R.Jermyn; D.Lyons, A.Dorgan; A.Slattery, M.Abbott, G.Roche; C.Kindegan, B.Hayes; L.Cahill, S.Dwyer, J.Ryan. Replacements: G.Duffy, B.Quinlan, G.Stokes, C.O’Flaherty, M.Murphy, C.O’Doherty, R.Horgan.

Cork Con Scorers:
Shannon Team:

 R.Mullane; C.Cunnane, N.Fitzgerald, S.Mulally, B.Price; S.Airey, D.Evans; N.Horan, S.Mallon, T.Cusack; S.McCarthy, F.Ryan; B.Downes, J.Shine, L.Nicholas, J.Cronin, T.Chare.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Sundays Well RFC 29/08/2015

Competition: Cork Charity Cup 2015-16
1stXV V Sundays Well RFC
Score: 21 - 0 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 29/08/2015
Referee: K.Barry MAR.
Report:

Cork Constitution were victorious in a novel Cork Charity Cup competition run off under ‘Festival Rules’ at Templehill on Saturday afternoon.

 

Cork Constitution came through the group stage with wins over Midleton, University College Cork and Highfield, to meet Sunday’s Well, who won over Clonmel and Dolphin in their group. Disappointlingly, Cashel did not show on the day. However, the Cork Clubs got their respective season’s up and running, with plenty of open play to match the bright sunshine on an enjoyable afternoon at Templehill.

 

In the final Constitution got away to a perfect start with an early try by Dara Lyons, and he stretched the home side’s lead with a converted penalty try before the break. The 30 minute matches were an ideal way to open the new season. Constitution closed out the game with a second half try by James Ryan, again converted by Lyons.

 

Charlie Buckly, Chairman South Munster Branch IRFU, was on hand to present the Cup to Constitution captain, James Ryan.

Group 1 Results
Midleton  5 Cork Constitution 14
University College Cork 15 Highfield 0
Cork Constitution 17 University College Cork 0
Highfield  7 Midleton  7
Highfield  0 Cork Constitution 12
Midleton 0 University College Cork 19

 

Group1pts
Cork Constitution FC 3 3 0 0 43-5 6pts
U.C.C. 3 2 0 1 34-17 4pts
Midleton 3 0 1 2 12-40 2pts
Highfield 3 0 1 2 7-34 2pts

 

Group 2 results
Clonmel 0 Dolphin 0
Sunday’s Well RFC 22 Clonmel  0
Sunday’s Well RFC 14 Dolphin  0

 

Group 2 pts
Sunday’s Well RFC 2 2 0 0 36-0 4pts
Dolphin 2 0 1 1 0-14 2pts
Clonmel 2 0 1 1 0-22 2pts

Referees on duty: K.Barry, E.Hogan O’Connell, F.Murphy, S.Keirans, C.Harrington, G.Finn, R.Horgan, R.O’Sullivan, A.Butson, C.Dona, P.Sheehan.

 

 

Cork Con Team:

L.Duffy; A.Ryan, J.J.O’Neill, K.Desmond, R.Jermyn; D.Lyons, J.Higgins; G.Sweeney, M.Abbott, B.Quinlan; B.Hayes, G.Lawler; L.Cahill, M.Carey, J.Ryan. Replacements: A.Slattery, G.Stokes, M.Murphy, S.Dwyer, S.Kennedy, A.Dorgan, J.Murphy.

Cork Con Scorers:
Sundays Well RFC Team:

M.Chandler; R.O’Mahony, R.O’Keeffe, C.Jouve, W.Trevor; E.Geary, P.Arigho; M.O’Donoghue, K.Stokes, R.Stapleton; E.Ackland, K.Hodnett; S.Glynn, J.Mulcahy, S.Kelly. Replacements: W.McCarthy, F.Moynhan, P.Hughes, S.Keohane, R.McCarthy, R.MacDonald.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Sundays Well 22/08/2015

Competition: Senior Friendly
1stXV V Sundays Well
Score: 24 - 0 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 22/08/2015
Referee:
Report:

 There was a low key opening to the rugby season at Temple Hill on Saturday as Constitution accounted for Sunday’s Well in a senior friendly game. Both clubs fielded youthful experimental sides as Constitution ran out winners on a 24-0 score line.

 

The J1 friendly fixture scheduled with Monkstown did not happen, while four Constitution players were in action with the Munster 7’s team in the International tournament at Thomond Park on Saturday. Niall Kenneally, Ryan Foley, Tomas Quinlan and Sonny Dwyer all had game time, as Munster finished 6th overall in the tournament won by Buenos Aires.

Cork Con Team:
Cork Con Scorers:

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Clontarf 18/04/2015

Competition: Ulster Bank Bateman Cup Final
1stXV V Clontarf
Score: 24 - 9 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 18/04/2015
Referee: N.Correll IRFU
Report:

Cork Constitution won their third Ulster Bank Bateman Cup in succession when they overcame Clontarf in an exciting final at Templehill on Saturday. While the match was played in bright sunshine, there was a strong down-field breeze that made for a non-kicking running game, as both sides tested each others defences.

 

And Clontarf made use of that wind advantage in the first quarter, as they confined the home side to their own half. However, a 22nd minute penalty by David Joyce from 35 metres was all they had to show on the scoreboard for their efforts, as the home side contested and tackled well. In the 26th minute, Daragh Lyons placed a penalty to touch inside the Clotarf 22 metre line; Max Abbott found Cathal O’Flaherty at the line out; and the Con pack drove the 15 metres to the line where Luke Cahill got the touchdown. It was a big statement of intent by the home side. Daragh Lyons kicked a great conversion, and he added a second superb conversion to a 35th minute try by James Ryan in the corner, after Rob Jermyn made a snipe down the left wing.

 

Clontarf made a comeback with two penalties before half time, kicked by David Joyce in the 39th and 43rd minutes, as Constitution were penalised at the breakdown. But, Constitution led 14-9 at the break, and could look forward to the assistance of the strong breeze in the second period.

 

Daragh Lyons got Constitution off to the best possible start in the second half with an opportunist drop goal after three minutes from 22 metres. Thereafter, Constitution controlled the play, albeit often in defensive mode, where centres Niall Kenneally and J.J.O’Neill gave little quarter. Eventually, they did add to their total in the 78th minute when Darren Sweetnam latched on to a mid-field break by Graeme Lawler and Rob Jermyn, for the clinching score. Quinlan added the conversion for 24-9.

 

The final minutes were marred by an unfortunate injury to Clontarf’s David Joyce, that necessitated prolonged on-field medical assistance. In the end, Constitution can be well pleased with a fine team effort, especially after some disappointing results in the final stages of their League campaign. For Clontarf, there was the disappointment of finishing runners-up in both League and Cup, but they still showed themselves to be a fine side.

 

The Bateman Cup was presented after the match, which was televised live by RTE, by 
Martin O’Sullivan, Vice President IRFU, to Gerry Hurley, for his third success as captain, amid the usual joyous scenes.

Cork Con Team:

D.Sweetnam; N.Hodson, J.J.O’Neill, N.Kenneally, R.Jermyn; D.Lyons, G.Hurley Capt.; G.Duffy, M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; C.O’Flaherty, G.Lawler; L.Cahill, J.Murphy, J.Ryan.   Replacements: L.O’Connor, A.Slattery, A.Ross, S.Dwyer,  A.Dorgan, T.Quinlan, R.Horgan (all played)

Cork Con Scorers:

L.Cahill 1T; J.Ryan 1T; D.Sweetnam 1T; D.Lyons 2C1DG; T.Quinaln 1C.

Clontarf Team:

R.Keogh; M.Brown, C.O’Shea, M.Darcy, M.McFarland; D.Joyce, S.Cronin Capt.; I.Hirst, B.Byrne, R.Burke-Flynn; T.Byrne, B.Reilly; K.Moran, A.Darcy, T.Ryan. Replacements: R.Lichfield, L.Murphy, I.Soroka, D.O’Meara, E.Ryan, C.O’Brien, C.O’Keeffe (all played).

Clontarf Scorers:

D.Joyce 3P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V UCD 11/04/2015

Competition: Ulster Bank League Division 1A
1stXV V UCD
Score: 3 - 10 (Con score given first)
Venue: Temple hill
Date: 11/04/2015
Referee: N.Correll
Report:

Cork Constitution lost to UCD in a tame encounter in the last series of games in this season’s Ulster Bank League at Templehill on Saturday. The result, in the end, was somewhat satisfactory for both sides in their endeavours to retain their divisional status. The four points garnered by UCD put them well clear of relegation, while Constitution’s losing bonus point also left them in eighth place, clear of St Mary’s College who were relegated with Dolphin. However, it was not entirely without some anxiety, as it was only in the final 10 minutes that the home side finally put their points on the board. 

 

College had slightly the better of the exchanges in the first period and led 3-0 at the break, having had the advantage of the downfield breeze. A 6th minute penalty by Ross Bynre being the only score. Constitution had a number of strong attacks in the half, but did not apply enough sustained pressure to yield points.

 

UCD scored a try in the 52nd minute when a maul to the Con line ended with prop forward Liam Hyland cleverly touching the ball on the post padding to register the touchdown. Byrne kicked the easy conversion for 10-0 to the students.

 

Byrne and Tomas Quinlan missed penalties in the third quarter, before Quinlan was successful with a penalty in the 70th minute. With four minutes to go, Constitution had Cathal O’Flaherty sin-binned, but saw out the remaining minutes for the losing bonus point.

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons; N.Hodson, J.J.O’Neill, N.Kenneally, D.Sweetnam; T.Quinlan, A.Dorgan; G.Duffy, M.Abbott, A.Slattery; C.O’Flaherty, G.Lawler; J.Murphy, J.Ryan, L.Cahill. Replacements: L.O’Connor(2), B.Quinlan (1), A.Ross (5), S.Dwyer (6), K.Desmond.

Cork Con Scorers:

T.Quinlan 1P.

UCD Team:

B.Dardis; S.Coughlan-Murray, G.Ringrose, H.McNulty, A.Byrne; L.Bourke, B.Holland; G.Frayne, R.Byrne, L.Hyland; R.Moloney, E.McMahon Capt.; P.Timmins, J.Van der Flyer, S.Grannell. Replacements: J.Loughran, M.Moynihan, G.Thorbury, C.McQuaid, J.Murray.

UCD Scorers:

L.Hyland 1T; R.Byrne 1C1P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Clontarf RFC 28/03/2015

Competition: AIB All Ireland League
1stXV V Clontarf RFC
Score: 28 - 43 (Con score given first)
Venue: Castle Avenue
Date: 28/03/2015
Referee: E.Hogan-O’Connell IRFU
Report:

Cork Constitution failed to stop Clontarf’s strong run for this season’s League title, as the Dublin side turned a 15-18 first half deficit, into a convincing 43-28 final victory. 

 

The result leaves Clontarf in third place on 47 points, with Lansdowne confirmed as table toppers on 65 points. Terenure College hold second place on 53 points. Constitution are now in seventh place on 38 points, though still with an outside chance of making a top four finish. Constitution will need to defeat UCD (37 pts) in their last game at Templehill on 11th April, and trust Lansdowne to beat Young Munster (39 pts); Clontarf to beat Ballynahinch (41 pts), and Terenure to beat Old Belvedere (38 pts). It makes for an exciting last day of the League season on 11th April.

 

However, there is also a serious chance of relegation, since defeat by UCD, together with a bonus point win by St Mary’s College against Dolphin, would see them descend to Division 1B with Dolphin, who are already in that position after their loss to Old Belvedere.

 

In the game at Castle Avenue, Constitution started very well and, playing with the wind, led 10-0 after 10 minutes with tries by Cathal O’Flaherty and Rob Jermyn, and a conversion by Tomas Quinlan. A penalty by Tomas Quinlan added to the total, but a try by Clontarf’s Matt D’arcy on 25 minutes stopped the rot for the home side. A drop goal by Tomas Quinlan, and a try by Ned Hodson pushed Constitution to 18-7, but Clontarf had a try and conversion, to leave Constitution with a narrow 18-15 lead at the break.

 

Quinlan had a drop goal for Constitution, but favoured by the wind in the second period, Clontarf scored two further unanswered tries to lead 43-18, before a final rally by Constitution yielded a second try for Cathal O’Flaherty and a penalty by Quinlan.

  P W D L F A BP Pts
Lansdowne 17 14 0 3 391 257 10 66
Terenure College 17 11 0 6 414 286 9 53
Clontarf 17 9 0 8 377 302 11 47
Ballynahinch 17 8 1 8 351 364 7 41
Young Munster  17 8 0 9 282 286 5 39
Old Belvedere 17 6 1 10 339 305 12 38
Cork Constitution 17 7 2 8 264 293 6 38
UCD     17 7 1 9 365 399 7 37
St Marys College 17 7 0 10 304 391 5 33
Dolphin 17 4 3 10 237 371 5 27

 

Cork Con Team:

D.Sweetnam; N.Hodson, M.Keyes, N.Kenneally, R.Jermyn; T.Quinlan, A.Dorgan; G.Duffy, M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; C.O’Flaherty, D.O’Brien; G.Lawler, J.Murphy, J.Ryan. Replacements: A.Slattery, C.Corkery , S.Dwyer, L.Cahill, D.Lyons.

Cork Con Scorers:

C.O’Flaherty 2T; R.Jermyn 1T; N.Hodson 1T; T.Quinlan 1P1DG1C.

Clontarf RFC Team:

A.Hughes; R.McGrath, M.Brown, M.Darcy, A.Robles; D.Joyce, S.Cronin Capt.; I.Hirst, T.Considine, R.Burke Flynn; T.Byrne, C.O’Keeffe;L.Og Murphy, A.Darcy, T.Ryan. Replacements: C.Culleton, K.Moran, I.Soroka, R.Dillon, D.Hanratty

 

Clontarf RFC Scorers:

M.D’arcy 2T; C.O’Shea 1T; M.McFarland 1T; A.Ryan 1T; D.Joyce 3C2P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Buccaneers 21/03/2015

Competition: Bateman Cup Semi-final
1stXV V Buccaneers
Score: 36 - 25 (Con score given first)
Venue: Dubarry Park, Athlone
Date: 21/03/2015
Referee: M.Patton IRFU
Report:

Cork Constitution recorded an impressive Bateman Cup semi final win over Buccaneers at Dubarry Park, Athlone, on Saturday afternoon. They led 14-10 at the interval, and by 24-13 by the mid-point of the second period. And though Buccaneers made a late rally, Constitution were well worthy of their place in the final.

 

The game was played in fine sunshine, on a pristine Dubarry Park pitch, and the home side settled quickly scoring the opening try in the 12th minute. A line-out on the 10 yard line was quickly worked into mid-field, and Alan Gaughan cut through for the try. Gaughan also converted for 7-0. 

 

Constitution drew level in the 22nd minute. From a 22m line out, centres Hodson and Keyes worked an opening for Rob Jermyn to score the try, and Tomas Quinlan added the extra points. 

 

Buccaneers re-took the lead in the 26th minute as Gaughan kicked a penalty awarded against Hodson, who was also sin-binned. Quinlan missed a penalty opportunity, before setting up a try for Niall Kenneally with a deft grubber kick to the line, after Jermyn had made good ground on the left. And Quinlan’s conversion left Constitution leading 14-10 at the interval.

 

In the 45th minute, Quinlan again set up a try, this time with a punt to the line that Darren Sweetnam fielded expertly, and crashed over the line. Quinlan again converted, and added a sweet drop goal in the 52nd minute to leave Constitution leading 24-10.

 

Gaughan pulled three points back for Buccaneers with a penalty in the 54th minute. But the game was virtually over as a contest in the 65th minute, when James Murphy and Rob Jermyn combined to send Dara Lyons over for Constitution’s fourth try. 

 

The hard-working Alan Ross scored a fifth try in the 69th minute, converted by Dara Lyons, who had moved to out half in pace of Quinlan in the final quarter.

 

Buccaneers had a couple of consolation scores in the closing minutes: Martin Staunton touched down from a maul to the line in the 80th minute; and centre Alex Hayman scored in the 86th minute, to which Gaughan added the extras.

 

Constitution can be well pleased with their performance overall, and now look forward to a busy final month of the season, with AIL games against Clonatrf (A) and UCD (H); and the prospect of a Top Four series. And finally the Bateman Cup final against Clontarf, who defeated Ballynahinch 24-20 at Ballymacadam Park, also today.

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons Capt.; R.Jermyn, N.Kenneally, M.Keyes, N.Hodson; T.Quinlan, A.Dorgan; G.Duffy, M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; G.Lawler, D.O’Brien; L.Cahill, S.Dwyer, J.Ryan.   Replacements: A.Slattery, C.Corkery, A.Ross, J.Murphy, L.Duffy, A.Ryan, D.Sweetnam (All played)

Cork Con Scorers:

R.Jermyn 1T; N.Kenneally 1T; D.Sweetnam 1T; A.Ross 1T; D.Lyons 1C1T; T.Quinlan 1DG 3C

Buccaneers Team:

E.O’Reilly; B.Henshaw, A.Gaughan, A.Hayman, C.Fitzgibbon; C.Boland, M.Dolan; J.Walsh, D.Heffernan, M.Staunton; D.Qualter, J.Tormey; P.Gallogly, R.Farrell, L.Satchwell. Replacements: S.Flanagan, D.Higgins, B.Campbell, J.Donoghue, R.Keller, R.O’Connor, D.Butler.

Buccaneers Scorers:

A.Gaughan 1T2P2C; M.Staunton 1T; A.Hayman 1T.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Lansdowne 07/03/2015

Competition: Ulster Bank League Division 1A
1stXV V Lansdowne
Score: 20 - 27 (Con score given first)
Venue: Aviva Stadium
Date: 07/03/2015
Referee: A.Brace
Report:

Cork Constitution gave a spirited display against table toppers Lansdowne on the artificial surface at Lansdowne Road on Saturday. They held the runaway league leaders to 10-12 at the interval, and in the end were well worthy of the losing bonus point.

 

Darren Sweetnam scored the opening try for Constitution, his second in two weeks. The try was unconverted, and Lansdowne drew level when hooker Tyrone Moran got in for a try in the right corner, also unconverted.

 

Tomas Quinlan restored Constitution’s lead with a second unconverted try after his attempted drop goal was bblocked down, he regathered and scored. But Lansdowne went ahead before the break with a try by centre Tom Farrell. Conor McKeon converted for 12-10 to the home side at the interval.

 

Conor McKeon and Tomas Quinlan swapped penalties early in the second period, before Lansdowne, playing with increased confidence, swept through for their third try - a fine run on the right wing saw Tom Farrell break free to score in the 53rd minute. The conversion was missed, but Lansdowne now led 20-13.

 

Darren Sweetnam scored his second try in the 67th minute, when he cpaitalised on a Lansdowne handling error, and raced in to score at the posts. Quinlan added the points to tie up the game at 20 points each.

 

However, Lansdowne produced the goods when it mattered, as replacement scrum half Adam Griggs ghosted through in the 89th minute to score the game's decisive try and give his side the bonus point victory.

 

The win keeps Lansdowne very much in contention for League honours, since they now hold an eight point advantage over their nearest rivals Terenure College on 53 points.

 

For their part, Constitution hold on to fourth place on 37 points, but five points behind Clontarf who are third, while Ballynahinch and UCD are fifth and sixth respectively, just one point inferior, on 36 points.

 

There are just two UBL games remaining: Constitution away to Clontarf (Mar.28); and home to UCD (Apr.11); before the Top Four play-off stage of the competition.

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons; L.Duffy, N.Kenneally, N.Hodson, D.Sweetnam; T.Quinlan, A.Dorgan; G.Duffy, M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; C.O’Flaherty, G.Lawler; L.Cahill, J.Murphy, J.Ryan. Replacements: A.Slattery (2), C.Corkery (1), A.Ross, S.Dwyer, M.Keyes.

Cork Con Scorers:

D.Sweetnam 2T; T.Quinlan 1PT 1C 1P.

Lansdowne Team:

C.Kelleher; T.Farrell, M.Roche, T.Daly, I.Fitzpatrick; S.Deasy, A.Griggs; P.Dooley, T.Moran, A.Boland; B.Moylett, J.McSwiney; J.Dilger, A.Conneely, R.Boucher. Replacements: D.Donnellan, I.Prendeville, R.Deacon, P.O’Driscoll, C.McKeon.

Lansdowne Scorers:

T.Farrell 2T; T.Moran 1T; A.Griggs 1T; C.McKeon 2C1P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Terenure College 28/02/2015

Competition: AIL All Ireland League
1stXV V Terenure College
Score: 8 - 20 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templhill
Date: 28/02/2015
Referee: S.Gaffikin IRFU.
Report:

Cork Constitution were well below par at Temple Hill on Saturday. as they lost in a strangely dull Ulster Bank League tie. Having won the first game between the sides at Lakelands, and also after last week’s solid performance against Young Munster, there was an expectation of a step up in performance again. However, in temperate, but greasy ground conditions, they never rose to the challenge posed by the workman-like Dublin side.

 

The opening phase of play typified the overall performance with a series of missed tackles that led to the opening score – a penalty kicked by James Thornton after just three minutes. This also caused a ten minute sin-binning for Graham Lawler. Then in the 6th minute, a grubber kick to the corner was not controlled by the defence, and yielded an unconverted try to James O’Donoghue.

 

Terenure went further ahead with a try by Robert Duke in the 24th minute from an attack from half way that split the home defence. Thornton converted for 0-15. And in the 31st minute wing Harry Moore slipped in for the third try in the left corner.

 

Darren Sweetnam did pull a score back for the home team in the 36th minute, but that was as good as it got. The second half was a series of mauls and rucks for the most part, with little to excite the home following, but at least they held out some determined attacks by Terenure, who were seeking the bonus point for a fourth try.

Cork Con Team:

Cork Constitution: D.Sweetnam; L.Duffy, N.Kenneally, N.Hodson, R.Jermyn; D.Lyons, A.Dorgan.; G.Duffy, M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; C.O’Flaherty, D.O’Brien; G.Lawler, J.Murphy, J.Ryan. Replacements: A.Stanley (2), C.Corkery (3), F.McSwiney (4), S.Dwyer (7); T.Quinlan (10).

Cork Con Scorers:

D.Sweetnam 1T; T.Quinlan 1P.

Terenure College Team:

Terenure College: I.Hanly; J.O’Donoghue, S.O’Neill, S.O’Donovan, H.Moore; J.Thornton, K.O’Neill; G.Hamilton, R.Smyth, R.Harrison; F.Walsh, J.Dever; R.Duke, J.O’Neill (Capt.), K.McCoy. Replacements: K.Buckley, J.Barretto, K.O’Dwyer, H.Brewer, M.O’Neill (all played)

Terenure College Scorers:

J.O’Donoghue 1T; R.Duke 1T; H.Moore 1T; J.Thornton 1C1P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Young Munster 21/02/2015

Competition: AIB All Ireland League
1stXV V Young Munster
Score: 6 - 3 (Con score given first)
Venue: Greenfields
Date: 21/02/2015
Referee: O.Quinn IRFU.
Report:

Cork Constitution gained a modicum of revenge when defeating Young Munster at Tom Clifford Park on Saturday afternoon. Young Munster had prevailed in the first game at Temple Hill in November. On that occasion Young Munster won a hard fought try-less encounter 9-6, and Saturday’s game was again try-less, with Constitution winning the penalty shoot-out 2-1.

 

The first half was scoreless, but Constitution were fortunate in that they had prop forward Ger Sweeney sin-binned in the 18th minute, necessitating flanker James Murphy being replaced by Aidan Slattery for the duration. However, Young Munster were not able to capitalise as Constitution’s defence proved adequate, and Gearoid Lyons missed two penalty opportunities for the home side before the break.

 

Darragh Lyons gave Constitution the lead with his first shot at goal in the 43rd minute, which his namesake equalised in the 58th minute to level the scores.

 

The were few chances to either side in the final quarter, but replacement out half Tomas Quinlan landed the winning penalty in the final minutes for a courageous win for the visitors. 

 

The victory keeps Constitution within the top four places, but they are now 16 points behind leaders Lansdowne.

Cork Con Team:

D.Sweetnam; L.Duffy, N.Hodson, N.Kenneally, R.Jermyn; D.Lyons, G.Hurley Capt.; G.Duffy, M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; C.O’Flaherty, D.O’Brien; J.Murphy, J.Ryan, L.Cahill. Replacements: A.Slattery, C.Corkery,  F.McSwiney, L.Cahill, T.Quinlan.

Cork Con Scorers:

D.Lyons 1P; T.Quinlan 1P.

Young Munster Team:

K.Hifo; E.O’Keeffe, D.Goggin, G.Lyons, D.McCarthy; W.Staunton, R.Guerin; P.Allen, G.Slattery, B.Betts; S.Duggan, D.Gallagher; Y.Browne, B.Kilkenny, S.Rennison. Replacements: L.O’Halloran, D.Begley, M.Madden, T.Goggin, S.O’Leary.

Young Munster Scorers:

G.Lyons 1P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V St Mary’s College 31/01/2015

Competition: Ulster Bank League Division 1A
1stXV V St Mary’s College
Score: 13 - 15 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehil
Date: 31/01/2015
Referee: O.Hodges MAR
Report:

Cork Constitution lost their return Ulster Bank League fixture with St Mary’s College at Templehill on Saturday. Despite playing with the cold blustery wind in the first period, they trailed 3-10 at the interval. And though they made a strong bid for honours in the second period, they could not sustain the effort, and the visitors edged the game with a try on the hour mark.

 

Constitution with the benefit of the elements had the better of the first quarter, but only had three points to show for their efforts, as Tomas Quinlan kicked one penalty from four attempts in that period. A try for St Mary’s in the 30th minute, by their busy scrum half Dave Fanagan, was a turning point in the game. He stole away from half way, and evaded the defence for a fine individual score. Ray Crotty converted for 3-10 to St Mary’s.

 

Constitution closed the gap with a Tomas Quinlan penalty in the 47th minute, and when he converted a penalty try in the 56th minute, awarded for collapsing a scrum near the line, suddenly Constitution looked to be on top.

 

However, right wing Ryan O’Loughlin cut in for a soft try four minutes later, and though the conversion was missed, St Mary’s had rescued the game, and were able to see out the last quarter somewhat comfortably.

 

A late yellow card for Constitution did not help their cause and a losing bonus point was their lot.

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons Capt.; D.Sweetnam, M.Keyes, N.Kenneally, R.Jermyn; T.Quinlan, A.Dorgan; G.Duffy, M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; D.O’Brien, C.O’Flaherty; G.Lawler, J.Murphy, L.Cahill. Replacements: A.O’Driscoll, A.Slattery, F.McSwiney, S.Dwyer, L.Duffy.

Cork Con Scorers:

T.Quinlan 2P1C; 1 Pen Try.

St Mary’s College Team:

R.Crotty; R.O’Loughlin, M.O’Driscoll, M.Sexton, S.Toal-Lennon; S.Kearns, D.Fanagan; T.O’Reilly, S.McCarthy, Robert Sweeney; K.McKenna, C.Ruddock; Richard Sweeney, B.O’Flanagan, K.Sheahan Capt. Replacements: R.O’Donovan, N.Murphy, C.Gilsenan, M.Fallon, C.Toolan..

St Mary’s College Scorers:

D.Fanagan  1T; R.O’Louglin 1T; R.Crotty 1P1C.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Garryowen 24/01/2015

Competition: Munster Senior Cup Final
1stXV V Garryowen
Score: 26 - 22 (Con score given first)
Venue: Irish Independent / Musgrave Park
Date: 24/01/2015
Referee: E. Hogan O’Connell MAR
Report:

Cork Constitution overcame the challenge of Garryowen to win their 26th Munster Senior Cup title at Independent Park on Saturday evening. And in doing so, they retained the old trophy for the third year in succession, a feat only achieved once before by the Club, and that was 108 years ago. And for Captain Gerry Hurley, there was the added distinction of leading the team in all three successful campaigns.

 

The playing conditions at Independent Park were superb, with the pitch in pristine order, and the changing facilities in the new stand being used for the first time. 

 

Garryowen settled quickly, dominating the early play and notched the first score with a Jamie Gavin penalty after 6 minutes. However, Constitution were quickly on terms with a penalty by Tomas Quinlan three minutes later. 

 

The game, as always between these old rivals, was played in fine spirit, however, there were a number of yellow cards dispensed for technical offences. The first of these was against Garryowen’s Aaron McCluskey in the 16th minute. Tomas Quinlan suffered a similar fate in the 25th minute when defending a strong Garryowen surge to the try line, and Gavin kicked the resultant penalty to give Garryowen the lead.

 

Garryowen maintained the upper hand in the second quarter and scored the first try in the 38th minute when flanker John Hrstich got the touchdown in the 38th minute. Gavin converted to give Garryowen.a 13-3 lead, but Constitution reduced the arrears just before the break with a second penalty by Quinlan.

 

Gavin missed a penalty chance for Garryowen within a minute of the restart, but Quinlan was unerring for Constitution, as he slotted two penalties in quick succession to leave a point between the sides after 48 minutes. However, Gavin stretched that lead to seven points with further penalties in the 53rd and 64th minutes. 

 

Constitution drew level in the 67th minute as Rob Jermyn dived in for a try in the left corner from a Michael Keyes pass. Tomas Quinlan kicked an excellent conversion for 19-19. But Garryowen, true to their great spirit, hit back and took the lead again with a fifth penalty from by Gavin from 38 metres. 

 

With the clock running down Constitution spurned a penalty opportunity in the 75th minute, to set up a line-out in the left corner. They won possession and worked the ball back to Rob Jermyn on the left wing and he to Rob Jermyn on the left wing via Quinlan, Keyes and Lyons, and the winger dotted down for the ultimate winner. Quinlan split the posts again with another superb kick.

 

Again to their credit, Garryowen had one last surge for the line from the kick off, but Constitution held out for the title.

 

The victory sends Constitution into the Bateman Cup semi final, where they have been drawn to meet Buccaneers in Athlone next month, with another three-in-row beckoning.

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons; K.Desmond, N.Kenneally, L.Duffy, R.Jermyn; T.Quinlan, G.Hurley Capt.; G.Duffy, A.O’Driscoll, C.Corkery; C.O’Flaherty, D.O’Brien; G.Lawler, J.Murphy, J.Ryan.

 

Cork Con Scorers:

M.Abbott, A.Slattery, F.McSwiney, S.Dwyer, A.Dorgan, M.Keyes, R.Horgan

Garryowen Team:

A.Wootton; S.McMahon, A.O'Byrne, J.Purcell, J.McInerney; J.Gavin, J.Glynn; B.McNamara, E.Rossiter, B.Rowley; P.McCarroll, A.McCloskey; M.Hanrahan, D.Sherry, Capt., J.Hrstich.

 

Garryowen Scorers:

JM.Griffin, R.Brosnan, M.O'Donnell, J.Frawley, C.Doyle, L.Bourke, J.Keane

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Ballynahinch 10/01/2015

Competition: Ulster Bank League Division 1A
1stXV V Ballynahinch
Score: 13 - 34 (Con score given first)
Venue: Ballynahinch
Date: 10/01/2015
Referee: N.Correll
Report:

Cork Constitution ran into a proper storm in their return Ulster Bank League tie with Ballynahinch at Ballymacarn Park on Saturday, as the home side used the advantage of the second half elements to cruise to a comfortable victory.

 

Constitution led 13-10 at half time, but will have feared that they did not take enough from the play, having had the benefit of the strong down-field breeze. A try by Gerry Hurley converted by Tomas Quinlan, who also added two penalties accounted for Con’s total. However, Ballynahinch full back, Adam Craig scored a try, and last season’s Constitution Cup hero Chris Quinn, playing with his home side again this season, kicked the conversion and a penalty against the wind, to set up a formidable task for the visitors in the second half.

 

And as it turned out, Constitution could make little headway against a very committed home side, who took full advantage to run in three second half tries and secure a bonus point victory. The strong running Adam Craig added two tries to his first half effort, and wing Ross Adair completed the rout for the home side. Quinn converted all four tries, and added a second penalty for good measure, to leave Ballynahinch clear winners.

 

The win lifts Ballynahinch to fifth place on 30 points, just one point behind Constitution, after twelve games. And having won the Ulster Cup before Christmas, they will be serious contenders for ultimate Cup and League honours in the months ahead.

 

For Constitution, after a run of seven wins and two draws, they will look to the next game to get back to winning ways, and since that game is the Munster Senior Cup final against Garryowen in two weeks time, they will not need much more motivation.

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons; L.Duffy, N.Kenneally, N.Hodson, R.Jermyn; T.Quinlan, G.Hurley (Capt.); G.Duffy, A.O’Driscoll, G.Sweeney; C.O’Flaherty, D.O’Brien; J.Murphy, G.Lawler, L.Cahill. Replacements: M.Abbott, C.Corkery, F.McSwiney, S.Dwyer, M.Keyes.

Cork Con Scorers:

G.Hurley 1T; T.Quinlan 1C2P

Ballynahinch Team:

A.Craig; C.Quinn, J.Gratton, S.McCauley, R.Adair; H.McAleese; B.McIlroy; K.McCall, J.Murphy, Jonathan Simpson; James Simpson, J.Donnan; J.Madden, P.Pritchard, C.Butterworth. Replacements: C.Trenier, C.Piper, D.McGuigan,  A.Cairns, R.Reaney.

Ballynahinch Scorers:

A.Craig 3T; R.Adair 1T; C.Quinn 2P4C.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Terenure College 03/01/2015

Competition: AIB All Ireland League
1stXV V Terenure College
Score: 21 - 7 (Con score given first)
Venue: Lakelands
Date: 03/01/2015
Referee: D.Phillips IRFU.
Report:

Cork Constitution scored a fine win over a very competitive Terenure College side at Lakelands, Dublin, on Saturday, to record their sixth win from eleven games in the Ulster Bank League. They are now on 31 points, two behind second placed Terenure College, but nine points behind table toppers Lansdowne, who had a narrow 21-20 home win over Old Belvedere.

 

The Constitution team showed one change from their last outing against Dolphin on December 19th, Luke Duffy started at centre in place of the injured Michael Keyes, with Ned Hodson starting on the replacement bench after missing four matches through injury.

 

Played in calm and dry conditions, Constitution edged the first half with two penalties kicked by Tomas Quinlan in the 29th and 40th minutes, to lead 6-0 at the break.

 

Constitution lost a try scoring chance in the early minutes of the second period, when they failed to touch down from a maul to the line. Then at the other end, the Terenure forwards made no mistake on the hour mark, when hooker Rob Smyth touched down from a similar effort. Mark O’Neill kicked the conversion for a 7-6 lead. Five minutes later, Tomas Quinlan had Constitution back in front from his third successful penalty, making it 9-7 to Constitution.

 

A couple of yellow cards followed, one to each side, as the tempo increased. Then Gerry Hurley pushed Constitution into the driving seat, when he followed up a punt to the line, and gathered for a try at the posts. Tomas Quinlan converted for 16-7, with 10 minutes remaining.

 

Two minutes later Constitution made the game safe, when Hurley put in another telling grubber kick to the line, and this time Quinlan nipped in, to gather and score. The conversion was missed, but Constitution comfortably saw out the final eight minutes for a fine victory.

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons; D.Sweetnam, L.Duffy, N.Kenneally, R.Jermyn; T.Quinlan, G.Hurley Capt.; G.Duffy, A.O’Driscoll, G.Sweeney; C.O’Flaherty, D.O’Brien;  G.Lawler, J.Murphy, J.Ryan.
Replacements: M.Abbott (2), C.Corkery (3),  F.McSwiney (4), L.Cahill (8), N.Hodson.

Cork Con Scorers:

T.Quinlan 1T; G.Hurley 1T1C3P

Terenure College Team:

I.Hanly; J.O’Donoghue, S.O’Neill, W.Devane, H.Moore; M.O’Neill, K.O’Neill; R.Harrison, R.Smyth, O.Heffernan; F.Walsh, K.O’Dwyer; J.Denver, J.O’Neill (Capt.), K.McCoy.
Replacements: K.Buckley, J.Barretto, N.Lalor, M.Mahony.

Terenure College Scorers:

R.Smyth 1T; M.O’Neill 1C.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V UCC 26/12/2014

Competition: Crowley Cup
1stXV V UCC
Score: 17 - 21 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 26/12/2014
Referee:
Report:

University College Cork claimed their first Crowley Cup in seven years in a very competitive game at Templehill in the annual St Stephen’s Day game. Cork Constitution fielded their very competitive Under 20 side, and only a last minute converted try deprived them of what would have been a deserved win.

 

Played in very temperate conditions, Constitution took the lead when No.8 Michael Murphy touched down following a line out maul in the 20th minute. Wing James O’Flynn executed a smart pick up, from Liam O’Connell’s grubber kick, to add a second try in the 29th minute, and O’Connell added the conversion for 12-0 to the home side.

 

Constitution suffered a couple of sin-binings in the 10 minutes before the break, and College capitalized with a brace of tries by half-backs Dylan Horgan and Charlie O’Regan, both converted by Horgan, to leave the students 14-12 to the good at the break.

 

The Constitution pack were to the fore at scrum and line-out throughout, and Michael Murphy scored his second try in the 49th minute, when he finished another line out maul to the line. However, the game was decided late on, in the 81st minute, when replacement Brian Monaghan got on the end of a sustained College attack to score at the posts, and Kidney kicked the conversion to secure the Crowley Cup for College for the first time since 2007.

 

The Munster Senior Cup Final between Constitution and Garryowen, scheduled for 27th December at Musgrave Park, has been postponed, and a new date remains to be announced.

Cork Con Team:

P.Hegarty; J.O’Fynn, K.Desmond, R.Horgan, D.O’Sullivan; L.O’Connell, J.Higgins; B.Quinlan, V.O’Brien, S.Galvin; C.Murphy, G.Stokes; S.Hickey, R.O’Callaghan, M.Murphy. Replacements: A.Slattery, M.O’Sullivan, K.Daly, C.Cunningham, D.Fitzgerald, J. Ahern.

Cork Con Scorers:

M.Murphy 2T; J.O’Flynn 1T; L.O’Connell 1C.

UCC Team:

J.Kiernan; R.Slater, C.O’Halloran, C.Murphy, J.Ryan; D.Horgan, C.O’Regan; D.Fitzgerald, B.Vaughan, C.Slowey; A.Daly, C.Frost; J.Fitzgerald, C.Barry, P.Derham.

UCC Scorers:

C.O’Regan 1T; B.Monaghan 1T; D.Horgan 1T3C.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Dolphin 19/12/2014

Competition: AIB All Ireland League
1stXV V Dolphin
Score: 17 - 6 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templhill
Date: 19/12/2014
Referee: K.Barry IRFU
Report:

Pre-Christmas spirit was in the air at Templehill on Friday evening, as Cork’s leading Ulster Bank League sides went head-to-head for the second occasion this season. 

 

At the end of a hard-fought encounter Constitution took the major spoils by virtue of a second half try and the accurate place-kicking of Tomas Quinlan.

 

The youthful out-half opened the scoring when he kicked a penalty in the 11th minute from 24 metres, awarded for a high tackle on himself. But his opposite number Rory Scannell cancelled that out with a similar effort in the 20th minute. 

 

Both sides worked hard to find openings, but the few breaks made did not lead to scores. Gerry Hurley and Graeme Lawler were to the fore in those breaks for Constitution, while Dolphin’s Mark Chandler made good ground for Dolphin. However, the only other score of the half was a second penalty by Quinlan in the 46th minute, to give Constitution a 6-3 interval lead.

 

Rory Scannell had Dolphin back on level terms in the 51st minute from a 35 metre penalty, and minutes later Tomas Quinlan was off-target with a drop goal attempt for Constitution. But Constitution turned the screw in the 56th minute when Darragh Lyons placed a ball into touch in the left corner. From the line-out Constitution drove for the line and Max Abbott was on the end of that drive for an unconverted try.

 

Dolphin hit back on the hour mark with a string of drives and mauls to the Con line, but a break-out by Darren Sweetnam cleared the play to half-way. Then, when the winger was yellow-carded for not releasing, it looked likely that Dolphin might take an advantage. However, Constitution rallied and forced two late penalty chances, which Quinlan slotted from 35 metres and 40 metres in the 81st and 83rd minutes.

 

And, that ended a tough Ulster Bank League tie, with Constitution taking this season’s local bragging rights.

 

Over the holiday period there are two upcoming games: Constitution will be at Independent (aka Musgrave) Park for the Munster Senior Cup Final against old rivals Garryowen at 2.30pm Saturday 27th December. 

 

And prior to that, on St Stephen’s Day, a Constitution XV will play UCC in the annual Crowley Cup fixture at Templehill, with kick-off at 2.30pm.

