J1 Match Reports
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Highfield RFC 01/05/2017
Highfield defeated Cork Constitution in the Munster Seconds League play-off match at Templehill on Monday evening.
Constitution had the better of the first forty minutes to lead 13-7 at the interval. Jamie Murphy kicked two penalties in a scrappy first 20 minutes to put Constitution 6-0 ahead. And they increased their advantage with a try by Glen Stokes in the 33rd minute, following a line-out, which Murphy converted for 13-0.
However, Highfield scored just before the break, when they kicked a penalty to the corner, and drove over for the try from the ensuing line-out, with hooker Diarmuid O’Sullivan touching down. Kieran Duggan kicked the conversion for 13-7 at the break.
A penalty by Duggan after 56 minutes closed the gap to 13-10, and Highfield went ahead with a try four minutes later, when left wing John McLaughlin got over in the corner, from a blind-side move initiated by No.8 George French. The conversion was unsuccessful, but Highfield led 13-15.
Constitution pressed again, but knocked on over the line in the 63rd minute, and another drive for the line in the 68th minute only yielded a penalty, however converted by Murphy for the lead at 16-15.
But, the game was decided in the final minutes, when Highfield hooker Conor Forde got over from a maul on the line, and full back Kieran Duggan added the extras.
J.White; S.Randles, B.Galvin, M.Clune, D.Hayes; J.Murphy, D.King; D.O’Connell, J.McHenry, G.Roche; G.Stokes, C.Barry (Capt.); R.O’Halloran, R.O’Neill, J.O’Callaghan. Replacements: G.Good (3); G.Sweeney (1), C.Fouhy (7); M.O’Mahony, K.Minihane.
K.Duggan; R.Matthieu, C.Cunningham, D.Houlihan, J.McLoughlin; D.Eustace, C.Bannon; P.Butler, D.O’Sullivan, M.Dillane; O.Linnell, M.O’Donnell-Fitzgerald; C.Gallagher, J.Duffy, G.French. Replacements: C.Forde (3); D.O’Callaghan (1); E.Keating (4); J.Sheehan (14); N.O’Brien
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Clanwilliam 12/03/2017
Clanwilliam won a close Munster Junior Cup encounter at Templehill on Sunday afternoon, over a rather subdued home side. Despite scoring four tries, they conceded rather easy penalties to give the visitors the edge on the scoreboard.
Clanwilliam settled better than the home side, and two penalties by Niall Leahy had them in control, before Jack O’Dwyer scored the opening try on 31 minutes, which Leahy converted for 0-13.
Constitution hit back before the break. No.8 John O’Callaghan got in for a try at the posts in the 36th minute, for Lacey to add the conversion. And, Leahy and Lacey exchanged penalties in the minutes before the break, to leave the visitors in the lead at 10-16.
Constitution re-started in more determined manner with a smart try by Luke Duffy in the 43rd minute; but, just as quick, Dwyer scored at the other end, and converted himself for 15-23.
A quick delivery by Billy Pope in the 61st minute, gave Harry Murphy a clear run to the line. The conversion was missed, but the gap was down to three points: 20-23.
Then in the 70th minute, a break-out from the 22-metre area brought play to the Clanwilliam line; and from a scrum, Jamie Murphy got in for a try. The conversion was missed, but the home side led 25-23 inside the final 10 minutes.
However, after Constitution won a good line out in mid-field, they conceded a penalty in the 76th minute, which Leahy converted, for the narrowest of wins.
L.Duffy; H.Murphy, M.Clune, R.Horgan, B.Galvin; E.Lacey, B.Pope; R.Wilmott, V.O’Brien, G.Roche; C.Barry, G.Stokes; R.O’Halloran, L.O’Leary, J.O’Callaghan. Replacements: J.Tyner (5); S.Deane (2); R.Walsh (7), J.Murphy (13), D.King.
J.O’Callaghan 1T; L.Duffy 1T; H.Murphy 1T; J.Murphy 1T; E.Lacey 1P1C.
D.Burke; E.O’Carroll, V.Grisewood, K.Merrigan, J.O’Dwyer; N.Leahy, D.Shiels; D.O’Connell, S.Meahher, B.Quinlan; B.Kissane, C.O’Donnell; M.Dunphy, J.Comerford, D.Crowe. Replacements: I.O’Rahelly, J.Barry, F.Ryan, J.Richardson, K.O’Donnell.
J.O’Dwyer 2T; N.Leahy 4P2C.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Crosshaven 19/02/2017
Cork Constitution followed up their first round victory over Muskerry, with victory over Cosshaven in their third round Munster Junior Cup match at Templehill on Sunday. Crosshaven, who defeated Clonakilty 24-18 in the first round, gave the home side a good test, and contained them well to 13-13 in the first half.
Barry Galvin gave the home side a fifth minute lead with an unconverted try in the right corner from a Luke Duffy break. However, two penalties by Ian Smith had Crosshaven in front by the 12th minute. And a try by Michael Lynch, converted by Smith in the 27th minute increased Crosshaven’s belief at 5-13, after Constitution had lost full-back Billy Pope to the sin-bin for a high tackle. However, Constitution fought back with a try by Vincent O’Brien in the 35th minute, and a penalty just on half time by Jamie Murphy, tied the scores at 13 points each.
Constitution opened the second period with a classy try by Luke Duffy, from a line-out at half-way, with the ball going smoothly through the hands, and Murphy’s conversion was good for 20-13. Second-row Sean O’Leary followed up immediately with a try from a 22 metre line-out, again converted by Murphy for 27-13. The standard of play deteriorated subsequently, with yellow/red cards and mediocre play from both sides. A Murphy penalty in the 70th minute closed Constitution’s account, while a 76th minute try and conversion took the bare look from Crosshaven’s.
In the 4th round, Constitution will be home to the winners of Cobh Pirates / Clanwilliam on 12th March
B.Pope; H.Murphy, L.Duffy, R.Horgan, B.Galvin; J.Murphy, J.Higgins; R.Wilmott, V.O’Brien, G.Roche; C.Barry, C.Barry, G.Stokes; J.O’Callaghan, R.O’Neill, S.O’Leary. Replacements: D.Coughlan, S.Deane (2), R.O’Halloran (6), E.Lacey (10), M.Clune (15)
B.Galvin 1T; V.O’Brien 1T; L.duffy 1T; S.O’Leary 1T; J.Murphy 2C2P.
D.Walsh; M.Lynch, B.O’Keeffe, S.Scriven, B.Scriven; I.Smith, K.Donovan; W.Coughlan, F.Koyg, T.O’Donovan; C.Dunlea, R.Ashman; P.Conroy, J.Kind, G.Jagoe. Replacements: D.Ashman, E.Ring (6), C.Murray, P.O’Leary (7), F.Dalton (11).
M.Lynch 1T; J.Kind 1T; I.Smith 1C2P
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Highfield 12/02/2017
Cork Constitution lost out to Highfield in a one-sided Munster Seconds League South tie at Model Farm Road on Sunday afternoon. Conditions were fairly benign, after the recent harsh weather, as Highfield claimed an easy victory.
After 12 games, Constitution lead the table on 45 points, by one point over Highfield and UCC, with one game remaining against Cashel (away) on 26th February.
Next Sunday, Constitution meet Crosshaven at Templehill in the Munster Junior Cup 4th round.
L.Duffy; S.Gray, H.Murphy, R.Horgan, B.Galvin; E.Lacey, J.Murphy; R.Wilmott, J.McHenry, G.Roche; G.Stokes, C.Barry; J.O’Callaghan, G.Lawler, S.O’Leary. Replacements: D.Coughlan, S.Deane, R.O’Halloran, S.Barry, S.Murphy.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Muskerry 29/01/2017
Cork Constitution won a comprehensive victory over Muskerry in their first round Munster Junior Cup match at Templehill on Sunday. On a typically, damp and cool January afternoon, the match itself did little to warm the sparse attendance.
However, Constitution made light of the rather feeble challenge posed by Muskerry. No.8 Cian Barry gave Constitution a good start with an 8th minute try, converted by Jamie Murphy. A Vincent O’Brien break from half-way was finished by Jamie Murphy for the second try on the half hour, converted by Murphy, who then added a drop goal in the 34th minute, to bring the home tally to 17 points.
Sean O’Leary scored Constitution’s third try in the 39th minute, converted by Murphy, as the game went to uncontested scrums due to a Muskerry front row injury. But Muskerry did get on the score sheet with the last play of the half with a try by their No.8 converted, by scrum half for 24-7 at half time.
Muskerry closed the gap to 24-10 with a penalty in the 45th minute. Barry Galvin notched an unconverted try to finish the scoring, as a couple of injury delays disrupted the flow of the game in the second period.
In the second round on 19th February, Constitution will be at home to Crosshaven who defeated Clonakilty 24-18.
L.Duffy; A.McHenry, J.J.O’Neill, R.Horgan, B.Galvin; J.Murphy, J.Higgins; G.Duffy, V.O’Brien, G.Sweeney; C.Barry, G.Stokes; J.O’Callaghan, R.O’Halloran, S.O’Leary. Replacements: R.Wilmott (1); G.Roche (3); J.McHenry (2), F.Oliver, D.Hayes.
C.Barry 1T; S.O’Leary 1T; B.Galvin 1T; J.Murphy 1T1DG3C
S.Hallissey; S.Murray, A.Murray, M.Jones, G.O’Mahony; C.O’Connor, S.Burke; M.O’Connell, M.Muldoon, D.Collins; R.O’Mahony, D.Nagle; C.Dennehy, D.Kelleher, D.Hennessy. Replacements: M.Collins (2), I.Flannery (4), J.Fallon (14), J.Treacy (6), G.Desmond (13)
D.Hennessy 1T; S.Burke 1C1P.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Midleton 16/01/2017
Cork Constitution won their Munster Seconds League tie with Midleton, under lights at Templehill, on Monday evening.
Constitution led 21-10 at the interval after a very well contested opening half. Midleton scored first from a penalty on 10 minutes, kicked by Jamie Clohessy, after Robert Carey had driven line-out possession in-field. Eoin Lacey missed a penalty chance for Constitution, before converting a 16th minute try by J.J.O’Neill. And three minutes later, Constitution doubled their score with a try from Luke Duffy, again converted by Lacey.
A yellow card for Vincent O’Brien gave the visitors a platform for a try by Luke Dineen after 33 minutes, converted by Clohessy. However, the home side stretched their lead with a try just before the break by Rory Horgan, following a line-out maul to the line.
Constitution added to their lead with a penalty by Lacey in the 53rd minute, and as both sides continued to spread the ball at every opportunity, Luke Duffy pounced on a Midleton mistake to run in Constitution’s fourth try in the 66th minute, again converted by Lacey for 31-10.
Dan O’Keefee had an unconverted try for Midleton on 71 minutes, but Constitution finished strongly with tries in the final minutes from Simon Barry and Vincent O’Brien, both converted by Eoin Lacey, for a comprehensive victory.
J.Murphy; O.Hanly, M.Keyes, JJ O’Neill, S.Barry; D.Lyons, J.Higgins; D.Abbott, V.O’Brien, G.Roche; D.Fitzgerald, G.Stokes; J.McHenry, C.Barry, S.Dwyer. Replacements: D.O’Connell (1); R.O’Halloran (4); M.O’Mahony (6); E.Derham (14); D.Hayes (9).
J.J.O’Neill 1T; L.Duffy 2T; R.Horgan 1T; S.Barry 1T; V.O’Brien 1T; E.Lacey 1P5C
L.Dineen; D.Hickey, J.Deady, S.Murphy, R.Mitchell; J.Clohessy, R.Hogan; R.Fitzgerald, J.Colbert, G.McArdle; G.Murphy, C.Fitzgerald; K.O’Connell, R.Carey, E.McGrath. Replacements: D.O’Keeffe, J.Silke, K.Kelleher, M.Cronin, D.Gee.
L.Dineen 1T; D.O’Keeffe 1T; J.Clohessy 1P1C
Cork Constitution FC J1 V University College Cork 19/12/2016
UCC J1 XV reversed the early season result in their return Seconds League fixture, under lights at Curraheen Road on Monday evening. Leading 21-12 at half time, they contained a late surge by Constitution, to claim a narrow victory.
The students took a 5th minute lead with a smart try by out half Stuart Logier, who found a gap through the middle of the Con defence. Last season’s Constitution Under 20 star, Andrew Dorgan converted for 7-0. Constitution fought back in the next 10 minutes, and forced a try by Rory Horgan in the left corner, but the conversion failed.
College forced the pace, and scored in the 25th minute through centre Hyde, converted by Dorgan; and Dorgan scored the third try with a steal from a 22 metre scrum, and added the conversion, for 21-5 to College on the half-hour mark.
Constitution narrowed that lead with a try by scrum-half Jason Higgins from a 5 metre scrum, and Dara Lyons converted for 12-21 at the break.
The second half was well-contested, but with few scoring chances engineered by either side. Eventually, Shane Daly found a mid-field gap for a fine Constitution score in the 70th minute. Dara Lyons’ conversion closed the gap to two points, but College did enough to see out time for a two point victory.
S.Daly; H.Murphy, A.McHenry, R.Horgan, B.Galvin; D.Lyons, J.Higgins; L.Farrell, J.McHenry, D.O’Connell; G.Stokes, C.Barry; R.O’Halloran, R.Walsh, S.O’Leary. Replacements: G.Good (1); G.Duffy (3), R.O’Halloran (6), M.O’Mahony, D.Fitzgerald (6), C.O’Brien (10).
D.Dennehy; M.Kavanagh, P.Hyde, C.Healy, K.Ansboro; S.Logier, A.Dorgan; F.McDermott, E.McCarthy, C.McHugh; D.Lynch, M.O’Connell; P.Derham, F.Moynihan, P.Traynor. Replacements: D.Barron, D.McDonagh, C.Murphy, S.Lotty, L.O’Donnell.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Dolphin 11/12/2016
Cork Constitution J1 XV defeated Dolphin on Sunday afternoon at Musgrave Park back pitch, comfortably securing all five Seconds League points on offer. They did most of the damage in the first period to lead 29-12 by the interval, and saw out the second period comfortably.
Front rows Greg Roche, Alec McHenry and Sam Deane each had first half tries for Constitution as their forwards dominated the early exchanges. And that set the scene for further tries by Sam Deane and Mark O’Mahony before the break. Eoin Lacey added two conversions and a penalty.
Further tries in the second period from Barry Galvin and Alec McHenry, with Simon Barry kicking a conversion and a penalty by Eoin Lacey, completed the scoring.
A.McHenry; M.O’Mahony, H.Murphy, S.Barry, B.Galvin; E.Lacey, D.Hayes; G.Roche, J.McHenry, S.Deane; G.Stokes, S.O’Leary; R.Walsh, R.O’Neill, R.O’Halloran.. Replacements: G.Good (1); J.Tyner (2); R.Horgan (14); L.Abbott, G.Fitzgerald (10).
A.McHenry 2T; G.Roche 1T; B.Galvin 1T; S.Deane 2T; M.O’Mahony 1T; E.Lacey 1P2C; S.Barry 1C.
K.D.Cooke; M.Daly, J.Ahern, L.Moloney,A.Cotter; C.O’Shaughnessy, M.Murray; L.Leahy, C.Scott, L.Jordan; T.Mcauliffe, L.Coughlan; R.O’hara, C.O’Flynn, K.Keogh. Replacements: R.Butt, E.O’Leary, G.Mathews, M.Perrott, A.Pope.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Dolphin 14/11/2016
Cork Constitution won their Junior 1 South League tie with Dolphin under lights on a very pleasant Monday evening at Templehill.
Constitution led after just three minutes when captain, Sonny Dwyer scored in the left corner, following a break by Brendan Quinlan. Eoin Lacey missed a penalty chance as Constitution dominated, but he converted a try by Michael Clune in the 17th minute for 12-0 to the home side.
Barry Galvin scored in the 25th minute following a neat switch of play by Jack McHenry, and Eoin Lacey converted for 19-0. Lacey scored an unconverted try on 33 minutes, before Eugene Redmond got Dolphin on the board with a penalty in the 37th minute. 24-3 to Constitution at half-time.
In the second half, Sean O’Leary got over from a line-out drive, for an unconverted try in the 57th minute. Dolphin, to their credit, kept going despite the deficit and were rewarded with a try on 71 minutes when wing Luke Moloney touched down in the left corner, and Rob O’Halloran kicked an excellent conversion.