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons; D.Sweetnam, M.Keyes,  N.Kenneally, R.Jermyn; T.Quinlan, G.Hurley Capt.; G.Duffy, A.O’driscoll, G.Sweeney; C.O’Flaherty, D.O’Brien; G.Lawler, J.Murphy, J.Ryan. Replacements: M.Abbott (2), C.Corkery (3), F.McSwiney (5), L.Cahill (6), L.Duffy (11).

Cork Con Scorers:

M.Abbott 1T; T.Quinlan 4P

Dolphin Team:

E.Mills; E.O’Shaughnessy, M.Chandler, D.Horgan, S.McAuliffe; R.Scannell, C.O’Keeffe; P.McCabe, D.Byrne, J.Rochfort; B.Quill, D.O’Mahony; R.O’Herlihy, J.Quill / J.Fitzgerald, R.Murphy. Replacements: K.O’Halloran (2), J.Leahy (1), J.Fitzgerald (8), B.McGovern, B.Keeshan (12).

Dolphin Scorers:

R.Scanell 2P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Young Munster 13/12/2014

Competition: Munster Senior Cup Semi-final
1stXV V Young Munster
Score: 28 - 16 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 13/12/2014
Referee: O.Hodges MAR
Report:

Cork Constitution qualified for the Munster Senior Cup final with a clear-cut win over Young Munster at Templehill on Saturday. Played in cold, but fine winter sunshine, Constitution led 11-3 at the break and, though Young Munster closed to 18-13 mid-way in the half, Constitution pulled away in the final quarter, to claim their place in the final against Garryowen, who defeated UL-Bohemian in the other semi-final.

 

Graeme Lawler made the first incisive break in the opening 10 minutes, but it was Garryowen who got the first score when Willie Staunton dropped a fine goal from 40 metres in the 10th minute. Centre Rory Horgan notched a try for Constitution in the 15th minute after a smart interchange with Dara Lyons. And Lyons kicked penalties in the 20th and 36th minutes to give Constitution their 11-3 interval lead.

 

Constitution started the second period on the front foot with a try from a rolling maul by Andrew O’Driscoll, converted by Dara Lyons. But Young Munster hit back with a similar score by their pack after 50 minutes, the try being awarded to hooker Ger Slattery. Ben Martin kicked the conversion for 18-10. And Martin kicked a penalty in the 60th minute to set up an exciting final quarter at 18-13 to the home side.

 

However, Constitution quickly secured the game with an unconverted try by Niall Kenneally in the 62nd minute, and a penalty by Tomas Quinlan in the final minutes finished the scoring.

 

In the other semi-final Garryowen defeated UL-Bohemian 23-3, so the scene is set for another Con-Garryowen final, and while the venue will be in Cork, it is yet to be announced which Cork venue will host the final on Saturday 27th December.

Cork Con Team:

M.Keyes; K.Desmond, R.Horgan, N.Kenneally, R.Jermyn; D.Lyons, G.Hurley Capt.; G.Duffy, A.O’Driscoll, C.Corkery; D.O’Brien, F.McSwiney; G.Lawler, S.Dwyer, J.Ryan. Replacements: S.Galvin, G.Murray (1), A.Ross, J.Murphy (6), L.Cahill (7), A.Dorgan, T.Quinlan (12).

Cork Con Scorers:

R.Horgan 1T; A.O’Driscoll 1T; N.Kenneally 1T; D.Lyons 2C2P; T.Quinlan 1P.

Young Munster Team:

B.Martin; E.Carr, E.O’Keeffe, K.Hifo, D.O’Connor; W.Staunton, E.Mulcahy; E.Ryan, G.Slattery, G.Ryan; D.Gallagher, T.Goggin; Y.Browne, D.Ryan, S.Rennison. Replacements: L.O’Halloran, P.Allen, G.Flaherty, P.Staff, M.Madden, C.O’Halloran, C.Clohessy (all played).

Young Munster Scorers:

G.Slattery 1T; W.Staunton 1DG; B.Martin 1C3P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Old Belvedere 06/12/2014

Competition: Ulster Bank League Division 1A
1stXV V Old Belvedere
Score: 18 - 17 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 06/12/2014
Referee: O.Hodges
Report:

Cork Constitution scored a last gasp winner against Old Belvedere at Templehill on Saturday afternoon, when replacement out half, Tomas Quinlan, dropped an 84th minute goal to secure the points.

 

Although Constitution conceded a try just before the break to reduce their lead to15-11, their play up to then had suggested that they could win with something to spare. However, Old Belvedere are nothing if not competitive, and always give a good account of themselves. In this case, they were decidedly unfortunate, as they held sway for much of the second period, and only capitulated in the final play.

 

Constitution, however, will point to some bad luck at times, especially when flanker Sonny Dwyer had a clear run in to the try line, but when tackled from behind, the ball was knocked from his grasp, as he dived for the line.

 

Josh Glynn opened the scoring in the 3rd minute with a penalty for Old Belvedere, which was equalised for the home side by Darragh Lyons after 11 minutes. Constitution scored the first try in the 19th minute as Michael Keyes slid through the Belvedere defence. Constitution threatened again in the 26th minute when his centre partner, Niall Kenneally, intercepted at half way, and was only caught just before the line. A 5 metre scrum followed; Belvedere were penalised for collapsing and a penalty try awarded; Darragh Lyons slotted the conversion for 15-3 to the home side. 

 

Josh Glynn was successful with a penalty for Belvedere in the 33rd minute, and four minute later Danny Riordan popped up on the right wing to run in yet another opportunist try. The conversion was missed to leave Constitution 15-11 at the break.

 

Glynn missed a couple of penalty chances in the second period, before nailing one in the 55th minute. And in the 68th minute he gave Belvedere a two point lead, 15-17, with a penalty after Constitution flanker James Ryan was yellow carded. 

 

The final minutes were frantic as Constitution tried to salvage the game. After a series of rucks and mauls near the Belvedere line, Tomas Quinlan who had replaced Darragh Lyons at out-half, was just wide with a drop kick. Then Sonny Dwyer’s dramatic knock forward in the tackle, with the line at his mercy, and finally Tomas Quinlan got the opportunity to redeem his colleague with the last minute drop goal.

Cork Con Team:

L.Duffy; D.Sweetnam, N.Kenneally, M.Keyes; R.Jermyn; D.Lyons, G.Hurley; G.Duffy, A.O’Driscoll, G.Sweeney; D.O’Brien, G.Lawler; J.Murphy, J.Ryan, L.Cahill. Replacements: M.Abbott (1), C.Corkery (3), S.Dwyer (8), A.Ross (7), T.Quinlan (10)

Cork Con Scorers:

M.Keyes 1T; D.Lyons 1 Pen Try, 1C; T.Quinlan 1DG; D.Lyons 1P.

Old Belvedere Team:

D.Riordan; J.Glynn, C.Brennan, A.Wynne, S.McDonald; A.Sheehan, C.Rock; A.Howard, C.O’Flynn, D.Lavery; A.Trenier, J.Kelly; M.Oyuga, K.O’Gorman, J.Slattery. Replacements: B.Coyle, P.O’Regan (3), C.Owende, J.Kearns, A.DunneD.Riordan 1T; J.Glynn 4P. 

 

Old Belvedere Scorers:

D.Riordan 1T; J.Glynn 4P. 

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Bruff RFC 29/11/2014

Competition: Munster Senior Cup – Quarter final
1stXV V Bruff RFC
Score: 30 - 8 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 29/11/2014
Referee: K.Imbusch MAR
Report:

Cork Constitution duly saw off the challenge of a very competitive Bruff side in the Munster Senior Cup quarter final under lights at Templehill on Saturday evening. Constitution led 18-8 at the break, but it took until the final minutes to finally break the resistance of the Limerick County side.

 

Gerry Hurley had two penalties for Constitution after early pressure on the visitors defence. In the 19th minute Rob Jermyn was put in for a try in the left corner by flanker Sonny Dwyer. Lyons converted to give Constitution a nice thirteen point cushion. Rob Jermyn ran on to a perfect chip by Lyons, to score wide on the left after 26 minutes, but Lyons struck the post with the conversion attempt.

 

Paul Downes kept Bruff in contention with a 22nd minute penalty, but he missed the conversion of Dan Keogh’s try in the 36th minute.

Constitution’s back play was impressive at times, but the clinical finish eluded them, until Andy O’Driscoll finished following a fine break by Ned Hodson in the 57th minute. Daragh Lyons converted for 25-8. And in the final minutes, front row Gavin Duffy made a most impressive run from 30 metres, for a try to finish the scoring.

 

The Munster Senior Cup semi final pairings to be played on weekend 13th December are:
       Cork Constitution v Young Munster  &  UL-Bohemian v Garryowen

Cork Con Team:

L.Duffy; C.McAuliffe, M.Keyes, N.Hodson, R.Jermyn; D.Lyons, G.Hurley Capt.; C.Corkery, A.O’Driscoll, G.Sweeney; F.McSwiney, D.O’Brien; A.Ross, S.Dwyer, G.Lawler. 
Replacements: S.Galvin, G.Duffy (1), C.O’Flaherty (5), J.Murphy (7), L.Cahill (6), A.Dorgan (9), T.Quinlan (14).

Cork Con Scorers:

R.Jermyn 2T; A.O’Driscoll 1T; G.Duffy 1T; D.Lyons 2C1P; G.Hurley 1P.

Bruff RFC Team:

D.O’Grady; R.Finn, S.Darcy, G.Leonard, D.Bannon; P.Downes, T.Cahill; S.Foster, J.Cleary, K.Laffan; B.Laffan, T.O’Dwyer; M.Cooke, M.Carroll, D.Keogh. Replacements: T.Quirke, B.Keogh, G.O’Connell, J.Considine, A.White, D.Mulcahy, T.Carroll

Bruff RFC Scorers:

D.Keogh 1T; P.Downes 1P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V UCD 23/11/2014

Competition: Ulster Bank League Division 1A
1stXV V UCD
Score: 25 - 25 (Con score given first)
Venue: Belfield
Date: 23/11/2014
Referee: M.Paton Ulster Referees Societ
Report:

Cork Constitution and University College Dublin played out a draw in an an exciting Ulster Bank League game at the Belfield Bowl on Sunday afternoon. Seven tries were scored in an end-to-end match, and in the end the points were shared, though Constitution claimed a bonus point for their four tries.

 

UCD drew first blood after just two minutes when hooker Risteard Byrne finished off a fine break by UCD impressive centre Gary Ringrose. Liam Bourke converted, but he missed a penalty opportunity before Gerry Hurley got Constitution on the board with a penalty on 12 minutes.

 

In the 27th minute, a deliberate knock down by Constitution was penalised, and Bourke kicked the penalty for 10-3 to UCD. And just before the break it got worse for Constitution as Sam Coughlan- Murray got in for an unconverted try that left the students 15-3 to the good.

 

In the 48th minute a clever cross-kick by Johnny Holland was gathered by Rob Jermyn and he scored wide on the left. Gerry Hurley kicked a great conversion, but Bourke had a penalty for UCD two minutes later to move the score to 18-10 for UCD.

 

The Constitution pack were excellent on the day and none better than Graeme Lawler. He brought his side back into the game with a brace of tries in the 55th and 65th minutes. The first, when a line-out from 15 metres was driven to the line; and the second, when he broke off a maul near the line. Unfortunately, Gerry Hurley missed both conversions, striking a post with the second attempt. In a comic moment later, the Con Captain vented his frustration at the Referee Paton’s decision making, who took in good form.

 

The industrious Constitution No.8 Luke Cahill earned the try-bonus point with his side’s fourth try in the 72nd minute following a 5 metre scrum. The conversion was again missed, but Constitution led 25-18 going into the final minutes. However, UCD were nothing if not adventurous throughout, and good mid-field play saw full back Billy Dardis score his sides third try in the 82nd minute. Bourke nailed the conversion to tie up the scores, and end a very exciting match with honours even.

Cork Con Team:

D.Sweetnam; L.Duffy, I.Dineen, N.Hodson, R.Jermyn; J.Holland, G.Hurley Capt.; G.Duffy, M.Abbott, C.Corkery; C.O’Flaherty, D.O’Brien; J.Murphy, J.Ryan, L.Cahill. Replacements: A.O’Driscoll (2), G.Sweeney (3); G.Lawler (5); S.Dwyer (7), D.Lyons.

Cork Con Scorers:

G.Lawler 2T; R.Jermyn 1T; L.Cahill 1T; G.Hurley 1C1P

UCD Team:

B.Dardis; S.Coughlan-Murray, G.Ringrose, H.McNulty, A.Byrne; L.Bourke, B.Holland; G.Frayne, R.Byrne, L.Hyland; R.Moloney, E.McMahon Capt.; P.Timmins, J.Van der Flyer, S.Grannell. Replacements: J.Loughran, M.Moynihan, G.Thorbury, C.McQuaid, J.Murray.

UCD Scorers:

R.Byrne 1T; S.Coughlan-Murray 1T; B.Dardis 1T; L.Bourke 2C2P

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Clontarf 15/11/2014

Competition: AIB All Ireland League
1stXV V Clontarf
Score: 13 - 10 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 15/11/2014
Referee: M.Connolly IRFU
Report:

Cork Constitution were fortunate to claim the match points against Clontarf at Templehill on Saturday. On a dark wintery evening, the conditions were not favourable to any open play, and both sides had to forage hard for clean possession. Constitution led early on from two penalty goals, but Clontarf hit back with a try by the mid-way point of the second period, and it looked doubtful that Constitution would get back on terms.  

 

However, in a never-say-die, hectic last ten minutes, Constitution beavered away at the Clontarf line, and were rewarded in the final seconds, when flanker James Murphy was forced over the line for the winning score.

 

Darragh Lyons gave Constitution a first half lead with penalties after four and nine minutes play. On 28 minutes Clontarf might have scored, when centre Matt Darcy made a fine break that took him to the Constitution line, however, no score resulted and the Con defence cleared the danger. David Joyce did take a penalty chance in the 38th minute to leave the half time score at 6-3 to the home side.

 

Lyons was wide with a penalty attempt in the 43rd minute as a shower of hailstones rained down on the players. Constitution had an advantage out of touch where Dave O’Brien, Cathal O’Flaherty and James Ryan regularly won valuable possession. But in the 64th minute Clontarf went ahead when prop forward prop forward Royce Burke-Flynn barged over. Joyce added the conversion for 6-10 and the Dublin side had taken the lead.

 

Clontarf had replacement prop Cian Culleton yellow-carded in the 76th minute, and from the subsequent play Constitution flanker James Murphy got in for the match-winning try. Tomas Quinlan added the conversion for 13-10 and Constitution had garnered a valuable four points.

 

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons; D.Sweetnam, I.Dineen, N.Hodson, L.Duffy; T.Quinlan, G.Hurley Capt.; G.Duffy, M.Abbott, C.Corkery; C.O’Flaherty, D.O’Brien; J.Murphy, J.Ryan, L.Cahill. Replacements: A.O’Driscoll, A.Slattery, A.Ross, S.Dwyer, R.Jermyn.

Cork Con Scorers:

J .Murphy 1T; D.Lyons 2P; T.Quinlan 1C.

Clontarf Team:

A.Hughes; R.McGrath, M.Brown, M.Darcy, A.Robles; D.Joyce, S.Cronin Capt.; I.Hirst, T.Considine, R.Burke Flynn; T.Byrne, C.O’Keeffe;L.Og Murphy, A.Darcy, T.Ryan. Replacements: C.Culleton, K.Moran, I.Soroka, R.Dillon, D.Hanratty.

Clontarf Scorers:

R.Burke-Flynn 1T; D.Joyce 1C1P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Dolphin 07/11/2014

Competition: AIB All Ireland League
1stXV V Dolphin
Score: 6 - 6 (Con score given first)
Venue: Dolphin
Date: 07/11/2014
Referee: G.Conway IRFU.
Report:

The first local derby of the season resulted in honours even as Dolphin and Cork Constitution played out a six points each draw. It was level at the break, with Stuart Lee and Darragh Lyons exchanging penalties, and in the second period it was the same story, as neither side threatened the try line.

 

There was little between the sides in the first 40 minutes. Dolphin scored first with a penalty on 24 minutes by Stuart Lee from 32 metres, awarded for a lineout infringement. Con’s first sustained attack after 35 minutes yielded a penalty that Darragh Lyons converted from 25 metres.

 

Lee and Lyons both missed penalty chances in the first ten minutes of the second period, Although Lyons was unlucky to see his effort in the 50th minute come back off a post. Then, he was successful in the 54th minute with a similar chance from 24 metres to give his side the lead. Thereafter, it looked like Constitution would add to their lead. But they lost centre Niall Kenneally to the sin bin in the 65th minute, and after Lyons had a drop goal attempt drop short in the 68th minute, they lost their composure to some extent.

 

In the 80th minute Dolphin were rewarded for their persistence, when Lee converted his second penalty to draw the sides level. Constitution had one last chance in the final extra minutes, but again Lyons was wide with a drop goal attempt. 

 

In the end, a draw was a fair result, and the sides will have to wait until December 19th at Templehill to resolve this season’s local rivalry.

Cork Con Team:

D.Sweetnam; L.Duffy, I.Dineen, N.Kenneally, R.Jermyn; D.Lyons, G.Hurley Capt.; G.Duffy, M.Abbott, R.Burke; C.O’Flaherty, D.O’Brien; J.Murphy, J.Ryan, L.Cahill. Replacements: A.Slattery (2), G.Sweeney (1), A.Ross, S.Dwyer (8), T.Quinlan.

Cork Con Scorers:

D.Lyons 2P.

Dolphin Team:

E.Mills; S.McAuliffe, C.McGovern, D.Horgan, E.O’Shaughnessy; S.Lee, D.Foley; J.Leahy, N.Scannell Capt., J.Rochfort; C.Rowe, B.Quill; R.O’Herlihy, K.Allen, R.Murphy. Replacements: K.O’Halloran (2), B.Duggan, D.O’Callaghan (7), B.

Dolphin Scorers:

S.Lee 2P

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Young Munster 01/11/2014

Competition: AIB All Ireland League
1stXV V Young Munster
Score: 6 - 9 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 01/11/2014
Referee: D.Phillips IRFU.
Report:

Young Munster got the better of Cork Constitution at Templehill on Saturday, in a match devoid of open football, as a result of the continuous rainfall in the area before and during the game. 

 

The sides were level at six points each at the break, and in the second period a 67th minute penalty awarded for a scrummaging offence, that also resulted in a yellow card for Constitution tight head Gavin Duffy, decided the outcome. 

 

Ben Martin kicked the penalty to add to his first half penalty and drop goal, that had given his side a 6-0 lead after just four minutes play. Darragh Lyons kept Constitution in the game with penalties after 8 and 19 minutes to level the game by mid-way in the half. The drop goal was the only score from play, but it was a well-taken strike by Martin from 25 metres out in the 4th minute.

 

Subsequently, neither side overcame the difficult conditions, with the game being fought out between the two sets of forwards. Despite a yellow card to props from each side, there were very few skirmishes, while the backs tried vainly to counter the greasy conditions.

 

The result leap-frogs Young Munster to 12 points, two ahead of Constitution on 10 points after five games.

Cork Con Team:

T.Quinlan; L.Duffy, N.Hodson, N.Kenneally, R.Jermyn; D.Lyons, G.Hurley Capt.; G.Duffy, M.Abbott, R.Burke; C.O’Flaherty, G.Lawler; J.Murphy, J.Ryan, L.Cahill. Replacements: A.Slattery (6), G.Sweeney (1), F.McSwiney (5), M.Keyes, D.Sweetnam (15).

Cork Con Scorers:

D.Lyons 2P.

Young Munster Team:

B.Martin; D.O’Connor, D.Goggin, S.O’Leary, E.O’Keeffe; W.Staunton, R.Guerin; G.Ryan, G.Slattery, H.McGrath; T.Goggin, S.Duggan; A.Kennedy, D.Ryan, Y.Browne. Replacements: S.Fenton (2), M.Kelly (3), S.Rennison (6), W.Casey, E.Carr (14).

Young Munster Scorers:

B.Martin 2P1DG.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Sunday’s Well 18/10/2014

Competition: Munster Senior Cup 2nd Round
1stXV V Sunday’s Well
Score: 34 - 8 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 18/10/2014
Referee: G.Finn MAR
Report:

Cork Constitution proved too strong for a gallant Sunday’s Well team at Templehill on Saturday to advance to the quarter final of the Munster Senior Cup. 

 

Played in dry, but blustery conditions, Constitution led from a fourth minute try by Alan Ross, but were held to 12-8 by the interval. In the third quarter they moved to 17-8, but only in the final quarter did they pull away from the challenge of the Musgrave Park outfit.

 

Shane O’Riordan kicked a penalty in the 27th minute for Sunday’s Well and three minutes later flanker James Mulcahy got in for a try. The conversion was missed, but the Well then led 7-8. However, Constitution struck back almost immediately with an unconverted try by centre Ned Hodson.

 

Constitution opened the second half strongly with a score from the kick off by James Ryan. Left wing Rob Jermyn ran in a fine try in the 66th minute, and the conversion by Lyons put Constitution out of sight at 24-8. 

 

In the final ten minutes, Constitution had further tries from Chris McAuliffe and James Murphy, to leave the final margin at 34-8.

 

Constitution will be at home to Bruff, who defeated Midleton 36-15, in the quarter final on 29th November.

Cork Con Team:

L.Duffy; C.McAuliffe, M.Keyes, N.Hodson, R.Jermyn; D.Lyons, G.Hurley; G.Duffy, A.O’Driscoll, C.Corkery; A.Ross, F.McSwiney; J.Murphy, J.Ryan, L.Cahill. Replacements: S.Galvin (17), A.Slattery (2), D.O’Brien (5), S.Dwyer (6), A.Dorgan (10), J.Power (9), S.Keohane (15).

Cork Con Scorers:

A.Ross 1T; N.Hodson 1T; J.Ryan 1T; R.Jermyn 1T; C.McAuliffe 1T; J.Murphy 1T; D.Lyons 2C.

Sunday’s Well Team:

P.Condon; A.O’Neill, R.O’Mahony, C.Jouve, C.Keegan; S.O’Riordan, P.Arigho; M.Moynihan, J.Moynihan, N.O’Donoghue; D.Kingston, E.Murphy; A.O’Reilly, D.Loftus, J.Mulcahy. Replacements: W.McCarthy, C.O’Regan, E.Ackland, P.daly, F.Moynihan, K.McCarthy, R.O’Keeffe.

Sunday’s Well Scorers:

Sunday’s Well: J.Mulcahy 1T; S.O’Riordan 1P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V St Mary’s College 04/10/2014

Competition: Ulster Bank League Division 1A
1stXV V St Mary’s College
Score: 26 - 15 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templeille Road
Date: 04/10/2014
Referee: S.Gaffakin.
Report:

Cork Constitution won their Ulster Bank League tie with St Mary’s College at Templeville Road on Saturday with an impressive display. They scored two tries in the opening half to lead 17-10, and kept the home side at bay in the second period, until conceding an injury time try.

 

Constitution started with last season’s U21 scrum half, Andrew Dorgan, making his AIL debut in place of the injured duo, captain Gerry Hurley and Ryan Foley. The youngster had a sterling game, giving a first class service to near-veteran Darragh Lyons at out half, now in his twelfth season with the club and playing his 159th AIL game. And it was Lyons’ perfect place kicking return of two conversions and four penalties that that kept the scoreboard ticking over, against the usual very-committed St Mary’s side.

 

Constitution got off to the perfect start when Michael Keyes finished off a characteristic break in mid-field by No.8 Luke Cahill for a 3rd minute try in the right corner. Lyons added the extra points. St Mary’s hit back with a penalty by Gavin Dunne in the 6th minute. 

 

Constitution scored a second try in the 16th minute when Rob Jermyn scored in the left corner, after a quick tap penalty caught the defence off-guard. Lyons converted with another excellent kick, and in the 21st minute he stretched the visitor’s lead to 17-3 with a penalty from 10 metre line. Flanker Richard Sweeny got in for a try for the home side in the 41st minute. Dunne converted, but his side trailed 10-17.

 

There was a similar pattern to the second period as Darragh Lyons kept his side on the front foot with penalties in the 44th, 64th and 70th minutes. At the end, St Mary’s got a consolation score with the last play of the game as full back David Fanagan sliced through for a try.

 

The victory leaves Constitution in fifth place in the AIL table after four games. There is now a four week gap until the next AIL fixture against Young Munster at Templehill on 1st November. In the interim, there is a Charity Cup game against Dolphin next week, and a Munster Senior Cup game with Sunday’s Well on 18th October.

Cork Con Team:

T.Quinlan; M.Keyes, N.Kenneally, N.Hodson, R.Jermyn; D.Lyons Capt., A.Dorgan; G.Duffy, A.O’Driscoll, C.Corkery; C.O’Flaherty, G.Lawler; J.Murphy, J.Ryan, L.Cahill. Replacements: A.Slattery (3), R.Daly (2), D.Moloney (4), C.McAuliffe (11), J.J.O’Neill (14).

Cork Con Scorers:

M.Keyes 1T; R.Jermyn 1T; D.Lyons 3P2C.

St Mary’s College Team:

D.Fanagan; C.Toolan, R.Hudson, R.O’Loughlin, M.O’Driscoll; G.Dunne, R.Glynn; B.McGovern, R.O’Donovan, Robert Sweeney; K.McKenna, C.Ruddock; Richard Sweeney, B.O’Flanagan, K.Sheahan Capt. Replacements: R.Allen (2), T.O’Reilly, N.Timoney, M.Fallon, H.McDonnell (9).

St Mary’s College Scorers:

R.Sweeney 1T; D.Fanagan 1T; G.Dunne 1P1C.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Ballynahinch 27/09/2014

Competition: Ulster Bank League Division 1A
1stXV V Ballynahinch
Score: 23 - 16 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 27/09/2014
Referee: L.Colgan
Report:

Cork Constitution gained their first win in their Ulster Bank League campaign with success over Ballynahinch at Templehill on Saturday. After losses to Old Belvedere and Lansdowne they will be relieved to have taken the four points on offer. Having led 10-3 at the break, Ballynahinch closed to 10-8, but a try and conversion after 50 minutes by last season’s Under 20 star Tomas Quinlan settled them and them and two further late penalties saw them home.

Constitution made three changes in their starting team from last Saturday’s defeat by Lansdowne. Tomas Quinlan started at out half in place of skipper Gerry Hurley, who missed the game through injury. Michael Keyes started at centre after an illness caused him to miss the previous game. In all there were eight of last season’s Under 21 squad in the match panel.

Darragh Lyons drew first blood with a 5th minute penalty after a deliberate knock down by the defence. In the 11th minute Rob Jermyn scored in the right corner after a break out led by Darragh Lyons and Luke Cahill. Lyons converted for 10-0 to the home side.

Richard Rainey, who had a mixed day with penalty chances, was successful with a penalty after 18 minutes, although he hit a post with a similar effort in the 26th minute.

Constitution had Ned Hodson yellow carded in the 29th minute, and worse followed in the 35th minute when scrum half Ryan Foley was injured, and had to leave the play. Darragh Lyons then went to No.9 to partner Thomas Quinlan..

Ballynahinch had a good attacking period after half time and full back Stephen McCauley scored a try in the 47th minute. However, Quinlan made his mark in the 50th minute with a kick and chase to the line for a try, converted by Lyons. 17-8 to Constitution.

Darragh Lyons kicked a penalty in the 70th minute to give Constitution a 12 point cushion, and it was needed as Ballynahinch finished strongly, when Kyle McCall scored a try from a maul for Ballynahinch in the 75th minute. 

Quinlan and Rainey exchanged penalties in the final minutes to leave the final score at 23-16 to Constitution.

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons (Capt.); C.McAuliffe, M.Keyes, N.Hodson, R.Jermyn; T.Quinlan, R.Foley; G.Duffy, A.O’Driscoll, R.Burke; C.O’Flaherty, G.Lawler; J.Murphy, J.Ryan, L.Cahill. Replacements: M.Abbott (2), C.Corkery (3), D.Moloney (4), S.Dwyer (6), J.J.O’Neill (9)

Cork Con Scorers:

R.Jermyn 1T; T.Quinlan 1T1P; D.Lyons 2C2P.

Ballynahinch Team:

S.McCauley; R.Adair, S.Arnold, R.Reaney, R.Harte; H.McAleese; A.Cairns; J.Simpson, K.McCall, C.Trenier; J.Donnan, K.Morton; J.Simpson, P.Pritchard, C.Butterworth. Replacements: J.Jordan (3), J.McBriar (10), J.Murphy (2), M.Graham (1), S.Orr (3).

Ballynahinch Scorers:

S.McCauley 1T; K.McCall 1T; R.Rainey 2P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Lansdowne 20/09/2014

Competition: Ulster Bank League Division 1A
1stXV V Lansdowne
Score: 13 - 16 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 20/09/2014
Referee: S.Gallagher
Report:

Despite a fine second-half fight-back, Cork Constitution were pipped by Lansdowne in an exciting finish to this Ulster Bank League tie at Templehill on Saturday. Lansdowne had taken a 13-3 first half lead, but were pegged back to level terms, only for an injury time penalty to gave the visitors the four points.

 

After last week’s disappointing outcome against Old Belvedere, Constitution were keen to renew their campaign. For this game, captain Gerry Hurley was named at out half, and partnered by Ireland U21 scrum half Ryan Foley.

 

Lansdowne got off the mark with a 3rd minute try scored by left wing Ian Fitzpatrick, when he ran on to a grubber kick to the line by former Constitution player Scott Deasy. Deasy added the conversion, and a then kicked a penalty in the 8th minute for 0-10 to the visitors.

 

Constitution got on the score sheet with a Gerry Hurley penalty in the 10th minute, but Deasy restored his side’s ten point advantage with a second penalty after 20 minutes.

 

Constitution received a further blow before the break, when second row Graeme Lawler was red carded after a forward melee in the 34th minute, but saw out until the break without a further concession.

 

Deasy and Hurley missed penalties in the second period before Lansdowne suffered a player loss for ten minutes, when wing Tom Farrell was yellow carded in the 67th minute. And Constitution scored immediately when Niall Kenneally got the touchdown after sustained pressure. The conversion was missed, but Constitution attacked with renewed spirit, and were rewarded when flanker James Murphy scored from a maul in the 76th minute. The conversion was again missed but the scores were now tied at 13 points each as the game entered injury time.

 

The game was finally decided when Scott Deasy kicked a penalty in the 8th minute of injury time, and in the circumstances Constitution will be disappointed to let the extra point slip, as a draw would have been a fair result.

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons; G.O’Suilleabhain, N.Kenneally, N.Hodson, R.Jermyn; G.Hurley, R.Foley; G.Duffy, A.O’Driscoll, C.Corkery; C.O’Flaherty, G.Lawler; J.Murphy, J.Ryan, L.Cahill. Replacements: A.Slattery (2), M.Abbott (1), A.Ross, S.Dwyer, T.Quinlan (14)

Cork Con Scorers:

N.Kenneally 1T; J.Murphy 1T; G.Hurley 1P.

Lansdowne Team:

C.Kelleher; T.Farrell, M.Roche, T.Daly, I.Fitzpatrick; S.Deasy, A.Griggs; P.Dooley, T.Moran, A.Boland; B.Moylett, J.McSwiney; J.Dilger, A.Conneely, R.Boucher. Replacements: D.Donnellan, I.Prendeville (1), R.Deacon (5), P.O’Driscoll, C.McKeon (11).

Lansdowne Scorers:

I.Fitzpatrick 1T; S.Deasy 1C3P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Old Belvedere 13/09/2014

Competition: Ulster Bank League Division 1A
1stXV V Old Belvedere
Score: 8 - 24 (Con score given first)
Venue: Anglesea Road, Dublin
Date: 13/09/2014
Referee: M.Connolly
Report:

Cork Constitution were out-scored by Old Belvedere in their opening Ulster Bank League tie at Anglesea Road on Saturday. In near-perfect conditions, they trailed 0-14 at half time, and while they competed well to recover the score to 8-14 inside the last 10 minutes, they unluckily conceded a penalty try that put the game out of reach.

 

Old Belvedere, with a settled side from last season, started strongly and built a solid first half lead. Two penalties converted by Aidan Wynne had them 6-0 ahead after 9 minutes. But Constitution missed out on a try scoring opportunity in the 12th minute when a knock-on at the line deprived them. Scrum half Aaron Sheehan crossed for a try for the home side in the 32nd minute, and Wynne added a penalty just before the break for a 14 point lead.

 

Constitution started the second period with more conviction, and when Michael Keyes broke through the middle in the 43rd minute, he put No.8 Luke Cahill in for a try. The conversion was missed however, and Constitution received a blow 3 minutes later when second row Cathal O’Flaherty was sin-binned for 10 minutes. Despite that Constitution competed well, and Gerry Hurley converted a penalty chance on 71 minutes, after both sides missed similar earlier scoring chances, to close the deficit to 8-14.

 

With time almost up on the clock Belvedere stretched their lead to 24-8 with a penalty, and a penalty try awarded for an illegal pass block down, and Wynne completed the scoring from the place kicks.

 

Constitution can take heart from a strong performance from their forward eight, who were never found wanting against an experienced Belvedere side that finished second in last season’s competition. Next Saturday at Templehill Constitution meet Lansdowne who scored an opening day 37-6 victory  against Dolphin

Cork Con Team:

M.Keyes; R.Jermyn, N.Kenneally, N.Hodson, G.O’Suilleabhain; D.Lyons, G.Hurley; G.Duffy, A.O’Driscoll, C.Corkery; C.O’Flaherty, G.Lawler; J.Murphy, J.Ryan, L.Cahill. Replacements: A.Slattery, R.Daly, S.Dwyer, R.Foley (14), C.McAuliffe.

Cork Con Scorers:
Old Belvedere Team:

D.Riordan; R.Dunne, R.O’Loughlin, P.Robb, D.Mongan; A.Wynne, A.Sheehan; A.Howard, C.O’Flynn, D.Lavery; A.Trenier, J.Kelly; J.O’Beirne, K.O’Gorman, J.Slattery. Replacements: P.O’Regan (1), J.Williams-Grey (2), K.O’Neill (2), R.Kavanagh, S.McDonald.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Highfield 06/09/2014

Competition: Cork Charity Cup 2014/15 Semi-final
1stXV V Highfield
Score: 20 - 14 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 06/09/2014
Referee: D.O’Flynn MAR
Report:

Cork Constitution qualified for the final of the Cork Charity Cup at Templehill on Saturday with a hard earned win over a gallant Highfield side. In the final they will play Dolphin, who received a walk-over from Sunday’s Well in the other semi-final. The Final will be in Highfield on 11th Oct

Constitution took a 10th minute lead with a try in the left corner by James Ryan, ably converted by Darragh Lyons. And they doubled that lead with a second try after 13 minutes from flanker James Murphy, again converted by Lyons.

 

However, a strong Highfield pack were always in contention, and after spirited play brought them to the Con line, out half Paddy O’Toole created an opening for his scrum half partner Kevin Foyle to score. O’Toole added the conversion for 14-7 to the home side at the break.

 

Another clever break by O’Toole for Highfield in the opening minutes of the second period again brought play to the Con line and from a 5 metre scrum, flanker Miah Cronin, went over for a try. O’Toole converted to tie up the scores at 14 points apiece.

 

Darragh Lyons edged Constitution in front with penalties in the 56th and 62nd minutes for a six point lead, and despite a siege on the Con line in the closing stages, Highfield could not succeed in reducing the deficit.

Cork Con Team:

C.McAuliffe; G.O’Suilleabhain, N.Hodson, M.Keyes, R.Jermyn; D.Lyons, G.Hurley; C.Corkery, A.Slattery, G.Duffy; A.Ross, G.Lawler; J.Murphy, J.Ryan, L.Cahill. Replacements: R.Daly (1), G.Murray, S.Dwyer (7), R.Foley (9), J.Uprichard, A.Dorgan.

Cork Con Scorers:

J.Ryan 1T; J.Murphy 1T; D.Lyons 2C1P.

Highfield Team:

S.Quaid; K.Duggan, B.O’Hea, P.Stack, J.Daly; P.O’Toole, K.Foyle; J.O’Callaghan, D.O’Hea, R.Bogue; D.Kelly, F.O’Sullivan; M.Cronin, M.O’Connell, T.Ryan. Replacements: C.Ford (1), C.Tuohy (2), M.Fitzgerald (4), S.Crowley (6), C.Bannon (9), T.Upton, G.O’Leary

Highfield Scorers:

M.Cronin 1T; K.Foyle 1T; P.O’Toole 2C

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Cashel 31/08/2014

Competition: Cork Charity Cup Final 2013-14
1stXV V Cashel
Score: 16 - 14 (Con score given first)
Venue: Cashel
Date: 31/08/2014
Referee: E.Hogan O’Connell MAR
Report:

Cork Constitution won the Cork Charity Cup held over from last season in fairly dramatic style at Cashel on Sunday afternoon.

In dry, but breezy conditions, Constitution trailed 3-6 at half time. Darragh Lyons kicked an opening penalty for Constitution in the 5th minute, but Cashel were level two minutes later, and took the lead in the 18th minute, from two penalties kicked by #10 Ben Swindlehurst. Thirteen of the Constitution side had started against London-Irish at Templehill on Saturday, so the use of the bench was a vital ingredient in their approach.

New centre Joe Uprichard was yellow –carded just before the break, but Lyons drew Constitution level with a 55th minute penalty. The sides were level again at 9-9 after 65 minutes with further penalties from Lyons and Swindlehurst.

Cashel hit the front in the 70th minute when Kevin Leamy crashed over in the right corner. The conversion was missed, however, to give Constitution a chance in the final minutes.

Swindlehurst missed with a penalty chance to seal the game in the 73rd minute, but then Constitution scored after a sustained attack, when young scrum half Andrew Dorgan, playing his second full 80 minutes on successive days, stole away on the left, inside the Cashel 22, and set up Ned Hodson for a try in the corner. And Darragh Lyons gained the victory against his home town team with a fine conversion.

Munster Branch Deputy President, Bertie Smith, was on hand to present the Cup and medals to Constitution Captain Darragh Lyons. It was Constitution’s 43rd victory in the competition first played in 1905-06 when Jimmy Musgrave was the Constitution captain.

However, Constitution will have little time to celebrate as the game also doubled up as the first round of this season’s competition. And Constitution will meet Highfield next Saturday at Templehill in this season’s semi-final.

 

Cork Con Team:

C.McAuliffe; S.Keohane, N.Kenneally, N.Hodson, J.Uprichard; D.Lyons, A.Dorgan; G.Duffy, A.O’Driscoll, G.Sweeney; A.Ross, G.Lawler; J.Murphy, S.Dwyer, L.Cahill. Replacements: R.Daly, A.Slattery, D.Corkery, O.Hanley, D.McNamara, G.O’Suilleabhain, K.Desmond.

Cork Con Scorers:

N.Hodson 1T; D.Lyons 3P1C.

Cashel Team:

A.Kelleher; R.Maher, E.Connolly, Z.Stryffeler, A.wallace; B.Swindlehurst, A.Bannon; J.Maxwell, N.Fitzgerald, H.Stanley; S.Walsh, B.Crosse; C.Murphy, M.Croose, E.Leamy. Replacements: M.Kelly, C.Ryan, B.O’Connor, A.Sweeney, D.McGrath, K.Leamy, D.O’Brien.

Cashel Scorers:

K.Leamy 1T; B.Swindlehurst 3P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V London-Irish 30/08/2014

Competition: Senior Friendly
1stXV V London-Irish
Score: 25 - 32 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 30/08/2014
Referee: W.O’Connor MAR
Report:

London-Irish were the visitors to Templehill on Saturday for the opening game of the season.

 

Olly Turner was the scoring hero for the visitors as the amateur club, who share their new facilities at Hazelwood in West London with their professional colleagues, were on a short tour of Ireland before beginning the new season.

 

Out-half Turner opened the scoring with a 3rd minute penalty for London-Irish. However, he missed with a similar opportunity in the 11th minute, before Luke Cahill put Constitution ahead with the first try of the game. Garret O’Suilleabhain added to Con’s lead in the 14th minute with a second try, but Turner closed the deficit with his second penalty to leave the half time score at 10-6 to the home side.

 

Luke Cahill scored his second try in the 52nd minute, again unconverted. Constitution’s busy debutant scrum half Andrew Dorgan scored a fine try in the 57th minute, converted by Darragh McNamara, for 25-11 to the home side.

 

However, London-Irish finished the stronger with three tries from Ed Fraher, Jack Harvey and Olly Turner, who also converted all three for victory.

 

It was a useful opening exercise for the home squad who face a second game on Sunday away to Cashel in last Season’s Cork Charity Cup final.

Cork Con Team:

C.McAuliffe; G.O’Suilleabhain, N.Kenneally, J.Uprichard, C.Cunningham; D.Lyons, A.Dorgan; G.Duffy, A.O’Driscoll, G.Sweeney; A.Ross, C.O’Flaherty; J.Murphy, S.Dwyer, L.Cahill. Replacements: G.Murray, R.McGrath, D.Murray, E.Hanley, S.McGinley, J.O’Flynn, K.Desmond, R.Clarke.

Cork Con Scorers:

L.Cahill 1T; G.O’Suilleabhain 1T; L.Cahill 1T; A.Dorgan 1T; D.McNamara 1P1C; D.Lyons 1C.

London-Irish Team:

J.Gott; I.Bradshaw, B.Kitching, S.Rodwell, P.McEnri; O.Turner, J.Harvey; J.Cronin, C.Connor, E.Fraher; D.Love, G.Sandford; S.Moore, C.Browne, S.McKinney.

London-Irish Scorers:

S.Moore 1T; E.Fraher 1T; J.Harvey 1T; O.Turner 1T2P3C.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V University College Dublin 03/05/2014

Competition: Ulster Bank Bateman Cup Final
1stXV V University College Dublin
Score: 19 - 6 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 03/05/2014
Referee: N.Correll IRFU.
Report:

Cork Constitution crowned a fine season with victory in the Ulster Bank Bateman Cup final at Temple Hill on Saturday, over a very gallant University College Dublin side.
The battle between the Munster and Leinster Provincial Cup winners was played in perfect rugby conditions, though with a fine mist and greasy pitch to make every pass and bounce problematical for the players. In the end, they coped very well in the conditions making for a very well contested final.

In the early stages, both sides took time to settle into the conditions, and the first chance fell to UCD in the 15th minute, but James Thornton was wide with a penalty from 30 metres on the right. However, the same played made no mistake with his second penalty opportunity in the 24th minutes from 40 metres.

Man of the Match for Constitution, Darragh Lyons scored the game’s only try in the 28th minute with a solo effort from half way. He evaded the first-up defence, and then ran on to his grubber kick to the line. Gerry Hurley’s conversion put Constitution 7-3 ahead.

Two minutes later Constitution had a lucky escape when UCD’s impressive left wing Barry Daly lost control with the line at his mercy. A minute later Constitution were again pegged back when James Thornton found his range with a penalty, after Constitution hooker Andrew O’Drsicoll had been sin-binned.

In the run up to half time, the students missed a penalty opportunity, before Gerry Hurley nailed a second penalty in the 41st minute to leave Constitution 10-6 to the good at the break.

Constitution continued to attack in the opening minutes of the second period, but Lyons missed with a drop goal attempt, and Hurley with a penalty chance, before Hurley kicked his second penalty in the 54th minute. Thornton missed with a penalty chance on 61 minutes, and then Constitution lost front row forward Gavin Duffy in the 63rd minute with concussion after a brave tackle on wing Barry Daly.

In the 70th minute, Gerry Hurley pushed Constitution out to 16-6 with his third penalty from 25 metres, and he struck again for the final points in the 76th minute after a mazy run by Eoin O’Donnell had brought play to the UCD 22 metre line.

For Constitution it was the perfect end to a fine season, boosted as they were by a number of the successful Under 20 squad who won the Fraser McMullen Cup recently. The front row combinations stood up well, and Billy Holland’s experience with Joe McSwiney and Cathal O’Flaherty ensured good quality line out possession.

Gerry Hurley and Johnny Holland were as good as ever at half-back, and centres Niall Kenneally and Michael Keyes snuffed out any challenge in that area. Wings Eoin O’Donnell and Conor Desmond were well tested by the skilful UCD backs, but never wilted, and behind them Darragh Lyons was superb in his 11th season and his 155th All Ireland Cup and League game for the club.

The Bateman Cup was presented for the second year in succession to the victorious Cork Constitution captain, Gerry Hurley, by Nicholas Comyn, IRFU, on the pitch amid joyous celebrations.

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons; C.Desmond, N.Kenneally, M.Keyes, E.O’Donnell; J.Holland, G.Hurley Capt.; G.Duffy, A.O’Driscoll, G.Sweeney; B.Holland, J.McSwiney; G.Lawler, W.Ryan, L.Cahill.  Replacements: M.Abbott, R.Burke, C.Corkery, C.O’Flaherty, L.Cahill, A.Ryan, R.Foley (all played).
 

Cork Con Scorers:

D.Lyons 1T; G.Hurley 4P1C.

University College Dublin Team:

A.Boyle; S.Coghlan-Murray, A.Kelly, S.Murphy, B.Daly; J.Thornton, J.Glynn; J.Tracey, R.Byrne, K.Moloney; S.Grannell, Capt., E.MacMahon; J.Van der Flier, M.McGroarty, E.Joyce. Replacements: L.Hyland, B.Cawley, R.Harrison, A.Clarkin, S.O’Meara, N.Earls, T.Fletcher. (all played).
 

University College Dublin Scorers:

J.Thornton 2P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V St. Marys 19/04/2014

Competition: Ulster Bank League Division 1A
1stXV V St. Marys
Score: 30 - 30 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 19/04/2014
Referee: Oisin Quinn IRFU
Report:

Cork Constitution and St Mary’s College shared the points in an exciting 60 points game at Temple Hill on Saturday, to conclude their Ulster Bank League campaign. The result leaves Constitution in third place in the table.

Constitution had the use of the fresh breeze in the first half and led 22-3 at the interval. Johnny Holland opened the scoring with a penalty in the 2nd minute. Five minutes later he converted a smart right wing try by Darragh Lyons for 10-0.

Cathal Marsh knocked over a penalty for St Mary’s in the 10th minute, but Constitution scored a superb try in the 17th minute, when centre Michael Keyes ran onto an inside pass from left wing Conor Desmond, to score at the posts. Holland kicked the conversion for 17-3. And Conor Desmond was returned the complement with a similar pass from Niall Kenneally in the 37th minute for an unconverted try.

St Mary’s made better use of the wind in the second period and Conor Hogan scored a try in the 44th minute that was well converted by Cathal Marsh. Johnny Holland hit back for Constitution with a 50th minute penalty, before St Mary’s scored again from a badly controlled home scrum. The ball was gathered by flanker Barry O’Flanagan who touched down. In the 60th minute Marsh scored a try in the right corner after a fine line break, and four minutes later he converted a push-over try by the St Mary’s pack, with the score awarded to hooker Dylan Fawsitt. That put St Mary’s into the lead at 25-27.

In a frantic last five minutes, Marsh kicked a penalty for St Mary’s for a five point lead, but in a final flurry, Eoin O’Donnell was put in at the right corner for Constitution’s fourth try. However, Holland failed to add the extras for a 30-30 result.

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons; C.Desmond, M.Keyes, N.Kenneally, E.O’Donnell; J.Holland, G.Hurley; G.Duffy, A.O’Driscoll, G.Sweeney; Y.Browne, J.McSwiney; G.Lawler, W.Ryan, C.O’Flaherty.
Replacements: R.Burke (1), C.Corkery (3), R.Daly (7), A.Ryan (9), C.Quinn.

Cork Con Scorers:

D.Lyons 1T; M.Keyes 1T;  C.Desmond 1T; E.O’Donnell 1T; J.Holland 1C2P.

St. Marys Team:

C.Hogan; S.Toal-Lennon, R.O’Loughlin, R.Hudson, M.O’Driscoll; C.Marsh, M.D’Arcy; C.McMahon, D.Fawsitt, B.McGovern; S.Bradshaw, C.Ruddock; M.Fallon, B.O’Flanagan, K.Sheahan Capt.).
Replacements: S.Flanagan, T.O’Reilly (3), G.Austen (6), R.Glynn (11), H.McDonnell.
 

St. Marys Scorers:

C.Hogan 1T; B.O’Flanagan 1T; D.Fawsitt 1T; C.Marsh 1T2C2P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Young Munster 12/04/2014

Competition: Ulster Bank League Division 1A
1stXV V Young Munster
Score: 24 - 23 (Con score given first)
Venue: Clifford Park
Date: 12/04/2014
Referee: S.Kierans IRFU
Report:

Cork Constitution pipped Young Munster almost on the line, as it were, in a closely fought return Ulster Bank League tie at Clifford Park on Saturday. Young Munster had won the first tie at Temple Hill 16-10 in January, so it was honours even for the season, as Gerry Hurley knocked over his fourth penalty in the dying minutes.

Brendan Haugh had opened the scoring for Young Munster in the 2nd minute with a penalty, but Constitution went ahead in the 7th minute when No.8 James Ryan finished off a good attack from half way. And Constitution went further ahead with a smart try by Darragh Lyons in the left corner. Gerry Hurley kicked a fine conversion for 12-3. Young Munster hit back with a try by Brendan Haugh after a break by Kolio Hifo. Haugh converted for 10-12, and he gave his side the lead with a penalty just before the break.

Two penalties by Gerry Hurley had Constitution back in front in the third quarter, before Young Munster drew level with a try when Kolio Hifo sprinted over under the posts in the 58th minute. Haugh again converted for Munster’s to lead 20-18. Then Hurley and Haugh exchanged further penalties, before Hurley had the final say with his fourth penalty in the 77th minute.

Cork Con Team:

.Lyons; C.Desmond, N.Kenneally, M.Keyes, E.O’Donnell; D.Lyons, G.Hurley; G.Duffy, A.O’Driscoll, C.Corkery; Y.Browne, C.O’Flaherty; J.McSwiney, Jas Ryan, W.Ryan.
Replacements: J.Rochford (3); R.Daly, J.McSwiney (4); A.Ryan, Chris Quinn.
 

Cork Con Scorers:

Jas Ryan 1T; D.Lyons 1T; G.Hurley 1C4P

Young Munster Scorers:

K.Hifo 1T; B.Haugh 1T2C3P

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Ballynahinch 29/03/2014

Competition: Ulster Bank League Div.1A
1stXV V Ballynahinch
Score: 8 - 35 (Con score given first)
Venue: Temple Hill
Date: 29/03/2014
Referee: K.Barry IRFU
Report:

Ballynahinch paid their first visit to Temple Hill on Saturday in the return Ulster Bank League tie. In September, Constitution had won a narrow 24-17 victory at Ballynahinch in the first game of the series, but on this occasion the men from County Down were well in control. In difficult conditions, the Ulstermen settled better and their pack used their bulk and strength to good effect.

Gerry Hurley kicked a first minute penalty for Constitution, but Ballynahinch took over two minutes later when Michael Graham powered over from a maul. Richie Lobb converted for 7-3. From the kick off Ballynahinch broke on the left and wing Robin Harte ran in a try that Lobb again converted. Constitution came into the game but made no headway before half time.

Constitution lost the ball in a tackle on their own 22 metre line in the 49th minute and centre Stuart Morrow sprinted away to score at the posts. Lobb added the points. Constitution lost Graeme Lawler to the sin-bin in the 60th minute, and wile he was ff David McGuigan scored the bonus point try for Ballnahinch from another maul over the home line. Lobb kicked the conversion for 28-3.

I the 71st minute Constitution finally put a move together when Eoin O’Donnell finishing a mid-field break by Conor Desmond. However, Ballynahinch finished the game as they started with a fifth try from Harte with another intercept. Lobbe converted for a fifth time to give Ballynahinch some real hope of avoiding relagtion.

Cork Con Team:

C.Quinn; C.Desmond, N.Kenneally, M.Keyes, C.Desmond; D.Lyons, G.Hurley; J.Rochford, M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; J.McSwiney, G.Lawlor; Jas.Ryan, W.Ryan, L.Cahill. Replacements: R.Daly (2); G.Duffy (1); C.O’Flaherty (4);A.Ross (18); C.Jouve (15).
 

Cork Con Scorers:

E.O’Donnell 1T; G.Hurley 1P.

Ballynahinch Team:

R.McBurney; R.Harte, S.Morrow, M.Arneill, D.McIllwaine; R.Lobb, A.Cairns; K.McCall, M.Nelson, C.Taylor; J.Madden, K.Morton; N.Faloon, D.McGuigan, M.Graham. Replacements: J.McBriar, A.Ferris, J.Kirk, C.Stevenson, A.Harper.
 

Ballynahinch Scorers:

R.Harte 2T; M.Graham 1T; S.Morrow 1T; D.McGuigan 1T; R.Lobbe 5C.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Lansdowne RFC 22/03/2014

Competition: Ulster Bank League Div 1A
1stXV V Lansdowne RFC
Score: 24-18 (Con score given first)
Venue: Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road
Date: 22/03/2014
Referee: S.Gaffakin IRFU
Report:

Cork Constitution won an exciting Ulster Bank League tie on the international pitch at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. It was their first appearance on the hallowed turf since the AIB Cup final victory over St Mary’s College in 2006. On that occasion Cronan Healy scored four tries. There were no such heroics on this occasion, although Darragh Lyons accounted for fourteen points from a penalty try, three conversions and a penalty.

James Ryan scored the first try after 10 minutes following a fine team effort from half way. Darragh Lyons, who was captain for the day in the absence of Gerry Hurley, added the extra points. Lansdowne hit back in fine style five minutes later when left wing Foster Horan stepped a few defenders for a try. Tom Daley converted and kicked penalties on 20 and 32 minutes for a 13-7 lead. However, Constitution gained the upper hand before the break as Lansdowne were reduced to 13 players for sin-bin offences. A five metre scrum yielded a penalty try as the home scrum crumbled in the 40th minute, and Lyons added the conversion for 14-13 at the break.

Lansdowne No.8 Charlie Butterworth regained the lead for his side in the 60th minute when he touched down, but Daley missed the conversion. Chris Quinn hit a post with a long range penalty, before Michael Keyes set up Chris Quinn for a try in the 65th minute. Lyons converted and added a penalty in the 75th minute to close the scoring.

The victory was a welcome boost for Constitution after three successive losses, as they can look forward to the final four matches of the season, including the Bateman Cup final against UCD.

Cork Con Team:

L.Duffy; E.O’Donnell, N.Kenneally, M.Keyes, C.Desmond; D.Lyons, R.Foley; G.Sweeney, M.Abott, G.Duffy; G.Lawler, J.McSwiney; W.Ryan, J.Ryan, L.Cahill. Replacements: C.Corkery (3), R.Daly (2), Y.Browne (8), A.Ross (4), C.Quinn (15).
 

Cork Con Scorers:

J.Ryan 1T; C.Quinn 1T; D.Lyons 1PT3C1P;

Lansdowne RFC Team:

W.Walsh; C.Aherne, M.Roche, T.Daly, F.Horan; T.Kiersey, P.Maher; I.Prendiville, T.Moran, A.Boland; J.Moran, W.Earle; C.Ross, C.Butterworth, B.Moylett. Replacements: W.Larkin, A.Mathews, R.Jones, K.Quinlan, S.Deasy.
 

Lansdowne RFC Scorers:

F.Horan 1T; C.Butterworth 1T; T.Daley 1C2P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Garryowen RFC 15/03/2014

Competition: Ulster Bank League Div 1A
1stXV V Garryowen RFC
Score: 8 - 12 (Con score given first)
Venue: Dooradoyle
Date: 15/03/2014
Referee: D.Phillips IRFU.
Report:

Garryowen their won the return Ulster Bank League tie against Cork Constitution at Dooradoyle on Saturday in a well-contested game. They led 9-3 at half time, and extended that lead to12-3, before conceding a try in the 70th minute.  They then withstood a late onslaught on their line in the final minutes to take a vital four points in their struggle to avoid relegation. For Constitution, it was a chance lost to push their way into the top four, but with no play-off tournament this season, that is a doubtful target.

Andrew O’Byrne kicked a penalty on 13 minutes for Garryowen, as the home side dominated the opening exchanges. Chris Quinn equalised for Constitution on 20 minutes, and when James Ryan was yellow-carded on 28 minutes, O’Byrne kicked Garryowen further ahead with a second penalty. Quinn missed a chance before the break from another penalty chance, so Garryowen led 6-3 at half time.

In the second period O’Byrne pushed Garryowen further ahead with penalties after 42 and 55 minutes to lead 12-3. Eoin O’Donnell got in for the only try of the game for Constitution in the 70th minute after a break by Ryan Foley. Quinn was unsuccessful with the conversion, and despite a strong finish, Constitution could not improve on a losing bonus point.

For Garryowen, the win gives them a lifeline to Division 1A survival, and after this positive display, hopefully, they will retain their status.

 

Cork Con Team:

C.Quinn; C.Desmond, N.Kenneally, M.Keyes, L.Duffy; D.Lyons, R.Foley; G.Dufy, A.O’Driscoll, J.Ryan; C.O’Flaherty, J.McSwiney; G.Lawler, Jas.Ryan, W.Ryan. Replacements: B.Cagney (2), J.Rochford(1), L.Cahill (6), Y.Browne (4), E.O’Donnell (15).

Cork Con Scorers:

E.O’Donnell1T; C.Quin 1P.

Garryowen RFC Team:

R.O’Mahony; E.Connolly, J.Purcell, C.Doyle, H.McNulty; A.O’Byrne, N.Cronin; JP.Cooney, D.owley,R.Brosnan; M.Melbourne, S.Buckley;A.Kavanagh, B.O’Mahony, M.Rowley. Replacements: E.Rossiter, P.O’Shea, A.McCloskey, J.Gavin, A.Gaughan (all played).

Garryowen RFC Scorers:

A.O’Byrne 4P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Old Belvedere 01/03/2014

Competition: Ulster Bank League Div.1A
1stXV V Old Belvedere
Score: 24 - 26 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 01/03/2014
Referee: A.Rolland
Report:

Old Belvedere kept their Ulster Bank League title hopes alive with a hard earned win over Cork Constitution at Temple Hill. However, Constitution will wonder how victory eluded them in this game in which Constitution scored first, but trailed 5-13 at the break.

With 10 minutes remaining, Constitution were 12-26 in arrears, despite giving as good as they got against the championship contenders. Then in a flurry of exciting play, the home side finally got their game going to run in two late tries. However, in the end two bonus points were a consolation for a fine team effort.

Constitution started well and Willie Ryan scored the opening try after 9 minutes when he scored from the base of a 5 metre scrum. Steve Crosbie kicked a penalty for Belvedere on 13 minutes, and converted Shawn Berne’s try 10 minutes later after a midfield break by John Kennedy. Crosbie added two further penalties to leave the half time score at 5-13 to the visitors.

Crosbie kicked a third penalty on 47 minutes, but Constitution hit back with a try by Gavin Duffy following a 5 metre line out. Holland converted for 12-16. Against the run of play, Belvedere scored a second try when wing Phillip O’Dwyer broke from half way, for Crosbie again to add the points. And in the 63rd minute, Crosbie brought Belvedere to 26-12 with his fourth penalty.

But despite the deficit, Constitution were not done. First Luke Cahill got in at the posts for a try, converted by Daragh Lyons. And in the 81st minute, No.8 James Ryan scored Constitution’s fourth try wide on the left, which Darragh Lyons, playing his150th All-Ireland League and Cup game for the club, converted with a superb kick.

In the end Belvedere will be happy with the win which keeps their title challenge going. And while Constitution have plenty to work on before their Bateman Cup final in April, they will be pleased at their competitive challenge in a game that yield two bonus points.

The game was also notable as it was referee Alain Roland’s last visit to Temple Hill, as he retires at season’s end.

Cork Con Team:

Chris.Quinn; C.Desmond, N.Kenneally, L.Duffy, Cathal Quinn; D.Lyos, G.Hurley; G.Sweeney, A.O’Driscoll, G.Duffy; C.O’Flaherty, J.McSwiney; G.Lawler, Jas.Ryan, W.Ryan. Replacements: B.Cagney, J.Rochford, L.Cahill, R.Foley, C.Desmond

Cork Con Scorers:

W.Ryan 1T; G.Duffy 1T; L.Cahill 1T; Jas Ryan 1T; J.Holland 1C; D.Lyons 1C.

Old Belvedere Team:

D.O’Riordan; C.Power, J.Kennedy, S.Berne, J.Glynn; S.Crosbie,A.Sheehan; P.O’Regan, C.McDonald, D.Lavery; D.Moore, J.E.Whateri; J.Slattery, K.O’Gorman,J.Conan. Replacements: K.O’Neill, A.Howard, C.Mallon, A.Wynne, F.Lawlor.

Old Belvedere Scorers:

S.Berne 1T; P.O’Dwyer 1T; S.Crosbie 4P2C

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Dolphin 14/02/2014

Competition: Ulster Bank League Div.1A
1stXV V Dolphin
Score: 6 - 9 (Con score given first)
Venue: Temple Hill
Date: 14/02/2014
Referee:
Report:

Dolphin won a tight Ulster Bank League derby under the Temple Hill lights on Friday evening. In a penalty shoot-out, they outscored the home side three to two. Playing with  the strong wind in the first half, they led 9-3 at the break. The only score in the second period was not enough for Constitution, and they had to be content with a losing bonus point.

Barry Keeshan opened the scoring after three minutes with a penalty. Dolphin had the better of the early exchanges and might have scored a couple of tries, when both Sweetnam and Bohane created scoring chances, however, the Con defences held.

Gerry Hurley equalised in the 19th minute, but missed a chance on 24 minutes from a likely position. Rory Scannell put Dolphin ahead again in the 28th minute from a 45 metre penalty. Cian Bohane was sin-binned in the 33rd minute, and a player from each side was sin-binned following another dust-up in the 40th minute. Keeshan kicked a third penalty for Dolphin in the 40th minute to leave the half time score at 9-3 to the visitors.

Constitution had the aid of the fresh breeze in the second period, but could not make it count on the score board until the 20th minute, when Hurley converted a penalty awarded for a scummaging offence. Five minutes later he missed a chance to level the game, when his kick from 45 metres dipped under the crossbar.

Thereafter, Constitution tried hard to break down the visitor’s defence to little avail. Meanwhile, Dolphin worked equally hard to retain possession in the frantic final minutes, and survived to take the four points on offer.

The win moves Dolphin to 26 points, five points behind Constitution, but with a home match against Young Munster in-hand.

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons; C.Desmond, I.Dineen, L.Duffy, M.Keyes; J.Holland, G.Hurley; G.Duffy, A.O’Driscoll, G. Sweeney; J.McSwiney C.O’Flaherty; L.Cahill, Jas.Ryan, W.Ryan. Replacements: B.Cagney (1), C.Corkery (3), L.Cahill (6); Y.Browne, Chris Quinn (11).

 

Cork Con Scorers:

G.Hurley 2P

Dolphin Team:

E.Mills; D.Sweetnam, C.Bohane, R.Scannell, J.Gleeson; B.Keeshan, C.Bannon; D.Attridge, W.Foley, C.Condon; C.Rowe, D.O’Shea; M.Cronin, J.Quill, R.Murphy. Replacements: D.Byrne, J.Leahy, R.O’Herlihy, E.O’Shaughnessy, D.O’Mahony.

Dolphin Scorers:

B.Keeshan 2P; R.Scannell 1P.

 

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Clontarf RFC 01/02/2014

Competition: Ulster Bank League Division 1A
1stXV V Clontarf RFC
Score: 9 - 8 (Con score given first)
Venue: Castle Avenue
Date: 01/02/2014
Referee: L. Colgan IRFU
Report:

Cork Constitution won a famous victory over Ulster Bank League leaders Clontarf at Castle Avenue on Saturday. Prevailing conditions were most difficult after a horrendous storm, that had not yet not fully cleared.

Playing into the wind, Gerry Hurley gave Constitution a surprise lead from a penalty on 10 minutes, after David Joyce had missed a similar 3rd minute chance for Clontarf.

In the second period, wing Michael McGrath touched down for a try Clontarf after a   strong run on the right wing, but Joyce was unable to improve with the conversion. However, Gerry Hurley won the day for Constitution with two penalties on 65 and 76 minutes.

After losing at home in November to Clontarf, the win leaves Constitution on 30 points, but still 10 points behind Clontarf, who added a losing bonus point to their total.

Cork Con Team:

Chris Quinn; E.O’Donnell, L.Duffy, N.Kenneally, C.Desmond; D.Lyons, G.Hurley; G.Duffy, A.O’Driscoll, G. Sweeney; C.O’Flaherty, J.McSwiney; Jas.Ryan, L.Cahill, W.Ryan. Replacements: B.Cagney (1),C.Corkery (3),G.Lawler (6), Y.Browne, M.Keyes (9,14)
 

Cork Con Scorers:

G.Hurley 3P

Clontarf RFC Team:

D.Fitzpatrick; M.McGrath, E.Ryan, K.Lett, M.McFarland; D.Joyce, S.Cronin; I.Hirst, C.Culleton, K.O’Donoghue; B.Reilly, C.O’Keeffe; A.Darcy, B.Cuttriss, A.Ryan. Replacements: D.Hegarty, C.O’Flynn, M.Garvey, R.Dillon, T.McCoy (All Played).
 

Clontarf RFC Scorers:

M.McGrath 1T; D.Joyce 1P.
 

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V UCD 25/01/2014

Competition: Ulster Bank League Division 1A
1stXV V UCD
Score: 14 - 6 (Con score given first)
Venue: Temple Hill
Date: 25/01/2014
Referee: A.Brace IRFU.
Report:

Cork Constitution defeated University College Dublin in their return Ulster Bank League game at Temple Hill on Saturday. UCD had the advantage of the strong breeze in the first period, but Constitution settled quickly and took the lead after 12 minutes from a break from half way by James Ryan, carried on by John Ryan, and touched down wide on the right by Darragh Lyons.

Gerry Hurley added to the lead in the 25th minute with a simple penalty from 23 metres in front of the posts. James Thornton got UCD on the scoreboard in the 29th minute from a penalty awarded when Con hooker Andrew O’Driscoll was sin-binned for an off-side offence. And Thornton narrowed the gap to 8-6 when he kicked a second penalty in the 34th minute.

Gerry Hurley hit a post with a penalty chance in the 57th minute, but Chris Quinn had better luck in the 64th minute, when his penalty from 60 metres went over off the crossbar. And Quinn tied up the points for Constitution with a second penalty in the last minute of normal time.

Overall Constitution deserved their win, as their pack were clearly on top at scrummage, and were very forceful with ball in hand, though as the conditions deteriorated in the second period, it was hard to retain possession in close contact.

Next week Constitution face the League leaders Clontarf at Castle Avenue, who had an impressive 26-9 win at Clifford Park, and are now 13 points ahead of Constitution who lie in 5th place on 26 points.

Cork Con Team:

Chris Quinn; E.O’Donnell, L.Duffy, N.Kenneally, C.Desmond; D.Lyons, G.Hurley; G.Duffy, A.O’Driscoll, John Ryan; C.O’Flaherty, J.McSwiney; L.Cahill, Jas.Ryan, W.Ryan. Replacements: B.Cagney (8), G.Sweeney (3), G.Lawler (8), Y.Browne (7), M.Keyes.

 

Cork Con Scorers:

D.Lyons 1T; G.Hurley 1P; Chris Quinn 2P.

UCD Team:

A.Boyle; T.Fletcher, J.Coghlan, A.Kelly, B.Daly; J.Thornton, L.McGrath; R.Harrison, A.Clarkin, L.Hyland; G.Thorrnbury, E.McMahon; J.Van Der Flyer,  E.Joyce, L.McGrath. Replacements: E.Byrne, J.Treacy, B.Caewley (4), J.Glynn (9), S.Murphy (15t, 10)

 

UCD Scorers:

J.Thornton 2P.

 

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Queens University Belfast 18/01/2014

Competition: Ulster Bank Bateman Cup Semi-final
1stXV V Queens University Belfast
Score: 46 - 14 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 18/01/2014
Referee: S.Gallagher IRFU
Report:

Cork Constitution had a comfortable passage to the final of the Ulster Bank sponsored Bateman Cup at Temple Hill on Saturday. Darragh Lyons scored from their first attack in the first minute, and thereafter, Constitution never let the Belfast students into the game. However, two late tries gave Queens some satisfaction before their long journey back north.

Lyons added the conversion to the try, which came from a block down in his own half, and a fine breakout by Eoin O’Donnell. Chris Quinn kicked a penalty from just inside his own half in the 13th minute to keep the score board moving. And from the kick off Joe McSwiney put Eoin O’Donnell in for the second try. Front row colleagues, Gavin Duffy and Andrew O’Driscoll, scored tries in the 26th and 41st minutes, both converted by Lyons, to leave Constitution well in command at the break by 29-0.

Michael Keyes and Conor Desmond scored tries in the 62nd and 67th minutes, with one converted by Lyons, to push the score out to 41-0 by the mid point of the second period. And Max Abbott finished off a fine 50 metre break by Luke Duffy in the 71st minute to complete Constitution’s tally.

Credit to the young Queens side who hit back before the finish with two tries, by wings Andrew Butler and Owen Devlin, both converted by Richie McMaster, to leave the final score 41-14 to Constitution.

The other semi final was a much closer affair with UCD pipping Galwegians 21-20. The final is scheduled for Sat. 26th April at a venue to be confirmer later.

Cork Con Team:

Chris Quinn; E.O’Donnell, L.Duffy, R.Jermyn, C.Desmond; D.Lyons, R.Foley; G.Duffy, A.O’Driscoll, R.Burke; J.McSwiney, C.O’Flaherty; L.Cahill, Jas. Ryan, M.Murphy.
Replacements: M.Abbott (2), G.Sweeney (3), B.Cagney (1), A.Ross (4), Y.Browne (7), M.Keyes (13), T.Quinlan (15).

Cork Con Scorers:

E.O’Donnell 1T; G.Duffy 1T; A.O’Driscoll 1T; M.Keyes 1T; C.Desmond 1T; M.Abbott 1T; D.Lyons 1T4C; C.Quinn 1P.

Queens University Belfast Team:

D.Hall; E.Devlin, C.Colvin, S.McIllwane, P.Farrell; R.McMaster, C.Spence; B.Howard, D.Swann, J.Craig; G.Bartley, R.Whitten; N.Simpson, M.Clarke, R.Clarke.
Replacements: M.Foster (2), A.Clingan (1), M.Doak (7), J.Russell (9), A.Butler (13).
 

Queens University Belfast Scorers:

M.Keyes 1T; C.Desmond 1T; M.Abbott 1T; D.Lyons 1T4C; C.Quinn 1P.
Queens University: 

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Young Munster 04/01/2014

Competition: Ulster Bank League Division 1A
1stXV V Young Munster
Score: 10 - 16 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 04/01/2014
Referee: P.Fitzgibbon IRFU.
Report:

Young Munster overcame Constitution at Temple Hill on Saturday with a determined second half display. They trailed by a point at half time, but pushed ahead to lead 16-7, and only a late rally salvaged a point for the home team.

Constitution opened the game well, and retained possession before scoring in the right corner in the 3rd minute. Wing Conor Desmond got the touchdown and Johnny Holland added an excellent conversion from the touchline. Though Constitution had the benefit of the breeze, they did not capitalise however, and allowed the visitors into the game with penalties by Brian Haugh in the 10th and 20th minutes. Holland and Quinn both missed penalty chances before the break that ultimately proved costly.

Haugh added a third penalty in the 65th minute from an easy position in front of the posts. But when No.8 Colin Liston scored for visitors in the 62nd minute, following a breakout from their own half, with Haugh adding the conversion, Constitution had a major hill to climb at 7-16. To their credit however, the team fought back and Johnny Holland, who had travelled back overnight from Munster duty in Belfast, clinched a losing bonus point with a penalty in the 78th minute.

Young Munster move to third in the UBL table on 27 points, while Constitution remain sixth on 22 points, but are now thirteen points behind leaders Clontarf.

 

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons; Chris Quinn, L.Duffy, N.Kenneally, C.Desmond; D.Lyons, G.Hurley; G.Duffy, A.O’Driscoll, G.Sweeney; Y.Browne, A.Ross; J.McSwiney, L.Cahill, C.O’Flaherty.
Replacements: M.Abbott (2), R.Burke (3), B.Cagney (1), M.Murphy (5), C.Jouve (11).

 

Cork Con Scorers:

C.Desmond 1T; J.Holland 1C1P

Young Munster Team:

C.O’Hanlon; D.O’Connor, D.Goggin, K.Hifo, M.Doyle; W.Staunton, B.Haugh; E.Ryan, G.Slattery Capt., H.McGrath; A.Kennedy, M.Madden; T.Goggin, C.Liston, S.Rennison.
Replacements: D.Montgomery, G.Ryan, K.Hanley, S.O’Brien, S.Upton.

 

Young Munster Scorers:

C.Liston 1T; B.Haugh 1C3P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V UCC 26/12/2013

Competition: Crowley Cup
1stXV V UCC
Score: 25-22 (Con score given first)
Venue: Temple Hill
Date: 26/12/2013
Referee: Eddi Hogan-O'Connell
Report:

Tomas Quinlan was Cork Constitution’s match-winner in the annual Crowley Cup fixture against University College Cork at Temple Hill on St Stephens Day. In good conditions, just before a storm broke, Quinlan broke the deadlock with a drop goal in the last play of the game.

Constitution trailed 10-17 to the students at half time, but fought back with second half tries to tie up the match at 22 points each, and having just missed a penalty chance seconds earlier, Quinlan was successful with a drop goal from 25 metres in the final minute.

College got an early score when front-row Peter McCabe scored after 3 minutes. Quinlan converted a penalty chance in the 17th minute, and then scored after a 70 metre run, having intercepted a wayward pass on his own 22 metre line. He added the conversion for 10-5 to the home side.

However, College hit back before the break with tries by Charlie O’Regan and Joe Holland, the first converted by Sean Og Murphy, to leave College ahead 17-10 at the break.

Wing Chris McAuliffe scored for Constitution in the 54th minute from a clever punt to the line by scrum half Ryan Foley, but Kevin Kidney extended the College lead in the 64th minute with an unconverted try in the left corner.

Then, in the 72nd minute, the Con forwards forced a penalty try, converted by Quinlan for 22 points each, before the out half took the spoils with his last-ditch drop goal.

Cork Con Team:

A.Singleton; C.McAuliffe, L.O’Connell, C.Jouve, E.O’Donnell; T.Quinlan, S.McCarthy; J.Rochford, C.O’Donnell, G.Sweeney; A.Ross, Y.Browne; B.Fitzgerald, S.Dwyer, M.Murphy. Replacements: C.Corkery, A.Slattery, M.O’Mahony, R.Foley, B.Moore (All played).

Cork Con Scorers:

C.McAuliffe 1T; T.Quinlan 1T1PT2C1DG

UCC Team:

B.Monahan; R.Slater, N.Hudson, J.Holland, S.Glynn; S.Murphy, C.O’Regan; P.McCabe, K.Stokes, C.Slowey; B.Quill, R.McCarthy; K.Farmer, D.Nolan, P.Derham. Replacements: D.Healy, K.Frost, K.Kidney, D.O’Riordan, K.O’Keeffe.

UCC Scorers:

P.McCabe 1T; C.O’Regan 1T; J.Holland 1T; K.Kidney 1T; S.Murphy 1C.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Garryowen 20/12/2013

Competition: Munster Senior Cup
1stXV V Garryowen
Score: 9 - 6 (Con score given first)
Venue: Thomand Park
Date: 20/12/2013
Referee: K.Barry IRFU
Report:

Cork Constitution won their 25th Munster Senior Cup title with an extra time victory over their oldest adversaries Garryowen, at a wind and rain swept Thomond Park on Friday evening. Conditions were not easy for players and spectators alike, but both sides made valiant efforts to overcome the difficulty, especially in the first half when blizzard-like conditions prevailed.

Constitution just about edged that first period, and led 6-3 when the teams went to the dressing rooms for the interval break. Jamie Gavin had given Garryowen first blood with a 2nd minute penalty. Darragh Lyons was wide with a penalty opportunity for Con in the 4th minute, but made amends with a fine kick in the 13th minute, and pushed his side 6-3 ahead in the 19th minute from 30 metres.

On the resumption, Lyons failed with a drop goal attempt in the 42nd minute, and also missed from a penalty awarded when advantage did not accrue. Constitution survived a scare in the 49th minute when wing Conor Desmond had to carry over to save his line. When Garryowen were wheeled off the 5 metre scrum, a penalty was awarded, but Gavin struck the post with his kick, and Con were able to clear the danger.

Play was intense throughout, but in the conditions, accurate back play was well nigh impossible. The sides traded tactical kicks, as neither was able to get any consistent attacking purchase in the red zone.

The final minutes became frantic as Con tried to hold their slim advantage. Chris Quinn missed from a 35 metre penalty in the 79th minute, and then as play went into added time, Constitution had James Ryan yellow-carded for not releasing. And in the very last play, Garryowen got a life-line as Jamie Gavin converted an 85th minute penalty to bring on extra-time.

In the 20 minutes of extra time, as Garryowen inevitably tired, Constitution showed more composure, and credit to their pack and replacement bench, they forced the issue and finally got their reward with a rather obscure penalty. It seemed to be awarded for time wasting, as Garryowen clung to the hope that a 6-6 result would give them the trophy on the basis of gaining the first score.

And so it fell to Chris Quinn to line up his conversion attempt from 30 metres on the left, and as his kick split the uprights, Constitution could celebrate the spoils of a very hard-fought victory.

Cork Con Team:

Chris Quinn; Cathal Quinn, Luke Duffy Duffy, Niall Kenneally, Conor Desmond; Darragh Lyons, Gerry Hurley Capt.; Gavin Duffy, Andrew O’Driscoll, Ger Sweeney; Cathal O’Flaherty, Joe McSwiney; Graeme Lawler James Ryan, Luke Cahill. Replacements: Max Abbott, Bryan Cagney, Rory Burke, Sonny Dwyer, Ryan Foley, Cyprian Jouve.
 

Cork Con Scorers:

D.Lyons 2P; Chris Quinn 1P.

Garryowen Team:

L.Burke; S.McMahon, C.Doyle, A.Gaughan, J.Frawley; J.Gavin, N.Cronin; R.Brosnan Capt., J.Rael, P.O’Shea; A.McCloskey, A.Vaclu; S.Buckley, A.Kavanagh, M.Rowley. Replacements: E.Rossitter, J.P.Cooney, D.Mulcair, M.Hanrahan, H.McNulty, A.O’Byrne, G.Ryan.
 

Garryowen Scorers:

J.Gavin 2P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V St. Marys' 07/12/2013

Competition: Ulster Bank League Division 1A
1stXV V St. Marys'
Score: 22 - 18 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templeville Road
Date: 07/12/2013
Referee: M.Black IRFU.
Report:

Cork Constitution came back from a 3-15 half-time deficit, to gain the upper-hand over St Mary’s College, at Templeville Road on Saturday. Played in temperate conditions, the result was in doubt up to the very end, as St Mary’s made a gallant onslaught in the final quarter. However, Constitution weathered the storm to get their Ulster Bank League challenge back on track.

Former Constitution player, Gavin Dunne, missed an early chance to give his side the lead with a penalty after just 3 minutes. However, in the next attack Steve Toal-Lennon got clear on the right wing to score, and Dunne was successful with the conversion.

Daragh Lyons and Dunne exchanged penalties, before Colm McMahon got in for a try in the 25th minute after a fine break by scrum half D’Arcy, who was a constant threat to the Con defence. Thus, St Mary’s went in at the break with a 15-3 lead.

Constitution captain, Gerry Hurley, who travelled back from Munster’s B&I Cup match in Plymouth overnight, showed a sharp eye for an opening to score in the 46th minute. Lyons knocked over the conversion to close the gap to 10-15. But Constitution then hit St Mary’s with a double blow to change the course of the game. First James Ryan scored in the 55th minute, again converted by Lyons, and Conor Desmond raced in from 40 metres 5 minutes later, and Constitution had consolidated their lead to 22-15.

However, there was still a sting in the tail as St Mary’s fought back. Toal-Lennon kicked a penalty in the 72nd minute for 18-22, but the Constitution defence held out in the final minutes for a very valuable four points.

Cork Con Team:

Chris Quinn; C.Desmond, L.Duffy, N.Kenneally, R.Jermyn; D.Lyons, G.Hurley; G.Duffy, A.O’Driscoll, R.Burke; C.O’Flaherty, J.McSwiney; G.Lawler, Jas.Ryan, L.Cahill.
Replacements: M.Abbott (2), J.Rochford (1), S.Dwyer (6), Y.Browne, R.Foley.

Cork Con Scorers:

G.Hurley 1T; James Ryan 1T; C.Desmond 1T; D.Lyons 2C1P.

St. Marys' Team:

G.Dunne; S.Toal-Lennon, R.O’Loughlin, R.Hudson, C.Hogan; P.Brophy, M.D’Arcy; C.McMahon, D.Fawsitt, B.McGovern; D.Frawley, C.Ruddock; G.Austen, B.O’Flanagan, K.Sheahan Capt.).
Replacements: S.Flanagan, A.Lyons, M.Fallon, C.Lilly, R.Glynn.

St. Marys' Scorers:

S.Toal-Lennon 1T1P; C.McMahon 1T; G.Dunne 1C1P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V UCD 30/11/2013

Competition: Ulster Bank League Division 1A
1stXV V UCD
Score: 17 - 23 (Con score given first)
Venue: Belfield
Date: 30/11/2013
Referee: G.Conway IRFU.
Report:

Cork Constitution lost their third Ulster Bank League game in succession to slip down the Division 1A table to seventh place, their lowest of the season. However, a losing bonus point will give some meagre consolation after a performance that lacked any real attacking purpose.