However, Constitution got the final score when replacement Sean Gray scored an unconverted try in the 80th minute
M.Keyes; M.Clune, J.J.O’Neill, R.Horgan, B.Galvin; E.Lacey, S.Murphy; B.Quinlan, J.McHenry, G.Sweeney; G.Stokes, C.Barry; S.O’Leary, R.O’Neill, S.Dwyer Capt. Replacements: J.Tyner (2); G.Roche (1); H.Murphy (11); R.O’Haloran (10); S.Gray (13).
S.Dwyer 1T; M.Clune 1T; B.Galvin 1T; S.O’Leary 1T; S.Gray 1T; E.Lacey 1T2C.
A.Cotter; M.Daly, E.Redmond, D.O’Shaughnessy, L.Moloney; W.Hanley, KD Cooke; J.Leahy, CW O’Flynn, L.Jordan; L.Coughlan, T.McAuliffe; C.Law, D.Burke, K.Keogh. Replacements: C.Scott (1); A.Foley (3); M.Perrott (13); K.Kelleher.
L.Moloney 1T; E.Redmond 1P1C.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Cashel 16/10/2016
Cork Constitution J1 XV defeated Cashel on Sunday afternoon at Templehill, comfortably securing five Seconds League points. Leading by just 7-5, in a very evenly contested first half, they coped better with the difficult conditions in the second period, as incessant rain made it difficult for all concerned.
But it was Cashel who scored first; after a flurry of yellow cards were dispensed early on, Cashel scrum half Josh Pickering, took advantage of slack marking, as he slid through a line-out to score from 30 metres in the 12th minute. Constitution hit back in the 17th minute with a try by Michael Clune in the right corner, superbly converted by Simon Barry.
Michael Clune scored his second try in the 45th minute in the left corner for 12-5. Barry Galvin scored in the other corner 10 minutes later, and again Barry struck another fine conversion. Despite a second yellow card, Constitution scored again with Barry Galvin getting his second try, converted by Jamie Murphy for 26-5. And full back Alex McHenry completed the scoring in the 70th minute, as the rain began to pour.
A.McHenry; J.Dowling, M.Clune, J.J.O’Neill, B.Galvin; S.Barry, J.Murphy; D.Abbott, J.McHenry, G.Roche; C.Barry, G.Stokes; R.Gee, D.Fitzgerald, R.O’Halloran.. Replacements: D.O’Brien (1); J.Tyner, R.Horgan; S.Murphy (5).
W.English; B.Fitzpatrick, F.Kelleher, L.Barry, E.Ryan; R.O’Donnell, J.Pickering; P.Ryan, P.Coates, T.Allen; K.Melbourne, J.Ryan; P.Galvin, S.O’Connor, M.Croose. Replacements: A.Guilfoyle, K.Murphy, T.Ryan, B.Laffan
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Highfield RFC 02/10/2016
Cork Constitution won their Junior 1 South League tie with Highfield on a very pleasant Sunday afternoon at Templehill.
Although Highfield took an early lead with a 21st minute try by Michael Fitzgerald-O’Donnell, Constitution led at the break with a 38th minute try by Simon Barry, converted by Dara Lyons.
Constitution doubled their score in the 45th minute with Barry and Lyons repeating their first half scores. Two minutes later scrum half Jason Higgins, took a quick penalty and evaded the defence for a clever score at the posts. Barry kicked the conversion for 21-5.
Lyons kicked a penalty for Constitution, before Highfield scored a late try by Conor Forde, converted by Brian O’Hea. But Constitution closed out the contest with a Michael Keyes try in the last play of the game, for Lyons again to add the extras.
J.Murphy; O.Hanly, M.Keyes, JJ O’Neill, S.Barry; D.Lyons, J.Higgins; D.Abbott, V.O’Brien, G.Roche; D.Fitzgerald, G.Stokes; J.McHenry, C.Barry, S.Dwyer. Replacements: D.O’Connell (1); R.O’Halloran (4); M.O’Mahony (6); E.Derham (14); D.Hayes (9).
S.Barry 2T; J.Higgins 1T; M.Keyes 1T; D.Lyons 1P4C
J.Cassidy; C.Lougheed, C.Cunningham, D.O’Sullivan, K.Duggan; B.O’Hea, K.Foley; P.Butler, D.O’Sullivan, S.Lackey; E.Linnell, M.O’Donnell-Fitzgerald; C.Gallagher, J.Duffy, G.French. Replacements: M.Spillet, C.Forde, M.Forde, C.Moriarty, R.Mathieu.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V University College Cork 26/09/2016
Cork Constitution J1 XV had a comfortable Seconds League win over University College under lights at Templehill on Monday evening. They did the hard work in the first period, building up a commanding 17-0 lead, before seeing out the second half as the weather deteriorated to a constant drizzle.
They took a 3rd minute lead, when a kick to the left corner led to a series of rucks, with Michael Keyes finishing the subsequent three-quarter movement in the right corner, for an excellent opening try. Eoin Lacey kicked the conversion for 7- 0. The pack got in on the scoring act in the 11th minute with Sonny Dwyer touching down from a 5-metre scrum. Lacey again added the extras for 14-0. And the same player kicked a 25th minute penalty as Constitution cruised to halftime.
The second half fare was less entertaining as conditions were not so conducive to continuity. Lacey kicked a penalty in the 52nd minute for 20-0, before College got a late unconverted try in the right corner.
A.McHenry; M.Keyes, JJ O’Neill, R.Horgan, M.Clune; E.Lacey, J.Higgins; B.Quinlan, J.McHenry, G.Roche; G.Stokes, S.O’Leary; R.O’Neill, R.Walsh, S.Dwyer. Replacements: G.Good, D.Coughlan, R.O’Halloran, S.Barry, A.Moore.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Young Munster 01/05/2016
Young Munster won the Munster Junior Cup at Independent Park on Sunday with a strong second half performance. Leading by just 7-3 at the break, they added a second try in the first 10 minutes of the second half, and despite a valiant effort by Constitution who trailed 10-14 on the hour mark, the Limerick team pulled away in the last quarter to record a solid victory, and their first Cup success since 1999.
On a perfect pitch in calm conditions, both sides missed their opening penalty chances in the first quarter. Constitution had to endure a torrid opening period as Munster’s threw everything at the Con line from a series of mauls. But still, Eoin Lacey notched the first score for Constitution from a penalty in the 31st minute. But when Lacey made a great break from half-way in the 35th minute, they could not finish the chance, and Munsters cleared. And then from a line-out, Munster’s drove to the line where Gallagher got the touchdown. Downes converted for 3-7 half-time lead.
Centre Jack Harrington scored a vital try for Munsters on 47 minutes, converted by Guerin for 3-14. However, Constitution hit back again with a try by Rory Horgan in the 61st minute to restore Constitution’s challenge, and Lacey converted for 10-14.
Downes notched a penalty in the 66th minute for Munsters when Cian Barry was yellow-carded. Then Lacey kicked a penalty for Constitution in the 75th minute to make it a one-score game again at 13-17. Young Munster, however, showed their greater strength as they struck a killer blow in the 78th minute when Guerin scored. The conversion was missed, but Young Munster had won the day 22-13, their first Junior Cup success since 1999
L.O’Connell; S.Gray, J.J.O’Neill, R.Horgan, M.Clune; E.Lacey, J.Higgins; B.Quinlan, L.O’Connor, R.Burke; G.Stokes, S.O’Leary; S.Dwyer Capt., D.Walsh, E.Mintern. Replacements: J.McHenry (2), G.Roche (1), C.Barry (4), A.Dorgan, J.Poland (10).
R.Horgan 1T; E.Lacey 1C2P
P.Downes; B.Gibbon, J.Harrington, M.Doyle, M.Devaney; R.Guerin, G.Fitzgerald; P.Meyer, S.Fenton, P.Allen; D.Gallagher, Y.Browne; M.Madden, D.Ryan, S.Rennison. Replacements: G.Ryan (1); B.Bets (2); A.Ross (6); E.Mundu, C.Nash.
D.Gallagher 1T; J.Harrington 1T; R.Guerin 1T; P.Downes 2C1P.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Richmond 24/04/2016
Cork Constitution and Richmond played out an intense Munster Junior Cup semi-final at Templehill on Sunday afternoon, and it took twenty minutes of extra time before the home side emerged victorious.
Constitution led 14-9 at half time, but were never able to build on that lead in the second period as Richmond, to their credit, took control. A penalty try on the hour mark put them seven points ahead. However, Constitution fought back to equalise in the 77th minute to take the game to extra time at 24 points each.
And in the extra time, a penalty in each half by Poland saw them through to the final, in which they will meet Young Munster on Sunday 1st May.
Brian Bennett gave Richmond the lead after 10 minutes with a penalty from 38 metres. But they suffered yellow cards in the 20th and 22nd minutes to front rows McNamara and Humphries, and Constitution took advantage with No.8 Evan Mintern scoring from a 5 metre scrum. Poland converted, and from the restart Constitution drove home their advantage as Jason Higgins ran in a great score from 35 metres. Poland again converted for 14-3 after 26 minutes.
But Richmond hit back before the break with penalties from Bennett in the 29th and 40th minutes, to leave the half time score at 14-9. And Richmond continued to press in the second period with another Bennett penalty, and an unconverted try by Eoin Hanley from a forward maul to the left corner, to take the lead 14-17 after 46 minutes.
John Poland levelled the scores with a penalty two minutes later, as the game went from end to end. Then on the hour, as the scrummaging contest was at its height, Richmond were awarded a penalty try, and Constitution had prop Rory Burke sin-binned. Bennett kicked the conversion for 17-24. But their fortunes turned after Burke resumed, as Richmond had two players sin-binned in quick succession; hooker Humphreys in the 66th minute, and centre Bennett in the 73rd minute, which handed Constitution a gilt-edged opportunity to retrieve the game. And they duly did so with a try by Jason Higgins, converted by Poland, to tie up the scores at 24 points each.
The extra time period was equally tense, but the scoring chances fell to Constitution, as their pack proved more disciplined; won their primary possession at scrum and line out; and with John Poland managing the play, they forced two penalties that decided the Cup tie. Poland converted both in the 8th and 11th minutes to secure the victory.
L.O’Connell; S.Gray, J.J.O’Neill, R.Horgan, M.Clune; J.Higgins, J.Poland; B.Quinlan, J.McHenry, R.Burke; G.Stokes, S.O’Leary; S.Dwyer, D.Walsh, E.Mintern. Replacements: G.Roche , L.Walsh C.Barry, A.Dorgan, E.Lacey.
E.Mintern 1T; J.Higgins 2T; J.Poland 3C3P.
S.Halpin; J.McNamara, B.Bennett, R.Mullins, E.O’Connell; W.Murphy, T.O’Brien; C.Wells, P.Humphreys, P.McNamara; D.O’Halloran, S.Bennett; E.Ahern, G.Phelan, E.Hanley. Replacements: I.Ryan, J.Flaherty, J.Tully, G.O’Hanlon, K.Stephenson.
B.Bennett 4P1C1PT; E.Hanley 1T
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Galbally 27/03/2016
Cork Constitution J1 XV maintained their challenge for the Munster Junior Cup with a hard-earned quarter-final win at Galbally, but only after extra time.
Galbally played with the breeze and slope in the first half and led 3-0 at the break, from an eighth minute penalty by Jack O’Mullane. But he missed two further chances in the half, that would have given his side a substantial advantage.
John Poland equalised for Constitution from a penalty in the 62nd minute, despite an earlier miss. Then in the 66th minute, Galbally somewhat against the run of the second half play, forced a pushover try, that was unconverted, to retake the lead at 8-3.
In a frantic last few minutes, Constitution second-row Dave Fitzgerald got the touch down, to tie up the scores, and while the conversion was missed, Constitution had a life-line, with 20 minutes of extra-time to come.
In the added time, Galbally had two missed penalty chances, just before full time and again in the first period of extra time. In the end, it was the accurate boot of John Poland that won the day, when he kicked a penalty with time almost up.
The semi-final pairings are: Cork Constitution v Richmond & Young Munster v Bandon, to be played on Sunday 17th April.
Richmond defeated Cashel 26-19 in their quarter-final; while the other results were;
Clonmel 10, Bandon 23;
Young Munster 21, Kilfeacle 13.
M.Clune; S.Gray, J.J.O’Neill, L.O’Connell, R.Horgan; E.Lacey, J.Poland; B.Quinlan, J.McHenry, R.Burke; S.O’Leary, G.Stokes; D.Fitzgerald, S.Dwyer, C.O’Flaherty. Replacements: G.Roche, L.Walsh, R.O’Halloran, A.Dorgan (10), S.Kennedy (12)
D.Fitzgerald 1T; J.Poland 2P.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Shannon RFC 20/03/2016
Cork Constitution won a decisive victory in the Munster Seconds League Final against Shannon on Sunday afternoon at Templehill.
Constitution made a fast start with an unconverted try by full back Liam O’Connell in the right corner. But Shannon hit back immediately with a try by No.8 Kevin Browne from a quick-tap penalty, as he caught the home defence napping, and Barry McGoey’s conversion was good for 5-7 to Shannon. However, Constitution re-took the lead again on 10 minutes with a try by wing Sean Gray, with Lacey kicking a good conversion for 12-7.
Lacey missed with a penalty on 16 minutes, but he set up a try for livewire flanker Sonny Dwyer two minutes later, and kicked the conversion for 19-7. Then on 33 minutes, an exciting break from half-way was finished off by second-row Sean O’Leary, and Lacey’s conversion put Constitution firmly in the driving seat at 26-7 at the break.
A yellow card in the 45th minute did not help Shannon’s cause, and Liam O’Connell scored the fifth try in the 56th minute after a fluid three-quarter line move. Lacey’s conversion made it 33-7. J.J.O’Neill got in the right corner for an unconverted try in the 67th minute, and three minutes later skipper, Sonny Dwyer, stole a over-long Shannon line-out throw, to run in from some 30 metres. Lacey converted for 45-7.
Shannon, finally, had a consolation score in the last minute when their scrum half McGoey scored.
Munster Branch Vice-President, Mr Charlie Buckley, was on hand to present the Munster Seconds League trophy to Constitution captain, SonnyDwyer.
L.O’Connell; S.Gray, J.J.O’Neill, R.Horgan, S.Kennedy; E.Lacey, A.Dorgan; B.Quinlan, J.McHenry, G.Duffy; S.O’Leary, G.Stokes; G.Lawler, S.Dwyer, C.O’Flaherty. Replacements: G.Roche, L.Walsh, D.Fitzgerald, J.Murphy, D.Williamson.
L.O’Connell 2T; S.Dwyer 2T; S.Grey 1T; S.O’Leary 1T; J.J.O’Neill 1T; E.Lacey 5C
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Old Christians 13/03/2016
Cork Constitution J1 XV maintained their challenge for the Munster Junior Cup with victory over Old Christians on a pleasant afternoon at Rathcooney. However, they had to fight all the way against a gritty home side, who led 7-5 at the interval.
The opening exchanges were typical of Junior Cup rugby, with play going from end to end, as both sides tried to settle on their patterns. Christians had a sin-binning on 18 minutes, and Constitution took the lead on the next play with a try by centre Michael Clune, following quick ball flashed from a close-in line-out.
Sean Meaney missed a penalty chance from 40 metres for Christians on 41 minutes, but he converted a mauled try by Lar Coughlan in the last play before the interval, to leave the home side leading 7-5.
Constitution re-took the lead in the 42nd minute from an Eoin Lacey penalty. Constitution continued to keep the pressure on the home side, and No.8 Cathal O’Flaherty scored his side’s second try, when he went over from a 5-metre scrum in the 46th minute for 13-7.
On the hour mark, O’Flaherty scored his second try, breaking from a scrum and beating the defence from 20 metres. Lacey’s conversion put Constitution out to 20-7. And Constitution skipper, Sonny Dwyer, scored his side’s fourth try in the final minutes, after close interplay between O’Flaherty and impressive newcomer Sean O’Leary. Lacey’s conversion gave Constitution a slightly flattering victory margin.
In the quarter-final Constitution will play Galbally in Galbally on Sunday 27th March.
M.Clune; S.Gray, J.J.O’Neill, L.O’Connell, S.Kennedy; J.Murphy, A.Dorgan; L.O’Connor, J.McHenry, R.Burke; S.O’Leary, G.Stokes; S.Dwyer, L.O’Leary, C.O’Flaherty. Replacements: B.Quinlan (20), D.Coughlan, E.Lacey (10), D.Williamson (9), N.Murphy (7).
C.O’Flaherty 2T; M.Clune 1T; S.Dwyer 1T; E.Lacey 2C1P.
J.Purcell; J.Hodder, B.Swift, N.McCarthy, S.Murnane; S.Meaney, J.Marnell; S.twohig, D.O’driscoll, S.Barry; K.Walsh, M.Gleeson; C.Smith, A.ware, L.Coughlan. Replacements: R.Stapleton, B.McCarthy, D.Barry, S.Vivkery, J.Power.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Highfield 15/02/2016
Cork Constitution J1’s won a well-contested Seconds League play-off game at Templehill on Sunday afternoon, to qualify for the final against Shannon. The match was played in fine, but cold conditions, that made for a lively game.
Highfield took an early advantage as their big pack settled to their task, with an unconverted try that lock Michael O’Donnell-Fitzgerald touched down from a maul to the line. Constitution equalised on 35 minutes with a try in the right corner by Arthur Spring, and they took the lead just before the break when flanker Luke O’Leary broke clear from a line-out and outstripped the defence from 40 metres. Jamie Murphy added the extras, before Sheehan had a late penalty for Highfield, who thus trailed 8-12 at the break.
A second try in the right corner by Spring, and a penalty by Murphy left Constitution clear at 20-8 with 10 minutes remaining. However, Highfield rallied with a try by front row David Norris, converted by Sheehan. And with time running out, Sheehan kicked a penalty to close to 20-18, but he missed a similar late-late effort that would have stolen a dramatic victory.
J.White; A.Spring, J.J.O’Neill, R.Horgan, S.Gray; J.Murphy, J.Higgins; B.Quinlan, J.McHenry, G.Roche; C.O’Flaherty, G.Stokes; C.Barry, L.O’Leary, S.Dwyer. Replacements: D.Coughlan (2), L.Walsh, D.Fitzgerald (7), A.Dorgan, E.Lacey.
A.Spring 2T; C.Barry 1T; J.Murphy 1C1P.
J.Sheehan; J.McLoughlin, D.O’Sullivan, M.Dorgan, C.Connolly; K.Duggan, R.McGuire; D.Norris, C.Forde, I.McCarthy; C.Gallagher, M.O’Donnell-Fitzgerald; N.O’Brien, M.O’Connell, G.French. Replacements: N.O’Connor, P.Butler, C.Harrington, D.Houlihan, R.Matthieu.
M.O’Donnell-Fitzgerald 1T; D.Norris 1T; J.Sheehan 1C1P.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V UL-Bohemian 31/01/2016
Cork Constitution ran out unexpectedly easy winners over UL-Bohemian at Temple Hill on Sunday, in the second round of the Munster Junior Cup. Leading 21-3 at half time against the wind, the home side continued to dominate, and only in the final minutes did the visitors manage to get over the home line.
Constitution showed their intent as early as the fourth minute when left-wing Paddy Hegarty scored off a simple three-quarter movement. Jamie Murphy kicked the conversion for a perfect start for the home side. UL got three points back from a Joe Murray penalty in the 7th minute, but he missed a second opportunity in the 9th minute. Con were playing against a strong downfield breeze in the first period and did not score again until the 23rd minute. Cathal O’Flaherty too a clean ball at a line-out and Luke O’Leary got the touch down from the ensuing maul to the line. Murphy converted and from the kick-off Constitution ran the ball across the back line, for Aaron Spring to put full back Michael Clune in for a try under the posts. Murphy had the easiest conversion for 21-3.
Spring and Murphy repeated the score in the 51st minute to push the score onto 28-3, and five minutes later Spring scored his second try, when Constitution returned a 22 metre drop-out by UL for a classic try, to which Murphy again added the points. Spring completed his personal hat-trick in the 61st minute, as the ball went through the hands from a scrum at half way. Eoin Lacey took over the conversion duties with a successful kick for 42-3, and he was on the mark again, after Cathal O’Flaherty raced through for a try in the 64th minute.
A couple of yellow cards slowed Con’s progress in the final quarter, but Jamie Murphy did a solo run of some 80 metres to keep the score moving with a try in the 78th minute. With the match well and truly finished as a contest, UL got the last score, when scrum half Hugh Bourke stole in for a consolation try in the final play.
The next round is on 21st Feb and Constitution are away to Dungarvan, who defeated Old Christians.
J.White; A.Spring, M.Clune, J.J.O’Neill, P.Hegarty; J.Murphy, A.Dorgan; G.Duffy, J.McHenry, G.Roche; G.Stokes, C.O’Flaherty; M.Carey, L.O’Leary, E.Mintern. Replacements: R.Flanagan (2); L.Walsh (1); C.Barry (8); K.Desmond (11); E.Lacey (15).
P.Hegarty 1T; L.O’Leary 1T; M.Clune 1T; A.Spring 3T; C.O’Flaherty 1T; J.Murphy 5C; E.Lacey 2C
D.Delaney; S.McBrearty, J.McNamara, D.Neville, S.MacDhonnacha; J.Murray, H.Bourke; J.Moloney, D.Rowsome, P.King; B.Scroope, C.Kerr; E.Boland, C.O’Connell, F.Hurley. Replacements: D.McNamara, E.Lacey, P.Nesbitt, S.Lackey.
H.Burke 1T; J.Murray 1P.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Mallow 10/01/2016
Cork Constitution J1 XV secured a clear-cut win over Mallow in the Munster Junior Cup 1st round tie, played at Mahon, as a result of both Mallow and Constitution’s first pitches being unplayable.
The match was played in mild, but difficult underfoot conditions, and credit to both sides for an entertaining game. Constitution had the better of the opening play, led 16-3 at the break, and never took the foot off the pedal, adding three further second-half tries.
Eoin Lacey opened Con’s account with a penalty on 15 minutes, and he added the extras to a try by Sean Gray in the 20th minute. Two further penalties by Lacey had Constitution 16 points to the good, before Mallow had a penalty just before the break.
Full back Joe White scored a fine unconverted try in the right corner in the 53rd minute, and Sonny Dwyer had Constitution’s third try on the hour with a break from 30 yards. Jamie Murphy added the conversion and kicked a penalty in the 70th minute for 31-3.
Conor O’Donovan had a consolation try for Mallow in the 75th minute, after Johnny Forrest had set up the chance with a crunching tackle.
However, Constitution had the final say with a try when Greg Roche picked up and barged his way through the tiring Mallow pack.
In the second round Constitution have a home tie against UL-Bohemian who defeated Fethard.
J.White; S.Gray, M.Clune, L.O’Connell, K.Desmond; E.Lacey, A.Dorgan; L.Walsh, J.McHenry, R.Burke; G.Stokes, C.Barry; K.Daly, S.Dwyer, E.Mintern. Replacements: G.Roche (1), D.Coughlan (2), R.O’Halloran (6), J.Murphy (10), J.Ahern (14).
S.Gray 1T; J.White 1T; S.Dwyer 1T; G.Roche 1T; J.Murphy 1P1C; E.Lacey 3P1C.
J.Glynn; C.O’Donovan, M.Sweeney, A.Twomey, H.Barry; L.O’Brien, E.Healy; J.Browne, K.O’Connell, J.Forrest; T.Fitzgerald, I.Howard; B.Henry, R.Daly, D.Barry. Replacements: A.Murray, H.Taikiri, P.Sheehan, M.Taylor, A.Mitchell.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Cashel 19/12/2015
Cork Constitution J1 XV overcame a strong Cashel side in their last game before the Christmas break. In doing so, they maintained their unbeaten record in their Seconds League section, and have finished as clear winners with seven wins from seven matches.
They now await the play-off phase with the North Munster section.
Cashel took an early lead from a penalty, but Constitution hit back with a try from No.8 Evan Mintern, converted by Jamie Murphy. And Murphy added a penalty before half time, to leave Constitution 10-3 to the good at the break
Michael Clune scored an unconverted try for 15-3, but Cashel got back to 15-10 with a try and conversion. Jamie Murphy closed out the match for Constitution with a penalty.
The next match for the Junior XV will be the Munster Junior Cup 1st Round, in which they are drawn away to Mallow on 10th January.
E.Lacey; S.Grey, K.Desmond, M.Clune, A.O’Keeffe; J.Murphy, A.Dorgan; L.Walsh, D.Coughlan, A.Slattery; C.O’Flaherty, S.O’Leary; L.O’Leary, S.Dwyer, E.Mintern. Replacements: C.Murphy, R.O’Halloran, C.Barry, J.Ahern, I.O’Brien.
E.Mintern 1T; M.Clune 1T; J.Murphy 1C2P
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Dolphin 12/12/2015
Cork Constitution J1 XV maintained their excellent form with a big win against Dolphn for their sixth straight win in the Munster Seconds League at rain-sodden Temple Hill on Saturday. They led 34-5 with six first half tries; and added three more in a shortened second period for a bonus point win.
Constitution now lead their league section with 30 points from five games, with just a postponed match with Cashel to be refixed, before the second-phase of matches.
Full back Joe White and left wing Liam O’Connell were the scorers-in-chief, each notching a hat-trick of tries. Michael Clune, Michael Murphy and Rory Burke were the other try scorers, while Jamie Murphy kicked a penalty and added three conversions.
J.White; L.O’Connell, M.Clune, R.Horgan, J.J.O’Neill; J.Murphy, J.Poland; L.Walsh, D.Coughlan, R.Burke; C.Barry, E.Mintern; R.O’Hara, S.Dwyer, M.Murphy. Replacements: G.Roche, D.O’Connell, R.O’Halloran, J.Ahern, A.Dorgan.
J.White 3T; L.O’Connell 3T; M.Clune 1T; R.Burke 1T; M.Murphy 1T; J.Murphy 3C1P
L.Abbott; R.Foran, T.O’Sullivan, E.McGrath, D.Griffin; D.Ahern, C.Barrett; J.Leahy, I.Kennell-Webb, R.O’Reilly; L.Coughlan, W.Ryan; C.Stokes, J.Murphy, J.Mullane. Replacements: L.Maloney, W.O’Flynn, D.Keogh.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Highfield RFC 15/11/2015
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Highfield 15/11/2015
Cork Constitution J1 XV scored five tries against Highfield in their fifth straight win in the Munster Seconds League at Temple Hill on Sunday.
Kerry Desmond, Michael Clune and Gavin Duffy scored first half tries, all converted by Jamie Murphy to leave Constitution at 21-0, and well in command at the interval.
And in the second period, Dara Williamson and Conor O’Flaherty added two further unconverted tries to secure the bonus point victory.
Constitution now lead the table with 25 points after five games, and with two games remaining, they are six points clear of Highfield, with the remaining matches against Cashel A 29th November; and Dolphin H 13th December.
Cork Constitution: J.White; A.Dorgan, K.Desmond, M.Clune, O.Hanley; J.Murphy, R.Foley; B.Quinlan, G.Roche, G.Duffy; C.O’Flaherty, G.Stokes; M.Carey, L.O’Leary, S.Dwyer. Replacements: T.Swift, D.Walsh, C.Barry, E.Mintern, D.Williamson.
Scorers: K.Desmond 1T; M.Clune 1T; G.Duffy 1T; D.Williamson 1T; C.O’Flaherty 1T; J.Murphy 3C.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Midleton 02/11/2015
Cork Constitution J1 XV had a comfortable Munster Seconds League win under the
Temple Hill lights on a pleasantly temperate Monday night.
Constitution did most of the damage in the first period, scoring six tries without reply.
Ger Slattery had the first of two tries almost from the kick off. Right wing Sean Gray
finished a break by No.8 Michael Murphy for the second try in the 8th minute. Full back
Michael Clune ran in the third try after 21 minutes, and hooker Ger Slattery had his
second try two minutes later. John Poland kicked all four conversions for 28-0.
Centre Kerry Desmond ran in two tries before the break; the first from 30 metres to the
right corner, and the other following a 5 metre scrum. Poland kicked the second
conversion for 40-0 at half time.
Midleton rallied at the start of the second half, and second row Sean McCarthy scored a
consolation try for the visitors in the 55th minute. Cathal O’Flaherty scored his second try
in the 69th minute; scrum half Andrew Dorgan finished a break out from his own half in
the 75th minute, and Cathal O’Flaherty did likewise from a Michael Murphy break in the
77th minute, as Constitution maintained their form to the end. Poland completed the
scoring with two further conversions.
Thus far, Constitution have had three comfortable wins, but can expect stronger
competition in the coming weeks from Highfield (Nov.15 H), Cashel (Nov.29 A) and
Dolphin (Dec.13 H).
M.Clune; S.Gray, K.Desmond, M.Keyes, A.Dorgan; E.Lacey, J.Poland; L.Walsh, A.Slattery, G.Duffy; C.O’Flaherty, G.Stokes; M.Carey, L.O’Leary, M.Murphy. Replacements: D.Coughlan (2); G.Murray (1), S.Dwyer (6), D.Walsh (9), S.Kennedy (12).
G.Slattery 2T; K.Desmond 2T; C.O’Flaherty 2T; M.Clune 1T; A.Dorgan 1T; S.Gray 1T; J.Poland 7C.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Kanturk 20/09/2015
Cork Constitution won a clean-cut victory over Kanturk in the opening Seconds League game at the North Cork venue on Sunday afternoon.
Fielding a new-look J1 XV for their first game of the season, they scored six tries, with Michael Keyes adding the extras to five, and kicking two penalties for a comprehensive outcome.
Michael Clune; Dara Williamson, Rory Horgan, Liam O’Connell, Paddy Hegarty; Michael Keyes, Andrew Dorgan; Liam O’Connor, Aidan Slattery, Conor Murphy; Glen Stokes, Michael Murphy; Morgan Carey, Leo O’Leary, Sonny Dwyer.
Replacements: Doug Abbott (3), Cian Parkes (16), Nigel Murphy (4), Ian O’Brien (13), Adam O’Keeffe (12).
R.Horgan 1T; L.O’Connell 1T; D.Williamson 1T; A.Dorgan 1T; A.Slattery 1T; M.Murphy 1T; M.Keyes 5C2P.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Sundays Well 15/03/2015
Cork Constitution won the Cork Junior 1 League title at Templehill on Sunday afternoon after a hard battle with Sunday’s Well. The Well led from the 8th minute until the 80th minute, and only in injury time, did they succumb to the home side, when Rob Armstrong kicked his fourth penalty.
It was hard luck on the Musgrave Park outfit as they battled all the way, but for Constitution there was the satisfaction of keeping their shape, and ultimately getting their reward with a final scoring opportunity.
The Well took the lead with an 8th minute unconverted try by Peter Arigho. Rob Armstrong pulled three points back with a penalty for Constitution in the 14th minute.
Robert Doyle got in for a second try for the Well in the 32nd minute, again unconverted, but Armstrong reduced the lead with a second penalty. Sunday’s Well scored again in injury time with a second try by scrum half Arigho. Lawless converted for a healthy 5-17 lead at the break.
On the restart Armstrong kicked his third penalty, and when Joe Uprichard scored in the 63rd minute, Constitution were back in the game. Armstrong’s conversion left just a point between the sides 16-17. As both sides fought for supremacy in the last quarter, Rob Armstrong grabbed his chance with the winning penalty. However, the Well had one last chance, but a penalty shot went wide.
Branch President, Bertie Smith, was again on hand to present the Cup to Alan Ross, Cork Constitution captain.
C.McAuliffe; J.Uprichard, R.Armstrong, S.Keohane, E.Hanly; J.Dowling, J.Ahern; C.Corkery, P.O’Sullivan, M.O’Sullivan; E.Beechinor, C.Murray; A.Ross, M.O’Mahony, R.O’Halloran. Replacements: R.Flanagan, C.Parkes, G.Roche, D.Fitzgerald, J.Moloney, D.Hayes, G.Kennedy.
J.Uprichard 1T; R.Armstrong 1C4P.