The first-half fare was poor, as the teams shared the spoils with a penalty scored by each side. Chris Quinn opened the scoring for Constitution after 13 minutes, and James Thornton equalised for UCD in the 20th minute. Joe McSwiney crossed the line in the minute before half time, but the referee ruled that the ball was not grounded, and Constitution could not avail from the 5 metre scrum that followed.

UCD posted their intent in the 3rd minute of the second half with a try by full back Andy Boyle after a blistering attack from their own half. Thornton added the conversion from the touchline.

When Constitution suffered two yellow cards for Lawler and McSwiney in the 50th and 55th minutes, Thornton made the game safe for the students with a penalty in the 60th minute, and the conversion of his own try in the 65th minute to lead 23-3.

Despite the deficit, credit is due to Constitution for a dogged fight-back in the final 10 minutes. Alan Ross finished off a drive from a 5 metre scrum with a try converted by Quinn in the 73rd minute, and James Ryan scored in the last minute to give Quinn the chance to secure a losing bonus point, which he did with an excellent conversion.

 

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons; C.Desmond, L.Duffy, R.Jermyn, Chris Quinn; J.Holland, G.Hurley; G.Duffy, A.O’Driscoll, John Ryan; C.O’Flaherty, J.McSwiney; G.Lawler, Jas.Ryan, W.Ryan. Replacements: M.Abbott (2), J.Rochford (1), L.Cahill (8), A.Ross (6), C.Jouve (12).

 

Cork Con Scorers:

James Ryan 1T; A.Ross 1T; Chris Quinn  2C1P.

UCD Team:

A.Boyle; S.Coghlan-Murray, J.Coghlan, A.Kelly, B.Daly; J.Thornton, R.Shanley; R.Harrison, A.Clarkin, K.Moloney; B.Cawley, E.McMahon; D.Lawler, D.Leavy, E.Joyce. Replacements: L.Hyland, R.Byrne, P.Timmins, B.Holland,  N.Earls. (All Played).
 

UCD Scorers:

A.Boyle 1T; J.Thornton 1T1DG1P2C

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Clontarf 23/11/2013

Competition: All Ireland League
1stXV V Clontarf
Score: 13 - 26 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 23/11/2013
Referee: M.Patton IRFU.
Report:

Clontarf defeated Cork Constitution at Temple Hill on Saturday to go top of the Ulster Bank League table. They led 14-6 at the interval, and had no difficulty holding out, to win comfortably. The Clontarf pack was stronger on the day, and allied to a solid back division, they deprived the home side of possession for long periods.

David Joyce was scorer in chief for Clontarf, kicking seven from eight penalty kicks, the first after 6 minutes.  Following the score, there was an eight minute hold-up due to a serious injury to Constitution front row Bryan Cagney.

When play resumed, Constitution replied with a penalty by Darragh Lyons in the 15th minute. Clontarf scored a try from wing Max McFarland in the 19th minute, and Joyce added three penalties before the break, to leave Clontarf well in control.

In the second half, Joyce was successful with a further four penalties, before Constitution, at last, found some attacking momentum for Conor Desmond to score at the posts in the final minutes. Lyons kicked the conversion to end a poor day for the home side.

 

Cork Con Team:

Chris Quinn; Cathal Quinn, C.Desmond, C.Jouve, R.Jermyn; D.Lyons, G.Hurley; B.Cagney, A.O’Driscoll, G. Sweeney; I.Nagle, C.O’Flaherty; J.McSwiney, Jas.Ryan, L.Cahill. Replacements: M.Abbott, J.Rochford, G.Lawler, S.Dwyer, A.Ryan (All played).

Cork Con Scorers:

C.Desmond 1T; D.Lyons 1C2P.

Clontarf Team:

D.Fitzpatrick; M.McGrath, E.Ryan, K.Lett, M.McFarland; D.Joyce, S.Cronin; I.Hirst, C.Culleton, K.O’Donoghue; B.Reilly, C.O’Keeffe; A.Darcy, B.Cuttriss, A.Ryan. Replacements: D.Hegarty, C.O’Flynn, M.Garvey, R.Dillon, T.McCoy (All Played).

Clontarf Scorers:

M.McFarland 1T; D.Joyce 7P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V UCC 16/11/2013

Competition: Munster Senior Cup Semi-final
1stXV V UCC
Score: 21 - 11 (Con score given first)
Venue: Mardyke
Date: 16/11/2013
Referee: K.Imbusch MAR
Report: Cork Constitution defeated University College Cork in the Munster Senior Cup semi-final at the Mardyke on Saturday afternoon. In perfect conditions, the first half play was disappointing, but in the second half both sides did justice to the occasion.  Constitution led 6-3 at the interval from two penalties kicked by Johnny Holland, to one by Sean Og Murphy for the students.  Murphy levelled the scores with a 48th minute penalty for College. But Constitution hit the front in the 55th minute, when Holland ran in a try at the posts, after his pack had rumbled to the line from a line-out. And he converted for 13-6.  Andrew O’Driscoll made the game safe for Constitution in the 60th minute with a second try from another line-out rumble. Wing Conor Barry scored a fine try for College in the 65th minute, when their three-quarters ran in from their own half. Johnny Holland closed out the scoring in the final minutes with his third penalty. Constitution had received a walk-over from Midleton in the 2nd Round, and will now meet Garryowen, who defeated Shannon 14-13 in the other semi-final, in December at Thomond Park.
Cork Con Team:

J.Holland; Chris Quinn, L.Duffy, C.Jouve, Cathal Quinn; D.Lyons, A.Ryan; J.Rochford, M.Abbott, P.Galvin; C.O’Flaherty, D.O’Brien; J.McSwiney; Jas.Ryan, L.Cahill. Replacements: G.Duffy, A.O’Driscoll, B.Cagney, A.Ross, B.Fitzgerald, R.Jermyn, G.O’Suilleabhain (All played)

Cork Con Scorers:

A.O’Driscoll 1T; J.Holland 1T2C3P.

UCC Team:

Joe Holland; M.Chandler, N.Hudson, C.McGovern, C.Barry; S.Murphy, B.Nugent; P.McCabe, B.Vaughan, C.Slowey; B.Quirke, D.O’Connell; C.Gallagher, D.Nolan, P.Derham. Replacements: K.Stokes, D.Hartnett, R.McCarthy, K.Kidney, S.Glynn, C.O’Halloran, K.Frost.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Dolphin 08/11/2013

Competition: Ulster Bank League Div.1A
1stXV V Dolphin
Score: 9 - 14 (Con score given first)
Venue: Musgrave Park
Date: 08/11/2013
Referee: N.Correll IRFU.
Report:

Dolphin won the first Cork local derby of the season at Musgrave Park, where a fine second half try by winger Darren Sweetnam was the clinching score. The try came on the hour mark in a tight contest, and was the key moment in the game. The game was tied at six points each with penalties being the only scores. Rory Scannell made the mid-field break that gave Sweetnam the opportunity to slide over. 

Constitution started well, and had the better of the opening exchanges. They took the lead on 10minutes with a penalty from Jonathan Holland. Four minutes later, Dolphin were level from a penalty by Rory Scannell. Both sides missed further penalty chances before the break, and so it remained 3-3 at the interval.

Scrum half Ryan Foley was yellow carded in the 42nd minute for a rash challenge from an off-side position, and Scannell put Dolphin ahead from the penalty. In the 48th minute Dolphin were held on the line, after a fine break by centre Bohane. However, Holland tied up the scores with a second penalty on 57 minutes.

Sweetnam’s try came in the 61st minute to set the challenge for the visitors, but it was Scannell again in the 66th minute who stretched Dolphin’s lead to 14-6 with a penalty.

Constitution made that valiant late challenge with some good approach play in the final 10 minutes. They elected for a line out, in preference to a scrum near the line, after Dolphin had a player sin-binned, but lost possession. A successful penalty by Holland in the 76th minute kept the game alive, however, there was no further opportunity and in the end a losing bonus point was Constitution’s lot.

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons; Chris Quinn, N.Kenneally, L.Duffy, Cathal Quinn; J.Holland, R.Foley; B.Cagney, A.O’Driscoll, G. Sweeney; S.O’Connor, C.O’Flaherty; J.McSwiney, Jas.Ryan, W.Ryan. Replacements: M.Abbott (3), G.Duffy, J.Rochford (1), R.Burke (2), L.Cahill (4), C.Desmond (9).

Cork Con Scorers:

J.Holland 3P.

Dolphin Team:

E.Mills; D.Sweetnam, J.Gleeson, C.Bohane, H.Fleming; R.Scannell, C.Nolan; B.Scott, N.Scannell, C.Condon; D.O’Mahony, S.O’Shea; J.Quill, R.Murphy, J.Fitzgerald.  Replacements: W.Foley (2), P.Ryan (3), M.Cronin, C.Bannon

Dolphin Scorers:

D.Sweetnam 1T; R.Scannell 3P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Garryowen 02/11/2013

Competition: Ulster Bank League Div.1A
1stXV V Garryowen
Score: 18 - 15 (Con score given first)
Venue: Temple Hill
Date: 02/11/2013
Referee: S.Gaffikin IRFU.
Report:

Cork Constitution defeated their oldest rivals Garryowen at Temple Hill on Saturday, but only after another very tight contest.

Constitution played with the elements in the first period, and led 6-5 at the interval. However, two penalties from Johnny Holland were not adequate, facing into the strong south-westerly wind in the second period, especially since Garryowen had scored a try through back row Barry O’Mahony in the 30th minute to show the Light Blues’ determination, despite their lowly position in the League table. Holland gave Con their slender lead with penalties in the 12th and 37th minutes.

Garryowen commanded the third quarter, and added to their total with a Jamie Gavin penalty in the 41st minute,  who also converted Harry McNulty’s 47th minute try for 15-6.
A turning point occurred in the 53rd minute with the yellow carding of Garryowen second row McCloskey. The resultant play yielded a try by James Ryan, and Holland’s conversion left Con just two points behind.

Gavin missed a penalty chance in the 61st minute for Garryowen. Then play was held up in the 68th minute for an injury to a Garryowen player, with Con in a promising attacking position. A similar attack in the 79th minute, however, yielded the winning points as Bryan Cagney finished a series of mauls with an unconverted try.

Garryowen fully deserved their losing bonus point, to get their season underway, and will surely add to this fine display in the weeks ahead. For their part, Constitution will be glad to get the home win, and can now look forward to the local derby against Dolphin next Friday evening, under lights at Musgrave Park.
 

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons; C.Desmond, N.Kenneally, L.Duffy, Cathal Quinn; J.Holland, R.Foley; B.Cagney, A.O’Driscoll, G. Sweeney; S.O’Connor, J.McSwiney; G.Lawler, Jas.Ryan, W.Ryan. Replacements: M.Abbott, G.Duffy (3), C.O’Flaherty (5), L.Cahill (4), Chris Quinn.

Cork Con Scorers:

James Ryan 1T; B.Cagney 1T; J.Holland 1C2P.

Garryowen Team:

L.Bourke; J.McInearney, A.O’Byrne, A.Gaughan, H.McNulty; J.Gavin, N.Cronin; R.Brosnan, J.Rael, P.O’Shea; D.Mulcair, A.McCloskey; S.Buckley, B.O’Mahony, A.Kavanagh. Replacements: E.Rossiter, S.Seymour, M.Hanrahan, A.Wooton, G.Ryan.

Garryowen Scorers:

B.O’Mahony 1T; H.McNulty 1T; J.Gavin 1C1P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Old Belvedere 26/10/2013

Competition: Ulster Bank League Div.1A
1stXV V Old Belvedere
Score: 3 - 3 (Con score given first)
Venue: Anglesea Road
Date: 26/10/2013
Referee: P.Fitzgerald
Report:

Cork Constitution shared the points with Old Belvedere at Anglesea Road on Saturday after a hard fought encounter in difficult weather conditions. The rain was incessant from early morning making handling and accurate play very difficult.  In the event, defences were on top for the most part with very few, if any, line breaks to threaten the try line.

Constitution played with the elements in the first period, but made little headway against a compact home side. There found no way through the middle, and the conditions meant little chance of getting the ball wide; as a consequence the best chances came from kicks to the corners and attacks from line-outs. However, Belvedere were not found wanting out of touch and defended these situations competently.

The first scoring chance fell to Old Belvedere captain Danny O’Riordan when he was successful with a penalty in the second minute of the second half. Jonathan Holland missed a penalty chance for Constitution in the 47th minute, but then tied up the scores with a similar chance in the 50th minute. O’Riordan had two further penalty efforts in the fourth quarter, but was not successful.

In the end both sides were probably happy to share the spoils.

Next Saturday, Constitution meet Garryowen at Temple Hill in the first Munster derby of the season. The game will also serve as the annual Cup game in memory of Trevor Barry.

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons; Chris.Quinn, N.Kenneally, L.Duffy, Cathal Quinn; J.Holland, R.Foley; B.Cagney, A.O’Driscoll, John Ryan; S.O’Connor, J.McSwiney; G.Lawler, Jas.Ryan, W.Ryan. Replacements: G.Sweeney (3) J.Rochford (1), C.O’Flaherty (8), L.Ca

Cork Con Scorers:

J.Holland 1P.

Old Belvedere Team:

D.O’Riordan; C.Power, J.Kennedy, S.Berne, J.Glynn; S.Crosbie,A.Sheehan; P.O’Regan, C.McDonald, D.Lavery; D.Moore, J.E.Whateri; J.Slattery, K.O’Gorman,J.Conan. Replacements: K.O’Neill, A.Howard, C.Mallon, A.Wynne, F.Lawlor.

Old Belvedere Scorers:

D.O’Riordan 1P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Highfield 12/10/2013

Competition: Cork Charity Cup Semi-final
1stXV V Highfield
Score: 37-9 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 12/10/2013
Referee: G.Finn MAR
Report:

Cork Constitution advanced to the final of the Cork Charity Cup with a comprehensive win over Highfield at Temple Hill on Thursday evening. Highfield were well in the game for 60 minutes, but fell away in the final 20 minutes as Con powered away, despite the loss of two players to the sin-bin in the second half.

Colm Downes kicked a second minute penalty to give Highfield the lead. Con hit back in the 14th minute with a fine try finished off by Cathal O’Flaherty. Darragh Lyons added the conversion for 7-3. Downes missed two penalty chances for Highfield before successfully converting a third chance in the 34th minute. However, Lyons gave Con a 13-6 interval lead with penalties in the 36th and 41st minutes.

Graeme Lawlor was yellow-carded in the 54th minute for a technical offence and Downes kicked the resultant penalty. However, the same played missed another chance five minutes later as Bryan Cagney was sin-binned for off-side at a ruck. But Con made light of their numerical deficit as Lyons kicked his third penalty in the 67th minute to stretch the lead to 16-9.

Full back Garret O’Suilleabhain scored a try for Con in the 71st following a break by O’Flaherty and Lyons added the extras. In the final minutes, Alan Ross and Darragh Lyons scored further tries, both converted by ‘man of the match’ Lyons to close out a comfortable win for the home side.

In the final Constitution will meet Cashel who accounted for Midleton in the other semi-final on a date to be confirmed. Prior to the game, a minutes silence was observed in

honour of former Highfield player and president, Tony Loughrey, who died recently.

Cork Con Team:

G.O’Suilleabhain; R.Jermyn, L.Duffy, C.Jouve, C.Desmond; D.Lyons, G.Heuston; J.Rochford, C.O’Donnell, G.Duffy; D.O’Brien, C.O’Flaherty; G.Lawlor, J.Ryan, W.Ryan.

Cork Con Scorers:

C.O’Flaherty 1T; G.O’Suilleabhain 1T; A.Ross 1T; D.Lyons 1T4C3P.

Highfield Team:

M.O’Flynn; P.Stack, B.O’Hea, J.Sheehan, S.Quaid; C.Downes, M.O’Driscoll; J.O’Callaghan, D.O’Hea, R.Bogue; D.Kelly, M.Milne; A.Sweeney, J.Duffy, M.Murphy. Replacements: D.Norris, J.Carton, F.O’Sullivan, M.Mullane,

Highfield Scorers:

Highfield: C.Downes 3P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Lansdowne 05/10/2013

Competition: Ulster Bank League Div.1A
1stXV V Lansdowne
Score: 33 16 (Con score given first)
Venue: Temple Hill
Date: 05/10/2013
Referee: L.Colgan
Report:

Cork Constitution won their first home Ulster Bank League tie against last year’s champions, Lansdowne, in fine style at Temple Hill on Saturday. In perfect conditions, they ran in five tries to claim their first bonus point of the season.

James Ryan gave Constitution the lead with a try after two minutes when he supported a break by Joe McSwiney. Former Constitution player, Scott Deasy, kicked successive penalties in the 9th and 14th minutes to give his side the lead.

A yellow card for hooker Andrew O’Driscoll in the 15th minute was followed by a fine run out of defence by centre Niall Kenneally. The subsequent play led to a second try for James Ryan, converted by Darragh Lyons, for 12-6 to the home side. Lyons and Kenneally both missed penalty chances before Lansdowne had wing forward sin-binned in the 32nd minute. Constitution scored again in the 36th minute from a slick blind side move that saw fledgling scrum half, Ryan Foley, and No.8 Willie Ryan combine to put Cathal Quinn in for a try. Lyons converted to leave his side 19-8 ahead at the break.

Niall Kenneally scored on the resumption after a clever tap through the Lansdowne defence by Lyons, to which he added the points. Willie Ryan extended Con’s lead with the fifth try in the 59th minute. Lyons again added the points and Con were coasting.

However, last season’s champions were not done, and they scored two late tries through Cian Ahearne and Cillian McAndrew, to reduce the deficit.

Cork Con Team:

Chris Quinn; Cathal Quinn, Niall Kenneally, Luke Duffy, Conor Desmond; Darragh Lyons, Ryan Foley; Bryan Cagney, Andrew O’Driscoll, John Ryan; Shane O’Connor, JoeMcSwiney; Graeme Lawler, James Ryan, Willie Ryan. Replacements: Ger Sweeney (3), James Rochford (1); Luke Cahill (7); Gearoid O’Suilleabhain (13); Pat Parfrey ( 10).

Cork Con Scorers:

James Ryan 2T; W.Ryan 1T; Cathal Quinn 1T; N.Kenneally 1T; D.Lyons 4C.

Lansdowne Team:

Ross McCarron; Conor Toolin, Tom Farrell, Mark Roche, Cian Ahearne; Scott Deasy, Peter O’Driscoll; Ron Boucher. Replacements: Brian O’Callaghan (8); Cillian McAndrew (10); Gearoid McDonald (15). 

Lansdowne Scorers:

C.Ahearne 1T, C.McAndrew 1T, S.Deasy 2P

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Ballynahinch 28/09/2013

Competition: Ulster Bank League Div 1 A
1stXV V Ballynahinch
Score: 24-17 (Con score given first)
Venue: Ballymacarn Park
Date: 28/09/2013
Referee: K.Barry
Report:


Cork Constitution made the long trip to Ballynahinch a productive one, with a top class performance against last year’s Division 1B champions. Despite conceding two early penalties they turned at half time with a 13-6 lead. In the second period they maintained their advantage, but only after a determined challenge from the home side.

Ballynahinch settled quickly and had Con on the back foot in the opening quarter. Richie Lobb knocked over a penalty after 12 minutes from 15 metres for an off-side infringement. Two minutes later Darragh Lyons was harshly penalised after fielding under pressure and deemed not to have released, though he quickly regained his feet. Lobb again kicked the points from 30 metres. In the next play, James Ryan appeared to have scored in Con’s first real attack when he crashed over, but the referee deemed that he did not ground the ball.

Darragh Lyons kicked a penalty for offside from 40 metres in the 21st minute to end the home side’s period of superiority. Joe McSwiney made no mistake in the 29th minute with a try in the left corner after five excellent phases. And for good measure, Darragh Lyons landed the difficult conversion. Both sides missed penalty chances before Lyons nailed one on the stroke of half time for a 13-6 lead.

Lyons stretched the lead to 16-6 within a minute of the resumption from another 40 metre penalty. But Ballynahinch were well in the game however, and when captain Stewart Morrow scored on the hour mark, he set it up for a tense final quarter.

A high tackle on Cathal Quinn gave Jonathan Holland the chance to make it 19-11, and he duly slotted the kick. David McIlwaine took up the kicking duties for Ballynahinch and he reduced the deficit with a penalty after 68 minutes. Holland hit a post with a penalty chance on 70 minutes, but McIlwaine was on target in the 74th minute for 17-19.

Constitution saw out time and sealed a notable victory with a try by Jonathan Holland in the 4th minute of injury time. The convert was missed, but 24-17 was a fair outcome with the home side deservedly earning a losing bonus point.

Cork Con Team:

Cork Constitution: D.Lyons; C.Quinn, N.Kenneally, L.Duffy, R.Jermyn; J.Holland, G.Hurley Capt.; B.Cagney, A.O’Driscoll, G.Sweeney; S.O’Connor, J.McSwiney; G.Lawlor, Jas.Ryan, W.Ryan. Replacements: C.O’Donnell (2), J.Rochford (1), C

Cork Con Scorers:


Cork Constitution: J.McSwiney 1T; J.Holland 1T1P; D.Lyons 1C3P.

Ballynahinch Team:

Ballynahinch: R.McBurney; D.McIlwaine, S.Morrow, R.Harte, A.Ferris; R.Lobb, A.Cairns; P.McAllister, J.Murphy, M.Cromie; J.Madden, M.Graham; J.Donaldson, P.Pritchard, N.Faloon. Replacements: K.McCall, A.Harper, J.McMullan, M.Arneill, J.McBriar.

Ballynahinch Scorers:

Ballynahinch: S.Morrow 1T; T.Lobb 2P; D.McIlwaine 2P.
 

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V UL-Bohemians 21/09/2013

Competition: Munster Senior Cup 1st Rd.
1stXV V UL-Bohemians
Score: 35-15 (Con score given first)
Venue: Annacotty
Date: 21/09/2013
Referee: S.Kearins MAR
Report:

Cork Constitution defeated UL-Bohemian in a reprise of last season’s Munster Senior Cup final, this time played at Annacotty. The result was repeated with Constitution winning more comfortably than last season. Con held a twenty point advantage at the break and protected that lead to the end. Once again Darragh Lyons was their scorer in chief with 20 points from a try, three conversions and three penalties.

It was a fine competitive game played in good conditions, in which the strong display of the Constitution pack set the pattern from the start. Darragh Lyons kicked a 3rd minute penalty, and added the extras to a fine individual try by former UL-Bohs centre Niall Kenneally. Shane Airey kicked a penalty for UL in the 18th minute, but Lyons punished UL three minutes later, after their No.8 was sin-binned, with a penalty.

Willie Ryan had a try disallowed in the 25th minute, after the intervention of a touch judge, but Cyprian Jouve scored a try in the 30th minute after a fine break by Jonathan Holland. Lyons kicked the conversion, and added a penalty before the break for 23-3.

Eoin Sweeney scored a try for UL on the resumption to give UL some hope, but when Darragh Lyons finished off a fine three-quarter movement in the 53rd minute, it gave Con an 18 point lead. Graeme Lawlor scored in the 62nd minute and Lyons added the conversion for 35-10. Rory White scored a consolation try for UL in the 76th minute.

Constitution will meet Midleton, who defeated Sundays Well 16-13, in the 2nd Round on October 19th next.

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons; C.Quinn, N.Kenneally, C.Jouve, C.Desmond; J.Holland, G.Hurley Capt.; B.Cagney, A.O’Driscoll, G.Sweeney; S.O’Connor, J.McSwiney; G.Lawlor, Jas.Ryan, W.Ryan.

Cork Con Scorers:

N.Kenneally 1T; C.Jouve 1T; G.Lawlor 1T; D.Lyons 1T3C3P.

UL-Bohemians Team:

P.Bulger; A.Enrright, M.Lawlor, F.Ryan, R.White; S.Airey, F.Ryan; V.Burke, J.Sutton, G.Walsh; C.Trimble, E.Kelly; F.Cross, E.Sweeney, I.Candell.

UL-Bohemians Scorers:

E.Sweeney 1T; R.White 1T; S.Airey 1C1P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Highfield 12/09/2013

Competition: Cork Charity Cup Semi-final
1stXV V Highfield
Score: 37 - 9 (Con score given first)
Venue: Temple Hill
Date: 12/09/2013
Referee: G.Finn MAR
Report:

Cork Constitution advanced to the final of the Cork Charity Cup with a comprehensive win over Highfield at Temple Hill on Thursday evening. Highfield were well in the game for 60 minutes, but fell away in the final 20 minutes as Con powered away, despite the loss of two players to the sin-bin in the second half.

Colm Downes kicked a second minute penalty to give Highfield the lead. Con hit back in the 14th minute with a fine try finished off by Cathal O’Flaherty. Darragh Lyons added the conversion for 7-3. Downes missed two penalty chances for Highfield before successfully converting a third chance in the 34th minute. However, Lyons gave Con a 13-6 interval lead with penalties in the 36th and 41st minutes.

Graeme Lawlor was yellow-carded in the 54th minute for a technical offence and Downes kicked the resultant penalty. However, the same played missed another chance five minutes later as Bryan Cagney was sin-binned for off-side at a ruck. But Con made light of their numerical deficit as Lyons kicked his third penalty in the 67th minute to stretch the lead to 16-9.

Full back Garret O’Suilleabhain scored a try for Con in the 71st following a break by O’Flaherty and Lyons added the extras. In the final minutes, Alan Ross and Darragh Lyons scored further tries, both converted by ‘man of the match’ Lyons to close out a comfortable win for the home side.

In the final Constitution will meet Cashel who accounted for Midleton in the other semi-final on a date to be confirmed. Prior to the game, a minutes silence was observed in
honour of former Highfield player and president, Tony Loughrey, who died recently.

Cork Con Team:

G.O’Suilleabhain; R.Jermyn, L.Duffy, C.Jouve, C.Desmond; D.Lyons, G.Heuston; J.Rochford, C.O’Donnell, G.Duffy; D.O’Brien, C.O’Flaherty; G.Lawlor, J.Ryan, W.Ryan. 

Cork Con Scorers:

C.O’Flaherty 1T; G.O’Suilleabhain 1T; A.Ross 1T; D.Lyons 1T4C3P.
Highfield: C.Downes 3P

Highfield Team:

M.O’Flynn; P.Stack, B.O’Hea, J.Sheehan, S.Quaid; C.Downes, M.O’Driscoll; J.O’Callaghan, D.O’Hea, R.Bogue; D.Kelly, M.Milne; A.Sweeney, J.Duffy, M.Murphy.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Sundays Well 29/08/2013

Competition: Cork Charity Cup Rd.1
1stXV V Sundays Well
Score: 50 - 0 (Con score given first)
Venue: Musgrave Park
Date: 29/08/2013
Referee:
Report:

Cork Constitution had a comfortable passage to the semi final of the Cork Charity Cup as they outclassed a gallant Sunday Well side at Musgrave Park on Thursday evening. As an opening game of the season it was played at a high tempo and Constitution made sure of victory with a 45 point blitz in the first half. Thereafter it was a case of giving the squad players a run and consequently the second period was a more even contest.

James Ryan gave Con an early lead when he finished a quick penalty move in the 3rd minute. New full back Garret O’Suilleabhain added a second try in the 8th minute. Out half Dara Lyons scored the third try in the 10th minute with a break from half way. He added his third conversion for a 21-0 lead.

The blitz continued with hooker Andrew Cudmore scoring in the 25th minute and Lyons again added the points. Conor Desmond availed of a defensive lapse in the 33rd minute for the fifth try. Graeme Lawlor finished off a James Ryan break in the 37th minute to which Lyons again added the extras. And centre Pat Parfrey finished off the half with a try after good hands by No.8 Luke Cahill.

The second period was quiet in contrast as Sundays Well were more committed defensively and controlled their possession. They were unfortunate not to score an a couple of occasions, but Constitution had the last score when replacement No.8 Willie Ryan scored in the 65th minute.

Constitution will play Highfield at Temple Hill in the semi final next week.

Cork Con Team:

G.O’Suilleabhain; C.Quinn, C.Jouve, P.Parfrey, C.Desmond; D.Lyons, G.Heuston; B.Cagney, A.Cudmore, G.Sweeney; A.Ross, F.McSwiney; G.Lawlor, J.Ryan, L.Cahill.

Cork Con Scorers:

J.Ryan 1T; G.O’Suilleabhain 1T; A.Cudmore 1T; C.Desmond1T; G.Lawlor 1T; P.Parfrey 1T; W.Ryan 1T; D.Lyons 1T5C.

Sundays Well Team:

S.O’Sullivan; M.Quinlivan, D.O’Connell, R.O’Mahony, A.Ansboro; J.M.O’Sullivan, P.Arigo; J.Barry, J.Moynihan, L.Buckley; S.Desmond, E.Murphy; J.Mulcahy, M.J.Doyle, P.Girandet.

Sundays Well Scorers:

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V St. Marys 27/04/2013

Competition: Bateman Cup Final
1stXV V St. Marys
Score: 24 - 19 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templeville Road
Date: 27/04/2013
Referee: David Wilkinson (IRFU)
Report:

Cork Constitution won the Bateman Cup for the first time on Saturday. It was Constitution’s third All-Ireland Cup success, but the first time that the famous Cup, presented by Robert Bateman in 1922, will go back to Temple Hill. It also makes for a Munster hat-trick of successes, as Bruff and Garryowen won the first two titles since the Cup was revived in 2011.

First half tries from Robert Clune and Scott Deasy laid the platform for Cork Constitution's success, as they overcame home club St. Mary's College at Templeville Road. Hoping to replicate their fine performance at this venue back in January - when Brian Walsh's men enjoyed a 22-13 victory - Cork Con started the game in positive fashion, forcing the Dubliners onto the back foot.

Indeed, good persistence paid off for them with just four minutes on the clock when out-half Johnny Holland comfortably slotted a 25-metre penalty after St. Mary's were penalised for not releasing during a particularly threatening passage of play. The Templeogue outfit struggled to get a stranglehold in the early stages, but they responded well to the concession of this score. Reliable full-back Gavin Dunne was on hand to gain parity for his side when he converted superbly from a penalty close to the left touchline.


Following this effort, the game started to even out to a certain degree, but further indiscipline by the St. Mary's defence on 15 minutes gave Holland the chance to reclaim the lead for Constitution, and he made no mistake with his close range kick.
 

As the action moved beyond the opening quarter, Cork Con started to become more forceful in their play, and a smart move from a scrum six minutes later - instigated by scrum half and captain Gerry Hurley - eventually found its way to Cronan Healy, who produced an inch perfect pass for right winger Robert Clune to touch down in the right corner. Holland's conversion attempt was wide of the mark on this occasion, but Constitution nevertheless were starting to settle into their stride.

St. Mary's were never going to be dismissed lightly though, and Dunne reduced the gap after 25 minutes with a successful place-kick from a tight angle.Three minutes later Holland stepped forward to successfully negotiate another routine three-point attempt, but Dunne quickly replied with his third penalty of the contest. With just five points separating the teams, the game was always likely to be finely balanced.

However, Cork Con's hopes of regaining the silverware on offer - they were All-Ireland Cup champions in 2006 and 2010 - were greatly increased two minutes before the interval. Outside centre Scott Deasy drove over the whitewash for a converted try after the excellent Holland has produced a neat offload. St. Mary's applied some pressure in the closing moments of the opening period, but the compact Con rearguard held firm to take a 21-9 cushion into the second half.
 

At this point, it looked like the Temple Hill side were in control of their own destiny, but their opponents emerged from the dressing room with renewed vigour. As the hosts' pack started to exert plenty of influence, they began to make considerable inroads into the Constitution 22. A relentless period of pressure eight minutes after the restart enabled them to break through for their only try of the day, as bustling flanker Gareth Austen powered over at the end of a strong maul on the right flank.Dunne's bonus effort from the wing was once again on the money.
Matters became even more interesting with 25 minutes remaining. Dunne split the uprights magnificently from a distance of 40 metres to leave just two points between the teams during a crucial juncture in the decider. Last year's Ulster Bank League champions had dominated the play up to this point in the half, and they continued to take the game to the Leesiders, who had struggled to maintain the momentum they had developed before the break. Cork Con's defence was performing admirably in the face of adversity, however, and they were dealing effectively with much of what St. Mary's were throwing at them.
 

As the tie moved into the final ten minutes of play, Constitution eased any tension they might have been experiencing with the aid of some smart tactical kicks into opposition territory. St. Mary's continued to press for the scores they needed to force the outcome in their direction, but their fate was finally sealed as a result of Holland's outstanding drop goal kick from distance three minutes into time added on.

Cork Con Team:

Darragh Lyons; Robert Clune, Scott Deasy, Alex Ryan, Cronan Healy; Johnny Holland, Gerry Hurley (capt); Bryan Cagney, Andrew O'Driscoll, Chris Corkery, Brian Hayes, Joe McSwiney, Graeme Lawler, James Ryan, Cathal O'Flaherty.

Cork Con Scorers:
St. Marys Team:

Gavin Dunne; Steve Toal-Lennon, Marcus O'Driscoll, Robbie Hudson, Darragh Fanning; Philip Brophy, Matt D'Arcy; Colm McMahon, Richie Sweeney (capt), Rob Sweeney, Ciaran Ruddock, Jerry Sexton, Kevin Sheahan, Gareth Austen, Darragh Keller.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V UL-Bohemian 20/04/2013

Competition: Ulster Bank League – Division 1A
1stXV V UL-Bohemian
Score: 35 - 7 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 20/04/2013
Referee: K.Barry
Report:

UL-Bohemian scored a comprehensive four-try victory over Constitution at Temple Hill in the last Ulster Bank League game of the season. However, in the end it was to no avail, as Shannon scored a similar home victory over Lansdowne to maintain their advantage over their neighbours. As a consequence UL are in the automatic relegation position, while Shannon will have a play-off game against UCD or Dublin University to determine their status for next season.

Constitution failed to breach the visitors defence in the first half. On the other hand UL scored thirteen unanswered points. Two penalties by out-half Ben Martin, who also scored a try and conversion accounted for their total.

Martin added another penalty after just three minutes of the second half, and by the mid-point in the half, second row Conor Kindregan had scored two more tries. Martin converted one try for 28-0. Constitution No.8 Cathal O’Flaherty was sin-binned in the last 10 minutes and Mossy Lawler scooted over for the fourth try in his absence. Martin brought up the 35 points without reply with the conversion. Andrew O’Driscoll got in by the posts for a consolation try for Constitution in the final minute. Holland kicked the simple conversion, but UL will be disappointed that they did not find their real form earlier in the campaign.

For Constitution it was a disappointing outcome a week before the Bateman Cup final against St Mary’s College, but they will surely learn a few lessons from such an aggressive attack-minded UL-Bohs side.

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons; R.Clune, N.O’Driscoll, A.Ryan, C.Healy; J.Holland, G.Hurley Capt.; B.Cagney, A.Cudmore, C.Corkery; D.O’Brien, B.Hayes; G.Lawler James Ryan, C.O’Flaherty

Cork Con Scorers:

A.O’Driscoll 1T; J.Holland 1C.

UL-Bohemian Team:

D.Johnson; R.White, M.Lawler, N.Kenneally, F.Aherne; B.Martin, T.Rafferty; K.Flanagan, S.Henry, G.Flanagan; E.Kelly, D.Frawley; C.Kindregan, J.O’Donoghue, S.Rennison.

UL-Bohemian Scorers:

B.Martin 1T3P3C; C.Kindregan 2T; M.Lawler 1T.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Clontarf 13/04/2013

Competition: Ulster Bank League – Division 1A
1stXV V Clontarf
Score: 22 - 18 (Con score given first)
Venue: Castle Avenue
Date: 13/04/2013
Referee: P.Fitzgibbon
Report:

Cork Constitution repeated their first round Ulster Bank League result with a hard earned success at Castle Avenue on Saturday. They won the first encounter at Temple Hill 20-18 in September, and though 12-13 behind at the break, they used the breeze well in the second period to carve out a notable win that gives them every chance of a second place finish. However, Clontarf’s losing bonus point may prove the difference between the sides at the season-end.

Johnny Holland gave Constitution a 7-0 lead with a try and conversion before former Con favourite Richard Lane pulled back three points for Clontarf with a penalty. A try from Tom Byrne converted by Lane made it 10-7 to the home side and Lane added a second penalty before Constitution closed the gap to a point with a try by James Ryan.

So, 13-12 to Clontarf at the break, with the elements to favour Constitution in the second period. However, Clontarf drew first blood with a try by Michael McGrath to stretch their lead to 18-12. Brian Hayes then scored the vital try for Constitution. Johnny Holland converted, and added a penalty to make the game safe for the visitors.
  
Next Saturday Constitution meet UL-Bohemian at Temple Hill in the final game of the series, where a win is essential if they are to get ahead of Clontarf, who themselves are away to Garryowen.

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons; R.Clune, S.Deasy, A.Ryan, C.Healy; J.Holland, G.Hurley Capt.; John Ryan, A.O’Driscoll, B.Cagney; B.Hayes, J.McSweeney; G.Lawlor, James Ryan, C.O’Flaherty.
 

Cork Con Scorers:

J.Holland 1T2C1P; Jas Ryan 1T; B.Hayes 1T.

Clontarf Team:

T.McCoy; R.Lane, C.Keegan, C.O’Shea, M.McGrath; E.Ryan Capt., D.O’Meara; R.Burke-Flynn, C.O’Flynn, T.Furlong; B.Reilly, C.O’Keeffe; S.Crawford, A.Darcy, M.Garvey.
 

Clontarf Scorers:

T.Byrne 1T; M.McGrath 1T; R.Lane 2P1C.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Dolphin 29/03/2013

Competition: Ulster Bank League – Division 1A
1stXV V Dolphin
Score: 27 - 24 (Con score given first)
Venue: Musgrave Park
Date: 29/03/2013
Referee: O.Hodges (MAR)
Report:

Cork Constitution repeated their first round Ulster Bank League superiority over neighbours Dolphin at Musgrave Park on Friday evening. In a thrilling encounter that went down to the wire, Constitution fought back from a 6-24 point deficit midway in the second half to win with an injury time try.

It was a remarkable encounter and great value for the Good Friday attendance. As a consequence Constitution are now seven points clear of their local rivals in the battle for league pride, though Dolphin have a game in hand against Young Munster.

Johnny Holland gave Constitution the lead after just two minutes from a penalty. However, Dolphin were level from a Barry Keeshan penalty after seven minutes, and went ahead on 14 minutes from a try by second row Chris Rowe. Keeshan kicked the conversion for a 10-3 lead.

Dolphin had the better of the play in the second quarter, and added to their lead before half time with a try by Miah Cronin, converted from the touchline by Keeshan for a 17-3 half time lead.

Holland kept Constitution in touch with a successful penalty after the break, but when Dave O’Callaghan scored a fine try for Dolphin in the 51st minute, suddenly the gap widened to 18 points with Keeshan’s successful conversion.

Brian Hayes proved a saviour for Constitution, however, when he got over for a try in the 55th minute. And Holland’s conversion cut the deficit to 11 points. That set up a great final quarter as Constitution raised the pace and spread the ball at every opportunity. However, Dolphin’s dogged defence held until Bryan Cagney scored in the corner with three minutes of normal time remaining. Holland again kicked a great conversion to leave just four points between the sides.

Constitution piled on the pressure as Dolphin suffered the loss of two players to the sin bin in the final minutes that probably proved crucial. In the event, a try by John Ryan in the fifth minute of stoppage time gave Constitution the spoils and Holland’s conversion was the final nail.

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons; N.O’Driscoll, S.Deasy, J.McSwiney, C.Healy; J.Holland, G.Hurley Capt.; J.Ryan, A.O’Driscoll, C.Corkery; P.Donnellan, B.Hayes; G.Lawler, C.O’Flaherty, James Ryan

Cork Con Scorers:

B.Hayes 1T; B.Cagney 1T; John Ryan 1T; J.Holland 3C2P.

Dolphin Team:

E.Mills; J.Gleeson, R.Scannell, C.Bohane, D.Barnes; B.Keeshan, B.Slater;J.Cronin,N.Scannell, C.Condon; C.Rowe, D.O’Shea; R.O’Herlihy, R.Murphy, M.Cronin.

Dolphin Scorers:

C.Rowe 1T; M.Cronin 1T; D.O’Callaghan 1T; B.Keeshan 3C1P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Old Belvedere 23/03/2013

Competition: Ulster Bank League – Division 1A
1stXV V Old Belvedere
Score: 37 - 32 (Con score given first)
Venue: Temple hill
Date: 23/03/2013
Referee: G.Clancy IRFU
Report:

In a high scoring Ulster Bank League tie at Temple Hill Cork Constitution gained some recompense for a their first round defeat at the hands of Old Belvedere. In the first round Old Belvedere scored a decisive 44-13 victory at Anglesea Road.