R.Browner; M.Lawless, R.McDonald, D.Leahy; R.Doyle, P.Arigho; E.O’Connell, W.McCarthy, N.O’Donoghue; E.Ackland, C.Hayes; B.Darcy, A.Anbro, P.Hughes. Replacements: A.Crowley, F.Moynihan, I.O’Driscoll, C.Smithers, E.Murphy, A.Singleton, C.Haynes.
P.Arigho 2T; R.Doyle 1T; M.Lawless 1C.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Youghal 06/03/2015
Cork Constitution defeated Youghal on Friday evening in the quarter final of the Munster Junior Plate in an entertaining tie at Templehill. Constitution led 12-0 at the break, and scored two second half tries to seal their passage to the semi-final stage, in which they will have home advantage against the winners of the Thomond-Richmond tie.
Alex Ryan, returning to action after a long lay off, was most influential for Constitution, as he varied the game from the No.10 position. Centre Joe Uprichard scored the opening try when he fielded an up and under kick and ran in from his own half. He converted for 7-0 after 10 minutes play. The same player, with another jinking run from his own half, scored in the 28th minute. Youghal pulled three points back before the interval with a penalty kicked by Keith McCarthy.
Youghal threatened to make a close match when their right wing Barney O’Brien got in for a try in the corner in the 52nd minute. However, Constitution scored next to avert the danger, with an unconverted try by flanker Mark O’Mahony in the 62nd minute. And Michael O’Callaghan closed out the game with a try in the 71st minute, when he cut through the centre of the Youghal defence, following quick ball from a line-out on the 22 metre line.
J.Uprichard; R.Armstrong, M.Coughlan, M.O’Callaghan, D.Leung; A.Ryan, K.Minihane; D.Hennessy, M.Todd, M.O’Sullivan;, D.Fitzgerald, J.Murphy; R.O’Halloran, M.O’Mahony, F.McSwioney. Replacements: D.Abbott, C.Parkes, P.Stokes, D.Hayes, C.Fabrewski.
J.Uprichard 2T1C; M.O’Mahony 1T; M.O’Callaghan 1T; 2P3C.
A.Malone; B.O’Brien, K.Daly, J.Barron, O.Brennan; K.McCarthy, R.Coady; R.Cashman, C.Lane, I.Glennon; P.O’Shea, R.Rea; G.Denver, T.Brennan, R.Donovan. Replacements: C.Kenneally, T.Sheehan, J.Lawlor, J.Kelly.
B.O’Brien 1T; K.McCarthy 1P..
Cork Constitution FC J1 V UCC 16/02/2015
Cork Constitution and University College Cork met in the first round of the Munster Junior Plate on Monday evening – the consolation tournament for Munster Junior Cup first round losers. In itself it was a unique meeting, for two clubs that have dominated the major competition in the past. And playing a Cup match on a Monday evening was also unique. The game itself was as competitive as ever, with College giving a good account of themselves, and it was only in the final play that the game was decided.
Jeff Power gave Constitution the lead with a 12th minute penalty, and he converted Chris McAuliffe’s 25th minute try for 10-0. That try gave an indication of Constitution’s fresh approach to the game with a sterling break from their own half. And they repeated the action three minutes later, as Joe Uprichard touched down. Power converted both tries and added a penalty for 20-0 at half time.
Jeff Power grabbed a try for himself straight from the restart, when he charged down an attempted clearance to score. In the last 10 minutes College hit back with a couple of tries, but Constitution closed out the game with a try by Cian Parkes, converted by Power, to advance to the next round.
In that round they will have home advantage against Youghal who defeated Fermoy
B.Dennehy; J.Uprichard, L.O’Connell, J.Dowling, C.McAuliffe; J.Power, J.Moloney; C.Parkes, D.Abbott, S.Galvin, D.Fitzgerald, J.Murray; R.O’Halloran, M.Coughlan, A.Ross. Replacements: R.Nyhan, R.McLaughlin, C.Fouhy, J.J.O’Neill, K.Minihan.
C.McAuliffe 1T; J.Uprichard 1T; C.Parkes 1T; J.Power 1T2P3C.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V UCC 09/02/2015
Cork Constitution defeated University College in their Cork Junior League tie at Templehill on Monday evening in an enjoyable run out. Constitution scored three tries in the first period to lead 15-3 at the break, and added four tries in the second half for a comprehensive win.
College scored first from a third minute penalty by Darren Kenny, but that was as good as it got for a disappointing College side. Joe Dowling scored Con’s first try after 17 minutes, and James Ryan quickly added the second on 20 minutes. Sonny Dwyer scored the third three minutes later as Con threatened to run riot. However, College came into the game more in the second quarter, though not registering on the score board.
Flanker Sonny Dwyer completed a hat trick of tries with scores on 45 and 51 minutes. Ned Hodson converted both for 29-3 to the home side. Chris McAuliffe and Liam O’Connell completed the try fest, with Hodson adding one conversion.
L.Duffy; C.McAuliffe, N.Hodson, J.Dowling, J.White; L.O’Connell, J.Ahern; C.Parkes, M.Todd, D.Abbott; D.Fitzgerald, E.Beechinor; J.Ryan, S.Dwyer, A.Ross. Replacements: S.Galvin, R.Nyhan, R.O’Halloran, J.Murphy, M.O’Mahony, J.Murray (all played).
B.Monahan; R.Slater, T.Morehead, E.Hurley, K.Garry; D.Kenny, D.O’Meara; N.Roche, D.Healy, P.Duffy; A.Daly, C.Stanton; J.O’Donnell-Fitzgerald, P.Barry, P.Traynor. Replacements: E.Holly, M.Sullivan, A.Finn, S.O’Sullivan.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Cobh 01/02/2015
Cobh Pirates scored a narrow win over Cork Constitution at the Paddocks, Cobh, on Sunday afternoon in the first round of the Munster Junior Cup. The result will be a big disappointment to Constitution who rarely succumb at this stage of a competition that they have won on seventeen occasions, but not since 2009.
Constitution had the advantage of the slope and slight breeze in the first period and led 18-7 at the break, a lead could have been more, had they taken some further chances.
Centre Kerry Desmond gave Constitution a dream start with a smart try in the left corner, from a Chris McAuliffe pass. On 18 minutes the same players again featured, as McAuliffe touched down for a second try. Both conversions were missed, but Jason Higgins made amends with a penalty in the 21st minute for a 13-0 lead.
Cobh’s left wing, Tom Rice, kept his side in the game when he cut in for a try in the 23rd minute, with Eoin Geary kicking the conversion. On the half hour mark, Constitution hit back when second row David Fitzgerald got on the end of a rolling maul for a try, but again the conversion was missed. However, Constitution now held a decent 18-7 lead.
Just before the break Constitution suffered a blow when their influential No.8 Alan Ross was sin-binned for an innocuous tackle, deemed high by the referee. It was to have a major influence on the early stages of the second half.
On the restart play Cobh played for the corner, and a series of scrums resulted in a penalty try being awarded. An easy seven points, that was to have a major bearing on the outcome. Eoin Geary added the simple conversion, and now there was a mere four points between the sides.
Centre Greg Higgins missed a long range penalty in the 60th minute, as Constitution worked hard to keep Cobh in their own half. However, the home side used their local knowledge to play the touch line, and a 76th minute line out gave their forward the opportunity to crash over for the winning score, with Higgins converting to seal the win.
C.McAuliffe; J.O’Flynn, K.Desmond, R.Horgan, J.Uprichard; J.Power, J.Higgins; G.Murray, M.O’Sullivan, R.Nyhan; D.Fitzgerald, E.Beechinor; M.Carey, S.Dwyer, A.Ross. Replacements: D.Abbott (2); C.Parkes (3); D.Corkery (4); L.O’Connell (14); R.O’Halloran (12).
K.Desmond 1T; C.McAuliffe 1T; D.Fitzgerald 1T; J.Higgins 1P.
E.Geary; T.Rice, M.Chandler, G.Higgins, J.Hickey; E.Ryan, R.Geary; O.Walsh, D.McAuliffe, T.Keaveney; M.Keating, J.Frahill; E.McSweeney, S.Hickey, J.Kidney. Replacements: D.Griffin, P.Ahern, J.Hayne, C.Farrell, D.Kinnevane.
T.Rice 1T; S.Hickey 1T; 1Pen Try; G.Higgins 3C.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V University College Cork 04/01/2015
Cork Constitution lost their Munster Seconds League tie with University College Cork, played at the Curraheen Road on Sunday afternoon. They trailed 6-7 at half time, and were unable to get on terms in the second period.
Liam O’Connell gave Constitution the lead from a penalty in the 17th minute. College scored the only try in the 25th minute, when prop forward Peter Duffy got the touchdown from a mauled line-out. Dylan Horgan converted for 7-3 to College. Just on the half time break, Constitution had a penalty converted by Liam O’Connell to leave a point between the sides.
Horgan and O’Connell exchanged penalties in the third quarter, before Horgan closed out the game with a similar effort in the final minute.
Constitution are joint-second in the table on 13 points, from two wins and a draw, after six games, with just one game remaining at home to Kanturk next Sunday.
J.Uprichard; J.Ahern, K.Desmond, J.Dowling, G.Kennedy; L.O’Connell, J.Higgins; D.Abbott, M.Todd, M.O’Sullivan; E.Beechinor, D.Fitzgerald; B.Ferguson, M.O’Mahony, R.O’Halloran. Replacements: C.Parkes, K.Daly, N.Murphy, T.Buckley (all played).
B.Monohan; R.Slater, S.O’Donnell, G.Ryan, D.Kenny; D.Horgan, K.Kidney; S.Randles, B.Vaughan, P.Duffy; O.Linnell, M.Sullivan; E.Earle, J.Fitzgerald, P.Traynor. Replacements: D.Healy, A.Daly, K.Farmer, T.O’Hare (all played).
P.Duffy 1T; D.Horgan 2P1C.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Sundays Well RFC 14/12/2014
Cork Constitution lost to Sundays Well at Mahon on Sunday in the Munster Seconds League. They trailed 3-13 at half time, and while they contested well in the second half, the Well visitors held on for the victory.
Keith McCarthy opened the scoring for the Well with a penalty after 20 minutes. And flanker William McCarthy added a try seven minutes later. Jeff Power kicked a penalty for Constitution on the half hour, but the Well had a try by scrum half James O’Sullivan just before the break.
Sundays Well added to their lead with a try and conversion by Keith McCarthy on 55 minutes. But Constitution pulled a score back, when Alan Ross scored a 59th minute try, converted by Jason Power.
Sean Keohane scored an unconverted try for Constitution in the 75th minute for 17-20, but the Well had the final say, with a last minute try by James O’Sullivan to close out the game, and notch a bonus point for his side.
J.Uprichard; S.Keohane, J.Ahern, S.Hartnett, D.Hayes; J.Power, J.Higgins; D.Abbott, M.Todd, S.Galvin; G.Stokes, R.O’Hara; K.Daly, R.O’Halloran, A.Ross. Replacements: G.Roche, M.O’Sullivan, L.O’Connell, K.Fabiszewski, K.Cooke.
A.Ross 1T; S.Keohane 1T; J.Power 1P.
R.O’Keeffe; R.Browner, R.McDonald, C.Farrell, J.Sullivan; K.McCarthy, J.O’Sullivan; C.O’Regan, J.Moynihan, B.Dineen; E.O’Connell, E.Ackland; W.McCarthy, A,Ansbro, I.O’Donnell. Replacements: N.O’Donoghue.
W.McCarthy 1T; J.O’Sullivan 1T; J.O’Sullivan 1T; K.McCarthy 1T1P1C;
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Midleton 24/11/2014
Cork Constitution defeated Midleton on Monday evening at the Towns Park in a game held over from the weekend. In good conditions under lights, Constitution led 19-8 at the break having scored three tries. In the second period, they scored regularly, ensuring the bonus point as early as the 55th minute.
Midleton started strongly and scored the first try after 5 minutes, and also kicked the conversion and a penalty, to lead 8-0. Alan Ross got Constitution back on track with a try after 10 minutes, and Jason Power added the conversion. On 25 minutes Sonny Dwyer finished off a fine move with the second try, again converted by Power. And just on the half time break, Sean Keohane scored an unconverted try to leave the half time score at 19-8 to Constitution.
Ed Beechinor was at the end of a line out maul for the fourth try in the 55th minute, and Power added the conversion. On the hour mark, Midleton scored a try and converted, to bring the score to 26-15 to Constitution. In a hectic last 5 minutes, Keohane scored his second try for Constitution, but Midleton struck back immediately with a try for 31-20.
And in final minute, ‘will o’the wisp’ scrum half, Andrew Dorgan, stole away from half way and beat the home defence to score a solo try. Power converted to end the scoring.
J.Uprichard; S.Keohane, M.Keyes, J.Dowling, C.Cunningham; J.Power, A.Dorgan; M.McTighe, S.Galvin, M.O’Sullivan; J.McSwiney, E.Beechinor; M.O’Mahony, S.Dwyer, A.Ross. Replacements: M.Todd, V.O’Brien, G.Sweeney, R.McLaughlin, J.Murray
A.Ross 1T; S.Dwyer 1T; S.Keohane 2T; E.Beechinor 1T; A.Dorgan 1T; J.Power 4C.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Midleton 16/11/2014
Cork Constitution defeated Midleton in the Seconds League at the Towns Park on Sunday afternoon. Constitution led 14-10 at half time, but had to wait until the closing quarter to put the game beyond the home side. Alan Ross and Eoin O’Donnells cored first half tries, both converted by Pat Parfrey, before Midleton hit back with a try by John Mackesy before the break. Will Lane had a try for Midleton in the 50th minute as Midleton made a strong assault. However, a fine break by Pat Parfrey from half way yielded a try and conversion that put Con in control. In the final minutes Philip O’Leary added the bonus point try with another strong run from half way.
K.Clancy; A.Singleton, R.Jermyn, O.Hanley, E.O’Donnell; P.Parfrey, A.Dorgan; G.Murray, R.Burke, M.O’Sullivan; Y.Browne, E.Beechinor; R.O’Halloran, B.Fitzgerald, A.Ross. Replacements: R.Flanagan, D.Abbott, P.O’Leary, S.McCarthy, D.Hayes.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Kanturk 09/11/2014
Cork Constitution defeated Kanturk in the Seconds League at Templehill on Sunday afternoon. It was the club’s first ever meeting at Junior 1 level. Constitution did the damage on the first period to lead 26-13 at the break, and saw out the second period to take a bonus point victory.
Kanturk took an early lead with a penalty by Steve McAuliffe after 5 minutes play. But Constitution replied two minutes later with a clever try by out half Jim Ahern, when he ran on to his own grubber kick to the line. However, McAuliffe kicked a second penalty for Kanturk in the 12th minute for 5-6. Tries by Alan Ross, David Fitzgerald and team Captain, Sonny Dwyer, all converted by Jason Higgins, put Constitution firmly in the driving seat, but a try by Alan O’Brien converted by McAuliffe just before the break gave the visitors some hope as they trailed 26-13.
Jason Higgins killed off any possible fight-back when he collected at half way and zipped his way to the try line in the 66th minute. His conversion pushed Constitution out to 33-13. In the final minutes Kamil Fabrewski scored the sixth try, with Higgins again adding the extras to bring up forty points.
J.Uprichard; K.D.Cooke; C.Cunningham, S.Keohane, M.O’Mahony; J.Ahern, J.Higgins; P.O’Sullivan, S.Galvin, M.O’Sullivan; J.Murphy, D.Fitzgerald; R.O’Halloran, S.Dwyer, A.Ross. Replacements: R.Flanagan, K.Daly, J.Murray, R.Nyhan, K.Fabrewski.
A.Ross 1T; J.Ahern 1T; D.Fitzgerald 1T; S.Dwyer 1T; K.Fabrewski 1T; J.Higgins 1T5C.
B.Lucey; C.Boyce, C.Buckley, D.Fitzpatrick, C.Galvin; S.McAuliffe, O.Daly; B.Kelleher, D.O’Donoghue, C.O’Leary; K.McSweeney, E.O’Callaghan; C.O’Donoghue, A.O’Brien, D.Lyons. Replacements: P.Kelleher, J.Lucey, M.O’Sullivan, B.Cotter, S.Dineen.
A.O’Brien 1T; S.McAuliffe 1C2P.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Cashel 02/11/2014
Cork Constitution won a well-contested Seconds League tie at Templehill on Sunday afternoon. Cashel led 5-3 at the break, and it was only a last minute penalty that gave the home side the spoils.