On this occasion the result was never in doubt as Constitution led from the second minute, however, Belvedere did strike back in the closing minutes to salvage two bonus points that could prove invaluable in their relegation struggle with UL Bohs and Shannon. For their part Constitution will be pleased to get a second win in succession and a bonus point for four tries that keeps them in the top half of the table.

Johnnny Holland gave Con an early lead with a penalty after two minutes. In the 6th minute John Ryan finished off a forward drive with a try, converted by Holland. However, Danny Riordan was given the freedom of Temple Hill to run in a soft try in the 9th minute, and Josh Glynn’s conversion brought his side back into the game.

Holland edged Con clear with penalties in the 22nd and 28th minutes, before Glynn struck a similar effort for Belvedere, to leave the score at 16-10 to the home side at the break.

Glynn closed the gap in the 42nd minute with a penalty, but then Con surged ahead with a three-try salvo in a ten minute spell. First Darragh Lyons finished a neat break by Niall O’Driscoll to score at the posts. Holland converted. Cathal O’;Flaherty and Brian Hayes combined to put Andrew Cudmore in for a try in the 48th minute. Holland converted, and he added the points to a 53rd minute try by Alex Ryan  to push Con out to 37-13.

Unopposed scrums were introduced in the 70th minute as Belvedere lost front row players, and they took advantage with three late tries, as Constitution’s defence went somewhat awol. No.8 Colin Mallon scored from a 5 metre scrum in the 72nd minute. Glynn converted. Flanker Kieran O’Gorman scored with a similar effort in the 79th minute. Glynn again converted, and in injury time centre John Kennedy was given a clear run to the line to score at the posts. Inexplicably, Glynn put his conversion attempt under the crossbar.

And so it ended 37-32 with a bonus point to Con and two points to the Dubliners that may prove very beneficial in a few weeks.

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons; R.Clune, N.O’Driscoll, A.Ryan, C.Healy; J.Holland, G.Hurley Capt.; C.Corkery, A.O’Driscoll, J.Ryan; P.Donnellan, B.Hayes; G.Lawlor, James Ryan, C.O’Flaherty.

Cork Con Scorers:

John Ryan 1T; D.Lyons 1T; A.Cudmore 1T; A.Ryan 1T; J.Holland 4C3P.

Old Belvedere Team:

D.Riordan; A.Wynne, J.Kennedy, B.Woods, J.Glynn; F.Lawlor, A.Sheehan; P.O’Regan, M.Cooney, D.Lavery; D.Moore, J.Eden-Whatiri; M.Oyuga, K.O’Gorman, C.Mallon.

Old Belvedere Scorers:

D.Riordan 1T; C.Malon C 1T; K.O’Gorman 1T; J.Kennedy 1T; J.Glynn 3C3P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Young Munster 16/03/2013

Competition: Ulster Bank League – Division 1A
1stXV V Young Munster
Score: 10 - 9 (Con score given first)
Venue: Clifford Park
Date: 16/03/2013
Referee: M.Black (T.O’Donoghue)
Report:

Cork Constitution repeated their first round one point win over Young Munster at Clifford Park on Saturday to record a rare All Ireland League double over their old Munster rivals.

Young Munster had the better of the first half exchanges and led 6-5 at the break. Their pack was powered by the return of International Paul O’Connell who played the 80 minutes. Two penalties by full back Derry O’Connor had given them a six point lead after 28 minutes.

Con hit back on 32 minutes with a fine team try. Brian Hayes broke from his 22 metre line and fed Darragh Lyons at half way. A grubber kick by the full back led to a maul on the Munster’s 22 metre line. Gerry Hurley passed out to Andrew O’Driscoll without delay and the hooker dabbed a clever ball to the line that Cronan Healy latched onto for his third since his return from Australia.

Both kickers missed a couple of penalty chances before referee Michael Black was replaced by touch judge Tom O’Donoghue due to injury. Meanwhile the game continued to be highly competitive with both sides losing players to the sin bin.

With the clock running down Young Munster took the lead from a third penalty by O’Connor for a scrum infringement in the 78th minute. But the clock favoured Con, as the game ran to seven minutes overtime, and in the final minute, as Con attacked the line relentlessly, centre Alex Ryan squeezed over for the winning score in what was the final play.

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons; C.Healy, S.Deasy, A.Ryan, N.O’Driscoll; J.Holland, G.Hurley Capt.; C.Corkery, A.O’Driscoll, John Ryan; I.Nagle, P.Donnellan; B.Hayes, C.O’Flaherty, James Ryan.

Cork Con Scorers:

C.Healy 1T; A.Ryan 1T.

Young Munster Team:

D.O’Connor; S.McCauley, M.Doyle, L.Kunthz, D.O’Neill; M.Prendergast, B.Haugh; H.McGrath, G.Slattery, A.Cotter; S.Duggan, M.Madden; N.Melbourne, M.Rowley, G.Bourke.
 

Young Munster Scorers:

D.O’Connor 3P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Shannon 02/03/2013

Competition: Ulster Bank League
1stXV V Shannon
Score: 26 - 45 (Con score given first)
Venue: Coonagh
Date: 02/03/2013
Referee: A. Rolland
Report:

Shannon prevailed in the return Ulster Bank League tie at Coonagh on Saturday. Played on firm ground and bright calm conditions, Shannon took the initiative from the start, and scored three tries in each half to give Constitution a rare hiding. Credit to Constitution though, after a poor start, they pulled back to equalise at 14-14 after 20 minutes, but thereafter Shannon ruled.

Full back James Luxton grabbed the first try in the left corner when a grubber kick evaded the Con defence. Rob Guerin converted from the touchline. In the 11th minute Munster forward Niall Ronan drove over from a maul and Guerin again added the points.

In the next 10 minutes Con fought back and had tries by Cronan Healy and Niall O’Drsicoll. Gerry Hurley added the conversions to tie up the scores at 14 points each. The Con line-out was not functioning smoothly, and when Shannon stole a ball at half way, they moved the all to midfield, from where strong centre Ed Maloney drove for the line. Guerin converted, and also kicked a penalty to leave the home side 24-14 ahead at the break.

Constitution opened the second half with a second try by Cronan Healy, created by James Ryan and Rob Clune. However, that sparked Shannon into life and, playing rugby that belied their lowly league placing, they scored three tries in the next 16 minutes. First Eric Maloney scored his second when receiving from Guerin from a 5 metre scrum. Wing Dave O’Donovan took advantage of a Con slip in the 55th minute for the fifth try, and No.8 John Shine scored a simple try when he went over unopposed from another 5 metre scrum. Guerin converted all three to bring up 45 points.

In the final minutes James Ryan got a fourth try for Constitution that won a consolation bonus point, which may yet be valuable when the final league tally is complete. The defeat drops Constitution to 6th place, on points difference from St Mary’s College, also on 30 points.
 

Cork Con Team:

C.Healy; N.O’Driscoll, A.Ryan, C.Desmond; D.Lyons, G.Hurley Capt.; J.Ryan, A.O’Driscoll, C.Corkery; P.Donnellan, B.Hayes; G.Lawler, C.O’Flaherty, James Ryan.

Cork Con Scorers:

C.Healy 2T; N.O’Driscoll 1T; James Rryan 1T; G.Hurley 1P3C.

Shannon Team:

J.Loxton; M.Darcy, E.Moloney, R.Mullane, D.O’Donovan; T.Bennett, R.Guerin; G.McNamara, D.Casey, K.Griffen; F.Walsh, S.McCarthy; J.Murphy, N.Ronan, J.Shine.

Shannon Scorers:

E.Maloney 2T; J.Loxton 1T; D.O’Donovan 1T; N.Ronan 1T; J.Shine1T; R.Guerin 1P6C

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Lansdowne 23/02/2013

Competition: Ulster Bank League – Division 1A
1stXV V Lansdowne
Score: 14 - 34 (Con score given first)
Venue: Temple Hill
Date: 23/02/2013
Referee: Nigel Correll
Report:
Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons; N.O’Driscoll, C.Healy, S.Deasy, C.Desmond; J.Holland, G.Hurley Capt.; J.Rochford, A.Cudmore, C.Corkery; P.Donnellan, B.Hayes; G.Lawler, B.O’Hara, C.O’Flaherty.

Cork Con Scorers:

G.Hurley 1T; C.O’Flaherty 1T; J.Holland 2C.

Lansdowne Team:

R.McCarron; C.Aherne, S.Gahan, S.Carey, G.Horan; C.Ronaldson, R.Driscoll; I.Prendeville, S.Collins, D.O’Reilly; T.Beirne, W.Earl; C.Ross, C.Butterworth, R.Boucher.

Lansdowne Scorers:

F.Horan 1T; R.Boucher 1T; T.Beirne 1T; C.Ronaldson 1T4C2P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V St Mary’s College 16/02/2013

Competition: Ulster Bank League – Division 1A
1stXV V St Mary’s College
Score: 30 - 12 (Con score given first)
Venue: Temple Hill
Date: 16/02/2013
Referee: S.Gaffikin
Report:

St Mary’s College won a comprehensive victory over Cork Constitution in the Ulster Bank League tie at Temple Hill on Saturday. They racked up seventeen points without reply in the first half, and added another thirteen points before Constitution made a late rally to put a little respectability on the score. Constitution won the first meeting between the sides at Templeville Road last month, but it was clear that the Dubliners had revenge in mind.

Constitution started well enough, but Johnny Holland missed the first scoring chance from a penalty in the 9th minute. St Mary’s took the lead from a Gavin Dunne penalty in the 26th minute after James Ryan was yellow-carded for an indiscretion. From the kick-off, St. Mary’s No.8 Darragh Keller made a powerful return run, to set up a scrum inside the Con 22 metre line. From there they mauled to the line, and then released winger Steve Toal-Lennon to score a fine try. Dunne added the conversion for 10-0.

Then in the 38th minute as Con attacked inside the Mary’s 22 metre line, Toal-Lennon intercepted and sprinted away for a fortunate, but vital score. Dunne added the points for 17-0 at the break.

Dunne kicked a penalty in the 43rd minute to bring up 20 points for his side. A fracas at mid-way in the 47th minute saw a player from each side dispatched to the sin bin. Dunne kicked a second penalty in the 51st minute when Constitution wing Cronan Healy became the fourth player to be sin-binned for an off-side offence. St Mary’s captain Matt D’Arcy ended the game as a contest when he stole away from a maul to score in the 58th minute. Dunne again added the points for 30-0.

Despite the daunting task, Constitution rose to the challenge however, and once they got back to fifteen players, they forced some good possession and were rewarded when Brian Hayes got over for a try from a 5-metre scrum in the 66th minute. Gerry Hurley converted, but he failed to add the points to a last minute try by Conor Desmond in the left corner.

And so ended a poor day for the home side. The sides will meet again at the end of the season in the Bateman Cup final, though the venue remains undecided.

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons; N.O’Driscoll, S.Deasy, R.Clune, C.Healy; J.Holland, G.Hurley Capt.; P.Galvin, A.O’Driscoll, B.Cagney; P.Donnellan, B.Hayes; G.Lawler, B.O’Hara, James Ryan.
 

Cork Con Scorers:

B.Hayes 1T; C.Desmond 1T; G.Hurley 1C.

St Mary’s College Team:

C.Horgan; S.Toal-Lennon, M.O’Driscoll, RR.Hudson, D.Fanning; G.Dunne, M.D’Arcy; C.McMahon, D.Fawcett, A.Lyons; S.Bradshaw, G.Sexton; C.Ruddock, G.Austin, D.Keller.
 

St Mary’s College Scorers:

S.Toal-Lennon 2T; M.D’Arcy 1T; G.Dunne 2P3C.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Garryowen 02/02/2013

Competition: Ulster Bank League
1stXV V Garryowen
Score: 21 - 18 (Con score given first)
Venue: Dooradoyle
Date: 02/02/2013
Referee: P.Fitzgibbon
Report:

Cork Constitution won their return Ulster Bank League tie with Garryowen on Saturday. In the first game at Temple Hill in January the Light Blues won the day 14-10, but on this occasion, the accurate place kicking of Johnny Holland proved the difference. The out-half kicked fifteen points in the first half and added six more in the second.

Garryowen scored a try through Conal Doyle converted by Mathew Jarvis, who also kicked a penalty to leave the half time score at 15-10 to Constitution. A try by Ronan O’Mahony brought the sides level at 15 points each mid-way in the second half, but the tie was decided by the accurate boot of Holland.

Garryowen remain in second place on 31points, but have lost ground to Lansdowne, who defeated Dolphin, and lead on 38 points. Constitution on 29 points, remain level with Young Munster, who defeated Old Belvedere, but have a game in hand.

Constitution’s next game is against St Mary’s College at Temple Hill on 16th February.

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons; C.Healy, I.Dineen, R.Clune,  C.Desmond; J.Holland, G.Hurley Capt.; B.Cagney, B.Vaughan, John Ryan; I.Nagle, P.Donnellan; G.Lawler, B.Hayes, James Ryan.
 

Cork Con Scorers:

J.Holland 7P.

Garryowen Team:

R.O’Mahony; L.Burke, A.O’Byrne, C.Doyle Capt., E.Connolly; G.Ryan,  N.Cronin; R.Brosnan, J.Rael, J.P.Cooney; A.Kennedy, A.McCluskey; C.Hartigan, A,Kavanagh, T.J.Anderson.
 

Garryowen Scorers:

C.Doyle 1T; R.O’Mahony 1T;  M.Jarvis 2P1C.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V St Mary’s College 26/01/2013

Competition: Ulster Bank League
1stXV V St Mary’s College
Score: 22 - 13 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templeville Road
Date: 26/01/2013
Referee: L.Colgan
Report:

Cork Constitution won a tough UBL encounter with St Mary’s College on Saturday. In blustery conditions, both sides made every effort to keep the ball moving, and used their three-quarters extensively. However, the conditions took pace off the play, and in the end, it was the tried and trusted methods that succeeded.

Constitution made a good start, and were rewarded with a penalty by Johnny Holland after 8 minutes. Their line out play was excellent throughout with Nagle, Donnellan and Lawler to the fore. And it was a line out maul that was driven to the line in the 12th minute that gave Constitution the opening try. When the maul was pulled down at the line, St Mary’s Rob Sweeney was sin-binned and a penalty try awarded. Holland kicked the simple conversion for a 10-0 lead.

Gavin Dunne struck a penalty for St. Mary’s on 16 minutes and Jonathan Holland replied with a penalty two minutes later. Rob Clune was sin-binned in the 24th minute for not releasing near the try line, but Dunne missed with the penalty attempt. He was successful with a similar effort just before half time, however, to leave the half time score at 13-6 to the visitors.

St Mary’s players went to the dressing rooms during the break, but it was Constitution who had the better of the third quarter. A Johnny Holland penalty in the 53rd minute extended their lead to 16-3, and with the benefit of a diagonal cross wind they were dominating play. However, an incisive break instigated by Mary’s wing Darragh Fanning took play to the Con 22 metre line, and when a penalty was awarded, scrum half Matt D’arcy took a quick penalty and eluded the defence for an opportunist try. Dunne added the points for 16-13.

In the final 10 minutes there were yellow cards against Keller of St Mary’s and Lawler for Constitution, as the referee struggled to manage the intensity of the breakdowns. However, Constitution forced the play to the St. Mary’s half, and Gerry Hurley secured the points with penalties in the 71st and 81st minutes.

The win boosts Constitution’s placing in the table to fourth, level with Young Munster on 25 points. However, Lansdowne are now nine points ahead after a 23-0 win over second-placed Garryowen, who are Con’s opponents next Saturday at Dooradoyle.
 

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons; C.Healy, R.Clune, S.Deasy,  N.O’Driscoll; J.Holland, G.Hurley Capt.; B.Cagney, A.O’Driscoll, John Ryan; I.Nagle, P.Donnellan; G.Lawler, B.O’Hara, James Ryan.

Cork Con Scorers:

Pen try; J.Holland 3P1C; G.Hurley 2P

St Mary’s College Team:

C.Hogan; D.Hudson, M.O’Driscoll, R.Hidson, D.Fanning; G.Dunne, M.D’arcy; C.McMahon, D.Fawsitt, R.Sweeney; S.Bradshaw, J.Sexton; C.Ruddock, G.Austin, D.Keller.

St Mary’s College Scorers:

M.D’arcy 1T; G.Dunne 2P1C.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Ballymena 17/01/2013

Competition: Bateman Cup Semi-final
1stXV V Ballymena
Score: 20 - 13 (Con score given first)
Venue: Eaton Park, Ballymena
Date: 17/01/2013
Referee: D.McCormack
Report:

Cork Constitution made the long trip to Ballymena for the Bateman Cup semi final on Saturday, trusting that the inclement weather would not interfere with the fixture. In the event the home club had made arrangements to ensure the fixture was fulfilled by clearing the carpet of snow that had covered the pitch in time for the kick-off.

Constitution started well and led 13-3 at the interval. Gerry Hurley kicked two penalties and converted a try by No.8 James Ryan. Ballymena’ replied with a penalty from Rory Drysdale.

In the second period Constitution secured their right of passage to the final with a second James Ryan try, duly converted by Hurley. Hurley took a quick free and his grubber kick to the line was seized on by the No.8. Ballymena hit back with a try from Adrian Hamilton. Drysdale converted, and added a second penalty.

In the Bateman Cup final, Constitution will meet St Mary’s College, who defeated Galwegians 30–22 at Glenina, Galway. The final is scheduled for Saturday 27th April at a venue to be confirmed.
 

Cork Con Team:

R.Clune; C.Desmond, N.O’Driscoll, C.McGovern, C.Healy; D.Lyons, G.Hurley; B.Cagney, A.Cudmore, C.Corkery; P.Donnellan, C.O’Flaherty; G.Lawler, B.O’Hara, James Ryan.

Cork Con Scorers:

J.Ryan 2T; G.Hurley 2P2C

Ballymena Team:
Ballymena Scorers:

A.Hamilton 1T; R.Drysdale 2P1C.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Garryowen 05/01/2013

Competition: Ulster Bank League
1stXV V Garryowen
Score: 14 - 20 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 05/01/2013
Referee: D.Wilkinson
Report:

Garryowen gained revenge for their Munster Senior Cup defeat when they returned to Temple Hill and gained a solid Ulster Bank League victory.

In a lacklustre first half Constitution took the lead with two Johnny Holland penalties in the first quarter, but Garryowen hit back and scored a try through prop Rory Brosnan. Con had failed to clear and from a 5 metre line out, the Garryowen pack proved the stronger and drove over the line. Geoff Ryan added the conversion and kicked a penalty in the 22nd minute. Garryowen held that lead to half time.

Cronan Healy, who has returned for the second half of the season from Australia, gave Con good field position in the 49th minute, and from the line out they moved the ball to mid-field where Graeme Lawler created the opening for Andrew O’Driscoll to score. Holland kicked the conversion for 11-10.

The lead only lasted three minutes, as Garryowen scored from a sustained attack on the right wing when full back Ronan O’Mahony went in for the try. Ryan converted. In the 62nd minute Cronan Healy was called back for a forward pass when a try seemed certain, and two minutes later the Con pack mauled over the line, but did not register. However, Holland closed the gap with a penalty in the 68th minute.

Thereafter, Con threw all they had at the Garryowen defence to no avail, and when Graeme Lawler was penalised for a high tackle, Ryan completed the scoring from the resultant penalty.
 

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons; C.Healy, I.Dineen, R.Clune,  C.Desmond; J.Holland, G.Hurley Capt.; B.Cagney, A.O’Driscoll, John Ryan; I.Nagle, p.Donnellan; G.Lawler, B.Hayes, James Ryan.

Cork Con Scorers:

A.O’Driscoll 1T; J.Holland 3P

Garryowen Team:

R.O’Mahony; L.Burke, A.O’Byrne, C.Doyle Capt., E.Connolly; G.Ryan,  N.Cronin; R.Brosnan, J.Rael, J.P.Cooney; A.Kennedy, A.McCluskey; C.Hartigan, A,Kavanagh, T.J.Anderson.

Garryowen Scorers:

R.Brosnan 1T; R.O’Mahony 1T; G.Ryan 2P2C.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V University College Cork 26/12/2012

Competition: Crowley Cup
1stXV V University College Cork
Score: 24 - 17 (Con score given first)
Venue: Temple Hill
Date: 26/12/2012
Referee:
Report:

Cork Constitution retained the Dermot Crowley Memorial Cup on a festive St Stephen’s Day at Temple Hill. Both sides used their extensive squads on a fine afternoon, but after a heavy night’s rain had softened the playing surface.

Johnny Holland gave Con an early lead with a penalty. Kevin Kidney equalised for College with a similar effort after 15 minutes. In a well contested half both sides defended well, and it took a smart mid-field break by Jayde Cruickshank to set up the first try scored by Rob Clune in injury time. Holland converted for 10-3 to the home side at the interval.

In the second period there were liberal replacements. Constitution welcomed stalwart winger Cronan Healy back from Australia, and he did not disappoint with a trade mark try in the 62nd minute. Brendan Monohan, who had entered the fray at out half, converted for 10-3. Four minutes later the same duo repeated the feat with another try and conversion to push Con out to 24-3.

Thereafter College came into the game with two late tries. First Graham Collins wrestled his way over for Ian O’Donoghue to add the points. And in the final play Ian O’Donoghue kicked the simple conversion of a penalty try.

Afterwards in the new Clubhouse, John Crowley was on hand to present the Crowley Cup, commemorating his late father, to the winning captain of the day,

Cork Con Team:

S.Glynn; C.Desmond, R.Clune, P.Parfrey, J.Cruickshank;  J.Holland, P.O’Leary; M.Moynihan, A.Cudmore, B.Cagney; D.O’Brien, C.O’Flaherty; P.Derham, B.O’Hara, G.Lawlor.

Cork Con Scorers:

C.Healy 2T; R.Clune 1T; J.Holland 1P1C; B.Monohan 2C.

University College Cork Team:

K.Slater; O.Dennehy, L.Dillon, D.Horgan, J.Holland; K.Kidney, R.Barry; P.McCabe, K.Stokes, S.Moynihan; D.McSweeney, D.O’Connell; J.Fitzgerald, J.McCarthy, W.Ryan Capt.

University College Cork Scorers:

Pen try; G.Collins 1T; K.Kidney 1P; I.O’Donoghue 2C.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Shannon 01/12/2012

Competition: Ulster Bank League – Division 1A
1stXV V Shannon
Score: 23 - 15 (Con score given first)
Venue: Temple Hill
Date: 01/12/2012
Referee: N.Correll (Leinster)
Report:

Cork Constitution won this Munster derby match with Shannon to consolidate their top four place in the Ulster Bank League table. They led 13-0 after an uneventful first half, but had to fight hard in the second period as a resurgent Shannon side met the challenge.

Johnny Holland kicked a penalty after 9 minutes to give the home side an early lead. Play was bright and open as both sides used their three-quarters, and when Tadg Bennett misplaced a pass in the 20th minute Constitution winger Conor Desmond, grabbed the ball and ran in from all of 60 metres for a try. Holland added the conversion for 10-0. And Holland kicked an easy penalty chance on the half hour when Shannon were penalised for off-side under the posts, as Constitution continued to dominate the first half.

However, it was a different story in the third quarter as Shannon fought back. First Rob Guerin got a fortunate intercept at half way, and eluded the home defence to score. He kicked the conversion, and a penalty five minutes later, to close the gap to three points 13-10.

Constitution, however, rose to the challenge, and after numerous phases of positive play,  Holland improved their lead with another penalty in the 56th minute. Shannon had second row Fergal Walsh sin-binned in the 60th minute, and when Con forced a scrum on the Shannon line, Gerry Hurley was quick to take advantage of a poorly controlled Shannon heel, to tap the ball over the line and score a vital try. Holland converted and Con were 23-10 ahead.

In the last play, Shannon, who were never less than competitive, scored a fine try through Cormac O’Donnell in the right corner, but Guerin could not secure the losing bonus point when his conversion attempt failed.

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons; N.O’Driscoll, R.Clune, P.Parfrey, C.Desmond; J.Holland, G.Hurley Capt.; B.Cagney, A.O’Driscoll, John Ryan; P.Donnellan, B.Hayes; B.Cuttriss, C.O’Flaherty, James Ryan.

Cork Con Scorers:

C.Desmond 1T; G.Hurley 1T; J.Holland 3P2C.

Shannon Team:

J.Loxton; C.O’Donnell, E.Moloney, R.Mullane, L.O’Dea; T.Bennett, R.Guerin; M.Horan, D.Casey, G.McNamara; F.Walsh, K.Hanley; S.McCarthy, M.Cullan, J.Murphy.

Shannon Scorers:

R.Guerin 1T1P1C; C.O’Donnell 1T.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V UL-Bohemian 23/11/2012

Competition: Munster Senior Cup Final
1stXV V UL-Bohemian
Score: 15 - 14 (Con score given first)
Venue: Mardyke
Date: 23/11/2012
Referee: Eddie Hogan-O’Connell
Report:

Cork Constitution won their 24th Munster Senior Cup in most dramatic fashion at the Mardyke on Friday evening. Trailing by four points deep into injury time, against an unyielding UL-Bohemian defence, they finally found the key to unlock that defence with a superb try. The conversion attempt from the touchline struck the crossbar, and the referee blew for full time to end a thrilling encounter.

UL-Bohemian playing in their first Cup final for 32 years settled quickly and scored after 5 minutes when centre Mossie Lawlor went over for a try. Ben Martin converted for 7-0. Bohemians continued to make the early pace and Martin was wide with a drop goal attempt after 26 minutes. Then as tempers flared in a melee that saw Bohs No.6 Conor Kindregan sin-binned, Constitution struck for a try through Niall O’Driscoll. Johnny Holland added the conversion to tie up the scores at 7-7 at the break.

Significantly, Constitution stayed on the pitch for the half time break and took the initiative with a Johnny Holland penalty after two minutes. Another score then might have sealed the game, but again the Bohs defence dealt with everything, and they engineered a fine try in the 64th minute. From good field position they recycled repeatedly, before putting winger Darren Moroney in for a try. Martin again added the points to set up a massive challenge to Constitution.

And in the final 15 minutes Constitution did rise to the challenge. They rotated their forwards via the rolling replacement rules as the Bohs pack tired, and then they played a vital card. When Constitution forced a series of 5-metre scrums, they brought No.8 James Ryan back from the bench, and it was his slick delivery to scrum half Gerry Hurley that led to the dramatic winning try. From a scrum to the left of the posts, Con opted for the short side. Hurley’s pass to Ivan Dineen was not perfect, and the big centre had to check and adjust his run. But in doing so he created space for his wing partner Niall O’Driscoll, and as he engaged the Bohs winger, he slipped a scoring pass around the corner, for O’Driscoll beat the cover tackle to score. Holland’s fine conversion attempt did not matter as clock was well over the eighty minutes.

It was a harsh outcome for a gallant and well-coached UL-Bohemian team, but for Constitution the glory of a Cup win will give them confidence for the Bateman Cup series that will see them play away to the Ulster Cup winners in January.

Footnote:
Watching from the stand, Flor O’Leary recalled that he was at the 1946 Cup final at the Mardyke as a 16-year old, when Con won the Cup 3-0 with a last minute try against Garryowen. On that occasion, out half Tommy Moroney broke on the short side from a pass from scrum half Ned Murphy, drew the Garryowen winger and put Tommy Riordan away to beat the cover and score in the right corner at the river end. On this occasion it was on the same side of the pitch, but at the city end. And to keep the family connections going, it was Ned Murphy’s grand-nephew, Niall O’Driscoll who scored the winning try, while his brother Andrew O’Driscoll also won his first Cup medal, and in a competition sponsored by their father’s company ODM Financial, Bandon.

Cork Con Team:

Darragh Lyons; Robert Clune, Ivan Dineen, Scot Deasy, Niall O’Driscoll; Johnny Holland, Gerry Hurley Capt.; Bryan Cagney, Andrew O’Driscoll, John Ryan; Brian Hayes, Philip Donnellan; Graeme Lawlor, Brendan Cuttriss, James Ryan.

Cork Con Scorers:

N.O’Driscoll 2T; J.Holland 1P1C

UL-Bohemian Team:

D.Johnson; D.Moroney, M.Lawlor, N.Kenneally, R.Whyte; B.Martin, C.Sheridan; T.Burke, E.Rossiter, G.Walsh; E.Kelly Capt., D.Frawley; C.Kindregan, J.O’Donoghue, J.Condrell

UL-Bohemian Scorers:

M.Lawlor 1T; D.Moroney 1T; B.Martin 2C.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Old Belvedere 17/11/2012

Competition: Ulster Bank League – Division 1A
1stXV V Old Belvedere
Score: 13 - 44 (Con score given first)
Venue: Anglesea Road
Date: 17/11/2012
Referee: E.O’Dowd
Report:

Cork Constitution lost for the second time in this season’s Ulster Bank League when Old Belvedere scored a decisive victory at Anglesea Road on Saturday. In a tight first half they trailed by just 6-8, having had the benefit of the breeze. But in the second period they their way as Belvedere ran in five tries to claim a bonus point in a most comprehensive victory.

It was the second highest points total conceded by the club in the lifetime of the All Ireland League; the highest being an end of season 33-56 romp, away to Dungannon, in the final game of the 2003 season.

The first half, however, was well contested and showed no sign of an imminent collapse. Johnny Holland landed a penalty in the opening minute. In the 5th minute full back Danny Riordan ran in a try in the corner, as Belvedere created an extra man on the right. In the final 10 minutes of the half, Holland and Josh Glynn exchanged penalties to leave the half time score at 8-6 to the home side.

Riordan repeated his first half effort with his second try in the left corner in the first minute of the second half. Wing forward Kieran O’Gorman scored after a period of Belvedere pressure in the 50th minute. Glynn converted and kicked a penalty 5 minutes later for 23-6. Riordan completed his hat-trick of tries in the 57th minute in the left corner and Glynn added a fine conversion to bring up 30 points.

Gerry Hurley got some consolation for Con when he tapped a penalty and made the line in the 66th minute. Holland kicked the conversion, but Belvedere finished strongly with two further converted tries by outstanding flanker Jack Conan and second row Josh Eden-Whatiri. 

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons; R.Clune, N.O’Driscoll, S.Deasy, C.Quinn; J.Holland, G.Hurley Capt.; P.Galvin, A.O’Driscoll, C.Corkery; P.Donnellan, B.Hayes; G.Lawlor, B.O’Hara, James Ryan.

Cork Con Scorers:

G.Hurley 1T; J.Holland 1C2P.

Old Belvedere Team:

D.Riordan; J.Glynn, J.Kennedy, B.Woods, C.Murphy; S.Crosbie, F.Lawlor; V.Soden, M.Cooney, P.O’Regan; D.Moore, J.Eden-Whatiri; J.Conan, K.O’Gorman, J.Slattery.

Old Belvedere Scorers:

D.Riordan 3T; J.Eden-Whatiri 1T; J.Conan 1T; K.O’Gorman 1T; J.Glynn 2C4P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Dolphin 09/11/2012

Competition: Ulster Bank League – Division 1A
1stXV V Dolphin
Score: 18 - 13 (Con score given first)
Venue: Temple Hill
Date: 09/11/2012
Referee: E.Hogan O’Connell
Report:

Cork Constitution defeated Dolphin in a tense local derby encounter at Temple Hill. On a fine Friday evening, and before the biggest crowd of the season, they settled quickly and scored the opening try within two minutes.

In their first attack, Johnny Holland’s clever grubber kick to the corner was seized on by Scott Deasy to score. Holland missed the difficult conversion, but slotted a penalty in the 8th minute to give the home side a handsome 8-0 early lead. Barry Keeshan missed his first scoring opportunity from a penalty in the 10th minute, but Constitution dominated possession during the half.

However, Dolphin hit back just before the break. When they won a Con line-out, they mauled to the line, and hooker Niall Scannell got the touch down in the 36th minute. Keeshan added the points for 8-7, but he missed a penalty in first half injury time as Brian Hayes was yellow carded for an off-side offence.

Keeshan was successful with a penalty in the two minutes after the re-start to give his side a two point advantage. Constitution, still without Hayes applied pressure, but Holland was wide with two penalty chances, before re-taking the lead with a phase of superb play in the 51st minute. Playing into the clubhouse end, they moved the ball swiftly from left to right across the three quarter line and Scott Deasy took out the last defender to give Ivan Dineen the scoring pass. Johnny Holland found his range with a fine conversion from wide out for 15-10.

Dolphin had Chris Rowe sin-binned in the 55th minute and during his absence Holland added a penalty for a scrum offence. Thereafter, Constitution kept their opponents at bay and it was only in the final minutes that Keeshan closed the gap from a penalty, having also missed one in the 74th minute.

The win leapfrogs Constitution over Dolphin into third place in the table with 16 points, three points behind leaders Lansdowne.

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons; R.Clune, I.Dineen , S.Deasy, N.O’Driscoll; J.Holland, G.Hurley Capt.; P.Galvin, A.Cudmore, John Ryan; P.Donnellan, B.Hayes; G.Lawlor, B.O’Hara, James Ryan.

Cork Con Scorers:

S.Deasy 1T, I.Dineen 1T; J.Holland 1C2P

Dolphin Team:

E.Mills; J.Kiernan, C.Bohane, D.Barnes, G.O’suilleabhan; B.Keeshan, C.Bannon; J.Cronin, N.Scannell Capt., C.Condon; C.Rowe, D.O’Mahony; M.Cronin, R.Murphy, B.O’Callaghan

Dolphin Scorers:

N.Scannell 1T; B.Keeshan 1C2P

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Lansdowne 03/11/2012

Competition: Ulster Bank League – Division 1A
1stXV V Lansdowne
Score: 25 - 22 (Con score given first)
Venue: Lansdowne Road
Date: 03/11/2012
Referee: M.Patton
Report:

Cork Constitution scored a superb away win over table toppers Lansdowne at Lansdowne Road on Saturday. Though trailing 3-14 at the interval, they scored three second half tries to level at 22 points each by the 73rd minute, and then got the winner through a Johnny Holland penalty in the 84th minute to claim the points.

Despite early pressure from the home side, Constitution weathered the storm on the artificial pitch at Lansdowne Road, and scored the opening penalty via Johnny Holland in the 13th minute. Lansdowne equalised in the 30th minute through a Craig Ronaldson penalty. Two minutes later Cian Aherne squeezed in for a try in the left corner. In that play, Constitution had Brain O’Hara sin-binned for an indiscretion, and while Ronaldson missed the conversion, he kicked two penalties in first half injury time to give his side a flattering 14-3 advantage.

Lansdowne added to their tally in the 42nd minute when Cian Aherne romped away from half way to score his second try. Ronaldson did not add the extras, but Lansdowne now led 19-3. Niall O’Driscoll got a vital try for Constitution in the 50th minute, when he stretched from the tackle in the left corner. However, Ronaldson kicked another penalty in the 65th minute to put Lansdowne back in command at 22-8.

By then Constitution were showing signs of settling into the conditions imposed by the artificial surface and Scott Deasy turned the game in Constitution’s favour with two tries in the final 10 minutes. He scored at the posts in the 70th minute, and he collected a neat grubber by Niall O’Driscoll to score under the posts again three minutes later. Holland added both conversions to tie up the scores at 22 points each.

In the dramatic final minutes, Ronaldson had a chance to put his side ahead, but he missed a penalty from 40 metres. Almost immediately, Holland got a similar chance and he nailed the kick to give his side a famous win.

As a result the top four teams have all won three games and lost one. Lansdowne lead on 15 points; Garryowen are second on 14 points; Dolphin and Constitution are on 13 and 12 points respectively. Next Friday, Constitution meet Dolphin at Temple Hill.

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons; R.Clune, N.O’Driscoll, S.Deasy, C.Quinn; J.Holland, G.Hurley Capt.; P.Galvin, A.Cudmore, John Ryan; P.Donnellan, B.Hayes; C.O’Flaherty, B.O’Hara, James Ryan.

Cork Con Scorers:

S.Deasy 2T, N.O’Driscoll 1T; J.Holland 2C2P

Lansdowne Team:

D.Lyons; R.Clune, N.O’Driscoll, S.Deasy, C.Quinn; J.Holland, G.Hurley Capt.; P.Galvin, A.Cudmore, John Ryan; P.Donnellan, B.Hayes; C.O’Flaherty, B.O’Hara, James Ryan.

Lansdowne Scorers:

C.Aherne 2T; C.Ronaldson 4P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Young Munster 27/10/2012

Competition: Ulster Bank League – Division 1A
1stXV V Young Munster
Score: 21 - 20 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 27/10/2012
Referee: S.Gallagher
Report:

Cork Constitution scored a notable win over Young Munster at Temple Hill on Saturday, but it took all their resolve to find the winning points, as they trailed by six points as the clock reached the 80th minute.

Young Munster took the lead after 15 minutes through a penalty kicked by scrum half Brian Haugh, after he and Gerry Hurley for Constitution, had missed earlier chances. The play in the opening half was as bright and crisp as the day itself, and Constitution scored a fine try on the half hour. Excellent back play took the ball down the left flank, from where wing Cathal Quinn cut in to score at the posts. Johnny Holland added the extra points for 7-3. However, Young Munster took the first half honours with a try by second row Sean Duggan in the 40th minute. The conversion was missed, but the Limerick men led 8-7 at the break.

Young Munster had the better of the third quarter and added two penalties from Brian Haugh to lead 14-7. Constitution continued to spread the play, and were rewarded with a try by Ivan Dineen in the 63rd minute. Holland kicked the extra points to level the scores. Both sides missed penalty chances, before Brian Haugh was successful with two kicks in the 73rd and 78th minutes. The first penalty was awarded against Brian O’Hara who was sin-binned for his trouble, leaving Constitution to see out the remaining time with 14 players.

With a six point deficit, only a converted try would save the day for Constitution, and in the last play of the game Ivan Dineen repeated his earlier feat when he again evaded the defence to score in the left corner. The kick was no formality, but Johnny Holland calmly put the conversion between the posts for a thrilling victory.

In defeat Young Munster had the consolation of a well-deserved bonus point, but the four points move Constitution up to fifth in the table, six points behind leaders Lansdowne who they play next Saturday in Dublin.

Afterwards in the Clubhouse, Johnny Brennan was on hand to present the Danaher Sheehan Memorial Cup to Constitution captain, Gerry Hurley.

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons; R.Clune, I.Dineen, N.O’Driscoll, C.Quinn; J.Holland, G.Hurley Capt.; John Ryan, A.Cudmore, C.Corkery; P.Donnellan, B.Hayes; C.O’Flaherty, B.O’Hara, James Ryan.

Cork Con Scorers:

I.Dineen 2T; C.Quinn 1T; J.Holland 3C.

Young Munster Team:

C.O’Hanlon; S.McCauley, M.Doyle, L.Kunthz, D.O’Neill; G.Quinn McDonagh, B.Haugh; H.McGrath, G.Slattery, A.Cotter; S.Duggan, M.Madden; N.Melbourne, M.Rowley, G.Bourke.

Young Munster Scorers:

S.Duggan 1T; B.Haugh 5P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Cashel 13/10/2012

Competition: Munster Senior Cup – Semi Final
1stXV V Cashel
Score: 26 - 15 (Con score given first)
Venue: Temple Hill
Date: 13/10/2012
Referee: J.Kieran
Report:

Cork Constitution qualified for the Munster Senior Cup final with a victory over Cashel in a well contested semi final at Temple Hill on Saturday.

The first half was dominated by the home side, but they only led 10-3 at the break. Cathal O’Flaherty scored the first try from a line out maul in the 10th minute that Gerry Hurley converted. Hurley added a penalty in the 18th minute for 10-0. But Cashel struck back with a penalty by Pat O’Connor before the break, to leave the half time score at 10-3 to the home side.

Philip Donnellan scored a try for Constitution in the 46th minute, converted by Hurley, to give them a 17-3 lead. Rory O’Connor got Cashel back in contention with a smart try in the 67th minute, and full back Pat O’Connor was successful with the conversion, though he was errant with some earlier placed kicked  that would have helped his side. Constitution closed out the game thereafter, with two penalties by Gerry Hurley and a drop goal by Darragh Lyons.

Giles Boland got in for a late try for Cashel, converted by O’Connor, but Constitution had done enough to gain the coveted place in the final, in which they will meet UL-Bohemian on 24th November.

Cork Con Team:

R.Clune; C.Quinn, N.O’Driscoll, P.Parfrey, E.O’Donnell; D.Lyons, G.Hurley Capt.; M.Moynihan, A.Cudmore, B.Cagney; C.O’Flaherty, P.Donnellan; G.Lawlor, A.White, James Ryan.

Cork Con Scorers:

C.O’Flaherty 1T; P.Donnellan 1T; D.Lyons 1DG; G.Hurley 3P2C

Cashel Scorers:

R.O’Connor 1T; E.Boland 1T; P.O’Connor 1P2C.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V UL-Bohemian 06/10/2012

Competition: Ulster Bank League – Division 1A
1stXV V UL-Bohemian
Score: 15 - 23 (Con score given first)
Venue: Annacotty
Date: 06/10/2012
Referee: S.Gallagher
Report:

UL-Bohemian scored a decisive win over Cork Constitution at Annacotty, Limerick, on Saturday. Leading 13-3 at the interval from a penalty and penalty try, they scored two second half try to stretch the lead to 23-8, and only a late opportunist try by Constitution put some respect on the score line.

The respective out-halves, J.J.Hanrahan and Scott Deasy, exchanged penalties in the first quarter to leave the early exchanges level. However, on the half hour UL made a decisive break-through when referee Gallagher awarded a penalty try. The first half scrums were untidy and when an attacking UL scrum was wheeled, he awarded the try, though it scarcely looked that a try would result. Hanrahan added the easy conversion for 10-3, and a further penalty in the 40th minute, after Constitution full back Darragh Lyons was rather harshly sin-binned for an offside offence.

There was a 15 minute hold up in the 32nd minute, when Constitution replacement flanker, Brendan Cuttriss, received a serious injury. Medical attention was required, and he was transferred to hospital where he was detained overnight. Fortunately, his condition improved and he was to be released home on Sunday.

UL made a very good start to the second half, and were rewarded with a fine try in the  left corner by Mossie Lawlor, though Constitution’s line tackling was somewhat lax, as the ball was taken through a number of phases to set up the score. Darragh Lyons gave Constitution some hope with a smart try in the 70th minute, when he latched onto Scott Deasy’s grubber to the line. However, UL snuffed out their hopes immediately when wing Martin McPahil scored in the right corner in the four minutes later for 23-8.

Robert Clune got a fine try in the final minute, converted by Deasy, to leave the final score at 23-15 to the home side.

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons; R.Clune, J.Holland, P.Parfrey, C.Desmond; S.Deasy, G.Hurley Capt.; P.Galvin, A.Cudmore, John Ryan; P.Donnellan, C.O’Flaherty; G.Lawlor, B.O’Hara, James Ryan.

Cork Con Scorers:

D.Lyons 1T; R.Clune 1T; S.Deasy 1P1C.

UL-Bohemian Team:

B.Martin; M.McPahil, M.Lawlor, N.Kenneally, R.White; J.J.Hanrahan, D.Farrell; G.Walsh, S.Henry, A.Simpson; E.Kelly, C.Kindregan; T.O’Donnell, I.Condell, S.Rennison.

UL-Bohemian Scorers:

Pen try; M.Lawlor 1T; S.Henry 1T; J.J.Hanrahan 2P1C.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Clontarf 30/09/2012

Competition: Ulster Bank League – Division 1A
1stXV V Clontarf
Score: 22 - 20 (Con score given first)
Venue: Temple Hill
Date: 30/09/2012
Referee: P.Haycock
Report:

Cork Constitution overcame a strong Clontarf challenge in the opening Ulster Bank League tie at Temple Hill on Saturday, but it took a late late try and conversion to collect the four points.

Clontarf settled better than the home side and led 10-3 at the break. It might have been different if Gerry Hurley had not missed two penalty chances in the 10th and 18th minutes. Meanwhile former Constitution favourite, Richard Lane, was successful with a penalty in the 14th minute. And he converted Cathal O’Flynn’s opportunist try in the 33rd minute for a ten point lead. The try came from a close-in line-out that Clontarf mauled to the line, and the hooker stole around the side for the try. In injury time, Gerry Hurley was successful from a penalty to close the gap to 3-10.

Scrum half Dermot O’Meara repeated the effort in the 50th minute when he scored under the posts following a 5 metre scrum. Lane again obliged with the conversion, and Clontarf looked assured at 17-3.

James Ryan began the Constitution fight-back with a try in the 55th minute, when Gerry Hurley created a gap for the No.8 to run in from 20 metres. Hurley added the points for 10-17. Hurley scored again in the 70th minute after a fine run by Cathal Quinn on the left wing was carried to the line by Robert Clune, and Hurley went over on the recycle. However, Richard Lane gave Clontarf a five point lead in the 75th minute from a penalty awarded for a scrimmaging offence in front of the posts.

In the remaining minutes, Constitution raised the tempo and recycled repeatedly against the tiring visitors. Gaps began to appear in the Clontarf defence, and Daragh Lyons found the space to run in a try in the last play of the game. Hurley kicked the winning points, which left Clontarf with the consolation of the losing bonus point.

Next Saturday Constitution travel to Limerick to play UL-Bohemian at Thomond Park.

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons; R.Clune, S.Deasy, P.Parfrey, C.Desmond; J.Holland, G.Hurley Capt.; P.Galvin, A.O’Driscoll, John Ryan; B.Hayes, C.O’Flaherty; G.Lawlor, B.O’Hara, James Ryan.

Cork Con Scorers:

J.Ryan 1T; D.Lyons 1T; G.Hurley 1T2C1P

Clontarf Team:

T.McCoy; R.Lane, C.Keegan, C.O’Shea, M.McGrath; E.Ryan Capt., D.O’Meara; R.Burke-Flynn, C.O’Flynn, T.Furlong; B.Reilly, C.O’Keeffe; S.Crawford, A.Darcy, M.Garvey.

Clontarf Scorers:

C.O’Flynn 1T; D.O’Meara 1T; R.Lane 2C2P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Garryowen 22/09/2012

Competition: Munster Senior Cup – Quarter Final
1stXV V Garryowen
Score: 16 - 6 (Con score given first)
Venue: Temple Hill
Date: 22/09/2012
Referee: J.Hogan-O’Connell
Report:

Cork Constitution qualified for the Munster Senior Cup semi final with a hard earned win over old Munster adversaries Garryowen at Temple Hill on Saturday. Garryowen led 6-5 at the interval, but a strong second half performance gave the home side a solid win.

Garryowen took an early lead with a drop goal by out half Jamie Gavin after 10 minutes. His three-quarter colleague, Eamon Connolly, repeated the effort in the 32nd minute. Gavin then missed a penalty opportunity in the 37th minute, before Constitution struck for the first time with a well executed try in the 40th minute. Full back Robert Clune started the move in his own half; wing Cathal Quinn carried deep into the Garryowen half, before releasing to No.8 James Ryan, who scored in the corner.

Gerry Hurley gave Constitution the lead in the 43rd minute with a penalty, and four minutes later, Cathal Quinn finished a sweeping move by Constitution to score in the right corner, after good work by Joe McSwiney and Conor Desmond. Hurley missed the conversion, but added a penalty in the 57th minute for 16-6 to the home side.

Thereafter, Constitution saw the game out, controlling the game through their strong forward unit. In the semi final, Constitution will meet Cashel, who overcame Old Crescent, at Temple Hill on 13th October.

Cork Con Team:

R.Clune; C.Quinn, R.Sergere, P.Parfrey, C.Desmond; D.Lyons, G.Hurley Capt.; M.Moynihan, B.Vaughan, John Ryan; J.McSwiney, D.O’Brien; B.Cuttriss, B.O’Hara, James Ryan.

Cork Con Scorers:

J.Ryan 1T; C.Quinn 1T; G.Hurley 2P

Garryowen Team:

L.Burke; E.Connolly, C.O’Shea, J.McInearney, S.Horgan; J.Gavin, N.Cronin; B.Cullinane, J.Rael, R.Brosnan; A.Kennedy, A.McCluskey; E.Cross, A,Kavanagh, D.Sherry.

Garryowen Scorers:

J.Gavin 2DG.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Dolphin 15/09/2012

Competition: Munster Senior Cup – 1st Round
1stXV V Dolphin
Score: 43 - 6 (Con score given first)
Venue: Temple hill
Date: 15/09/2012
Referee:
Report:

Cork Constitution reversed their recent Cork Charity Cup result in emphatic fashion on Saturday at Temple Hill, winning a decisive victory over their Cork rivals. They scored four tries in the first half to lead 25-6 at the interval, and added a further two tries in the second period to emerge convincing winners, and advance to the Munster Senior Cup  quarter-final, where they meet Garryowen at Temple Hill next Saturday.

Cork Constitution captain, Gerry Hurley, opened the scoring with a penalty after three minutes. Constitution increased their lead six minutes later when Pat Parfrey finished a fine break by Graeme Lawlor and Joe McSwiney to the right corner.

Garret O’Sullibhan missed a penalty on 13 minutes, but was successful with a similar attempt three minutes later to reduce the deficit. However, Constitution put the game out of Dolphin’s reach with a three try salvo before the break. James Ryan scored the first after a forward drive form 22 metres. Joe McSwiney scored the second with a superb team effort on the half hour. Gerry Hurley converted for 20-3. In a fluid back movement in the 40th minute, Pat Parfrey put his centre partner, Renaud Sergere, in for the next try that Hurley converted. Dolphin full back Garret O’Sullibhan got three points back for his side with his second penalty to leave Con leading 25-6 at the interval.

Centre Renaud Sergere intercepted at half way in the 61st minute and scored at the posts. Hurley converted, and Sergere added an opportunist drop goal in the 75ty minute, before Paul Perez scored his side’s fifth try in the final minutes.

Cork Con Team:

R.Clune; C.Quinn, R.Sergere, P.Parfrey, C.Desmond; D.Lyons, G.Hurley Capt.; P.Galvin, A.O’Driscoll, S.Archer; J.McSwiney, C.O’Flaherty; G.Lawlor, B.O’Hara, L.Ryan.

Cork Con Scorers:

R.Sergere 1T1DG; P.Parfrey 1T; J.Ryan 1T; J.McSwiney 1T; P.Perez 1T; G.Hurley 2P2C.

Dolphin Team:

G.O’Sullibhan; E.Mills, H.Fleming, C.Bohane, O.O’Sullibhan; E.O’Shaughnessy, B.Slater; J.Leahy, N.Scannell, R.Martin; C.Rowe, D.O’Mahony; R.O’Herlihy, J.Vaughan, N.Cronin.

Dolphin Scorers:

G.O’Sullibhan 2P

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V University College Cork 01/09/2012

Competition: Senior Friendly
1stXV V University College Cork
Score: 26 - 0 (Con score given first)
Venue: The Mardyke
Date: 01/09/2012
Referee:
Report:

Cork Constitution paid a nostalgic visit to their old home at the Mardyke for an early season senior friendly against UCC. And after a bright open game, they came away with the spoils. Both sides used the game to try out new combinations and had many fresh faces on display.
 
Constitution got the first score on the half hour when their French centre Renaud Sergere scored after a break by flanker Graham Lawlor. Johnny Holland landed the conversion to leave the half time score at 7-0 to the visitors.

As both sides used their replacement players, it took until the 70th minute for Constitution to breach the home defence again. James Ryan broke off a scrum 40 metres out, and outwitted the home defence in a run to the line. Holland again obliged from the place kick.

Cathal O’Flaherty gathered the kick off, and began a move that went through four phases before the ball returned to him again, and he finished for a fine team try. Holland again added the points, and he finished the scoring with the fourth try just before the end, from another Graham Lawlor break.
 

Cork Con Team:

J.Holland; C.Desmond, L.Duffy, R.Sergere, C.Quinn; D.Lyons, P.O’Leary; J.Moynihan, A.O’Driscoll, P.Galvin; B.Hayes, P.Donellan; C.O’Flaherty; G.Lawlor, B.O’Hara, J.Ryan.

Cork Con Scorers:

R.Sergere 1T; J.Ryan 1T; C.O’Flaherty 1T; J.Holland 1T3C.

University College Cork Team:
University College Cork Scorers:

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Dolphin 25/08/2012

Competition: Cork Charity Cup
1stXV V Dolphin
Score: 21 - 31 (Con score given first)
Venue: Musgrave Park
Date: 25/08/2012
Referee: D.McCormack
Report:

Dolphin outscored Cork Constitution by four tries to two with a strong second half performance in the Cork Charity Cup tie that marked the opening of the season at Temple Hill.

Constitution led 13-7 at half time and stretched the lead to 16-7 after 58 minutes, but thereafter Dolphin found their form and dominated the final 20 minutes. For the most part it was an entertaining first game of the season, though the constant changes of personnel did not help the continuity of the game. And most of the changes were a result of technical indiscipline, with referee McCormack issuing the first yellow card after only 7 minutes, and thereafter at regular intervals until he had dismissed seven players before the finish. Perhaps, the players and coaches need to get the book out and review their interpretation of the laws of the game.

Constitution captain, Gerry Hurley, gave his side the lead from a penalty after the first infringement in the 7th minute. He added another in the 13th minute before Dolphin hooker J.Clery scored the first try in the 24th minute, which Keeshan converted. Pat Parfrey scored the best try of the match in the 34th minute, finishing a sweeping move from half way. Hurley added the points to give Constitution their half time lead.

Hurley extended Constitution’s lead in the 58th minute, but then they conceded a try to G.O’Sullivan from the re-start. Keeshan converted, and kicked a penalty 2 minutes later for a one point lead. Eoin O’Shaughnessy got through the Con defence in the 67th minute for a try that Keeshan converted, and Dolphin completed their tally when a penalty try was awarded against the home side for collapsing a maul.

Brian O’Hara scored a consolation try in the 75th minute, but by then Dolphin were well in control, and now advance to play Midleton in the semi final of the Charity Cup.

Cork Con Team:

P.Perez; J.Cruikshank, R.Sergere, P.Parfrey, C.Quinn; D.Lyons, G.Hurley; B.Cagney, A.Cudmore, R.Hassan; A.Ross, C.O’Flaherty; G.Larkin, B.O’Hara, J.Ryan.

Cork Con Scorers:

P.Parfrey 1T; B.O’Hara 1T; G.Hurley 3P1C.

Dolphin Team:

N.Whalley; E.Mills, H.Fleming, C.Bohane, O.O’Sullivan; B.Keeshan, B.Slater; J.Leahy, J.Clery, C.Condon; C.Rowe, D.O’Mahony; R.O’Herlihy, J.Vaughan, M.Cronin.

Dolphin Scorers:

G.O’Sullivan 1T1C; J.Clery 1T; E.O’Shaughnessy 1T, Pen
Try; B.Keeshan 1P3C

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Old Belvedere 21/04/2012

Competition: Ulster Bank League Division 1A
1stXV V Old Belvedere
Score: 22 - 25 (Con score given first)
Venue: Temple Hill
Date: 21/04/2012
Referee: Michael Black
Report:

Old Belvedere salvaged some pride in their last game of the Ulster Bank League with a gutsy win over Cork Constitution at Temple Hill on Saturday. Needing a win to keep their first division status hopes alive, they dug out the required result and so enter a play-off with Belfast Harlequins.

Old Belvedere had the benefit of the strong downfield breeze in the first period, but it was Constitution who took the initial points with a smart try by Cathal Quinn after 8 minutes. Gerry Hurley took a quick free at half way and fast hands gave Quinn a run in to the left corner. Gearoid McDonald kicked a penalty for Old Belvedere on 11 minutes and he converted Danny Riordan’s try on 14 minutes to give his side a 10-5 lead. From the kick off Constitution went on the attack and only a great tackle by Josh Glynn saved a certain try for the home side.

Belvedere stretched their lead in the 27th minute with a try wide on the left by wing Dave Mongan and Con survived a late drive by No.8 Auva’a and were happy to go in and avoid the half time hailstorm.

Gerry Hurley kicked a penalty for Constitution on the restart, but Leo Auva’a was allowed run in a soft try for the visitors 2 minutes later. McDonald converted for 8-22. On 47 minutes Brian O’Hara finished a fine break by Cathal Quinn and Daragh Lyons to score at the posts and Hurley’s conversion was good.
Constitution dominated at this stage and Johnny Holland scored again in the 52nd minute. Hurley again converted to tie the scores at 22 points each.

However, Old Belvedere controlled the final quarter and, after McDonald gave his side the lead with a 66th minute penalty, they saw out time without too much difficulty.

Cork Con Team:

R.Clune; C.Clune, S.Scanlon, D.Lyons, N.O’Driscoll; J.Holland, G.Hurley; M.Gateley, A.Cudmore, B.Cagney; B.Hayes, P.Donnellan; B.Cuttriss, B.O’Hara, James Ryan.

Cork Con Scorers:

C.Quinn 1T; B.O’Hara 1T; J.Holland 1T; G.Hurley 1P2C.

Old Belvedere Team:

D.Riordan; D.Mongan, J.Kennedy, A.Wynne, J.Glynn; G.McDonald, S.Keogh,; V.Soden, M.Cooney, P.O’Regan; D.Moore, R.Leyden Capt.; J.Conan, M.Oyuga, L.Auvaa.

Old Belvedere Scorers:

D.Riordan 1T; D.Mongan 1T; L.Auvaa 1T; G.McDonald 2P2C.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Garryowen 14/04/2012

Competition: Ulster Bank League Division 1A
1stXV V Garryowen
Score: 21 - 20 (Con score given first)
Venue: Dooradoyle
Date: 14/04/2012
Referee: Eddie Hogan O’Connell
Report:

Cork Constitution bounced back from their narrow defeat by title hopefuls St Mary’s College with an even narrower margin of victory over Garryowen at Dooradoye. It was vibrant game of rugby played in bright sunshine, but in front of a meagre attendance. The win lifts Constitution into fourth place, while the losing bonus point leaves Garryowen clear in sixth place, with just one series of games remaining.

Declan Cusack, playing at centre, gave Garryowen a 4th minute lead with a penalty. Niall O’Driscoll broke clear from his own 22 metre line in the 8th minute and looked to have spread-eagled the home defence, but a last ditch tackle held him up on the Garryowen twenty two. A penalty was conceded, however, and Gerry Hurley equalised from the place kick. Johnny Holland made a similar break in the 16th minute, and when Garryowen again infringed, Hurley kicked Constitution 6-3 ahead. Tom Gleeson, playing his 86th AIL game, but only his second start of the season, showed his class with a delightful outside break in the 25th minute to score unchallenged under the posts. Hurley converted for 13-3.

Cusack missed a penalty kick in the 28th minute, but he helped create a try under the posts for wing Ronan O’Mahony in the 36th minute, and he added the points for good measure. Hurley missed a penalty kick for Constitution before the break, but Garryowen ended the half on the attack, with second row David Sherry running in a soft try, for Cusack to add the points. That left the half time score at 17-16 to the home side.

Gerry Hurley missed a penalty chance within a minute of the restart, before Constitution had an opportunist try by Tom Gleeson in the 43rd minute. When the Constitution backs pressed up, Gleeson blocked an attempted kick by Cusack, and quickly gathered to score. Hurley missed the kick. Thereafter chances were scarcer as defences got to grips with their task. A penalty by Fergus Lawlor in the 68th minute took Garryowen to within a point, but Constitution saw out time to take the four points.

Cork Con Team:

S.Scanlon; N.O’Driscoll, T.Gleeson, D.Lyons, C.Quinn; J.Holland, G.Hurley, Capt.; M.Gateley, A.Cudmore, B.Cagnney; B.Hayes, P.Donnellan; B.Cuttriss, B.O’Hara, James Ryan.

Cork Con Scorers:

T.Gleeson 2T; G.Hurley 3P1C.

Garryowen Team:

L.Bourke; S.Horgan, A.Gaughan, D.Cusack, R.O’Mahony; F.Lawlor, N.Cronin; P.O’Shea, J.Rael, D.Lavery; F.McKenna, D.Sherry; P.Neville Capt., A.Kavanagh, L.Viapulu.

Garryowen Scorers:

R. O’Mahony 1T; D.Sherry 1T; D.Cusack 2P2C.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V St Mary’s College 31/03/2012

Competition: Ulster Bank League Division 1A21
1stXV V St Mary’s College
Score: 21 - 23 (Con score given first)
Venue: Temple Hill
Date: 31/03/2012
Referee: John Lacey
Report:

St Mary’s College kept their Ulster Bank League title hopes alive with a narrow win over Cork Constitution at Temple Hill on Saturday. They bridged an eight point deficit in the final quarter to take the lead for the first time in the game with a 76th minute penalty by Gavin Dunne. However, they still have two tough encounters to negotiate against Clontarf and Young Munster before they can claim the title.

Gerry Hurley kicked a penalty to give Constitution the lead after 26 minutes, but Dunne equalised with a penalty on 33 minutes. Just on half time, Niall O’Driscoll snapped up a pass on the left wing and ran in for a try from 30 metres, to give Constitution an 8-3 advantage.

On the resumption, Gerry Hurley, who did not have the best of fortune with his place kicks on the day, missed a penalty chance, and then failed to add the points to an excellent second try by Niall O’Driscoll in the 43rd minute. Meanwhile Gavin Dunne was successful with a penalty in the 48th minute, and added the points to a try by prop Rob Sweeney in the 52nd minute, to tie up the scores at 13 points each.

Gerry Hurley kicked a penalty for the lead in the 56th minute after a dangerous tackle on Sean Scanlon, and when James Ryan scored in the 62nd minute, Constitution looked in command at 21-13. Unluckily Hurley’s conversion attempt rebounded from the post. However, St Mary’s fought back and centre Steve Grissing was awarded a try, despite a doubt about a pass in the lead up. Dunne added the conversion and kicked the winning points in the final minutes, after Sean Scanlon was harshly yellow-carded for not releasing in the tackle.

Despite gaining a losing bonus point, Constitution slip to fifth in the table behind Lansdowne, who had a bonus point win over Young Munster.

Cork Con Team:

S.Scanlon; N.O’Driscoll, S.Deasy, D.Lyons, C.Quinn; J.Holland, G.Hurley, Capt.; B.Cagney, K.Stokes, John Ryan; B.Hayes, P.Donnellan; C.O’Flaherty, B.O’Hara, James Ryan.

Cork Con Scorers:

N.O’Driscoll 2T; James Ryan 1T; G.Hurley 2P

St Mary’s College Team:

G.Dunne; D.Hudson, S.Grissing, M.O’Driscoll, C.Hogan; P.Brophy,  M.Darcy Capt.; C.McMahon, Richard Sweeney, Rob Sweeney; D.Hall, S.Bradsahw; G.Austen, B.O’Flannagan, D.Keller.

St Mary’s College Scorers:

Rob Sweeney 1T; S.Grissing 1T; G.Dunne 3P2C.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Shannon 24/03/2012

Competition: Ulster Bank League Div.1A
1stXV V Shannon
Score: 19 - 9 (Con score given first)
Venue: Coonagh
Date: 24/03/2012
Referee: S.McDowell
Report:

Cork Constitution won their return Ulster Bank League fixture with Shannon at Coonagh on Saturday. Despite leading 5-3 at half time, they trailed for most of the second period, until two tries in the final 12 minutes secured the win. And they might have added further tries in the final quarter as Shannon tired visibly, but they were denied the bonus point in the end.

Tadg Bennett kicked a penalty for Shannon in the 3rd minute. But two  minutes later, Cathal Quinn finished a break initiated by Sean Scanlon, with a try in the right corner for a 5-3 lead. There was no further scoring in the first half, and very little open play, as Shannon used their considerable pack to keep matters tight.

Seven minutes after the break Bennett kicked a second penalty, but missed a similar chance two minutes later when replacement Matt Ross was sin-binned after a try saving tackle. In the fourth quarter Constitution raised the pace and moved the ball against the fresh breeze with more precision. They were rewarded with a try by Sean Scanlon in the 68th minute after a break in mid-field and slick off load by Niall O’Driscoll. Gerry Hurley converted for a 12-9 lead.

Thereafter Con attacked at every opportunity and  regularly stretched the home defence. Twice Cathal Quinn got past his opponent on the right wing, but the defence held. On the other side Niall O’Driscoll crossed the line only to be called back for a foot in touch. However, Con were not to be denied, and Johnny Holland scored at the posts in the last minute, after another searing left wing break by Cathal Quinn. Hurley added the extra points to close the scoring.

Cork Con Team:
Cork Con Scorers:

C.Quinn 1T; S.Scanlon 1T; J.Holland 1T; G.Hurley 2C

Shannon Team:

R.Mullane; W.O’connor, J.Clogan, L.Mullane, A.Spring; T.Bennett, A.Bennie; K.O’Neill, J.Deegan, K.Griffin; D.Heffernan, F.Walsh; S.Keogh, J.Murphy, D.Quinaln.

Shannon Scorers:

T.Bennett 3P

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Dolphin 02/03/2012

Competition: Ulster Bank League Div.1A
1stXV V Dolphin
Score: 29 - 28 (Con score given first)
Venue: Temple Hill
Date: 02/03/2012
Referee: L.Colgan
Report:

Cork Constitution won a thrilling local derby at Temple Hill with a dramatic late comeback against a valiant and skilful Dolphin side. Five minutes into the second half it looked a lost cause for the home side as they trailed 5-22 to a rampant Dolphin team, who had scored three tries in as many minutes either side of the break. However, Constitution never gave up the challenge and scored four tries in the final 25 minutes to win by the narrowest margin. 

Sean Scanlon gave Con the lead in the 10th minute when he took Johnny Holland’s cross kick to score in the left corner, after Ivan Dineen’s break brought play inside the Dolphin half. Gerry Hurley and Holland both missed penalty chances for Con, before Barry Keeshan put Dolphin on the scoreboard with a penalty. In the 34th minute Robert Clune made a searing run on the left wing, but the cover caught him on the line. And then in the last minute of the half, John Quill scored for Dolphin after Chris Nolan broke on the right wing and Chris Condon set up Quill for the score. Keeshan converted, and Dolphin went in at the break with a 10-5 lead. 

From the kick off Dolphin attacked and Nolan scored wide out on the right; two minutes later and Quill got his second try in the left corner after again stretching the Con defence. Keeshan added the points to the second try for a remarkable 22-5 lead. Con hit back, and somehow Niall O’Driscoll knocked on after cutting through to the posts. But he was not denied in the 55th minute when he scored in the left corner.

Keeshan, however, dropped a goal and kicked a penalty in another period of Dolphin superiority to stretch their lead to 28-10. In the 63rd minute Con wisely scorned a penalty opportunity in front of the posts, and instead scored a try through Cathal Quinn, converted by Hurley to close the deficit to 17-28.

Entering the final 10 minutes both sides unloaded the bench as the pace reached fever pitch. Gerry Hurley took a quick penalty on the 22 metre line and scored at the posts, and converted, to close to four points. And then in the 81st minute Sean Scanlon got on the end of another Ivan Dineen break to score a the winner. The try was unconverted, but the re-start was delayed as Dolphin’s John Quill was stretchered from the field with a concussion injury, and in the final six minutes of play Con were able to control the play and take their dramatic victory with a bonus point.

Man of the Match:Ivan Dineen

Cork Con Team:

S.Scanlon; C.Quinn, N.O’Driscoll, I.Dineen, R.Clune; J.Holland, G.Hurley Capt.; B.Cagney, A.Cudmore, John Ryan; B.Hayes, P.Donnellan; C.O’Flaherty, B.O’Hara, James Ryan.

Cork Con Scorers:

S.Scanlon 2T; C.Quinn 1T; N.O’Driscoll 1T; G.Hurley 1T2C

Dolphin Team:

E.Mills; C.Bohane, E.Moloney, K.Lynch, H.Fleming; B.Keeshan, C.Bannon; J.Cronin, A.O’Driscoll, C.Condon; C.Rowe, D.O’Mahony; R.O’Herlihy, J.Quill, R.Murphy.
 

Dolphin Scorers:

J.Quill 2T; C.Nolan 1T; B.Keeshan 2P1D2C.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Clontarf 18/02/2012

Competition: Ulster Bank League Division 1A
1stXV V Clontarf
Score: 9 - 10 (Con score given first)
Venue: Temple Hill
Date: 18/02/2012
Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon
Report:

Cork Constitution lost a great chance to close the gap with the leading sides when they failed narrowly to repeat their first round win over Clontarf. And not for the first time in this campaign, the game hinged on a controversial refereeing decision in the 65th minute when a penalty try was awarded that gave the home side a crucial seven point lead. 

Playing against the strong downfield wind in the opening half, Constitution were contesting well against the league leaders, and took the lead in the 27th minute with a penalty by Gerry Hurley. They continued to match Clontarf and held out until the 40th minute when Richard Lane equalised against his old team mates with a penalty. Hurley missed a chance two minutes later to leave the sides tied at the break. 

When Brian Hayes was harshly sin-binned in the 55th minute for obstruction, it proved to be a turning point as Clontarf pressed for a score. Con failed to clear their lines and when a resultant 5 metre scrum went down, the referee scurried for the posts to indicate a penalty try. It was a gift-wrapped seven points for the home side for very little effort.

Despite the setback, Constitution attacked repeatedly, but did not always make best use of the wind  advantage. Gerry Hurley kicked penalties in the 70th and 77th minutes as Clontarf hung on, but the merit of the penalty try decision was the main talking point at the post match enquiry.

Cork Con Team:

S.Scanlon; R.Clune, D.Lyons, I.Dineen, C.Quinn; J.Holland, G.Hurley; C.Corkery, A.Cudmore, B.Cagney; B.Hayes, P.Donnellan; J.McSwiney, B.O’Hara, James Ryan.

Cork Con Scorers:

G.Hurley 3P

Clontarf Team:

R.Lane; M.McGrath, K.Lett, C.O’Shea, T.McCoy; E.Ryan, S.Cronin;B.Barclay, A.Dundon, N.Treston; B.Reilly, J.Chipman; S.Crawford, B.O’Mahony Capt., F.Cogan.

Clontarf Scorers:

Penalty try;  R.Lane 1P1C

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Blackrock 11/02/2012

Competition: Ulster Bank League Div.1A
1stXV V Blackrock
Score: 43 - 6 (Con score given first)
Venue: Temple hill
Date: 11/02/2012
Referee: John Lacey, Munster
Report:

A superb second half display gave Cork Constitution a comfortable win over Blackrock College at Temple Hill. Constitution missed a number of first half chances from good approach play and only led 7-6 at halftime, however, in the second period more passes went to hand and they ended with six tries. 

Darragh Fitzpatrick opened the scoring for Blackrock College with a first minute penalty after Constitution mis-fielded from the kick off. Sean Scanlon scored a fine 6th minute try to open Con’s account after Quinn, Dineen and Holland all handled. Gerry Hurley kicked the conversion. Fitzpatrick kept Blackrock in the game with a 16th minute penalty, and that was the score at the break. 

Constitution opened the second half with a superb try by Scott Deasy, who finished under the posts after fine handling in turn by McSwiney, Hayes, Fogarty and Dineen. Hurley added the points and kicked a penalty on 46 minutes for a 17-6 lead.  Two minutes later Rob Clune skipped down the left wing from another Joe McSwiney break that was carried on by Dineen and Scanlon. Hurley again added the points. 

In the 57th minute Con gained their bonus point when Ivan Dineen caught Johnny Holland’s cross kick. Scott Deasy ran in a solo effort from half way in the 75th minute. Hurley converted and Ivan Dineen closed out the scoring with the sixth try two minutes later.

Man of the Match: Philip Donnellan Cork Constitution

Cork Con Team:

S.Scanlon; N.O’Drsicoll, I.Dineen, S.Deasy, C.Quinn; J.Holland, G.Hurley Capt.; B.Cagney, D.Fogarty, John Ryan; B.Hayes, P.Donnellan; J.McSwiney, B.O’Hara, James Ryan

Cork Con Scorers:

I.Dineen 2T; S.Deasy 2T; S.Scanlon 1T; G.Hurley 1P5C

Blackrock Team:

.Symonds; D.Rowan, J.S.Byrne, M.Scott-Lennon, R.Keogh;  D.Fitzpatrick, M.Walsh; J.Barretto, A.Letham,, A.Lyons; D.Dillon, A.Dunlop; S.Byrne, P.McCague,M.Connelly

Blackrock Scorers:

A.Cudmore, G.Murray, B.Cuttriss, D.Lyons, R.Clune.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Young Munster 04/02/2012

Competition: Ulster Bank League Div.1A
1stXV V Young Munster
Score: 7 - 9 (Con score given first)
Venue: Temple Hill
Date: 04/02/2012
Referee: D.Wilkinson
Report:

Young Munster came out on top of this return Ulster Bank League fixture at a very soft Clifford Park on Saturday, but not without some controversy. Constitution led 7-6 at the break, but went behind to a third Willie Staunton penalty within two minutes of the resumption. The score remained unchanged entering the final stages when Constitution were attacking strongly.

Having missed an earlier drop goal attempt, Sean Scanlon was lining up for a second opportunity when Young Munster turned over possession on their own 22 metre line, however, the replacement scrum half kicked poorly from the ruck. Constitution regained possession and quickly fed Scanlon, but again his attempt shaved the post. However, referee Wilkinson had spotted an off side and brought play back for a penalty to Constitution on the 22 metre line. Young Munster players protested the decision and the referee went to the touch judge. Meanwhile Gerry Hurley had placed the ball on the kicking tee and was preparing to kick. When the referee returned he disallowed the penalty and awarded a scrum. The subsequent play was scoreless and Constitution were left to rue another doubtful decision. In this season’s Shannon game a try was disallowed when the referee again changed his decision after touch judge intervention – both incorrectly by law, since foul play was not involved in either instance.

Nevertheless, a very honest team effort by Young Munster just about deserved their narrow win, as Constitution, despite scoring the only

try, did not convert all their chances. Willie Staunton kicked penalties in the 10th and 20th minutes to give Young Munster the lead. Constitution struck for a well worked try just before the break when they swept play quickly from right to left and Ivan Dineen made the opening for Niall O’Driscoll to slice through for the try. Johnny Holland converted to give his side a valuable lead at the break.

Staunton kicked his third penalty on 42 minutes to regain the lead. Mike Prendergast was again outstanding for Young Munster, but when he retired injured with 10 minutes to go, it gave Constitution renewed hope. They pressed hard in the final period, but to little avail in the end. Holland and Hurley both missed second half penalty chances, as well as Scanlon’s drop goal attempts.

Cork Con Team:

S.Scanlon; R.Clune, N.O’Driscoll, I.Dineen, C.Quinn; J.Holland, D.Williams; B.Cagney, A.Cudmore, John Ryan; B.Hayes, P.Donnellan; J.McSwiney, B.O’Hara, James Ryan.

Cork Con Scorers:

N.O’Driscoll 1T; G.Hurley 1P

Young Munster Team:
Young Munster Scorers:

W.Staunton 3P

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Lansdowne 28/01/2012

Competition: Ulster Bank League Div.1A
1stXV V Lansdowne
Score: 19 - 13 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 28/01/2012
Referee: L.Colgan
Report:

Cork Constitution defeated Lansdowne in a tough encounter at Temple Hill on Saturday to keep in contention for Ulster Bank League honours. They led 9-6 in a first half that was dominated by defences, but in the second period both sides offered more attacking flair. Subsequently the home side edged a victory scoring two tries to Lansdowne’s one.

Gerry Hurley gave Constitution a six point lead from two penalties in the 6th and 16th minutes, before Craig Ronaldson replied for Lansdowne in the 22nd minute. Constitution had a rare try scoring chance in the 11th minute, when they won a Lansdowne lineout throw and put the ball wide, but a misplaced pass saw the chance lost. In the final minutes of the half, Hurley and Ronaldson were successful with further penalties.

Hurley missed a good chance when he was wide from 22 metres two minutes after the resumption. Then, in the 48th minute, Lansdowne forged ahead with a well worked try by left wing Matt Healy. The opening was created by out half Ronaldson and he converted for 13-9.

The game opened up more and the greasy conditions caused mistakes on both sides. Sean Scanlon fed Cathal Quinn for a try in the right corner in the 58th minute. And Quinn made the game safe for Constitution 12 minutes later when he finished a slick Con threequarter movement by rounding his man to again score in the right corner. Gerry Hurley narrowly missed both conversions. But Constitution had a significant lead that they nurtured well.

However, Lansdowne did make a valiant attempt to salvage the game with some strong play in the final 10 minutes and Constitution were relieved to take the four points in the end.

Cork Con Team:

S.Scanlon; R.Clune, I.Dineen, N.O’Driscoll, C.Quinn; J.Holland, G.Hurley; B.Cagney, A.Cudmore, John Ryan; B.Hayes, J.McSwiney; C.O’Flaherty, B.O’Hara, James Ryan.

Cork Con Scorers:

C.Quinn 2T; G.Hurley 3P

Lansdowne Team:

R.McCarron; C.Aherne, S.Carey, G.Stafford, M.Healy; C.Ronaldson, J.Cooney; J.O’Connell, T.Sexton, M.Moore; W.Earl, M.Feeley; J.Murphy, J.Kelly, A.Mathews

Lansdowne Scorers:

M.Healy 1T; C.Ronaldson 2P1C

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V St. Marys 14/01/2012

Competition: Ulster Back Div 1
1stXV V St. Marys
Score: 8 - 21 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templeville
Date: 14/01/2012
Referee: M.Patton
Report:

St Mary’s College showed their determination to maintain leadership of the Ulster Bank League with a gritty performance at Templeville Road on Saturday.  They dominated the opening half and registered the opening scores from full back Gavin Dunne with two penalties. By half time they had added a try from a maul when No.8 Hugh Hogan got the touchdown, after they had shunted the visitors in from 20 metres.

However, the eleven point deficit did not daunt the young Constitution side, and indeed they played most of the rugby in the second period. Repeated attacks using their talented backs took play to the Mary’s line, and they were rewarded with a fine try by Niall O’Driscoll after Scot Deasy had carved an opening in mid-field. Gerry Hurly missed the conversion, but with an earlier penalty closed the gap to six points.

Further attacks failed to breach the Mary’s defence again, and in the final minutes a failure to clear their lines led to a maul on their own line. A clearance to touch would have ended the game with a losing bonus point, but Hurley’s kick from the base of the maul was blocked and replacement Damien Hall got to the ball first for a fortunate try. The conversion deprived a brave Constitution team of a losing bonus point that they would have deserved on their second half performance.

Cork Con Team:

S.Scanlon; C.Quinn, I.Dineen, S.Deasy, N.O’Driscoll; J.Holland, G.Hurley, Capt.; C.Corkery, A.Cudmore, M.Gateley; B.Hayes, I.Nagle; J.McSwiney, B.O’Hara, James Ryan 

Cork Con Scorers:
St. Marys Team:

G.Dunne; D.Hutson, S.Grissing,M.Sexton, C.Lilly; P.Brophy,  M.Darcy; J.McGrath, R.Sweeney, R.Sweeney; G.Logan, S.Bradsahw; C.Ruddock, G.Austen, H.Hogan.

St. Marys Scorers:

N.O’Driscoll 1P; G.Hurley 1P 

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Old Belvedere 07/01/2012

Competition: Ulster Bank League Division 1A
1stXV V Old Belvedere
Score: 9 - 7 (Con score given first)
Venue: Anglesea
Date: 07/01/2012
Referee:
Report:

Before today’s Ulster Bank League tie between Old Belvedere and Cork Constitution, the Dublin side had not won any of their seven games, but had gained a bonus point in each of their six defeats. Meanwhile, Constitution had lost all their home games, but had won all their away games. And remarkably both sides retained these stats at the end of a very tough competitive game.

Despite missing an easy 10th minute penalty chance, Old Belvedere took the lead two minutes later with a slick try on the left wing by full back Danny Riordan. When Darragh Lyons tried to run a ball from defence, Riordan read his chip perfectly and scored readily, for Wynne to add the points. Gerry Hurley closed the deficit with a penalty after 15 minutes, but missed a similar opportunity in the 34th minute to leave his side trailing 3-7 at the break.

Constitution had the benefit of the breeze in the second period and continued to probe the Belvedere defence from majority possession. When Duncan Williams replaced Gerry Hurley at scrum half on 50 minutes, Johnny Holland took over the kicking duties with a successful effort two minutes later to close the gap to a point. In a tense final 15 minutes, Belvedere had a player sin-binned, and Holland took his opportunity to kick the winning points in the 76th minute.

The victory keeps Constitution in the hunt for honours and they face the new League leaders St Mary’s College in Dublin next week

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons; R.Clune, I.Dineen, S.Scanlon, N.O’Driscoll; J.Holland, G.Hurley, Capt.; B.Cagney, A.Cudmore, J.Ryan; B.Hayes, I.Nagle; J.McSwiney, B.O’Hara, James Ryan

Cork Con Scorers:

G.Hurley 1P; J.Holland 2P.          

Old Belvedere Team:

D.Riordan; D.Mongan, J.Kennedy, B.Woods,P.Woods; A.Wynne, S.Keogh; V.Soden, M.Cooney, B.O’Dea; D.Moore, R.Leyden; B.Smyth, M.Oyuga, C.Mallon.