The experienced Cashel No.10, Brian Silke, scored a fine opening try in the 25th minute with a scintillating break from half way, when he eluded the home defence to touch down wide out. However, the conversion was missed. His opposite number, Jason Higgins, kept Constitution in the game with a penalty just before the break.
Higgins and Silke exchanged penalties in the early stages of the second half to leave the visitors 6-11 to the good. On the hour mark, Constitution drew level when left wing Chris McAuliffe ran on to Andrew Dorgan’s clever grubber kick to the line for a try. The conversion was missed, but Higgins made amends with his last minute kick.
Joe Uprichard; Sean Keohane, Joe Dowling, Kerry Desmond, Chris McAuliffe; Jason Higgins, Andrew Dorgan; Chris Corkery, Shane Galvin, Ger Sweeney; Ed Beechinor, Mark O’Mahony; Michael Todd, Sonny Dwyer, Alan Ross. Replacements: Ryan Flanagan, Doug Abbott (1), Rob O’Halloran (6), Conor Cunningham (11), Rob Horgan (14).
C.McAuliffe 1T; J.Higgins 3P.
A.Kelleher; M.O’Connor, R.Joyce, S.O’Connor, R.Maher; B.Silke, S.Murphy; C.O’Donnell, C.Ryan, M.Kelly; K.Gleeson, J.Ryan; A.Maher, M.Croose, K.Leamy. Replacements: I.Stanley, T.Flynn.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Highfield 20/10/2014
Cork Constitution J1 XV played Highfield for the second week in succession at Model Farm Road, but this time they had to be satisfied with a draw in an exciting finish.
Tomas Quinlan gave Constitution a first half lead with penalties in the 3rd and 22nd minutes. But it was Highfield who led at half time when Ian O’Donoghue scored an injury time try, and he added the conversion for 7-6.
Constitution played with the slope in the second period, and the strong cross-field wind and constant drizzle contributed to an exciting forty minutes. Highfield’s strong pack forced their way over the line in the 50th minute for a try. The conversion was missed, but O’Donoghue added a penalty in the 60th minute for 15-6 to the home side. Five minutes later, Constitution hit back with a similar try when Mark O’Mahony touched down. Quinlan’s conversion made it a two point game at 15-13 to Highfield.
Tomas Quinlan showed his class in the 74th minute with a superb mid-field break, and he outstripped the defence from 40 metres to score at the posts. His conversion gave his side a five point lead at 15-20, but Highfield to their credit tried to the end, and were rewarded with an unconverted try in the 3rd minute of injury time. That tied up the scores at 20 points each, and it remained so, as O’Donoghue could not find his range with the conversion attempt.
James O’Flynn; James Ahern, Jason Higgins, Conor Cunningham, Sean Keohane; Tomas Quinlan, Andrew Dorgan; Mark McTighe, Conor Scannell, Shane Galvin; Ed Beechinor, James Murray; Mark O’Mahony, Rob O’Haloran, Sonny Dwyer. Replacements: Peter O’Sullivan, Doug Abbott, Dave O’Brien, Kerry Desmond, Olan Hanley.
M.O’Mahony 1T; T.Quinlan 1T2C2P.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Highfield 12/10/2014
Cork Constitution J1 XV recorded an excellent win over Highfield in their second game of the South Munster Junior League at Model Farm Road on Sunday afternoon. Last week, they had lost their opening game at home to Dolphin, so this win puts the team back on track.
The first half was uneventful with just two scores: a penalty to Highfield, and a try by Sonny Dwyer for Constitution, converted by Jason Power, leaving Constitution 10-3 to the good.
Joe O’Dowling stretched Constitution’s lead in the 47th minute with a try converted by Power for 14-3. Wing Chris McAuliffe scored an unconverted try on the hour mark, and lock Fionn McSwiney went over for the bonus point try in the 70th minute, converted by Power for 26-3. There were two further tries in the final 10 minutes by Chris McAuliffe, his second, and Luke Duffy. Jason Power converted one, and in between, Highfield had a consolation penalty.
And the teams are due to meet again next Sunday afternoon, at the same venue in the Munster Seconds League.
L.Duffy; S.Keohane, K.Desmond, J.O’Dowling, C.McAuliffe; J.Power, O.Hanley; M.McTighe, R.Daly,G.Roche; E.Beechinor, F.McSwiney; M.O’Mahony, S.Dwyer, A.Ross. Replacements: D.Abbott, R.O’Halloran, K.Daly, V.O’Brien, J.Ahern.
C.McAuliffe 2T; S.Dwyer 1T; J.O’Dowling 1T; F.McSwiney 1T; L.Duffy 1T; J.Power 4C.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Dolphin 29/09/2014
Cork Constitution lost their opening Seconds League game against Dolphin under the Templehill lights on Monday evening. Dolphin led 13-8 at the interval, but Constitution were level with ten minutes to go at 18 points each. However, a late surge by Dolphin sealed the points.
Dolphin No.10 kicked penalties in the 10th and 17th minutes for 0-6 to the visitors. In reply Constitution No.10 Jeff Power kicked a 26th minute penalty. Dolphin added to their lead with a try by #7 when they drove over from a 5 metre line out. #10 converted for 3-13.
Just before the break scrum half Jim Ahern took a quick penalty and scored for Constitution to complete the first half play.
Dolphin stretched their lead in the 64th minute with a try by #12, converted by #10. However, within a minute Sonny Dwyer scored from a clever kick and chase to the line to close the score to 13-18. And five minutes later Constitution centre Kerry Desmond scored a fine try to tie up the scores at 18 points each. Unfortunately both conversions were missed, and Dolphin had the final say in the 87th minute when prop #1 barged over and #15 converted.
Both sides will have benefited from the outing, but equally, both teams have plenty to do to raise the standard of play and exercise more control at set play.
Sean Keohane, Joe Dowling, Kerry Desmond, Kevin Cooke; Jeff Power, Jim Ahern; Shane Galvin, Rory Daly, Michael O’sullivan; Rogan Gee, Dave O’Brien; Rob O’Halloran, Sonny Dwyer, Ed Beechinor. Replacements: Mark McTighe, Mark O’Mahony, James Murray, Rory O’Hara, J.J.O’Neill.
J.Ahern 1T; S.Dwyer 1T; K.Desmond 1T; J.Power 1P.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Clonmel 06/04/2014
Cork Constitution’s MJC campaign ended in tame fashion at Temple Hill on Sunday afternoon when Clonmel proved too strong. After solid wins in the earlier rounds over Cobh Pirates and Tralee, Constitution could not find the extra gear to overcome a very compact Clonmel side.
Clonmel full back Conor Cooney gave his side a 25th minute lead, having missed an earlier chance. Clonmel had much the better of the first half exchanges, and it was somewhat against the run of play when Eoin O’Donnell scored a trade mark try in first half injury time. He sliced through the middle from half way and outpaced the defence for a fine try.
Gearoid O’Suilleabhain converted, but from the kick off Clonmel won possession and slick passing put left wing Luke Hogan in for a try. And Cooney converted for a 10-7 interval lead.
The second half was strangely subdued, with only a handful of penalty chances. Cooney converted one for 10-7 after 57 minutes. Thereafter, Clonmel continued to dominate and Constitution did not find that extra gear.
G.O’Suilleabhain; E.O’Donnell, A.Ryan, C.Jouve, G.Ryan; P.Parfrey, P.O’Leary; J.Rochford, R.Daly, C.Corkery; Y.Browne, D.O’Brien; A.Ross, B.Fitzgerald, M.O’Mahony. Replacements: G.Murray, S.Galvin, R.O’Halloran, A.Dorgan, A.Singleton.
E.O’Donnell 1T; G.O’Suilleabhain 1C.
L.Hogan 1T; C.Cooney 1C2P
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Bruff 30/03/2014
Cork Constitution defeated Bruff in the quarter final of the Munster Seconds League at Temple Hill on Sunday afternoon. In a well-contested game, constitution led 12-0 at the interval, but had to withstand a stern test in the second period. In the end it took an injury time try to secure the victory.
Rob Jermyn scored the opening try in the 7th minute after nice interplay between Yasin Browne and Philip O’Leary. Cyprian Jouve kicked the conversion for 7-0. A clever cross kick by Jouve in the 34th minute opened the way for wing Aaron Singleton to score in the left corner.
Andrew Breen missed a penalty chance for Bruff just before the break, but he made aends when scoring a try from a kick ahead to the line in the early minutes of the second period. However, he was injured in the event and had to retire. Bruff scored when a penalty try was awarded in the 46th minute for an early tackle and Barry Enright added the points for 12-12. Yasin Browne put Constitution back in front with arty fooling a line-out maul in the 53rd minute. Jouve again added the points for 19-12.
Bruff hit back with a penalty by Enright in the 56th minute, and when Gary Leonard scored following a 5 metre scrum in the 7t minute, it looked like a surprise was on the cards. Enright converted for 19-22. However, Constitution rallied and from an intense attack Mark O’Mahony sliced over for the winning try. Jouve added the extras to finish an exciting encounter.
A.Singleton; D.Hayes, S.McGinley, R.Jermyn, B.O’Leary; C.Jouve, P.O’Leary; G.Murray, R.Daly, C.Corkery; M.O’Mahony, Y.Browne; B.Fitzgerald, R.O’Halloran, A.Chaffee. Replacements: R.Flanagan (2), M.McTighe (1), A.Ross (6), J.Lehane.
R.Jermyn 1T; A.Singleton 1T; Y.Browne 1T; M.O’Mahony 1T; C.Jouve 3C.
B.Enright; M.Cook, G.Leonard, S.Walsh C.Tienan; A.Breen, T.Caroll; G.Collins, D.Mulcahy, P.J.Coffey; D.Power, P.Lynch; G.O’Connell, K.Madigan, B.Laffen. Replacements: E.Cook, B.Burke..
A.Breen 1T; G.Leonard 1T; B.Enright 1Pen Try,1P2C.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Tralee RFC 23/03/2014
Cork Constitution qualified for the Munster Junior Cup with a very hard earned win over a game Tralee outfit at Temple Hill on Sunday afternoon. In fine conditions, and on a firm surface, the outcome was in doubt up to the final ten minutes.
Ciaran Crowley kicked Tralee into the lead with a 7th minute penalty. Tomas Quinlan equalised with a similar effort in the 11th minute, but Tralee went 9-3 ahead with two further penalties by Crowley. Quinlan narrowed the gap to 9-6 with his second penalty in the 29th minute.
Tralee scored first in the second period with a try by prop forward Aonrai O’Donovan in the 48th minute. With the aid of the fresh breeze, Constitution pressed hard and Eoin O’Donnell ran in a fine score in the right corner in the 62nd minute. And eight minutes later O’Donnell clinched the win for Constitution with a second try in the same corner, which Quinlan converted with a fine kick from the touchline.
G.O’Suilleabhain; E.O’Donnell, R.Jermyn, C.Jouve, G.Duggan; T.Quinlan, A.Dorgan; J.Rochford, R.Daly, C.Corkery; Y.Browne, D.O’Brien; A.Ross, B.Fitzgerald, M.O’Mahony. Replacements: R.Flanagan, G.Murray, E.Beechinor, P.O’Leary, C.McAuliffe.
E.O’Donnell 2T; T.Quinlan 1C2P.
E.O’Connell; E.Murphy, N.Crean, E.Jadowski, F.O’Nuallain; C.Crowley, R.Liston; A.O’Donovan, R.Galvin D.Giles; R.O’Sullivan, F.Duwe; M.Maher, H.Moran, B.O’Sullivan. Replacements: A.Sheehy, S.Behan, TO’Sullivan, E.Henderson, D.O’Neill.
A.O’Donovan 1T; C.Crowley 3P.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Dolphin 16/03/2014
Cork Constitution won the return Seconds League tie against Dolphin at Temple Hill on Sunday evening, but only after a strong challenge from the visitors.
Eoin O’Donnell, who was always prominent in attack, scored the opening try after 5 minutes, for Cyprian Jouve to convert. Dolphin showed their resolve however, with a try by prop Ruarie O’Reilly after 10 minutes. And Dolphin full back Luke Abbott kicked his side ahead with a penalty on 18 minutes. And in the 27th minute he converted a try by centre Sean McKeown. Cyprian Jouve kept Constitution in contention with a try just before the break, to leave the interval score at 12-15 to the visitors.
Richard Martin got in for Dolphin’s third try in the 43rd minute, but Constitution hit back in the 47th minute with a try from Alan Ross, when he powered over from a 5 metre scrum. Robert Caira added the points.
Abbott kicked a second penalty in the 53rd minute for 19-23 to Dolphin. Ger Sweeney reduced the gap to a point with a try for Constitution in the 67th minute and Alan Ross made the game safe for Constitution with his second try in the 72nd minute.
A.Singleton; E.O’Donnell, P.Stokes, L.Leonard, D.Hayes; C.Jouve, P.O’Leary; C.Corkery, R.Daly, G.Sweeney; M.O’Mahony, E.Beechinor; A.Ross, B.Fitzgerald, R.O’Halloran. Replacements: R.Flanagan.
A.Ross 2T; E.O’Donnell 1T; C.Jouve 1T1C; G.Sweeney 1T; R.Caira 1C.
L.Abbott; E.Treacy, S.McKeown, S.O’Halloran, A.O’Leary; T.Duggan, K.O’Keeffe; J.Leahy, D.Byrne, R.O’Reilly; R.Martin, J.Vaughan; D.Keogh, M.Mullane, M.O’Connell. Replacements: C.Stokes, D.Byrne, J.Murphy, S.Kingston, O.Ring.
R.O’Reilly 1T; S.McKeown 1T; R.Martin 1T; L.Abbott 2P1C.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Sundays Well RFC 03/03/2014
Cork Constitution scored a facile win over Sunday Well in a re-scheduled Munster Seconds League tie at Temple Hill on Monday evening. Scoring at will, the home side led 31-7 at half time with five tries. While the visitors were outflanked on a regular basis, they still found the resolve to score a try at the posts just before the half time break, which at least took the blank look from the scoreboard.
However, the home side were relentless, and full back Chris Quinn added four further tries to his first half total, to end with a personal total of 48 points, surely a record at this level. In all, the home side scored thirteen tries, to which Quinn added nine conversions.
Chris Quinn; E.O’Donnell, C.Jouve, G.O’Suilleabhain, G.Ryan; A.Ryan, J.Lehane; J.Rochford,gney, C.Corkery; E.Beechinor, D.O’Brien; A.Ross, B.Fitzgerald, R.Burke. Replacements: G.Murray, A.Chaffee, A.Dorgan, S.Dwyer, R.Daly.
Chris Quinn 6T9C; A.Ross 2T; A.Chaffee 1T; G.O’Suilleabhain 1T; A.Ryan 1T; B.Fitzgerld 1T; E.O’Donnell 1T.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Cobh Pirates 23/02/2014
Cork Constitution defeated Cobh Pirates at The Paddocks on Sunday afternoon in the first round of the Munster Junior Cup. Playing with the benefit of the strong wind in the first half, they led 16-0 at the interval, and pushed on in the second period to secure a solid victory.
Two early penalties by Gearoid O’Suilleabhain settled the visitors in the difficult conditions, before their fluid passing game yielded the first try in the 11th minute. Luke Cahill broke from half way and the ball went through the hands of Cyprian Jouve and Ger Ryan for Eoin O’Donnell to score. The same player scored the second try in the 35th minute, when he came off the left wing to crash through the middle for a spectacular try.
Constitution got off the mark quickly in the second half, when Ryan Foley set up Barry Fitzgerald for the third try in the 46th minute. And Constitution sealed victory with Eoin O‘Donnell’s third try, after clever interplay between Ryan Foley, who had gone to out half, and his replacement at scrum half, Andrew Dorgan. Gearoid O’Suilleabhain converted to leave Constitution comfortable winners.
In the next round Constitution play Tralee at Temple Hill on 23rd March.
G.O’Suilleabhain; G.Ryan, M.Keyes, C.Jouve, E.O’Donnell; T.Quinlan, R.Foley; J.Rochford, B.Cagney, C.Corkery; Y.Browne, D.O’Brien; A.Ross, B.Fitzgerald, L.Cahill. Replacements: R.Daly (2), G.Murray (1), B.Moore 8), M.O’Mahony (7) A.Dorgan (10).