Old Belvedere Scorers:

D.Riordan 1T; A.Wynne 1C.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V UCC 26/12/2011

Competition: Crowley Cup
1stXV V UCC
Score: 23 - 6 (Con score given first)
Venue: Temple hill
Date: 26/12/2011
Referee: Richard Horgan
Report:

A large holiday crowd attended the annual Crowley Cup game at Temple Hill on St Stephen’s Day and were rewarded with a very competitive encounter. Constitution led 10-6 at half time but did not close the game out until the final minutes

Brian Kingston opened the scoring with a penalty for College after 7 minutes. Gerry Hurley drew Constitution level after 20 minutes with a penalty, but from the kick off his side were penalised and Kingston edged College ahead from the placed kick. Constitution scored the first try in the 25th minute. Cathal Quinn started the attack from his own 22 metre line, Johnny Holland carried on the move on the left wing before full back Danny O’Shea finished in style. Gerry Hurley added the extras for the half time lead. 

Gerry Hurley added to Con’s lead with second half penalties as both sides used the rolling substitute facility with regular changes. Cathal Quinn confirmed Con’s superiority with a fine try in the final minute. Replacement out half Sean Murphy, who made quite an impact, added the conversion to close the scoring. 

John Crowley was on hand to present the Derry Crowley Memorial Cup to Constitution captain Garret Murray.

Cork Con Team:

D.O’Shea; C.Quinn, N.O’Driscoll, I.Dineen, R.Clune; J.Holland, G.Hurley; G.Murray Capt, K.Stokes, John Ryan; B.Hayes, A.Ross; J.McSwiney, B.O’Hara, James Ryan.

Cork Con Scorers:

D.O’Shea 1T; C.Quinn 1T; G.Hurley 3P1C; S.Murphy 1C

UCC Team:

G.Nugent; J.Holland, G.O’Sullivan, P.Parfrey, B.Newman; B.Kingston, B.Slater Capt.; R.O’Neill,

W.Falvey, P.Ryan; B.Quill, M.Lenihan; W.Ryan, J.McCarthy, L.Cahill.

UCC Scorers:

B.Kingston 2P

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Young Munster 03/12/2011

Competition: Ulster Bank League Div.1A
1stXV V Young Munster
Score: 16 - 23 (Con score given first)
Venue: Temple Hill
Date: 03/12/2011
Referee: G.Clancy
Report:

Before the biggest crowd of the season at Temple Hill, Young Munster confirmed their status at the top of the Ulster Bank League with a powerful display against Cork Constitution. Superior at set piece, and inventive in attack, they led from the first minute and were never in danger.

Willie Staunton kicked a first minute penalty for Young Munster after an obstruction offence at the kick off. Constitution lost Brendan Cuttriss to the sin bin and Staunton extended Young Munster’s lead with a second penalty in the 7th minute. Gerry Hurley kicked a penalty on 17 minutes to get Constitution on the board. Shane O’Neill scored a try from a strong drive by the Munster’s pack in the 33rd minute and Staunton added the conversion for a 13-3 lead. Just before the break, Johnny Holland dropped a goal for Constitution in the 38th minute, but Staunton added a penalty for Young Munster before half time to leave the score at 16-6 to the visitors.

Constitution were struggling to match Young Munster’s strong scrummaging and it came as no surprise when Referee George Clancy awarded a penalty try in the 56th minute from a repeated scrum collapse near the line. Staunton kicked the conversion for 23-6. Gerry Hurley kept Con‘s hopes alive with a penalty on the hour mark, but some good attacking play by Con went unrewarded when Robert Clune was called back for a forward pass. However, Con’s spirited rally was rewarded when Niall O’Driscoll cut through, after good work on the left wing by Cathal Quinn, to score at the posts in the 78th minute. Gerry Hurley drop kicked the conversion, but time ran out for Constitution as Young Munster took the points.

For Yung Munster, their half back pairing of Mike Prendergast and Willie Staunton never put a foot wrong and controlled the game superbly.

Man of the Match: Mike Prendergast

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons; R.Clune, N.O’Driscoll, S.Deasy, C.Quinn; J.Holland, G.Hurley; C.Corkery, A.Cudmore, M.Gateley; B.Hayes, C.O’Flaherty; B.Cuttriss, B.O’Hara, James Ryan.

Cork Con Scorers:

N..O’Driscoll 1T; J.Holland 1DG; G.Hurley 2P1C.

Young Munster Team:

R.Maloney; A.Carroll, M.Costelloe, A.Burke, D.O’Neill; W.Staunton, M.Prendergast; G.Flaherty, G.Slattery, A.Cotter; D.Gallagher; S.O’Neill; L.Murphy, S.Hassett, N.Melbourn.

Young Munster Scorers:

S.O’Neill 1T; Pen try; W.Staunton 3P2C.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Blackrock College 26/11/2011

Competition: Ulster Bank League Div.1A
1stXV V Blackrock College
Score: 17 - 14 (Con score given first)
Venue: Stradbrook
Date: 26/11/2011
Referee: Simon McDowell
Report:

Cork Constitution won a narrow victory over a very competent Blackrock College side at Stradbrook on Saturday. Though at the bottom of the Division 1 table, the Dublin side gave a good account of themselves and will rue some missed chances from a very entertaining game. 

On the other hand, Constitution were a fielding one of their youngest sides ever in the AIL, and will be delighted that the team came through the difficult test. They had five changes in personnel from the team that started against Clontarf in the last game, with none of their Munster Academy and squad players available. 

Blackrock benefited from the downfield wind in the early exchanges and Declan Fitzpatrick opened the scoring with a 10th minute penalty. However, he missed a similar effort 3 minutes later. Constitution took the lead in the 16th minute when Niall O’Driscoll set up Brian O’Hara for a try, that Gerry Hurley converted. Constitution continued to attack, and right wing Cathal Quinn crossed the line in the 20th minute, but the play was recalled for a forward pass. Then in another probing attack by Constitution in the 25th minute, a loose pass was intercepted on his 22 metre line by Declan Fitzpatrick, and the out half’s pace took him to the Con line for a try, but the effort caused him to miss the relatively easy conversion.

Constitution might have regained the lead before the break, but another good attack was foiled as the ball did not reach the extra man. Subsequently, Fitzpatrick added two penalties in the minutes before half time to stretch the home lead to 14-7. 

The third quarter was just as frantic, with both sides playing as expansively as possible. Con had the better chances, but Brian Hayes knocked on with the line beckoning, and Niall O’Driscoll was denied when he was held up in the 47th minute. However, from the play following the 5 metre scrum, Martin Gateley was driven over at the posts, and Hurley added the points to level the scores at 14 points each. 

Gerry Hurley knocked over a penalty on the hour mark for the lead, after Con had scorned a few similar opportunities in favour of scrummaging options. Defences were then on top in the final quarter as the cracking pace took its toll on the players, and Darragh Lyons’ missed drop goal attempt in the final minutes was of little consequence as Con took the points on the 17-14 score line.

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons; R.Clune, N.O’Drsicoll, A.Ryan, C.Quinn; J.Holland, G.Hurley Capt.; C.Corkery, A.Cudmore, M.Gateley; B.Hayes, C.O’Flaherty; B.Cuttriss, B.O’Hara, J.Ryan.

Cork Con Scorers:

B.O’Hara 1T; M.Gateley 1T; G.Hurley 1P2C.

Blackrock College Team:

A.Letham; M.Scott Lenon, J.S.Byrne,M.McKeever, G.Greene; D.Fitzpatrick, A.McGinty; S.Byrne, CCulleton, R.Fisher; D.Dillon, A.Dunlop; D.Mannion, R.Marsh, J.O’Brien.

Blackrock College Scorers:

D.Fitzpatrick 1T3P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Clontarf 05/11/2011

Competition: Ulster Bank League Div 1A
1stXV V Clontarf
Score: 26 - 18 (Con score given first)
Venue: Temple Hill
Date: 05/11/2011
Referee: John Carvill
Report:

Cork Constitution defeated Ulster Bank League leaders Clontarf at Temple Hill to record their first home win of the season. On a fine and sunny afternoon, Constitution opened brightly and led 10-3 at half time. In the second period they stretched the lead to 26-6, before Clontarf put in a spirited revival despite losing a player to a red card. 

Gerry Hurley opened the scoring in the 2nd minute with a penalty for Constitution, but missed a similar chance shortly after, as did Richard Lane for Clontarf. Constitution attacked strongly at every opportunity, but good runs by Joe McSwiney and Niall O’Driscoll failed to yield. Then in the 19th minute Simon Zebo broke and linked with full back Darragh Lyons, who put Brian O’Hara in for the first try. Hurley slotted the conversion for 10-0. 

Former Constitution captain Evan Ryan, playing at out half for Clontarf, brought his side into the game with a fine break on the half hour mark. Constitution had No.8 Joe McSwiney sin-binned form the resultant play, and Richard Lane, returning to his old stamping ground, kicked the points from the penalty. Clontarf were caught off side in the 37th minute, following a Sam Cronin box kick, and Hurley kicked the penalty to leave Constitution leading 13-3 at half time. 

Richard Laneadded to Clontarf’s tally from a penalty in the 46th minute after Scott Deasy was sin-binned for not releasing, but Hurley restored Con’s lead in the 53rd minute from another penalty. Clontarf were unfortunate to lose Adrian Darcy, who had just come on as a replacement in the 57th minute for a dangerous tackle, and Constitution made the most of the opportunity to pressurise the visitor’s defence. From a 5-metre scrum Constitution drove the opposition to the line where Gerry Hurley got the touchdown for 21-6. 

Niall O’Driscoll was on the end of a clever Johnny Holland cross kick in the 69th minute to extend Con’s lead with their third try. In the closing stages Clontarf made light of their numerical disadvantage with a strong finish. First full back Noel Reid evaded all would-be tacklers, to score at the posts. Lane added the points. And in the final play of the game Barry O’Mahony broke away from half way and made it to the corner for the final score. 

Young Munster by virtue of their win over Garryowen, leap-frog Clontarf to the top of the table, with Constitution remaining in fourth place.

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons; R.Clune, N.O’Driscoll, S.Deasy, S.Zebo; J.Holland, G.Hurley; John Ryan, A.Cudmore, S.Archer; B.Hayes, C.O’Flaherty; B.Cuttriss, B.O’Hara, J.McSwiney.

Cork Con Scorers:

G.Hurley 1T2P1C; B.O’Hara 1T; N.O’Driscoll 1T

Clontarf Team:

N.Reid; R.Lane, K.Lett, C.O’Shea, C.Keegan; E.Ryan, S.Cronin;B.Barclay, A.Dundon, D.Merry; B.Reilly, J.Chipman; S.Crawford, B.O’Mahony Capt., F.Cogan.

Clontarf Scorers:

N.Reid 1T; B.O’Mahony 1T; R.Lane 2P1C.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Garryowen 29/10/2011

Competition: AIL
1stXV V Garryowen
Score: 9 - 13 (Con score given first)
Venue: Temple Hill
Date: 29/10/2011
Referee: P.Fitzgibbon
Report:

Garryowen gained a win over Cork Constitution in this Ulster Bank League encounter at Temple Hill on Saturday, but they can thank a moment of madness just before the half time for the decisive breakthrough.

Constitution, who had six changes from their previous game with Dolphin, were slow to get to grips with a bright Garryowen side, who came to Temple Hill with just one win from three. However, there were few scoring chances in the first 40 minutes, with the battle being played out in mid-field and both defences very much on top. A scoreless first half looked most likely.

It therefore came as a surprise, when in the 2nd minute of injury time, Constitution backs attempted to run a speculative Garryowen kick to the corner, rather than clear to touch and prepare for the second period.  However, with minimal pressure exerted by Garryowen on the kick, the Con backs contrived to fumble the ball and presented the easiest of try scoring chances to wing Alan Gaughan who had little trouble dotting down at the posts. Lawlor added the points and Constitution went to the half time huddle with a seven point headache.

Gerry Hurley kicked a penalty from 40 metres in the 50th minute to get Constitution back in the game. But just as quickly they conceded two penalties, to Fergal Lawlor and Alan Gaughan in the 52nd and 58th minutes, to give Garryowen a 13-3 advantage. Ronan O’Mahony was sin-binned in the 62nd minute giving Con a numerical advantage and Gerry Hurley kicked penalties in the 67th and 74th minute to set up a possible late charge by the home side. However, while Con’s scrummage was strong, their line out was inconsistent all through, and Garryowen were able to control the last minutes without difficulty.

 The Trevor Barry Memorial Cup was presented to the winning captain Conan Doyle. The losing bonus point leaves Constitution in fourth place on 10 points, where they are joined by Garryowen and St Mary’s College. Leaders Clontarf, unbeaten after four games, are next week’s visitors to Temple Hill.

Cork Con Team:

R.Clune; S.Zebo, I.Dineen, T.Gleeson, N.O’Driscoll; J.Holland, G.Hurley, Capt.; John Ryan, A.Cudmore, S.Archer; B.Hayes, P.Donnellan; J.McSwiney, B.O’Hara, James Ryan

Cork Con Scorers:

G.Hurley 3P

Garryowen Team:

L.Burke; A.Gaughan, C.Hircock, C.Doyle Capt., R.O’Mahony; D.Cusack, F.Lawlor; M.Kennedy, J.Rael, D.Lavery; F.McKenna, M.Melbourne; P.Neville, K.O’Gorman, L.Vaipulu

Garryowen Scorers:

A.Gaughan 1T1P; F.Lawlor 1P1C

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Dolphin 14/10/2011

Competition: AIL
1stXV V Dolphin
Score: 17 - 10 (Con score given first)
Venue: Musgrave Park
Date: 14/10/2011
Referee: D.Phillips
Report:

Cork Constitution won the first city derby of the season with neighbours Dolphin at Musgrave Park on Friday evening, but had to endure a second half revival by the host club. Constitution were clinical in the first half as they eased to a 12 point lead, but were shocked in the first 10 minutes of the second period when they conceded 10 points. However, they scored again to gain breathing space and Dolphin were unable to bridge the gap.

Constitution had a number of enforced changes from the Shannon game with injuries ruling out Anthony Horgan, Sean Scanlon, Brian O’Hara and Cathal O’Flaherty. The restructured threequarter line, however, settled and used their limited possession well. After 5 minutes they ran superbly as Simon Zebo took the ball to the left corner, and from the recycled ball, Brian Hayes was put through to the posts for the opening score. Gerry Hurley knocked over the conversion for 7-0.

Dolphin missed a great chance in the 12th minute when Keeshan opted to run a penalty awarded in front of the posts. The Con defence was light on his left, but Keeshan’s pass to his winger was adjudged forward and Con survived. Keeshan missed a penalty in the 23rd minute. Zebo made a fine break out of defence in the 38th minute, but Dolphin’s defence held. From the subsequent play, Scott Deasy put a clever kick to the right corner where Niall O’Driscoll won possession to score. It gave Constitution a 12 point lead at the break, despite Dolphin having the better of the territorial battle.

Dolphin opened the second period with renewed enthusiasm. Keeshan was on target in the 47th minute with a penalty and added the points to Willie Devane’s try under the posts in the 50th minute. Tomas O’Leary, making his return to club football after a long injury lay off, played well, but was unfortunate to be sin-binned for a technical offence in the 54th minute. Gerry Hurley missed the resultant penalty, but Constitution finished a fine move two minutes later when Niall O’Driscoll ran in a try to gain a 17-10 lead.

Joe McSwiney was sin-binned in the 61st minute as Dolphin came back into the game again. Keeshan missed a penalty chance in the 66th minute. Then with time running out, Dolphin had a great try scoring chance, but the ball was knocked on by centre Harry Fleming when a score looked certain.  Constitution will be happy to take the four points that restores their momentum after the home defeat to Shannon last week. But Dolphin will feel aggrieved that a losing bonus point was poor reward for a fine team effort.

Cork Con Team:

R.Clune.; S.Zebo, N.O’Drsicoll, S.Deasy, C.Quinn; D.Lyons, G.Hurley Capt.; M.Gateley, A.Cudmore, J.Ryan; B.Hayes, P.Donnellan; I.Nagle, B.Cuttriss, J.McSwiney.

Cork Con Scorers:

B.Hayes 1T; N.O’Driscoll 2T; G.Hurley 1C.

Dolphin Team:

N.Walley; C.Bohane, H.Fleming, W.Devane, K.Brophy; B.Keeshan, T.O’Leary; J.Cronin, A.O’Driscoll, C.Condon; C.Rowe, D.O’Mahony; D.O’Callaghan, J.Quill, R.Allen.

Dolphin Scorers:

W.Devane 1T; B.Keeshan 1P1C

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Shannon 08/10/2011

Competition: Ulster Bank League
1stXV V Shannon
Score: 10 - 14 (Con score given first)
Venue: Temple Hill
Date: 08/10/2011
Referee: L.Colgan
Report:

Cork Constitution had to settle for a losing bonus point as Shannon showed great resolve to stay the distance at Temple Hill on Saturday. Trailing 3-7 at the interval, the Limerick men took the lead early in the second period and held the advantage to the finish. It was Shannon’s first win at Temple Hill since 1997-98 season when they won 12-11. 

Constitution showed three changes from last week’s successful trip to Lansdowne, including a return to action of former Munster wing Anthony Horgan. Indeed Horgan showed great determination throughout and should be a very positive asset to the team for the season. 

In the early exchanges, Shannon missed a penalty opportunity. Anthony Horgan made a strong break for Constitution in the 17th minute, but the opportunity was lost when the Shannon defence intercepted near the line. Darragh Lyons was wide for Constitution with a drop goal attempt in the 23rd minute, but from the 22 metre drop out, the ball was gathered by Brian Hayes and he evaded the Shannon tacklers to score near the posts. Gerry Hurley kicked the conversion for 7-0. 

Gareth Quinn McDonagh kicked a penalty for Shannon in the 27th minute, but missed a similar chance in the 37th minute after Darragh Lyons had been sin-binned for a second offside offence, leaving the half time score at 7-3 to the home side.

Full back Luke O’Dea scored a try in the 44th minute for Shannon as they dominated the third quarter. Veteran Mossy Lawlor kicked a drop goal, and a second penalty by Quinn McDonagh gave Shannon a 14-7 lead in the 58th minute

Shannon No.8 Paddy Bulter was sin-binned in the 62nd minute and Gerry Hurley closed the gap with the resultant penalty. But Constitution were denied after a couple of good attacks on the Shannon line, as the referee changed a try scoring decision after a contentious touch judge intervention for an alleged knock-on by Niall O’Driscoll as he grounded the ball in the 70th minute. Subsequently Shannon saw out time as their strong pack controlled possession in the closing minutes.

Prior to kick-off the teams observed a minute’s silence in memory of former Constitution and Munster player Bela Kos who died during the week.

Cork Con Team:

S.Scanlon Capt.; A.Horgan, A.Ryan, R.Clune, C.Quinn; D.Lyons, G.Hurley; M.Gateley, A.Cudmore, J.Ryan; B.Hayes, P.Donnellan; B.Cuttriss, James Ryan, C.O’Flaherty

Cork Con Scorers:

B.Hayes 1T; G.Hurley 1P1C.

Shannon Team:

L.O’Dea; D.O’Donovan, M.Lawlor Capt., J.Clogan, C.Cunnane; G.Quinn McDonagh, R.Guerin; L.Hogan, D.Casey, K.Griffin; D.Heffernan, F.Walsh; S.Keogh, P.Butler, D.Quinaln

Shannon Scorers:

L.O’Dea 1T; G.Quinn McDonagh 3P.    

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Lansdowne 01/10/2011

Competition: Ulster Bank League Div.1A
1stXV V Lansdowne
Score: 21 - 9 (Con score given first)
Venue: Lansdowne Road
Date: 01/10/2011
Referee: M. Black
Report:

Cork Constitution came through their first Ulster Bank League test of the season at Lansdowne Road with flying colours. It was Constitution’s first time playing on the synthetic pitch at the Aviva stadium, and it took some time to adjust to it’s condition. Consequently Lansdowne started more assuredly and ran up a nine point lead in the first quarter. However Constitution fought back to be level at the break, and in the second period proved to be the stronger outfit and could have won by more.

 Craig Ronaldson kicked three penalties for Lansdowne to lead 9-0 after 17 minutes. Gerry Hurley replied similarly for Constitution in the second quarter as they got to grips with the conditions.G.Hurley 6P; D.Lyons 1D 

Constitution, whose match day squad included eight players who were making their AIL debuts for the club, had the better of the second half exchanges and Gerry Hurley rewarded their efforts with penalties in the 47th, 58th and 73rd minutes. Simon Zebo and Ivan Dineen made two searing breaks, but neither opportunity yielded a score, as the Lansdowne defence just held out. Darragh Lyons, making a welcome return after a long injury layoff, added a drop goal in the 77th minute to give Constitution a solid opening victory.

Cork Con Team:

S.Scanlon Capt.; S.Zebo, I.Dineen, R.Clune, C.Quinn; D.Lyons, G.Hurley; M.Gateley, A.Cudmore, J.Ryan; B.Hayes, P.Donnellan; B.Cuttriss, B.O’Hara, James Ryan.

Cork Con Scorers:

G.Hurley 6P; D.Lyons 1D

Lansdowne Team:

R.McCarron; C.Aherne, S.Carey, W.Walsh, M.Healy; C.Ronaldson, P.O’Driscoll; C.Murphy, D.Toomey, D.O’Reilly; N.Keogh, M.Feeley; K.Essex, J.Kelly, R.Boucher.

Lansdowne Scorers:

C.Ronaldson 3P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Old Crescent 17/09/2011

Competition: Senior Friendly
1stXV V Old Crescent
Score: 43 - 10 (Con score given first)
Venue: Rathbane
Date: 17/09/2011
Referee:
Report:

Cork Constitution travelled to Limerick on Saturday and engaged Old Crescent in a senior friendly, both sides having lost their respective Munster Senior Cup matches last week against Garryowen and Dolphin. It was a prefect opportunity to give game time to new players and new partnerships. 

Constitution led 19-0 at half time with tries from James Ryan, Robert Clune and Sean Scanlon, with Dan O’Shea adding two conversions. 

Despite a few heavy showers the play continued to be open with regular scores. Graham Murray and John Ryan scored tries before Old Crescent opened their account with a try. Cathal Quinn and James Ryan added further tries with two conversions by Sean Scanlon before Old Crescent scored a late try to wrap up an entertaining game.

Cork Con Team:

Cork Constitution: S.Scanlon Capt.; R.Clune, I.Dineen, G.Murray, C.Quinn; D.O’Shea, A.Kelleher; M.Gateley, A.Cudmore, John Ryan; B.Hayes, P.Donnellan; B.Cuttriss, A.White, James Ryan.

Cork Con Scorers:

John Ryan 2T; James Ryan 1T; R.Clune 1T; S.Scanlon 1T 2C; G.Murray 1T; C.Quinn 1T; D.O’Shea 2C

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Garryowen 10/09/2011

Competition: Munster Senior Cup
1stXV V Garryowen
Score: 9 - 15 (Con score given first)
Venue: Temple Hill
Date: 10/09/2011
Referee: D. OFlynn
Report:

Cork Constitution met Garryowen in the ODM Munster Senior Cup at Temple Hill for the first time in the long history of the competition. Normally these games have been at the Branch grounds, but with the innovation of the Bateman Cup, the Munster Senior Cup has been relegated to an early-season qualifier for the national competition. More’s the pity that a tie between these giants of the Munster game is played as the opening game of the season, with the club’s having little preparation for such an important game.

In the event the atrocious weather on the day added a factor that knocked the skill level flat and the tie was decided after much erratic play and multiple handling errors, with the gusting wind and torrential downpours making it nigh impossible to control play.

Nevertheless it was an exciting game despite the negative issues. Constitution though playing into the elements built a 6-0 lead from penalties by Gerry Hurley. Then on 36 minutes, Anthony Kavanagh ran in a try from a blind-side break, converted by Declan Cusack. Worse followed just before the break, when Con tried to spread the ball wide, Garryowen capitalised on an error and ran in an opportunist try by full back Lorcan Burke from half way., leaving Garryowen leading 12-6.

 laying with some assistance from the SW wind in the second half, Con cut the deficit when Gerry Hurley kicked a penalty in the 64th minute.  However, Hurley missed a chance in the 72nd minute to level the tie, and when Cusack slotted a late drop goal Garryowen were safely into the next round.

Cork Con Team:

S.Scanlon Capt.; N.O’Driscoll, I.Dineen, R.Clune, C.Quinn; D.O’Shea, G.Hurley; C.Corkery, A.Cudmore, J.Ryan; B.Hayes, P.Donnellan; B.Cuttriss, B.O’Hara, James Ryan.

Cork Con Scorers:

G.Hurley 3P

Garryowen Team:

L.Burke; I.Hanley, A.Gaughan, C.Doyle Capt., R.O’Mahony; D.Cusack, F.Lawlor; M.Kennedy, A.McMahon, J.P.Cooney; D.Sherry, M.Melbourne; P.Neville, A.Kavanagh, L.Biapulu

Garryowen Scorers:

A.Kavanagh 1T; L.Burke 1T; D.Cusack 1DG 1C

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Cashel 27/08/2011

Competition: Cork Charity Cup
1stXV V Cashel
Score: 13 - 17 (Con score given first)
Venue: Cashel
Date: 27/08/2011
Referee: D.O’Flynn
Report:

Cashel outscored Cork Constitution by three tries to one with a strong second half performance in their first appearance as a senior club after gaining promotion to the All Ireland League last season.

Constitution led 13-0 five minutes into the second period but their inexperienced side failed to contain the home side as they took their try scoring chances well. Constitution had just five of the side that lost to Old Belvedere in the AIL final in May and gave senior debuts to eight players and a further four via the rolling substitute system.

Gerry Hurley, who had played for Munster ‘A’ on Friday, opened the scoring with two penalties in a first half in which Constitution had plenty of possession but lacked the teamwork to trouble the home defence. Playing into the wind in the second period, Cathal Quinn scored an opportunist try in the 45th minute and Hurley added the points for 13-0. However Cashel, with Ed Leamy showing good form, hit back in the 52nd minute with a try. Six minutes later Cashel worked a try in the corner by Conor Quinlan from a 5 metre scrum. Donagh O’Brien kicked the conversion and the same player scored the decisive try in the 65th minute.

Cork Con Team:

Cork Constitution: R.Clune; E.O’Donnell, C.Desmond, C.McGovern, C.Quinn; D.O’Shea, G.Hurley; M.Gateley, A.Cudmore, J.Ryan; B.Hayes, A.Ross; B.Cuttriss Capt., James Ryan, F.Cogan

Cork Con Scorers:

C.Quinn 1T; G.Hurley 2P1C.

Cashel Team:

D.O’Brien; R.O’Connor, P.O’Connor, K.Merrrigan, K.Leamy; C.Quinlan, O.McGlinchy; E.Hall, D.McCormack, H.Stanley; S.Walsh, E.O’Connor; J.E.O’Connor, M.Cross, E.Leamy

Cashel Scorers:

E.Leamy 1T; C.Quinlan 1T; D.O’Brien 1T1C.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Old Belvedere 01/05/2011

Competition: All Ireland League Division 1 Final
1stXV V Old Belvedere
Score: 17 - 20 (Con score given first)
Venue: Donnybrook
Date: 01/05/2011
Referee: D.Philips
Report:

Old Belvedere turned the tables on Cork Constitution in the final of the Ulster Bank League at Donnybrook on Sunday. Constitution won the season’s two league games, but Belvedere found another gear to outscore Constitution with three fine tries. So once again Constitution lost a play-off series after winning the league series. 

Belvedere opened with a cracking try after 8 minutes when David Mongan scored in the left corner. Andy Dunne kicked a fine conversion for 7-0. Constitution to their credit worked hard and gained a degree of control with Gerry Hurley kicking three penalties after 11, 20 and 36 minutes, however the Belvedere defence somehow kept their line intact despite being under severe pressure on a number of occasions. Con opted to take the points just before the break when Maguire was sin-binned and a forward drive might have yielded more. After the poor start, Constitution were probably happy with a 9-7 lead at the interval. 

However, their optimism was misplaced as Belvedere started the second period with another sizzling try, when they created another overlap and centre John Kennedy scored in the right corner. A deserved try for Constitution by Sean Scanlon in the 58th minute gave them a 14-12 lead and a confidence boost that they might build on. But a penalty by Keane and a third try for Belvedere by Kennedy suddenly put them back in the driving seat with 10 minutes remaining. A penalty by Hurley cut the deficit to three points with 8 minutes on the clock. But when Hurley missed with a further chance with 3 minutes remaining, it was the signal for Belvedere to tie up the game with a series of hide-the-ball mauls and the game fizzled out. In the last play, a desperate attempt by Simon Zebo to intercept near his own line led to a yellow card, but the penalty to Belvedere was of no consequence. 

Constitution management will reflect long and hard at this loss. A solid scrum and superb lineout, a fine half back pairing and a wonderful captain in Frank Cogan, but they were still out-manoeuvred by Belvedere, for whom it was a first All Ireland League title and their first ever AIL win over Constitution.

Cork Con Team:

S.Scanlon; R.Lane, I.Dineen, C.Jouve, S.Zebo; S.Deasy, G.Hurley; M.Gateley, D.Fogarty, S.Archer; B.Hayes, I.Nagle; B.Holland, B.Cuttriss, F.Cogan Capt.

Cork Con Scorers:

S.Scanlon 1T; G.Hurley 4P.

Old Belvedere Team:

D.Riordan; E.Devitt, J.Kennedy, B.Woods, D.Mongan; A.Dunne, S.Keogh; V.Soden, M.Cooney, S.Maguire; D.Moore, D.White; K.Miller, J.Risdon, L.Aauvaa

Old Belvedere Scorers:

D.Mongan 1T; A.Dunne 1T; K.Buckley 1T; A.Dunne 1C.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Young Munster 17/04/2011

Competition: Ulster Bank League Div.1A Semi final
1stXV V Young Munster
Score: 19 - 9 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 17/04/2011
Referee: D.Wilkinson
Report:

Cork Constitution overcame a gallant Young Munster side at Temple Hill on Sunday to qualify for the Ulster Bank League final. Constitution had a great start with a try after 3 minutes and stretched the lead to 13-6 by the interval. However, Young Munster closed the deficit to four points at the start of the second period and it took Constitution until the final minutes to close out the result.

The game was played with great spirit in front of an enthusiastic crowd in perfect conditions. Temple Hill was looking at its best as RTE cameras broadcast the action live. It was a typical Munster derby between these two old adversaries and the result was in the balance to the final minutes.

Constitution got off to a great start when a succession of rucks and mauls on the Young Munster goal line yielded a try for Brian Hayes in the 3rd minute. Gerry Hurley added the extra points for 7-0. Hurley kicked a penalty in the 25th minute after another period of sustained pressure on the visitor’s goal line. Young Munster scrum half Alan Kingsley brought his side back into contention with two successful penalties on 34 and 37 minutes – the second from a metre inside his own half. But Constitution had the final say of the half as Hurley kicked a penalty in injury time to leave the score at 13-6 at the break.

Kingsley kicked a penalty within a minute of the restart to set the scene for a great second half battle. Young Munster matched Con out of touch, and indeed took a number of overthrows which No.8 Shane Hassett punished with strong runs at the Con defence. Meanwhile, Constitution were using Peter O’Mahony, surprising playing on the left wing, to drive breaches in the Munster’s defence at every opportunity. Kingsley missed a great chance on the 60th minute when his penalty attempt drifted right of the posts. But it took until the 79th minute before Constitution got some breathing space when Hurley kicked his fourth successful penalty. And then in the 6th minute of injury time he sealed the win with an opportunist drop goal.

Cork Constitution will meet Old Belvedere, who defeated Clontarf in the first semi final, in the final scheduled for Donnybrook, Dublin, on Sunday 1st May

Cork Con Team:

S.Scanlon; R.Lane, I.Dineen, C.Jouve, P.O’Mahony; S.Deasy, G.Hurley; M.Gateley, D.Fogarty, D.Hurley; B.Hayes, I.Nagle; B.Holland, B.Cuttriss, F.Cogan Capt..

Cork Con Scorers:

B.Hayes 1T, G.Hurley 4P1C1D

Young Munster Team:

:I.Cross; C.O’Hanlon, M.Costelloe, R.Moloney, A.Carroll; W.Staunton, A.Kingsley; G.O’Flaherty, G.Slattery, A.Cotter; S.O’Neill, N.Melbourn; L.Murphy, J.O’Neill, S.Hassett.

Young Munster Scorers:

A.Kingsley 4P

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Blackrock College 02/04/2011

Competition: All Ireland League Div.1A
1stXV V Blackrock College
Score: 33 - 16 (Con score given first)
Venue: Temple Hill
Date: 02/04/2011
Referee: D.Phillips
Report:

Cork Constitution completed their Ulster League campaign with a fine win over Blackrock College at Temple Hill on Saturday. The victory completes a fifth successive series win and qualifies them for a home semi final against Young Munster.

Simon Zebo set the scene with a scorching try in the first minute. It came from the first line out, taken cleanly by Brian Hayes on the Con 10 metre line, and delivered off the top to Duncan Williams. Gerry Hurley at out half passed inside to Zebo coming in off the left wing and his pace and athleticism took him clean through for a touch down wide on the right. Gerry Hurley added the points with a difficult kick into the wind. However, Blackrock hit back immediately with a penalty by Darragh Fitzpatrick, and a couple of minutes later scored a try when a mix up by in the Con defence from a deep kick yielded a soft try for No.8 Alex Dunlop. Gerry Hurley kicked a penalty to regain the lead for Constitution on 10 minutes as the match flowed from end to end, with each side testing the other’s defence at every opportunity. Blackrock retook the lead with another Fitzpatrick penalty in the 34th minute. A further exchange of penalties did not add to the score and Blackrock held a one point advantage at the break 11-10.

Constitution pulled away somewhat with three successful penalties by Gerry Hurley in the first ten minutes of the second half. The Blackrock pack salvaged a try in the 56th minute when Mick Carroll was driven over from a maul to reduce the deficit, But in the 66th minute Con killed off the game with a fine try by Richard Lane after Sean Scanlon had wrong footed the Blackrock defence with a clever change of direction. Hurley converted for 26-16. And in injury time Duncan Williams sealed the victory with a third try also converted by Hurley.

Constitution finished the League series with 47 points, four ahead of second placed Old Belvedere with Young Munster jumping into third place at the expense of St Mary’s College. The semi final pairing for weekending 26th April are: Constitution v Young Munster and Old Belvedere v Clontarf.

Cork Con Team:

S.Scanlon; R.Lane, I.Dineen, T.Kenneally, S.Zebo; G.Hurley, D.Williams; M.Gateley, R.Quinn, S.Archer; B.Hayes, I.Nagle; P.O’Mahony, B.Cuttriss, B.Holland

Cork Con Scorers:

S.Zebo 1T; R.Lane 1T; D.Williams 1T; G.Hurley 4P3C

Blackrock College Team:

M.Scott-Lennon; D.Rowan, L.Ellison, R.Keogh, K.Curran; D.Fitzpatrick, C.Crowley; J.Barretto, C.Culleton, A.Lyons; D.Dillon, M.Carroll; B.Kelly, M.Noone, A.Dunlop.

Blackrock College Scorers:

A.Dunlop 1T; M.Carroll 1T; D.Fitzpatrick 2P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V St Marys College 26/03/2011

Competition: All Ireland League Div.1A
1stXV V St Marys College
Score: 22 - 0 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templeville Road
Date: 26/03/2011
Referee: D.Wilkinson
Report:

Cork Constitution emerged victorious from the vital Ulster League encounter at Templeville Road on Saturday. The win gives Constitution a four point lead over their nearest rivals, St Mary’s and Old Belvedere, with just one series of games remaining.

It was a worthy victory over a very competitive St Mary’s side. Constitution struck first when Gerry Hurley converted a 9th minute penalty. However, St Mary’s dominated the first half possession with a strong lineout and kept Constitution on the back foot throughout. It took a superb Scott Deasy kick to the corner in the final minutes of the half to give Constitution an opportunity. From that they managed to steal the home line out and recycled a few times before putting Cyprien Jouve in for a try in the opposite corner. Hurley converted and Constitution had a fortunate 10-0 lead at the break. Constitution’s defensive line was never breached and St Mary’s only had one scoring chance for a 40th minute penalty that was missed.

Constitution might have made more use of a succession of scrums on St Mary’s line in the early minutes of the second period and had to wait until the 53rd minute for a breakthrough. Denis Fogarty broke on the left and Simon Zebo put a perfect kick over the last defender and ran on to score. Hurley converted  for 15-0. Ten minutes late,r Zebo repeated the feat, this time gathering Scott Deasy’s grubber behind the defence, to gather and score. Hurley again added the points and Constitution were able to see out  the remaining time as St Mary’s made a valiant effort with their replacements adding more vigour to their attack.

Old Belvedere’s defeat by Garryowen means that Constitution go back on top of the table with 43 points. Old Belvedere and St Mary’s College are next on 39 points. Next week Constitution are home to Blackrock College.

Cork Con Team:

S.Scanlon; R.Lane, I.Dineen, C.Jouve, S.Zebo; S.Deasy, G.Hurley; M.Gateley, D.Fogarty, S.Archer; B.Hayes, I.Nagle; B.Holland, B.Cuttriss, F.Cogan Capt..

Cork Con Scorers:

S.Zebo 2T; C.Jouve 1T; G.Hurley 1P2C

St Marys College Team:

P.Gillispie; R.Doherty, S.Grissing, P.Brophy, D.Hudson; G.Dunne, M.D’Arcy; C.McMahon, Richard Sweeney, Robert Sweeney; S.Bradshaw, C.Ruddock; D.Hall, P.Nash Capt., H.Hogan.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Young Munster 05/03/2011

Competition: All Ireland League Div.1A
1stXV V Young Munster
Score: 3 - 6 (Con score given first)
Venue: Clifford Park
Date: 05/03/2011
Referee:
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Young Munster took the points from a bruising Ulster Bank League encounter at Clifford Park on Saturday. The Greenfields venue was not a pleasant place as the overnight deluge left the pitch and surrounds in a semi-monsoon state, and the incessant rain made any decent play redundant. Despite that the two sides made the best of their plight and went at their task with great commitment. 

There were few if any highlights, as individual skill gave way to a dour struggle with frequent interventions by the misfortunate referee. His task was virtually impossible as the players fought out a battle reminiscent of scenes from the Somme, where short yards were won and lost in the manner of the trench warfare of that debacle. A regular barrage of up and unders, with infantry follow up, was appropriate and all that was missing was a gas cloud and stretcher bearers. 

Young Munster scrum half Alan Kingsley missed with two penalty chances in the first half before Gerry Hurley gave Con the lead with a penalty in the 31st minute. Hurley missed with a second attempt in the 37th minute to leave Con with a 3-0 half time lead. 

Kingsley missed again with a penalty attempt on 53 minutes, before equalising with a similar effort in the 72nd minute. Misplaced line kicks by Con led to a late Young Munster siege that yielded two further penalty awards for alleged off-side at mauls, and Kingsley duly kicked the second from in front of the posts in the 76th minute, after Stephen Archer was sin-binned for ending up at the wrong side of a maul

Cork Con Team:

S.Scanlon; S.Zebo, I.Dineen, S.Deasy, T.Gleeson; G.Hurley, D.Williams; M.Gateley, D.Fogarty, S.Archer; B.Hayes, J.McSwiney; B.Cuttriss, C.O’Flaherty, F.Cogan Capt..

Cork Con Scorers:

G.Hurley 1P

Young Munster Team:

R.Moloney; M.Doyle, M.Costelloe, G.Jones, A.Carroll; W.Staunton, A.Kingsley; A.Cotter, G.Slattery, G.O’Flaherty; S.O’Neill, B.Guilfoyle; L.Murphy, J.O’Neill, N.Melbourne

Young Munster Scorers:

A.Kingsley 2P

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Garryowen 26/02/2011

Competition: All Ireland League Div.1A
1stXV V Garryowen
Score: 11 - 11 (Con score given first)
Venue: Temple Hill
Date: 26/02/2011
Referee:
Report:

Cork Constitution and Garryowen shared the points at Temple Hill in a repeat of the first round tie in November. It was another typical Munster derby between the two great rivals.

Darragh Lyons returned to No.10 duty for Constitution, and former captain Merle O’Connell also played his first game of the season at second row. Cathal O’Flaherty who had played for Ireland U20 XV in Scotland the previous evening also made the starting line-up, while Garret McArdle, who had played for Youghal against Constitution in the previous week’s Munster Junior Cup game, played as a second half replacement for Des Murray at hooker. And there was an Ulster League  debut for Robert Clune on the right wing.

Constitution had the benefit of the south-westerly wind in the first half and took an early lead. Richard Lane was just held in a run to the corner and Gerry Hurley kicked a resultant penalty. Alan Gaughan equalised with a penalty for Garryowen in the 10th minute, and the same player scored a try in the 25th minute for the lead. Scott Deasy tied up the scores with a 31st minute try.