E.O’Donnell 3T; B.Fitzgerald 1T; G.O’Suilleabhain 1C2P
G.Higins; A.Langford, E.Geary, J.Hickey, E.McSweeney; E.Ronan, C.Connolly; C.Foley, D.McAuliffe, T.Keveny; J.Frahill, J.Kidney; J.O’Malley, T.McSweeney, K.Allen. Replacements: A.Fitzgerald, R.Geary, T.Rice,J.Hoyne, J.McDermott.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Midleton 12/01/2014
Cork Constitution completed a Seconds League double over Midleton in the return game at Mahon on Sunday afternoon. Constitution led 29-3 at half time with four first half tries, and added two more in the second period for a comprehensive victory.
Constitution were quickly on the score sheet with centre Michael Keyes going over for a try after 5 minutes play. Tomas Quinlan added the conversion, and kicked a penalty five minutes later for 10-0.
Eoin O’Donnell scored the first of two tries in the 20th minute, but Midleton hit back with a penalty 2 minutes later. Flanker Ed Beechinor was next to score with a try in the 32nd minute, converted by Quinlan. And two minutes later Eoin O’Donnell scored his second try for Quinlan to duly add the points. That left Constitution well in command at the break.
Full back Garret O’Suilleabhain scored the first try of the second period in the 44th minute. And flanker Bryan Morre completed Con’s tally with the sixth try in the 52nd minute. Midleton were game to the end and were rewarded with a consolation try in the 56th minute to complete the scoring.
G.O’Suilleabhain; A.Dorgan, M.Keyes, R.Jermyn, E.O’Donnell; T.Quinlan, R.Foley; J.Rochford, M.Abbott, C.Corkery; B.Fitzgerald, E.Beechinor; R.O’Halloran, B.Moore, M.Murphy. Replacements: R.Flanagan, R.Daly, B.Cagney, S.McCarthy, A.Singleton.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Highfield 05/01/2014
Cork Constitution defeated Highfield in their return Seconds League tie at Mahon on Sunday afternoon. The players had to contend with a strong breeze, but fortunately escaped a torrential downpour as the match ended.
Constitution led 10-0 at the break from a penalty by Tomas Quinlan and a converted a try by Chris McAuliffe on the stroke of half time.
Highfield had the benefit of the elements in the second period, but made little headway against a very committed home defence. Their try in the 72nd minute came too late for a major fight-back, and in the event it was Constitution who finished the stronger, with Tomas Quinlan kicking a 75th minute penalty to secure the points.
K.Clancy; C.McAuliffe, L.O’Connell, M.Keyes, E.O’Donnell; T.Quinlan, R.Foley; J.Rochford, C.O’Donnell, C.Corkery; D.O’Brien, E.Beechinor; M.O’Mahony, B.Moore, M.Murphy. Replacements: G.Murray, R.Daly, R.O’Halloran, A.Dorgan, A.Singleton.
C.McAuliffe 1T; T.Quinlan 2P1C
C.Downes; M.Morris, P.Martin, T.Upton, K.Duggan; B.O’Hea, M.O’Driscoll; D.O’Callaghan, C.Twohig, C.Forde; M.Milne, R.Kenneally; M.Power, J.Duffy, G.French. Replacements: B.O’Brien, J.Carton, N.O’Brien, M.Kelleher, D.Buckley-Barry.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V University College Cork 02/12/2013
University College gained revenge for their first round defeat of Cork Constitution with a narrow, but well earned victory, in the Munster Seconds League tie at Temple Hill on Monday evening.
College had the better of the opening quarter and scored a roll-over try in the 10th minute by No.8 Keith Farmer. David O’Riordan converted, and also added a penalty four minutes later for 10-0.
Constitution had the better of the second quarter as they found space for Eoin O’Donnell to run in their first try in the 22nd minute. Gearoid O’Suilleabhain converted, and also converted a second try scored by No.8 Anthony Chafee in the 29th minute. Unfortunately, for Constitution they then conceded two sin-binnings, and O’Riordan punished them in the 33rd minute with a successful penalty for the lead 13-14.
In the third quarter O’Suilleabhain and O’Riordan kicked penalties to leave the score at 16-17 to College. Constitution scored a fine try in the 70th minute when O’Donnell finished off a mid-field break by Barry Fitzgerald. Crucially, Keyes missed the conversion, and College hit back with the match-winning try in the 74th minute by Stephen O’Donnell, again well converted by O’Riordan.
G.O’Suilleabhain; A.Dorgan, M.Keyes,S.McCarthy, E.O’Donnell; P.Parfrey, R.Foley; J.Rochford, M.Abbott, R.Burke; Y.Browne, D.O’Brien; A.Ross, B.Fitzgerald, A.Chafee.Replacements:G.Murray, R.Daly, E.Beechinor, P.O’Leary, A.Singleton. (all played).
E.O’Donnell 2T; A.Chafee 1T; G.O’Suilleabhain 2C1P.
K.O’Keeffe; M.Bartley, S.Dinan, S.O’Donnell, W.Korytko; D.O’Riordan, K.Kidney; S.Randles, D.Healy, D.Hartnett;L.Mossberg, K.Frost; O.Linnell, A.McCarthy, K.Farmer. Replacements: D.O’Sullivan, S.McAteer, M.O’Sullivan, C.O’Regan, R.Slater. (all played).
K.Farmer 1T; S.O’Donnell 1T; D.O’Riordan 2C3P.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Sundays Well 03/11/2013
Cork Constitution defeated a gallant Sundays Well side in the Seconds League at Mahon on Sunday evening. Fielding a very youthful XV, Constitution were 15-0 ahead at the break and won comfortably in the end.
Tomas Quinlan opened the scoring with a first minute penalty, and converted a try by hooker Cian O’Donnell after 8 minutes. Scrum half Andrew Dorgan added a second try in the 30th minute to leave the score at 15-0 at half time.
No.8 Michael Murphy scored the third try in the 55th minute. Quinlan converted, but Constitution missed out on a bonus point fourth try.
S.Keating; C.Coughlan, C.Jouve, O.Hanley, E.O’Donnell; T.Quinlan, A.Dorgan; R.Burke, C.O’Donnell, J.Rochford; Y.Browne, A.Ross; B.Fitzgerald, S.Dwyer, M.Murphy. Replacements: R.Daly, P.Galvin, S.McCarthy (all played).
C.O’Donnell 1T; A.Dorgan 1T; M.Murphy 1T; T.Quinlan 2C1P.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Dolphin 27/10/2013
Cork Constitution proved too strong when scoring a comfortable win over Dolphin in the Munster Seconds League at Mahon on Sunday afternoon. They scored six tries and Dolphin’s only response was a lone penalty.
Last season’s CBC out-half, Tomas Quinlan had a fine debut in his first game at J1 level, and capped a fine display with faultless place kicking, landing six conversions and two penalties.
M.Keyes; C.McAuliffe, C.Desmond, A.Singleton, E.O’Donnell; T.Quinlan, A.Dorgan; G.Murray, R.Daly, G.Duffy; A.Ross, D.Moloney; B.Fitzgerald, S.Dwyer, L.Cahill. Replacements:M.Abbott, M.O’Sullivan, B.Moore, D.O’Sullivan, S.McCarthy (all played).
G.Duffy 1T; B.Fitzgerald 1T; S.Dwyer 1T; L.Cahill 1T; E.O’Donnell 1T; C.Desmond 1T; T.Quinlan 6C2P.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Cashel 12/10/2013
Cork Constitution defeated Cashel in the Munster Seconds League South at Temple Hill on Saturday evening. Conditions were perfect and both sides enjoyed a fine open game.
Constitution led 14-3 at the interval after a well-contested half, but won convincingly in the end, scoring six tries for a bonus point victory.
Cathal O’Flaherty set the pattern early when he ran in the first try after just 3 minutes play. Gearoid O’Suilleabhain kicked the conversion. Cashel replied with a penalty by Andy Kelleher on 27 minutes, but O’Flaherty scored his second try two minutes later, for O’Suilleabhain to again add the points.
O’Suilleaghain scored the third try himself within two minutes of the restart, and also added the extras. The impressive Michael Keyes scored the fourth try on 53 minutes, and he gave the scoring pass to Rory Daly in the 64th minute for the next try. O’Suilleabhain converted both. Replacement Conor Cunningham scored the final try in the 72nd minute to close out a fine display by the home team.
G.O’Suilleabhain; A.Singleton, M.Keyes, P.Parfrey, E.O’Donnell; T.Quinlan, A.Dorgan; G.Duffy, C.O’Donnell, P.Galvin; Y.Browne, A.Ross; C.O’Flaherty, B.Fitzgerald, L.Cahill. Replacements:G.Murray, R.Daly, B.Moore, C.Cunn
C.O’Flaherty 2T; M.Keyes 1T; R.Daly 1T; C.Cunningham 1T; G.O’Suilleabhain 1T5C.
M.Wallace; D.Davern, J.Ryan, D.Devane, B.Maher; A.Kelleher, T.Flynn; C.O’Donnell, I.Stanley, H.Stanley; J.Monahan, J.McCarthy; K.Gleeson, N.Fitzgerald, F.McSwiney. Replacements: P.Ryan, J.Hannigan (all played).
Cork Constitution FC J1 V University College Cork 06/10/2013
Cork Constitution opened their Seconds League campaign with a fine win over UCC at Temple Hill on Monday evening. Conditions were difficult for the players as the misty rain persisted throughout the match. However, it still made for a very competitive game. Constitution led 17-5 at the interval and consolidated their lead in the second half.
Con took an early lead when Rob Jermyn touched down at the posts in the 4th minute for Gearroid O’Suilleabhain to convert, and the full back added a penalty in the 10th minute for 10-0. College wing Kevin Garry scored a spectacular try in the 25th minute after fielding a difficult high kick, he ran through from 40 metres for a fine try. However, Pat Parfrey went over in first half injury time, and O’Suilleabhain’s conversion left Con well ahead at the break.
O’Suilleaghain edged Con further ahead with a penalty in the 53rd minute, before College had a second try by Simon Pierce in the 57th minute. But Con, who were always stronger at the set piece, scored further tries in the 30th and 40th minutes from Rob Jermyn and Darragh O’Sullivan to win with a bonus point.
G.O’Suilleabhain; D.O’Sullivan, R.Jermyn, P.Parfrey, E.O’Donnell; M.Keyes, A.Dorgan; G.Duffy, C.O’Donnell, P.Galvin; Y.Browne, C.O’Flaherty; A.Ross, B.Fitzgerald, L.Cahill.Replacements:G.Murray, R.Daly, M.O’Mahony, C.Cunningham, P.O’Leary (all played).
R.Jermyn 2T; P.Parfrey 1T; D.O’Sullivan 1T; G.O’Suilleabhain 2C2P
S.Glynn; C.O’Halloran, S.O’Donnell, M.Bartley, K.Garry; D.O’Riordan, B.Nugent; G.collins, D.Healy, C.Slowey; R.McCarthy, D.McSweeney; O.Linnell, I.McCarthy, K.Farmer. Replacements: D.O’Sullivan, N.Kuzbakov, K.Frost, S.Pierce,T.O’Hare (all played).
K.Garry 1T; S.Pierce 1T
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Garryowen 05/05/2013
Cork Constitution surrendered their Munster Junior Cup title to Garryowen in a rousing final encounter at Clifford Park on Sunday. Playing with the aid of a fresh breeze in the first half, Garryowen took a 13-0 lead into the half time break. However, Constitution matched them in the forty minutes of the second half, only to concede a penalty deep in injury time, with extra time looming. Andrew O’Byrne held his nerve to slot the penalty in the final act of a fine match between these old rivals.
B.Derham; E.O’Donnell, S.Glynn, M.Keyes, J.Cruickshank; P.Parfrey, P.O’Leary; G.Murray, A.Cudmore, C.Corkery; Y.Browne, D.O’Brien; B.Vaughan, A.White Capt., A.Ross.
L.Bourke; S.Horgan, E.Connolly, J.McGarry, A.Healy; A.O’Byrne, G.Ryan; P.O’Shea, D.Rowley, B.Cullinane; R.Sexton, M.Melbourne; J.Randles, C.Hartigan, M.Hanrahan.
S.Horgan 1T; A.O’Byrne 1C3P.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Skibbereen 28/04/2013
Cork Constitution recorded a comprehensive victory over a gallant Skibbereen side in the Munster Junior Cup semi-final at Temple Hill on Sunday afternoon. The match played in fine conditions, with a slight breeze, was well-contested throughout.
Constitution, with the aid of the breeze, took an early lead with a penalty by Brian Derham in the third minute. Full back David Shannon equalised for Skibbereen in the 28th minute with a well struck drop goal from 40 metres. The same player missed an opportunity to give his side the lead when he missed a penalty in the 39th minute. From the drop out, Constitution scored from a fine attacking move involving Pat Parfrey and Michael Keyes, who put Seamus Glynn in for the try. Brian Derham added the extra points for a 10-3 interval lead.
Constitution struck early in the second period when Michael Keyes scored a super try in the right corner. And when Shannon missed a penalty chance for Skibbereen in the 57th minute, Constitution put them to the sword with a brilliant try from their own line. Left wing Jayde Cruickshank took the ball out of defence to half way, and then the ball was recycled across the three-quarter line where Keyes put Eoin O’Donnell clear. The right wing then proceeded to beat every would-be tackler, before crossing at the posts for a superb team try. Derham added the points for 22-3. And Derham closed out the scoring with a penalty in the 76th minute to put Constitution in the final for the third year in succession.
In the final, Constitution will meet Garryowen at Clifford Park, Limerick, next Sunday. Garryowen defeated newly promoted Richmond 15-12 in the other semi-final, to set up another chapter in the rich history of Munster finals between the province’s oldest rivals.
B.Derham; E.O’Donnell, S.Glynn, M.Keyes, J.Cruickshank; P.Parfrey, P.O’Leary; M.Moynihan, A.Cudmore, G.Murray; Y.Browne, D.O’Brien; B.Vaughan, A.White Capt., A.Ross.
S.Glynn 1T; M.Keyes 1T; E.O’Donnell 1T; B.Derham 2C2P.
Skibbereen: D.Shannon 1P
D.Shannon; D.O’Driscoll, G.Hurley, D.O’Keeffe, A.Dodd; S.Newmn, M.Limerick; P.Stoutt, D.Jennings, V.White; C.Hurley, M.Calnan; I.Jennings, D.Coppinger, K.Shannon.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V UL-Bohemian 14/04/2013
UL-Bohemian won a high scoring Munster Seconds League semi-final at a very windy Temple Hill on Sunday. While the conditions did not serve for a skilful game, it did make for a very exciting contest as both sides worked to contend with the difficulty.
UL led 17-8 at the break from tries by Alan Rossiter and two from Cilian Ansborough. Derek Farrel added one conversion, ironically from the touchline, and against the crosswind – and that proved crucial in the end. Constitution kept in touch with a penalty from Brendan Monohan and a try by wing Jayde Cruickshank.
Conor Desmond scored a fine try on the resumption from a break by full back Brian Derham. Monohan kicked the conversion for 15-17. However, from the kick-off UL made a break from their own half and scrum half Rob Buckley touched down in the corner. Farrell added another excellent conversion.
Michael Keyes scored the best try of the match with a searing break in the 63rd minute and Brian Derham added the points for 22-24. But from the kick off UL scored again through wing Jim White and Farrell converted for 22-31.
Constitution put in a big finish, and were rewarded when No.8 Alan Ross crashed over from a 5 metre scrum. Derham’s conversion brought the score to 29-31. However, a last ditch attack came to nothing, and UL won their way to a final against Young Munster.
B.Monohan; E.O’Donnell, B.Derham, S.Glynn, J.Cruikshank; P.Parfrey, P.O’Leary; G.Murray, B.Vaughan, C.Corkery; Y.Browne, D.O’Brien B.Fitzgerald, A.White, A.Ross.
J.Cruickshank 1T; C.Desmond 1T; M.Keys 1T; A.Ross 1T; B.Monohan 1C1P; B.Derham 2C.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Kilfeacle 31/03/2013
Cork Constitution scored a heroic quarter-final victory over Kilfeacle at the Tipperary club’s ground on Sunday afternoon. It was Constitution’s first visit to the venue, but the fourth time the clubs have met in MJC competition in recent years.