Scoring chances were few as both defences were on top in the third quarter. When Garryowen’s David Sherry was sin-binned in the 70th minute, Gerry Hurley gave Con the lead with a penalty, but they were unable to take further advantage. Gaughan equalised in the 73rd

minute with a penalty, and Garryowen might have won the game with a further late penalty attempt, but Gaughan failed to register.

 

In the end, both sides were happy to share the spoils, and the league table remains unchanged with Old Belvedere also drawing with Dolphin.

Cork Con Team:

S.Scanlon; R.Lane, I.Dineen, S.Deasy,  R.Clune; D.Lyons, G.Hurley; D.Hurley, D.Murray, A.Foley; B.Hayes, M.O’Connell; C.O’Flaherty, B.Cuttriss, F.Cogan Capt..

Cork Con Scorers:

S.Deasy 1T; G.Hurley 2P

Garryowen Team:

L.Bourke; R.O’Mahony, C.Hircock, A.Gaughan, I.Hanly; C.Doyle Capt., A.Griffin; JP Cooney, J.Rael, D.Lavery; F.McKenna, A.McCluskey; P.Neville, A.Kavanagh, D.Sherry.

Garryowen Scorers:

A.Gaughan 1T 2P

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Dolphin 19/02/2011

Competition: All Ireland League Div.1A
1stXV V Dolphin
Score: 23 - 16 (Con score given first)
Venue: Musgrave Park
Date: 19/02/2011
Referee:
Report:

Cork Constitution overcame Dolphin in the second local Cork derby of the season to level the mini-series. Leading 13-3 at the break, Dolphin had matched Constitution and scored the only try of the half. Constitution raised their game from the re-start and scored three tries as Dolphin’s challenge wilted.

Barry Keeshan opened the scoring with a simple penalty in the first minute. He missed a second penalty after 10 minutes, but added the points to John Quill’s 12th minute try. Keeshan was on the mark again in the 17th minute with a drop goal to give Dolphin a 13-0 lead. Gerry Hurley struck a 22nd minute penalty to reduce the arrears for Constitution, and when Dolphin wing forward was yellow-carded in the 29th minute, it gave Con a great opportunity to take advantage. However, despite a few promising attacks, they failed to score leaving the half time score at 13-3 to Dolphin.

 Constitution captain, Frank Cogan, gave his side the encouragement they needed with a try after just three minutes of the resumption. Gerry Hurley slotted the simple conversion from under the posts. Two minutes later, Cogan retrieved possession from a weak Dolphin punt and started a superb move that led to a break by Richard Lane on the right wing. He found Sean Scanlon in support and the full back raced in from 40 metres for a classy try. In the 54th minute Cogan made another break from the Dolphin 22 metre line that took him to the line, where the supporting Cathal O’Flaherty crashed over for the third try. Two minutes later Gerry Hurley kicked a penalty for 23-13 and Con had scored 20 points without reply in just sixteen minutes. Keeshan was successful with a penalty in the 56th minute to close the gap to seven points.

Sean Scanlon set up a certain score a few minutes later, but it was disallowed for a crossing obstruction. Thereafter injuries and changes disrupted play somewhat, and there was no further scoring.

The win keeps Constitution level with Old Belvedere, who had a bonus point win over Shannon at Coonagh at the top of the table on 37 points.

Cork Con Team:

S.Scanlon; R.Lane, I.Dineen, T.Kenneally, S.Zebo; G.Hurley, D.Williams; D.Hurley, D.Murray, S.Archer; I.Nagle, B.Hayes; C.Flaherty, B.Cuttriss, F.Cogan Capt

Cork Con Scorers:

F.Cogan 1T; S.Scanlon 1T; C.O’Flaherty 1T; G.Hurley 2P2C.

Dolphin Team:

N.Walley; C.Bohane, B.Dennehy, E.Moloney, P.Hurley; G.O’Keeffe, B.Keeshan; D.Ryan, N.Scannell, C.O’Connor; P.Murphy, C.Rowe; R.O’Herlihy, J.Quill, R.Geoghegan

Dolphin Scorers:

J.Quill 1T; B.Keeshan 2P1D1C.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Shannon 12/02/2011

Competition: All Ireland League Div.1A
1stXV V Shannon
Score: 17 - 0 (Con score given first)
Venue: Temple Hill
Date: 12/02/2011
Referee:
Report:

Cork Constitution defeated Shannon at Temple Hill on Saturday to record a rare double over their old Limerick adversaries. A hard fought first half, in which defences were in the supremacy, saw Constitution edge a 7-0 lead. In the second period, Con availed of the very few opportunities to stretch to seventeen points without reply, but Shannon will feel aggrieved at the score line having given everything for the eighty minutes.

Constitution had five changes from last week’s defeat by Young Munster due to Munster’s Magners League demands for the weekend game against Treviso. Darragh Lyons made his comeback after missing two months due to injury and his clever play kept the Shannon defence on high alert. Constitution were quick out of the blocks and Brendan Cuttriss scored after just four minutes when he burst from a maul and scored at the posts. Gerry Hurley added the points.  Shannon scrimmaged strongly, with Marcus Horan giving his side an edge, and forced Con to battle hard to control their possession. However, Shannon’s only first half chance was lost when Garret Quinn-McDonagh missed from a 14th minute penalty attempt.

Sean Scanlon brought off a try-saving tackle in the 48th minute when he forced Shannon winger Stephen Kelly  into touch in the corner. Marcus Horan was replaced on the hour mark after a fine performance. Gerry Hurley gave Con an extra bit of breathing space with a penalty in the 64th minute. That forced Shannon to open up a little, and Ivan Dineen punished a misplaced mid-field pass with a smart pick-up and unchallenged sprint to the line. Hurley again added the points and Con saw out the final quarter comfortably.

A feature of the game was the smooth handling by referee Alain Rolland who officiated at France v Scotland at Stade de France last week. Prior to kick-off the teams observed a minute’s silence for the victims of the air accident at Cork Airport on Thursday.

Cork Con Team:

S.Scanlon; R.Lane, I.Dineen, C.Jouve, C.Desmond; D.Lyons, G.Hurley; M.Gateley, D.Fogarty, A.Foley; B.Hayes, J.McSwiney; C.O’Flaherty, B.Currttriss, F.Cogan Capt.

Cork Con Scorers:

B.Cuttriss 1T; I.Dineen 1T; G.Hurley 1P2C.

Shannon Team:

D.O’Donovan; L.O’Dea, M.Lawler, R.Mullane, S.Kelly; G.Quinn-McDonagh, P.Rowley; M.Horan,  D.Casey, K.Griffin; D.Heffernan, F.Walsh Capt.; E.McLoughlin, P.Butler, D.Quinlan

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Old Belvedere 29/01/2011

Competition: All Ireland League Div.1A
1stXV V Old Belvedere
Score: 23 - 12 (Con score given first)
Venue: Temple Hill
Date: 29/01/2011
Referee:
Report:

Cork Constitution regained first place in the Ulster Bank League in the top of the table clash with Old Belvedere at Temple Hill on Saturday. After a frosty morning the ground and day were splendid for a most entertaining game. The game was an outstanding advert for the Ulster Bank League and was full of attacking rugby from the two form sides in the league.

Constitution had the better of the opening exchanges and took an early lead from a Gerry Hurley penalty after 12 minutes. A few minutes earlier, they might have taken the lead, but a knock on following a scintillating break by Scott Deasy yielded nothing. However, when Andy Dunne’s penalty attempt fell short in the 14th minute, Constitution counter attacked from their own goal line, and ended with Richard Lane fielding Scott Deasy’s cross-kick to set up Cathal O’Flaherty for a spectacular score. Gerry Hurley struck a fine conversion for a 10-0 lead.

In the 20th minute Constitution scored again when O’Flaherty set up Denis Fogarty to score in the right corner. Old Belvedere full back Danny Riordan struck back with a smart try on 33 minutes, converted by Dunne, to leave the half time score at 15-7 to the home side.

Brian Hayes scored a try in the right corner in the 50th minute, and Gerry Hurley added a penalty after 65 minutes, to leave Con in good order and looking like they might score again and take a four-try bonus point. However, Belvedere’s defence stood up to the test, and replacement David Gilchrist had the last word with a try in the 78th minute to leave the final score at 23-12 to Constitution.

The result means that Constitution leap-frog Belvedere into top spot in the table with 28 points and Belvedere one point behind in second place.

Cork Con Team:

S.Scanlon; R.Lane, I.Dineen, C.Jouvet, S.Zebo; s.Deasy, G.Hurley; M.Gateley, D.Fogarty, S.Archer; B.Hayes, C.O’Flaherty; B.Holland, B.Cuttriss, F.Cogan Capt.

Cork Con Scorers:

C.O’Flaherty 1T; D.Fogarty 1T; B.Hayes 1T; G.Hurley 2P1C.

Old Belvedere Team:

D.Riordan; E.Devitt, J.Kennedy, B.Woods, D.Mongan; A.Dunne, S.Keogh; V.Soden, M.Cooney, S.Maguire; D.Moore, D.White; K.Miller, J.Risdon, L.Aauvaa.

Old Belvedere Scorers:

D.Riordan 1T; K.Buckley 1T; A.Dunne 1C.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V St Marys College 08/01/2011

Competition: All Ireland League Div.1A
1stXV V St Marys College
Score: 22 - 17 (Con score given first)
Venue: Temple Hill
Date: 08/01/2011
Referee:
Report:

Cork Constitution got the better of St Mary’s College in a pulsating All Ireland League game at Temple Hill on Saturday. Constitution just edged the first half to lead 6-3 at the interval. In the 50th minute Constitution captain, Frank Cogan scored a heroic try, but St Mary’s hit back to close to two points 16-14 by the mid-point of the half. Con pushed ahead again to lead 22-14 as full time neared, only for Mary’s to get a losing bonus point with a penalty in added time.

There had been an interval of six weeks since the last AIL fixture, caused by the frozen conditions that prevailed in December. Consequentl, both sides would have been delighted with the fine conditions and excellent surface for the game. Constitution had a new half back partnership of Scott Deasy and Gerry Hurley. Captain Frank Cogan was making his 124th All Ireland League & Cup appearance, while Cronan Healy was making his final appearance before emigrating to Australia.

The game was full of good open rugby with both sides attempting to spread the ball. However, the first half scoring was dominated by penalty kicks. Simon Zebo almost made the line in the 16th minute, and Gerry Hurley gave Con the lead from a resultant penalty. Former UCC player, Gavin Duffy equalised for St Mary’s on 35 minutes, and Gerry Hurley gave Con the interval lead with a penalty, from in front of the posts, in the 40th minute.

Dunne equalised again in the 46th minute with a penalty. Then in the 5oth minute, Frank Cogan won line-out possession at half way and broke away. He handed off the St Mary’s winger and beat the cover defence for a remarkable score. Gerry Hurley added the points. Duffy and Hurley exchanged penalties either side of the hour mark, but St Mary’s threw down the challenge with an opportunist try by Matt Darcy in the 63rd minute. He gained possession at a maul some 30 metres out and ala-Cogan made it to the line untouched. Billy Holland was unlucky not to get a try in the 69th minute as he reached for the line after Zebo and Jouve had combined to set up the chance. However, Referee George Clancy, who had an excellent game, could not be sure that the touchdown was valid. Further sustained attacks by Con yielded penalties converted by Hurley to stretch the lead to 22-14, but St Mary’s gained a valuable bonus point with the last kick of the game.

Constitution remain in second place on 24 points, behind Old Belvedere on 27 points.

Cork Con Team:

S.Scanlon; S.Zebo, I.Dineen, C.Jouve, C.Healy; S.Deasy, G.Hurley; M.Gateley, M.O’Leary, S.Archer; B.Hayes, C.O’Flaherty; B.Holland, B.Cuttriss, F.Cogan Capt.

Cork Con Scorers:

F.Cogan 1T; G.Hurley 5P1C

St Marys College Team:

G.Dunne;P.Gillispie, S.Grissing, M.Sexton, D.Hudson; I.McKinley, D.Campbell; C.McMahon, R.McSweeney, J.McGrath; S.Bradshaw, C.Ruddock; D.Hall, P.Nash, H.Hogan

St Marys College Scorers:

M.Darcy 1T; G.Dunne 4P

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V UCC 27/12/2010

Competition: Crowley Cup
1stXV V UCC
Score: 32-15 (Con score given first)
Venue: Temple Hill
Date: 27/12/2010
Referee:
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The annual St Stephen’s Day Crowley Cup game was delayed by 24 hours, as the thaw finally set in, and the grounds at Temple Hill cleared of snow and ice. The teams served up an entertaining game, despite the persistent rain that fell throughout the game.

Both sides fielded strong sides hoping to make up for four weeks of inaction due to the prevailing weather conditions. Gerry Hurley and John Holland exchanged early penalties before Constitution scored in the 13th minute when Martin Gateley drove over form close in, and Hurley added the points.

Constitution had the better of the half but it took them until just before the break when they notched two quick tries. Brian Hayes scored in the left corner in the 38th minute, and  Cathal Quinn scored just before the break when he finished off a Sean Scanlon break. Hurley kicked the second conversion to leave Constitution 22-3 at half time.

Gerry Hurley edged Con further ahead in the 42nd minute with a penalty, but College came much more into the game thereafter. UCC No.8 James Ryan scored two fine tries in the 59th and 72nd minutes. John Holland converted the second try to leave the score at 25-15 to the home side. However, Constitution finished strongly when Sean Scanlon scored in the final minute for Hurley to kick the conversion.

John Crowley was on hand to present the Cup to Frank Cogan, as everybody made for the comfort of the clubhouse

Cork Con Team:

S.Scanlon; C.Quinn, R.Clune, I.Dineen, C.Healy; S.Murphy, G.Hurley; M.Gateley, B.Vaughan, S.Archer; B.Hayes, D.O’Mahony; C.O’Flaherty, B.Cuttriss, F.Cogan Capt.

Cork Con Scorers:

M.Gateley 1T; B.Hayes 1T; C.Quinn 1T; S.Scanlon 1T; G.Hurley 2P3C.

UCC Team:

G.Nugent; K.Murphy, Joe Holland, P.Parfrey, C.Crowley; John Holland, B.Slater; G.Duffy, K.O’Byrne, N.O’Donoghue; B.Quill, P.Donnellan; B.O’Callaghan, J.McCarthy, J.Ryan Capt

UCC Scorers:

J.Ryan 2T; J.Holland 1P1C

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Garryowen 27/11/2010

Competition: All Ireland League Div.1A
1stXV V Garryowen
Score: 11 - 11 (Con score given first)
Venue: Dooradoyle
Date: 27/11/2010
Referee:
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Cork Constitution and Dolphin shared the points at Dooradoyle after an entertaining and hard fought encounter. However, Constitution will regret letting a winning lead slip after conceding a touchline penalty in the last minute that was converted to tie up the scores.

Tom Gleeson and Ivan Dineen were partnered at centre, while former Garryowen scrum half Gerry Hurley made his debut for Constitution. Former captain, Brendan Cuttriss returned after a long injury lay-off, with the youthful Cathal O’Flaherty and Simon Hanbidge in the pack also.

Full back Lorcan Bourke gave Garryowen a tonic start with a fine try in the left corner from their first attack. Declan Cusack missed the conversion but struck a penalty on 8 minutes to give the home side a handy lead. Gerry Hurley kicked a penalty after 17 minutes as Constitution settled to their task. Further penalty chances were missed by both sides before the break to leave Garryowen leading 8-3. 

Constitution had the bright setting sun to their backs in the second period but handling errors persisted and a number of opportunities were lost. Sean Scanlon made a break from his own 22 on the hour mark and Cronan Healy almost finished the move. A series of scrums ensued at the Garryowen line and Brian Hayes forced his way over eventually to level the scores. Con raised the tempo and took the lead from a Gerry Hurley penalty after 70 minutes. They looked to have the points secured, but as they were playing out time, a penalty was awarded at a maul on the touchline, and Cusack tied up the scores with the last kick of the game.

Constitution remain in second place on 20 points, behind Old Belvedere on 23 points who defeated Dolphin 15-12 at Musgrave Park.

Cork Con Team:

S.Scanlon; R.Lane, I.Dineen, T.Gleeson, C.Healy; D.Lyons, G.Hurley; M.Gateley, M.O’Leary, S.Archer; B.Hayes, C.O’Flaherty; S.Hanbidge, B.Cuttriss, F.Cogan Capt..

Cork Con Scorers:

B.Hayes 1T; G.Hurley 2P

Garryowen Team:

: L.Bourke; R.O’Mahony, C.Hircock, C.Doyle, C.O’Shea; D.Cusack, C.Murray; JP Cooney, R.Meyer, D.Lavery; M.Melbourne, A.McCluskey; P.Neville, C.Hartigan, D.Sherry

Garryowen Scorers:

L.Bourke 1T; D.Cusack 2P

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Dolphin 13/11/2010

Competition: All Ireland League Div.1A
1stXV V Dolphin
Score: 9 - 19 (Con score given first)
Venue: Temple Hill
Date: 13/11/2010
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Cork Constitution lost for the first time in this season’s All Ireland League when failing to Dolphin at Temple Hill on Saturday.

Top scorer Richard Lane had a mixed day with place-kicks, scoring three, but missing with five, including the last kick of the game when a losing bonus point was at stake. However, while successful kicks might have won the day, in truth, Constitution played second fiddle to a strongly motivated Dolphin side. Constitution gave first AIL starts to Bryan Cagney, Michael O’Leary, Aidan Foley and Simon Hanbidge, and also welcomed back Tom Gleeson and David O’Driscoll after injury.

The first period was typical local derby fare with very few try scoring chances created by either side. Richard Lane kicked a penalty after 3 minutes. Barry Keeshan equalised on 6 minutes and kicked a second penalty on 25 minutes. Keeshan had a drop goal on 42 minutes, and Richard Lane reduced the arrears just before the break, to leave Constitution trailing 6-9.

Constitution started the second half strongly only for Tom Gleeson to lose the ball forward in a tackle near the line, and from the counter attack by Dolphin, Sean Scanlon was penalised harshly at half way for not releasing the tackled player to the referee’s

satisfaction, and the yellow-card made matters worse. Keeshan missed with his attempt from half way, but was on target with another effort on 53 minutes. In the next 10 minutes Keeshan missed another penalty awarded against Tom Gleeson, who was also sin-binned for another tackle indiscretion.

Richard Lane missed a shot at goal on 60 minutes, but was successful four minutes later when Dolphin second row Chris Rowe was sin-binned for a trip on Cronan Healy in the ‘red zone’. Healy was Con’s most enterprising player on the day and was unlucky not to get a clear run, despite numerous efforts. Lane missed again on 71 minutes, and when Eric Moloney scored at the posts in the 77th minute, it put Con outside the losing bonus point range, as Keeshan converted.

However, Con did have one last chance and when driving for the line, a Dolphin player fouled the ball and was sin-binned. However, the try scoring chance was gone, and the final penalty kick by Lane again drifted past the post to give Dolphin their hard-earned win.

Cork Con Team:

S.Scanlon; R.Lane, S.Zebo, T.Gleeson, C.Healy; D.Lyons, D.O’Driscoll; B.Cagney, M.O’Leary, A.Foley; B.Hayes, D.O’Mahony; S.Hanbidge, T.Dukelow, F.Cogan Capt..

Cork Con Scorers:

R.Lane 3P.

Dolphin Team:

N.Walley; H.Flemong, B.Dennehy, E.Moloney, P.Hurley; B.Keeshan, G.O’Keeffe; D.Ryan, N.Scannell, P.Ryan; C.Rowe, P.Murphy; D.O’Callaghan, J.Quill, R.Geoghegan.

Dolphin Scorers:

E.Moloney 1T; B.Keeshan 3P1C1D

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Bruff 06/11/2010

Competition: Munster Senior Cup QF
1stXV V Bruff
Score: 5 - 11 (Con score given first)
Venue: Kilballyowen Park, Bruff
Date: 06/11/2010
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Constitution met stern resistance in their Munster Senior Cup quarter final at Bruff on Saturday. It was no day for pretty rugby as the wind and heavy rain created difficulties for all concerned. After a bright start that should have yielded a couple of tries at least, Constitution found that there was no easy way through, or around, the Bruff defence. And as happens, it was Bruff who took their first scoring opportunity with full back Brendan Deady burrowing through in the corner for the opening score after 15 minutes. Con’s best chance had came before that score, but an unsighted referee missed Sean Scanlon touching down after a fine break by Mick O’Leary, despite a touch judge observing from less than 5 metres away.

 Constitution will regret not making better use of the second half wind advantage, as they persisted with a short passing game that played into the hands of the very competent Bruff defenders. Meanwhile, Brian Cahill kicked penalties on 55 and 65 minutes having got field position from astute touchline kicks by their excellent half backs. Peter O’Mahony gave Con some hope on 70 minutes with a hard earned try, after his side took a scrum option from a penalty awarded in front of the posts. However, subsequently they again continued to attack from their own half and rarely caused the home defence too much concern.

Cork Con Team:

S.Scanlon; R.Lane, S.Zebo, I.Dineen, C.Healy; D.Lyons, A.Ryan; B.Cagney, M.O’Leary, A.Foley; B.Hayes, D.O’Mahony; J.McSweeney, P.O’Mahony, F.Cogan Capt..

Cork Con Scorers:

P.O’Mahony 1T

Bruff Team:

B.Deady; P.O’Brien, E.Cahill, B.Cahill, N.Riordan; T.Cahill, E.Maher; D.Horan, M.O’Donnell, G.Collins; A.Laffan, M.O’Connell; B.Morrissey, J.Shine, P.Malone.

Bruff Scorers:

B.Deady 1T; B.Cahill 2P

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Shannon 30/10/2010

Competition: All Ireland League Div.1A
1stXV V Shannon
Score: 26-20 (Con score given first)
Venue: Coonagh
Date: 30/10/2010
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Cork Constitution recorded their fourth win in succession over Shannon at Coonagh to maintain their position at the head of the All Ireland League. A quick start saw Constitution lead 13-0 after 15 minutes, but Shannon, who had received a threshing from St Mary’s College in their previous game, fought back and were well worthy of the losing bonus point at the finish.

Due to Munster call-ups, Constitution had some changes: Cyprien Jouve at centre, David O’Mahony at second row for his first game and Tim Dukelow at flanker. All three fitted in well, and Jouve scored a spectacular try before coming off injured in the second half.

Richard Lane struck a penalty for Constitution in the first attack and he intercepted a mid-field pass to score at the posts after 8 minutes. His conversion, and a further penalty after 15 minutes, took Con to 13-0. Despite the deficit Shannon had not done much wrong and were fighting for every ball and putting their phases together. However, their only score came from the boot of Tadhg Bennett when he kicked a 35th minute penalty to leave Constitution leading 13-3 at the break.

Richard Lane extended Con’s lead with a penalty after two minutes of the second half when Shannon centre was yellow-carded for a high tackle on Jouve. Shannon snatched an opportunist try in the 45th minute when Sean Armstrong was put in on the blind side of a ruck near the line, and Bennett kicked a fine conversion from the touchline.

Following a strong drive by Stephen Archer, who took the ball over half-way, Cyprien Jouve found a gap and sprinted clear to score at the posts in the 48th minute. Lane converted for 23-10. Mossie Lawler was put in space on the right wing to score a try in the 56th minute to close the deficit to eight points. But, when Lane kicked his fourth penalty in the 76th minute, it looked that Shannon would get nothing from the game. However, showing their club’s great spirit, veteran flanker Colm McMahon scored a try at the death to earn a losing bonus point, which was the least his side deserved on the day.

Cork Con Team:

S.Scanlon; R.Lane, S.Zebo, C.Jouve, C.Healy; D.Lyons, A.Ryan; D.Hurley, R.Quinn, S.Archer; B.Hayes, D.O’Mahony; J.McSwiney, T.Dukelow, F.Cogan Capt..

Cork Con Scorers:

R.Lane 1T4P2C, C.Jouve 1T.

Shannon Team:

D.O’Donovan; R.Mullane, M.Lawler, J.Clogan, S.Armstrong; T.Bennett, R.Guerin; K.O’Neill, D.Casey, K.Griffin; S.Duggan, F.Walsh; L.Mullane, P.Butler, D.Quinlan.

Shannon Scorers:

J.Clogan 1T; S.Armstrong 1T; D.Quinlan 1T; T.Bennett 1P1C

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Young Munster 23/10/2010

Competition: All Ireland League Div.1A
1stXV V Young Munster
Score: 32 - 19 (Con score given first)
Venue: Temple Hill
Date: 23/10/2010
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Cork Constitution won the game billed as the weekend’s top AIL match at Temple Hill on Saturday. Young Munster, second in the table to Constitution, showed their mettle and stayed in touch with the leaders right to the finish, but were unfortunate to concede an intercept try in the 76th minute that deprived them of at least a losing bonus point.

Young Munster played with the strong breeze in the first half and pressed the home line strongly in the opening minutes. However, indiscipline cost them as they conceded a succession of penalties. Ironically however, they scored first from a penalty by Alan Kinsgley when Peter O’Mahony was yellow-carded in the 10th minute. Constitution took the lead in the 14th minute when Brian Hayes got on the end of a sustained attack that saw the ball go through numerous phases before reaching the young lock forward on the left wing. Kingsley put his side back in front with a second penalty in the 28th minute and was unlucky to see a similar effort strike a post two minutes later. Three minutes before the break, Constitution struck with a second try by Brian Hayes that Richard Lane converted for a 12-6 interval lead.

The third quarter was full of attacking rugby with Constitution scoring two superb tries to ensure a bonus point. Simon Zebo got the third try in the 46th minute with a strong finish, having been set up by Frank Cogan and Sean Scanlon. The same players then provided the opportunity for Peter O’Mahony to score try number four in the 50th minute to give the home side a 22-6 lead.

To their credit Young Munster fought their way back as the wind eased. Elusive centre, Mathew Costelloe, got them going with a try in the 56th minute, converted by Kingsley. And when Martin Gateley was yellow-carded in the 60th minute, Kingsley brought his side back to 22-16 from the penalty. Richard Lane edged Constitution clear again with a penalty in the 64th minute, only for Kingsley to put his side back in the losing bonus point position with a neat drop goal in the 68th minute.

The final ten minutes were tense as Young Munster threw everything they had at the Constitution defence. However, a dramatic intercept by Richard Lane and a powerful run from half way, finally ended their resistance, as he scored at the posts in the 76th minute and added the easy conversion for 32-19.

The bonus point victory puts Constitution four points ahead of Old Belvedere. Next week they travel to Coonagh to play Shannon who lost by an astonishing 53 points against St Mary’s College in Dublin.

Cork Con Team:

S.Scanlon; R.Lane, S.Zebo, I.Dineen, C.Healy; D.Lyons, A.Ryan; M.Gateley, R.Quinn, S.Archer; B.Hayes, I.Nagle; B.Holland, P.O’Mahony, F.Cogan Capt..

Cork Con Scorers:

R.Lane 1T1P2C, B.Hayes 2T; S.Zebo 1T; P.O’Mahony 1T

Young Munster Team:

R.Moloney; G.O’Hanlon, M.Costelloe, D.Grace, D.O’Neill; W.Staunton, A.Kingsley; A.Cotter, G.Slattery, G.O’Flaherty; S.O’Neill, D.Payne; L.Murphy, J.O’Neill, N.Melbourne.

Young Munster Scorers:

M.Costelloe 1T; A.Kingsley 3P1C1D

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Old Belvedere 09/10/2010

Competition: All Ireland League Div.1A
1stXV V Old Belvedere
Score: 12 - 9 (Con score given first)
Venue: Anglesea Road
Date: 09/10/2010
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Constitution won for the second week in Dublin, after overcoming a stern test from a strong Old Belvedere side. However, unlike last week against Blackrock College, there were no tries on offer and scoring chances were at a premium, as the high wind made for some difficulty. The scores were level at 3-3 after 10 minutes, 6-6 at half time; 9-9 after 54 minutes, and Sean Scanlon got the winner with a splendid drop goal from 40 metres in the 81st minute.

Conal Keane got the first score for Old Belvedere with a penalty after 3 minutes. Con levelled in the 11th minute from a Richard Lane penalty, after a sustained Con attack on the Belvedere line went close to yielding a try. Ian Nagle was harshly yellow-carded in the 17th minute for an off the ball tackle in mid-field and Keane landed the penalty. However, Con were level again in the 37th minute when Belvedere prop Stewart Maguire also saw yellow and Lane converted the penalty.

Defences continued to dominate in the second period, and another penalty by Lane gave Con the lead in the 48th minute. Andy Dunne replaced Keane at No.10 for Belvedere and equalised again in the 54th minute, when Cyprian Jouvet was yellow-carded. Belvedere missed a penalty chance in the 75th minute, before Scanlon capitalised on a missed touch clearance with a spectacular drop goal from near the right touchline.

Cork Con Team:

S.Scanlon; R.Lane, C.Jouvet, S.Zebo, C.Healy; D.Lyons, A.Ryan; M.Gateley, R.Quinn, S.Archer; B.Hayes, I.Nagle; B.Holland, P.O’Mahony, F.Cogan Capt..

Cork Con Scorers:

R.Lane 3P; S.Scanlon 1D

Old Belvedere Team:

B.Woods; E.Devitt, J.Kennedy, E.O’Malley, G.Walker; C.Keane, S.Keogh; V.Soden, M.Cooney, S.Maguire; D.Moore, A.Trenier; R.Leyden, J.Risdon, L.Aauvaa.

Old Belvedere Scorers:

C.Keane 2P; A.Dunne 1P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Blackrock College 02/10/2010

Competition: All Ireland League Div.1A
1stXV V Blackrock College
Score: 31 - 23 (Con score given first)
Venue: Stradbrook
Date: 02/10/2010
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Constitution began their AIL defence with a sterling away win against Blackrock College. Leading 18-13 at half time, Constitution pressed the home side to the end, and a late penalty denied Blackrock a losing bonus point, while four tries gained a valuable bonus point for Constitution.

Richard Lane and Robert Keogh kicked two penalties each in the opening 15 minutes, as penalties were awarded frequently for non-release of ball and tackler. Darragh Lyons darted through for the first try in the 21st minute having received from a line-out on the 5 metre line. Blackrock No.8, Alex Dunlop gave his side the lead when he raced in for a try near the posts in the 34th minute, and Keogh added the points. But Frank Cogan restored Con’s lead in the 40th minute with a try from the base of a 5-metre scrum, awarded after Peter O’Mahony was held up on the line. Richard Lane kicked the conversion for Con to lead 18-13 at half time.

Blackrock had the better of the third quarter as they used the wind to gain field position. They took the lead again with a penalty by Keogh, and he converted a try by Niall Morris in the 50th minute after a Con defensive lapse.  Richard Lane scored Con’s third try in the 65th minute in the right corner after a sweeping move, to tie up the scores at 23 points each. Cronan Healy, who caused the Blackrock defence an amount of trouble all through, got away on the left wing in the 70th minute and set up Stephen Archer for the bonus-point try. Richard Lane deprived the home side of a deserved losing bonus point with a penalty in the final minutes.

Next week Constitution return to Dublin when they play Old Belvedere at Anglesea Road with a 3.30pm kick off time.

Cork Con Team:

S.Scanlon; R.Lane, T.Gleeson, S.Zebo, C.Healy; D.Lyons, D.Williams; M.Gateley, R.Quinn, S.Archer; B.Hayes, I.Nagle; B.Holland, P.O’Mahony, F.Cogan Capt.

Cork Con Scorers:

R.Lane 1T3P1C, D.Lyons 1T, F.Cogan 1T, S.Archer 1T.

Blackrock College Scorers:

 A.Dunlop 1T; N.Morris 1T; R.Keogh 3P2C

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Nenagh Ormond 25/09/2010

Competition: Munster Senior Cup Rd.1
1stXV V Nenagh Ormond
Score: 36 - 3 (Con score given first)
Venue: New Ormond Park, Nenagh
Date: 25/09/2010
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In the first round of the Munster Senior Cup, Constitution overcame the challenge of Nenagh Ormond on their first visit to New Ormond Park on Saturday. On a lovely sunny afternoon and on a pristine pitch the home side gave a good account of themselves with a stout defensive display and trailed just 5-3 at half time. 

Darragh Lyons gave Constitution the lead in the 8th minute when he stepped the defence after receiving from a 5 metre line out. Former Shannon out half David Delaney replied with a successful penalty when Con infringed from the restart. From then to half time both sides went at it with enthusiasm, but defences held firm. 

Sean Scanlon broke the deadlock with a try in the 50th minute, when he created an extra man in a skilful three-quarter’s movement. Richard Lane added the points, and five minutes later he intercepted at half way and raced away to score at the posts, and again adding the points for 19-3. Simon Zebo got a try in the 60th minute after a neat interchange with Darragh Lyons on the right wing, and Zebo cross kicked for Brian Hayes to score in the left corner four minutes later, as Con pressed home their superiority. Zebo, now playing in the centre, rounded off an impressive display with a final try under the posts, for Lane to kick the easy conversion. 

The final score did not do justice to a very committed and organised Nenagh Ormond team who should do very well in the forthcoming AIL series. 

In the next round on w/e 6th November, Constitution will be away to Bruff, who were surprise winners over Cup specialists Shannon.

Cork Con Team:

S.Scanlon; R.Lane, T.Gleeson, A.Ryan, S.Zebo; D.Lyons, D.Williams; M.Gateley, M.O’Leary, S.Archer; B.Hayes, I.Nagle; J.McSweeney, P.O’Mahony, F.Cogan Capt.

Cork Con Scorers:

R.Lane 1T3C; S.Zebo 2T; D.Lyons 1T; S.Scanlon 1T; B.Hayes 1T.

Nenagh Ormond Team:

S.Carey; B.Gibbons, G.Hermse, T.Connolly, G.Martin; D.Delaney, M.Fogarty; C.Brislane,D.Horan, F.Brislane; D.Walsh, D.Gallagher; S.O’Callaghan, R.O’Brien,K.Quigley

Nenagh Ormond Scorers:

D.Delaney 1P.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V UCC 18/09/2010

Competition: Cork Charity Cup Final
1stXV V UCC
Score: 26 - 6 (Con score given first)
Venue: Musgrave Park
Date: 18/09/2010
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Constitution retained the Cork Charity Cup for the fourth year in succession with a clear-cut win over University College Cork at Musgrave Park on Saturday. However, it took an hour to wear down the College resistance, and then, when indiscipline reduces d them to fourteen players, Con pulled away with three tries.

 Richard Lane kicked three penalties for Constitution in the first quarter for a 9-0 lead, before Andrew Bourke had a penalty for College to leave the half time score at 9-3 to Con.

 Brian Kingston kicked a penalty for College in the 48th minute to narrow the gap, but when Brian Hayes won a line-out near the College line in the 65th minute, the Con pack drove over with Mick O’Leary getting the touchdown. Richard Lane converted for 16-6, and as College’s forces depleted, Robert Clune ran in two fine tries in the 74th and 80th minutes. Con’s second half performance might have yielded a few more tries from good efforts by Frank Cogan and Joe McSwiney, but they will be well pleased with the victory.

Captain Frank Cogan collected the Cup to record the club’s 42nd winning of the trophy.

Cork Con Team:

R.Clune; R.Lane, T.Kenneally, C.Desmond, P.O’Connell; D.Lyons, A.Ryan; M.Gateley, M.O’Leary, A. Foley; B.Hayes, R.Gee; J.McSweeney, T.Dukelow, F.Cogan Capt.

Cork Con Scorers:

M.O’Leary 1T; R.Clune 2T; R.Lane 3P1C

UCC Team:

G.Nugent; O.Dennehy, J.Holland, B.Kingston, C.Crowley; A.Bourke, C.Nolan; G.Duffy, A.Cudmore, N.O’Donoghue; B.Quill, M.Kennefick; K.Murphy, J.McCarthy, P.Hackett

UCC Scorers:

A.Bourke 1P; B.Kingston 1P

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Dolphin 10/09/2010

Competition: Cork Charity Cup Semi-Final 2010
1stXV V Dolphin
Score: 22 - 09 (Con score given first)
Venue: Musgrave Park
Date: 10/09/2010
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Constitution and Dolphin met for the second time in two weeks at Musgrave Park on Friday evening, this time it was in the semi final of the current season’s Cork Charity Cup. Both sides were shorn of their usual quota of Munster squad players, as no less than ten players were required for Munster A against Leinster on Sunday. As a consequence, Constitution gave first starts to promising players from last year’s Under 20 squad, Robert Clune, Conor Desmond and Paul Dooley, as well as New Zealander, Daniel Reddish. Just as in the recent Temple Hill game both sides served up a very entertaining and competitive encounter.

Barry Keeshan was first off the mark with a 3rd minute drop goal from 30 metres, but Richard Lane gave Con the lead with penalties at 13 and 21 minutes. The heavy recent rain made for a greasy surface and the players struggled to control the slippery ball. Nevertheless there was plenty of endeavour with Con showing the more willingness to put the ball through the hands.

Rob Clune opened the Dolphin defence with a searing break at the start of the second period, and the play led to a penalty near the Dolphin line that Darragh Lyons took quickly and crossed the line. Richard Lane added the conversion and also kicked a penalty in the 46th minute to stretch Con’s superiority. The remaining scoring was between Lane and Keeshan who kicked two further penalties each.

The final is scheduled for next Saturday at Musgrave Park against UCC, who defeated Midleton in the other semi final.

Cork Con Team:

R.Clune, R.Lane, T.Kenneally, C.Desmond, C.Healy, D.Lyons, A.Ryan, G.Murray, R.Quinn, A. Foley, B.Hayes, P.Dooley, R.Gee, D.Reddish, J.McSweeney. 

Cork Con Scorers:

R.Lane 5P1C; D.Lyons 1T.

Dolphin Team:

P.Hurley; K.Lynch, H.Fleming, E.Moloney, C.Bohane; B.Keeshan, T.Parkes; R.Brosnan, A.O’Driscoll, C.Condon; C.Rowe, P.Murphy; R.Allen, J.Quill, S.O’Sullivan.

Dolphin Scorers:

B.Keeshan 2P1DG

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Dolphin 28/08/2010

Competition: Cork Charity Cup Final
1stXV V Dolphin
Score: 33 - 20 (Con score given first)
Venue: Temple Hill
Date: 28/08/2010
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The club rugby season got underway at Temple Hill on Saturday when Cork Constitution retained the Cork Charity Cup with a clear-cut win over Dolphin. The game, a carry-over from last season, was played in splendid sunshine on the almost billiard-table surface of the newly-laid pitch at Temple Hill.

Both sides were short some regulars and took the opportunity to give first games to a number of players. Constitution had former UCC players Sean Scanlon and Brian Cagney; Aidan Foley (Dolphin) and Joe McSweeney (Waterpark), as well as club Under 20 payers Darragh Dunne, Rober Clune and Peter Kelleher in their line-up. A feature of the game was the new rolling-substitute experimental rule, whereby each team could exchange up to twelve players during the game.

Scores came in rapid succession throughout. Richard Lane opened his account with a second minute try and conversion. Play was held up for nine minutes, when Dolphin out half Cormac O'Flynn was injured and taken to hospital. Lane added a penalty after 16 minutes, before Kyle O'Dwyer went over for a try for Dolphin. Barry Keeshan added the points. Lane and Keeshan exchanged penalties, but Sean Scanlon scored a debut try to stretch Constitution's lead just before the break. Lane added the extra points to leave Constitution 20-10 ahead at half- time.

Richard Lane kicked his third penalty after 48 minutes and Frank Cogan got over for a try from a 5-metre scrum in the 56th minute. Keeshan had a penalty for Dolphin two minutes later, but Sean Scanlon got the best try of the game in the 63rd minute, when he finished off a move started by Robert Clune's incisive run down the right-hand touchline; Richard Lane carried on the move and placed Scanlon for the touchdown. Dolphin had the final score with a try by Chris Row converted by Keeshan to leave Constitution well in command at final whistle.

Munster Branch President, Cyril Fitzgerald, was on hand to present the trophy to Cork Constitution captain, Frank Cogan, and medals to the team members.

Cork Con Team:

Sean Scanlon; Richard Lane, Simon Zebo, Darragh Dunne, Cronan Healy; Darragh Lyons, Shane Costigan; Brian Cagney, Mick O’Leary, Aidan Foley; Alan Ross, Rogan Gee; Joe McSweeney, Landy Hill, Frank Cogan Capt.

Cork Con Scorers:

R.Lane 1T3P2C, S.Scanlon 2T, F.Cogan 1T;

Dolphin Team:

N.Walley; N.O’Driscoll, E.Moloney, K.Lynch, P.Hurley; C.O’Flynn, T.Parker; R.Brosnan, R.O’Neill,

P.Ryan; C.Rowe, P.Murphy; K.O’Dwyer, S.O’Sullivan, R.Allen.

Dolphin Scorers:

C.Rowe 1T, K.O'Dwyer 1T, B.Keeshan 2P2C.