On a bitingly cold day the home side had the better of the opening exchanges and led 12-10 at half time. However, Constitution scrum half Philip O’Leary scored Constitution’s first try after a series of pick and goes. Kilfeacle equalised from a similar effort by Pat Ryan, before Constitution out half Pat Parfrey scored on the blind-side after his forwards had set up position. But Kilfeacle hit back again before the break, with a fine three-quarter line try finished by Mossie Morrissey, who also converted for the narrow half time lead.
In the second period, playing against the wind, Constitution played the conditions and their forwards drove at their opposition at every opportunity. From one such drive, second row Yasin Browne forced his way over at the posts. Brian Derham added the conversion, on a day when only two place kicks were successful.
Constitution’s experience at MJC level undoubtedly came to their aid on the day. Apart from the committed opposition, the conditions experienced were a real test for their young side – eight of whom played against Dublin University on Friday in the Fraser McMullen Cup – and they blended well with the core of experienced players.
In the semi-final Constitution will be at home to the winners of the delayed quarter-final between Highfield and, either Skibbereen or Muskerry, which was again postponed this weekend.
In the meanwhile, Constitution will meet UL-Bohemian in the Munster Seconds League semi-final at Temple Hill, scheduled for 14th April. Young Munster defeated Highfield 34-28 in the other semi-final to reach the final.
B.Derham; E.O’Donnell, S.Glynn, A.Ryan, J.Cruickshank; P.Parfrey, P.O’Leary; G.Murray, A.Cudmore, C.Corkery; Y.Browne, D.O’Brien; B.Vaughan, A.White Capt., B.Fitzgerald.
P.O’Leary 1T; P.Parfrey 1T; Y.Browne 1T; B.Derham 1C.
P.Ryan 1T; M.Morrissey 1T1C.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Old Christians 17/03/2013
Cork Constitution scored a big Munster Junior Cup 5th Round win over their Cork neighbours Old Christians at Temple Hill on Sunday. From the 5th minute when Yasin Browne crashed over for the opening try there was never a doubt about their superiority. That try was created on the right wing by Eoin O’Donnell. Brendan Monohan converted for 7-0. On 20 minutes skipper Andy White scored when he forced an error on the Old Christians scrum half at a 5 metre scrum. Brendan Monohan rounded off the first half with a penalty awarded for a dangerous tackle in the 36th minute to leave the score 15-0.
Constitution killed off the game with two quick-fire tries early in the second period. First No.8 Paul Derham picked from a 5 metre scrum and scored in the 53rd minute. From the kick off Con gained possession and speedy winger Eoin O’Donnell covered 40 metres to score. Neither conversion was successful, but Con had built a 25 point lead.
Old Christians No.10 Stuart Lee scored a fine individual try in the 65th minute, but that was as good as it got for the Rathcooney side, as Con ran in four more quality tries before the finish.
Centre Michael Keyes dotted down in the 69th minute, having inexplicably failed to score a few minutes earlier having beaten the defence, but knocked on in the scoring process. By now Con were breaking the Christians defence at will, and tries came from Cathal Quinn 73 mins; Keyes again 78 mins; and finally the very impressive Seamus Glynn in the 81st minute. Monohan added three conversions for the final tally.
In the next round Constitution will be in Tipperary against Kilfeackle, who defeated Kinsale 49-10.
B.Monohan; E.O’Donnell, M.Keyes, S.Glynn, C.Quinn; P.Parfrey, P.O’Leary; G.Murray, B.Vaughan, C.Keane; Y.Browne, D.O’Brien, B.Fitzgerald, A.White, A.Ross.
Y.Browne 1T; A.White 1T; P.Derham 1T; E.O’Donnell 1T; M.Keyes 2T; C.Quinn 1T; S.Glynn 1T; B.Monohan 1P4C.
D.Daly; P.Purcell, J.O’Flynn, P.Naughton, C.Mangan; S.Lee, S.Murnane; S.Twohig, D.O’Driscoll, S.Barry; C.Knierum, L.Coughlan; S.Kelly, A.Weir, D.Murphy.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V St. Senans 10/03/2013
Cork Constitution eventually got their much-delayed Munster Junior Cup campaign underway at Jimmy Slattery Park in Shannon Town on Sunday. Despite the unpleasant arctic weather they controlled the early play to lead 24-0 at the break. Sensibly, the referee wisely allowed the players to go to the dressing rooms at the interval, as the easterly wind took its toll.
Philip O’Leary had given Constitution a fourth minute lead when he finished off a series of pick and goes by his forwards. Alan Ross doubled the score on 20 minutes as Con were rewarded for determined forward play. Brian Derham scored a neat try in the 32nd minute when he followed up his punt to the line, and he added the conversion for 24-0. Eoin O’Donnell came off his wing to score a fourth try just before the break taking an inside pass from Pat Parfrey to score at the posts. Derham added the extra points for 24-0 at the break.
The second period was more attritional as both sides struggled with the cold rain and biting wind. A number of scoring chances went a-begging, but the Con forwards, for whom Dave O’Brien and Yasin Browne were dominant out of touch, together with the forceful play of No.8 Alan Ross ensured that their gallant opposition got few chances. In the end, a fifth try by powerful wing Jayde Cruickshank in the 65th minute confirmed Con’s superiority.
In the next round Constitution will meet Old Christians next Sunday at Temple Hill.
C.Healy; E.O’Donnell, B.Derham, S.Glynn, J.Cruikshank; P.Parfrey, P.O’Leary; G.Murray, C.Scannell, C.Corkery; Y.Browne, D.O’Brien, B.Fitzgerald, A.White, A.Ross.
P.O’Leary 1T; A.Ross 1T; E.O’Donnell 1T; J.Cruickshank 1T; B.Derham 1T2C.
A.McMahon; D.Dunne, N.McDonagh,D.Collins, B.Collins; P.Noone, D.McCoy; P.Ryan, F.Lawler, M.Lynch; D.Fitzgerald, R.Phelan; D.Webb, E.O’Donoghue, S.Ryan.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Highfield 03/03/2013
Cork Constitution won their crucial last league game against Highfield at Temple Hill on Sunday, and thereby retained the South Munster Seconds League title. Highfield put up stern resistance throughout, but Constitution just edged it over the eighty minutes.
The first round game at Woodleigh Park had a high scoring outcome in favour of the home side by 30-12, but this was a more thorough examination of defences that stood up well to scrutiny. Constitution steadily built a thirteen point lead in the first half. Brian Derham struck a penalty after 8 minutes for Constitution. Two tries before the break gave Con a cushion for the second half. First Cathal Quinn finished a good three-quarter movement, and just before half time, Eoin O’Donnell finished another fine move in the corner. Neither try was converted, but Con had earned a 13-0 lead.
Highfield hit back with a penalty by Colm Downes in the 49th minute. And when No.8 Marc Murphy scored ten minutes later, Downes converted, it set the scene for a very intensive final quarter. In the event Constitution controlled that period and were worthy of the champion’s title.
Padraig Higgins presented the trophy to the winning captain Andy White, and both sides can now look forward to the play-off stages with their North Munster counterparts.
C.Quinn; E.O’Donnell, B.Derham, S.Glynn, J.Cruikshank; P.Parfrey, P.O’Leary; G.Murray, B.Vaughan, C.Keane; Y.Browne, M.O’Mahony, B.Fitzgerald, A.White, A.Ross.
C.Quinn 1T; E.O’Donnell 1T; B.Derham 1P.
C.Downes; R.McDonagh, K.Maloney, J.Sheehan, R.Duggan; B.O’Hea, M.O’Driscoll; D.O’Callaghan, D.Norris, R.Bogue; F.O’Sullivan, M.Milne; C.Touhy,F.Touhy, M.Murohy.
M.Murphy 1T; C.Downs 1P1C
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Dolphin 03/02/2013
Cork Constitution repeated their first round comprehensive victory over Dolphin in the Seconds League at Lakelands on Sunday afternoon. Against feeble opposition Con ran in twelve tries in an hour, before referee Shane Kearins called a halt.
Try scoring honours went to Brian Derham and Pat Parfrey who both recorded hat tricks. Con led 50-7 after 40 minutes and added another 22 points in a 20 minute second half.
B.Derham; E.O’Donnell, S.Glynn, C.McGovern, J.Cruikshank; P.Parfrey, M.Keyes; G.Murray, A.Cudmore, P.Galvin; M.O’Mahony, Y.Browne; D.Nolan, A.White, B.Fitzgerald.
B.Derham 3T5C; P.Parfrey 3T; S.Glynn 2T; E.O’Donnell 1T; Y.Browne 1T; M.Keyes 1T; A.White 1T.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Cashel 12/01/2013
Cashel won the return Seconds League game played at Cashel on Saturday afternoon, but only after a delayed start, a replacement referee and playing the second half on a different pitch.
The start was delayed due to the non-appearance of the appointed referee; it appears he was not informed that the game was brought forward a day. A local man was located and the game started 30 minutes late. The first half was played on the main pitch, but the second had to be switched to the second pitch to avail of the floodlighting, as daylight faded.
Constitution scored in the 7th minute when Ronan Barry finished a fine break by Cathal Quinn. Con had the better of the first quarter but failed to finish a number of opportunities. Cashel drew level in the 25th minute with a try by Paddy Maher, and forged ahead with two further tries before half time for 17-5.
The second half developed into a dog-fight on the smaller pitch with few clear cut chances. Seamus Glynn finished one Con attack with a try converted by Brian Derham, and they had to be satisfied with a losing bonus point for their efforts.
C.Quinn; E.O’Donnell, P.Parfrey, B.Derham, J.Cruickshank; D.McNamara, P.O’Leary; C.Keane, B.Vaughan; C.Corkery; D.O’Brien, Y.Browne; R.Barry, A.White, B.Fitzgerald.
R.Barry 1T; S.Glynn 1T; B.Derham 1C.
F.Kelleher; R.Mullane, J.Ryan, A.O’Connell, K.Leamy; O.McGlinchey, D.McGrath; E.Hall, T.Flynn, I.Shanley; A.O’Dwyer, K,Gleeson; P.Maher, M.Cross, A.Downey.
P.Maher 1T; K.Bleeson 1t; O.McGlinchey 1T1C.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V UCC 17/12/2012
Cork Constitution defeated University College in a re-arranged Seconds League tie at the Mardyke on Monday evening.
Eoin O’Donnell gave Constitution an early lead when he ran on to a neat grubber kick from out half Michael Keyes in the 7th minute. College hit back with a try by out half Ian O’Donoghue in the 13th minute, and Charlie O’Regan knocked over the conversion for the lead.
Constitution scrummaged well and from a 5 metre position flanker Dean Nolan was driven over in the 25th minute. Brian Derham kicked the conversion for 12-7, and that lead last to half time.
Brian Derham made the game safe for his side with a penalty 10 minutes from time, but College had the final say when No.8 John Fitzgerald scored a try in the final minute, after a sustained attack.
B.Monohan; E.O’Donnell, J.Cruikshank, B.Derham, B.Molloy; M.Keyes, P.O’Leary; M.Moynihan, B.Vaughan, G.Murray; G.Lawlor, M.O’Mahony; B.O’Hara, D.Nolan, A.White.
E.O’Donnell 1T; D.Nolan 1T; B.Derham 1C1P.
T.Morehead; A.Finn, K.Slater, C.Barry, D.Williamson; I.O’Donoghue, C.O’Regan; C.Slowey, M.O’Mahony, G.Collins; D.McSweeney, K.Frost; K.Farmer, I.McCarten, J.Fitzgerald.
I.O’Donoghue 1T; J.Fitzgerald 1T; C.O’Regan 1C
Cork Constitution FC J1 V UCC 18/11/2012
Constitution got back to winning ways after last week’s defeat by Highfield with a clear-cut victory over University College in the Munster Seconds League South at Temple Hill on Sunday. In difficult conditions both sides did their best to play open rugby.
Constitution had the better of the half as they scored 31 points in a one-sided first half, and while College put up some resistance in the second period there was only one outcome likely.
Constitution scored five tries in the opening half through Eoin O’Donnell who scored two and Renaud Sergere who scored three tries. Brian Derham added three conversions for 31-0 at the break.
In the second half Michael Keyes and Andrew Cudmore scored further tries. Full back Paul Perez took over the kicking duties adding a conversion and a penalty.
P.Perez; E.O’Donnell, R.Sergere, B.Derham, J.Cruikshank; M.Keyes, P.O’Leary; M.Moynihan, A.Cudmore, G.Murray; Y.Browne, M.O’Mahony; P.Ryan, R.Barry, A.White.
S.Sergero 3T; E.O’Donnell 2T; M.Keyes 1T; A.Cudmore 1T; B.Derham 3C; P.Perez 1C1P
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Sundays Well 28/10/2012
Cork Constitution had a convincing win over a depleted Sundays Well side in the Seconds League at Temple Hill on Sunday.
From the first score they dominated play and ran in some excellent scores with first class team play.
Eoin O’Donnell took scoring honours with a hat-trick of tries from the right wing. And on the other wing, not to be outdone, Jayde Cruickshank scored a brace of tries.
It was Constitution’s fourth win and third bonus point. Next week they are away to Highfield in the Seconds League.
B.Derham; E.O’Donnell, P.Perez, C.Desmond, J.Cruikshank; M.Keyes, P.O’Leary; M.Moynihan, B.Vaughan, R.Hassan; M.O’Mahony, Y.Browne; P.Ryan, C.Scannell, A.White.
E.O’Donnell 3T; J.Cruikshank 2T; M.Keyes 1T; M.Moynihan 1T; P.Perez 3C; B.Derham 2C.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Dolphin 14/10/2012
Cork Constitution won a comprehensive Seconds League victory over neighbours Dolphin on the back pitch at Musgrave Park on Sunday. Trailing 9-12 at half time, a strong second half performance, that yielded seven tries, proved too much for the home side.
A competitive first half saw the lead change a number of times, as the place kickers were successful with a succession of kicks. Dolphin led 12-9 at the interval with Eoin O’Shaughnessy and Chris Bannon succeeding with four penalties, to three in reply from Brian Derham for Constitution.
Eoin O’Donnell scored the first of his three tries, when he finished a Brian Derham break in the 50th minute. Derham converted that, and two further tries by Michael Moynihan and Cormac Fouhy. He then added further conversions to tries by Michael Moynihan, Jayde Cruikshank and Eoin O’Donnell, before Con finished the rout with late unconverted tries by Ed Quirke, and finally, Eoin O’Donnell completed his hat trick.
Constitution remain unbeaten after three Seconds League wins over Midleton, Cashel and Dolphin. Next up, a home game against Sunday’s Well at Temple Hill on Sunday 28th October.
C.Quinn; E.O’Donnell, B.Derham, N.O’Driscoll, J.Cruikshank; M.Keyes, E.Quirke; G.Murray, P.O’Sullivan, B.Cagney; R.Gee, P.Dooley, Capt.; R.Barry, M.Moynhan, A.White
E.O’Donnell 3T; E.Quirke 1T; M.Moynihan 1T; C.Fouhy 1T; J.Cruikshank 1T; B.Derham 3P5C.
C.Bannon; C.Buckley, J.Gleeson, S.McKeown, E.Maverly;, L.Arbout, E.O’Shaughnessy; J.Leahy, R.Clery, R.Martin; D.O’Mahony, L.O’Sullivan; N.Barry, J.Vaughan, J.Kind.
E.O’Shaughnessy 1P; C.Bannon 2P.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Cashel 07/10/2012
Cork Constitution won this Seconds League game played at the Lakelands venue on Sunday afternoon, but were fortunate in the extreme, as a very robust Cashel side with plenty of skill, could equally have taken the four points on offer in a tense final quarter.
Constitution had a narrow 10-7 lead at the interval from a 20th minute try by Philip O’Leary. It came when Con were pressing and awarded a penalty near the line. O’Leary took the quick penalty and made the line, with Cashel’s defence caught out of position. Brian Derham knocked over the conversion.
Cashel were level seven minutes later when wing Patrick O’Connor broke through to score at the posts, and McGlinchey made the easy conversion. But Constitution hit back to go ahead just before the break. When a Cashel front row forward was sin-binned, Derham kicked the penalty.
Cashel drew level again on the hour mark from a McGlinchey penalty, and that set up a fine last quarter, as both sides vied for the lead. In the end Brian Derham broke the deadlock with a try in the right corner in the final minute. He missed the conversion, but Con had done enough for the win.
P.Perez; E.O’Donnell, M.Keyes, B.Derham, B.Molloy; B.Monohan, P.O’Leary; G.Murray Capt., C.Scannell, B.Cagney; D.OBrien, S.Thornhill; R.Barry, A.White, P.Ryan.
P.O’Leary 1T; B.Derham 1T1P1C.
R.Mullane; P.O’Connor, A.Wallace, C.Morrissey, M.O’Connor; O.McGlinchey, D.McGrath; E.Hall, C.O’Donnell, I.Shanley; A.O’Dwyer, K,Glennon; P.Maher, K.Murphy, A.Downey.
P.O’Connor 1T; O.McGlinchey 1P1C.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Midleton 30/09/2012
Cork Constitution Junior 1 XV played Midleton in their first game of the season at the Towns Park and came away with a convincing Seconds League win. Fielding only four of last season’s victorious Munster Junior Cup team, the new players blended very well with some excellent teamwork.
Rob Colan-O’Leary and Brendan Monohan exchanged penalties in the first 10 minutes. Renaud Sergere made a break on the left wing in the 20th minute and linked with Seamus Glynn who ran in a fine opening try. In the 33rd minute Philip O’Leary took a quick penalty on the 22 metre line and Mark O’Mahony, on his shoulder, took the pass to score at the posts, but the conversion was missed. Midleton got three points back with a penalty from Colan-O’Leary just on half time, to leave his side trailing 6-13.
Constitution pushed ahead with a hat-trick of penalties by Brian Derham in the third quarter. Colon-O’Leary replied with a penalty on the hour mark, but Constitution sealed the victory, and a bonus point, with two late tries. First Mark O’Mahony scored his second try, before Eoin O’Donnell closed out the scoring with the fourth try.
B.Derham; E.O’Donnell, S.Glynn, R.Sergere, B.Molloy; B..Monohan, P.O’Leary; G.Murray Capt., C.Scannell, C.Corkery; M.O’Mahony, S.Thornhill; M.Moynihan, P.Ryan, A.White.
M.O’Mahony 2T; S.Glynn 1T; E.O’Donnell 1T; B.Derham 3P; B.Monahan 1P.
L.McKeown; C.Kavanagh, G.Colbert, E.Sweeney, R.O’Sullivan; B.Morris, R.Conan-O’Leary; R.Murphy, M.Sinclair, G.Glennon; R.Lehane, G.Mulcahy; J.O’Connor, M.Considine, D.O’Riordan.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Garryowen 29/04/2012
Cork Constitution Junior 1 XV completed an undefeated season when adding the Munster Seconds League title to the Munster Junior Cup won recently. In the final at Temple Hill, in very windy conditions, they overcame Garryowen with a powerful second half performance.
The first half play was very scrappy from both sides as players found it almost impossible to put phases together in the blustery cross-field breeze. In fact Garryowen made the best of it, and scored the only points with a 40th minute penalty from out half Jamie Gavin.
Constitution started the second half with a strong drive to the line and No.8 Alan Ross powered over for a try after 5 minutes. Into the final quarter and the score still stood at 5-3 to the home side. But then, as they have done throughout the season, they found another gear. First Sean Og Murphy added a penalty, before flashing in for a try in the 75th minute. He kicked the conversion, and repeated the deal for Eoin O’Donnell’s last minute try.
It was Constitution’s 19th straight win of the season and their first Munster Seconds League title since 2005. Denis Kelleher, Munster Branch President, presented the shield to captain Peter O’Sullivan after the game.
D.O’Shea; E.O’Donnell, C.Desmond, P.O’Sullivan Capt., S.Kelly; S.Murphy, A.Ryan; G.Murray, K.Stokes, R.Hassan; D.O’Brien, Y.Browne; R.Gee, A.White, A.Ross.
A.Ross 1T; E.O’Donnell 1T; S.Murphy 1T1P2C
D.O’Connor; S.Morgan, M.O’Shea, S.Morgan, D.McInearney; J.Gavin, S.O’Brien; M.Lynch, D.Rowles, B.Cullinane; A.Kennedy, L.Horgan; C.Hartigan, B.Sheehan Capt., A.Kavanagh.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Young Munster 22/04/2012
Cork Constitution Junior 1 XV qualified for the final of the Munster Seconds League with a comfortable win over Young Munster at Temple Hill on Sunday. It was a repeat of the Munster Junior Cup 2nd round tie in February at the same venue, but the outcome was not as close as then, when Constitution only forged ahead in the final 10 minutes.
In this game they took the lead in the 36th minute with a well executed try by centre Conor Desmond, who combined with Shane Kelly and Eoin O’Donnell to score at the posts. Sean Murphy kicked the conversion for the half time lead.
Three minutes after the resumption Sean Murphy kicked a penalty, and a couple of minutes later he struck the vital blow for Constitution with a try and conversion, to stretch the lead to 17-0. Murphy completed the scoring with a second penalty after 59 minutes and his side saw out the final quarter to secure their place in the final.
Garryowen defeated Dolphin in the other semi final, and will travel to Temple Hill for the final next Sunday – a repeat of the Munster Junior Cup semi final at Dooradoyle won 22-18 by Constitution.
D.O’Shea; E.O’Donnell, C.Desmond, P.O’Sullivan Capt., S.Kelly; S.Murphy, A.Ryan; G.Murray, K.Stokes, R.Hassan; D.O’Brien, R.Gee; M.Ross, A.Whit
C.Desmond 1T; S.Murphy 1T2P2C
C.O’Hanlon; A.Casey, C.Clohessy, E.Carr, O.Tarrant; S.O’Leary, S.Upton; C.O’Connor, P.Allen, E.O’Sullivan; G.Ryan, E.Horse; E.Culhane, D.Arthurs, J.Considine.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Skibbereen 15/04/2012
Cork Constitution won their 18th Munster Junior Cup title at Musgrave Park on Sunday overcoming a spirited Skibbereen side in a well contested final. Playing in their first ever final, Skibbereen were well up for the contest and they used the advantage of the breeze in the first half to pressurise the Con defence.
However, it was Constitution who got the opening score in the 10th minute. Following a blind side break by Alan Ross, Shane Kelly passed to Sean Og Murphy who scored the try. Murphy converted for a valuable 7-0 lead. Skibbereen’s scrummaging was strong, but Constitution countered well and wisely rotated their front rows with Chris Corkery and Bryan Cagney relieving Gareth Murray and Ryan Hassan at crucial times. In addition Constitution’s line out play was outstanding with Kieran Stokes finding his jumpers at every lineout. But despite the better possession, Constitution backs made little headway against the Skibereen defence, and when captain Peter O’Sullivan was sin-binned in the 33rd minute, David Shannon kicked the 45 metre penalty for Skibbereen.
Sean Murphy and Shannon missed penalty chances either side of half time, before Murphy was successful with two kicks in the 51st and 59th minutes to give Constitution a 13-3 lead. Entering the final quarter Constitution received a blow when outstanding No.8 Alan Ross was sin-binned. Skibbereen immediately raised their game, and after repeated thrusts by their pack Sean O’Neill got over for a try in the 64th minute. Shannon converted and the die was cast for a nervous final 15 minutes.
Sean Murphy kept Con on the front foot with excellent line kicks, and despite missing a placed kick 10 minutes from time, Constitution were well on top to the end. It was a fine overall team performance with young second rows Dave O’Brien and Yasin Browne outstanding throughout. Flankers Andy White and Brian Vaughan never missed a tackle while Alan Ross repeatedly made the hard yards. Alex Ryan at scrum half was always in control and while the backs got few chances in attack, the opposition got little scope from Peter O’Sullivan and Conor Desmond. At full back Danny O’Shea was safe and secure and linked well in defence with his wingers Shane Kelly and Eoin O’Donnell.
D.O’Shea; E.O’Donnell, C.Desmond, P.O’Sullivan Capt., S.Kelly; S.Murphy, A.Ryan; G.Murray, K.Stokes, R.Hassan; Y.Browne, D.O’Brien; B.Vaughan, A.White, A.Ross.
D.Shannon; M.Limerick, D.O’Keeffe, N.Hurley, A.Dodd; P.Minihane, J.O’Sullivan; P.Stout, D.Jennings, V.White; C.Hurley Capt., M.Calnan, I.Hurley, D.Coppinger, K.Shannon.
S.O’Neill 1T; D.Shannon 1C1P.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Bruff 01/04/2012
Cork Constitution defeated Bruff in the Munster Seconds League quarter final at Temple Hill on Sunday. The Limerick County side put up stiff resistance for an hour before the home side pulled away with three tries in the final twenty minutes.
Shane Kelly put Constitution on the road with a try after 9 minutes, but Bruff hit back with a try by second row Pat Lynch on 13 minutes. Richie McAuliffe converted for the lead. Both sides missed penalty chances before Constitution No.8 Alan Ross went over for a try on 29 minutes. Sean Murphy converted to leave the half time score at 12-7 to the home side.
Murphy and McAuliffe kicked penalties for their respective sides in the third quarter. Rogan Gee scored in the 62nd minute for Constitution and Murphy added the conversion for 22-10, as Constitution gained more control. Full back Robert Clune scored a fine try in the 71st minute when he supported a break by Shane Kelly. And the same player scored his second try in the last play of the game for Murphy to add the points.
In the semi final Constitution will meet Young Munster, who received a walk-over from UCC. In the other semi final Garryowen meet Dolphin.
R.Clune; S.Kelly, G.Murray, P.O’Sullivan Capt., B.Monohan; S.Murphy, A.Ryan; G.Murray, B.Vaughan, R.Hassan; D.O’Brien, P.Dooley; R.Gee, M.Ross, A.Ross.
R.Clune 2T; S.Kelly 1T; A.Ross 1T; R.Gee 1T; S.Murphy 1P2C.
J.O’Sullivan; M.O’Donovan, R.Finn, J.Carroll, R.McAuliffe; B.Carroll, T.Cahill; T.Quirke, G.Bolger, K.Laffan; A.Bourke, P.Lynch; B.Horan, J.McCarthy, M.McCarthy.
P.Lynch 1T; R.McAuliffe 1P1C.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Garryowen 25/03/2012
Cork Constitution won a classic Munster Junior Cup semi final against Garryowen at Dooradolye on Sunday. In front of a big crowd, and in beautiful Spring sunshine, this was a Cup tie to savour. Both sides had obvious credentials as the top sides in this season’s Munster Seconds League. The depth of history between the clubs added to the occasion, and the fact the Constitution won the corresponding tie last year in Cork added further spice.
Constitution took the first score with a penalty by Sean Murphy after 3 minutes. Garryowen hit back quickly with a try by full back Derry O’Connor who ran onto a clever grubber kick. Jamie Gavin missed the conversion, and a penalty chance after 10 minutes, before finding his range from a penalty after 27 minutes. Sean Murphy missed a penalty kick for Constitution on the half hour mark, but his side scored a fine try after 32 minutes when wing Eoin O’Donnell finished a break engineered by centre Conor Desmond and wing forward Andy White. That tied the sides on 8-8, but Garryowen forged ahead again before the break with a Jamie Gavin penalty, after Conor Desmond had been yellow carded.
In the second minute after the resumption Garryowen had No.8 Anthony Kavanagh yellow carded and Sean Murphy despatched the kick to level the scores at 11 points each. Three minutes later, the same player added another penalty to give his side a three point lead. The warm conditions took a toll on both sides and rolling substitutes were used liberally by both sides in the second period.
Garryowen got the next crucial score in the 50th minute when Cian O’Shea got the touchdown. Gavin kicked a great conversion from the touchline for an 18-14 lead. Sean Murphy narrowed that lead to a point with a penalty on 63 minutes and scrum half Alex Ryan scored the clinching try in the 70th minute.
There was still 10 minutes of do or die Cup rugby to be played. Garryowen spurned a few kickable opportunities in favour touch line attacks, but Con’s defence saw out time for a famous win. In the final; they will meet West Cork side Skibbereen who saw off Clonmel on a 9-6 scoreline.
D.O’Shea; E.O’Donnell, C.Desmond, P.O’Sullivan Capt., S.Kelly; S.Murphy, A.Ryan; G.Murray, K.Stokes, R.Hassan; Y.Browne, D.O’Brien; B.Vaughan, A.White, A.Ross.
E.O’Donnell 1T; A.Ryan 1T; S.Murphy 4P.
D.O’Connor; C.O’Shea, M.O’Shea, A.Gaughan, E.Connolly; J.Gavin, A.Healy; P.O’Shea, D.Rowles, B.Cullinane; A.Kennedy, L.Horgan; C.Hartigan, B.Sheehan Capt., A.Kavanagh.
D.O’Connor 1T; C.O’Shea 1T; J.Gavin 1C2P.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Kilfeacle 11/03/2012
Cork Constitution qualified for the Munster Junior Cup semi final with a comfortable win over Kilfeacle & District RFC at Temple Hill on Sunday. However, despite the final score, Constitution were made to work very hard for 55 minutes before a try by wing Shane Kelly settled them, and from there they scuttled home.
Out half Sean Murphy gave Constitution the lead with an 8th minute penalty, and he scored a fine try in the 15th minute when he looped outside his centres to score in the right corner. Kilfeacle struck back with an opportunist try in the 23rd minute. Having disrupted a Con back line move on their own 22 metre line, they kicked ahead and won the chase to the other goal line where wing Josh Featherstone touched down. A penalty at a scrum in the 34th minute was converted by Gavin Ryan to tie up the scores before the break ay 8 points each.
As the Constitution forwards exerted their superiority in the third quarter, Murphy kicked his side ahead with penalties in the 44th, 50th and 53rd minutes to stretch his side’s lead to 14-8. Shane Kelly’s decisive score came in the 55th minute when he cut back inside to touch down at the posts. Murphy converted for 21-8 and then Con went into overdrive. Eoin O’Donnell scored a brilliant individual try in the 58th minute with a scorching run from his own 22 metre line. Murphy added the conversion. In the final quarter Constitution used their replacements to keep up the momentum, and scored further tries from Alan Ross and Conor Desmond after 68 and 73 minutes. Murphy converted the last try to bring up the 40 points.
It was a good Cork Constitution team performance, with Alex Ryan and Sean Murphy forming a fine half back partnership, and the pack were well served by the front row union who kept the side on the front foot throughout.
The other quarter final results were:
Cashel 14 Garryowen 29; Old Christians 17 Skibbereen 45; Clonmel 16 Thomond 13.
The pairings for the semi finals to be played on Sunday 25th March:
Semi Final: Garryowen v Cork Constitution (at Dooradoyle)
Semi Final: Skibbereen v Clonmel
D.O’Shea; E.O’Donnell, C.Desmond, G.Murray, S.Kelly; S.Murphy, A.Ryan; G.Murray Capt., K.Stokes, R.Hassan; Y.Browne, D.O’Brien; B.Vaughan, A.White, A.Ross.
S.Murphy 1T3P3C; S.Kelly 1T; E.O’Donnell 1T; A.Ross 1T; C.Desmond 1T.
D.Ryan;C.Walsh, P.Ryan, J.O’Sullivan, J.Featherstone; D.Lowry, G.Ryan; J.Mullane, J.O’Grady, S.Barr
J.Featherstone 1T; G.Ryan 1P
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Young Munster 26/02/2012
Cork Constitution overcame the challenge of Young Munster at Temple Hill on Sunday in a classic Munster Junior Cup 5th round tie. Rivalry between these clubs goes back many years, and while the final outcome was decisive in favour of the home side, the game was in the balance up to the final minutes.
The initial exchanges were tentative before Munster’s out half O’Leary kicked a penalty on 23 minutes for the lead. Peter O’Sullivan equalised for Constitution on the half hour mark. The pace then began to quicken and O’Leary regained the lead for the Limerick men with a second penalty on 38 minutes. The Con forwards had the upper hand at set piece play with locks O’Brien and Browne, together with Alan Ross outstanding, but were failing to get the vital scores.
The game was then held up as Con centre Cian McGovern sustained a dislocated elbow and had to be carefully removed from the pitch. In the ensuing play before half time, a player from each side was sin-binned to add to the tension. And Sean Murphy missed a penalty for Con to leave his side trailing 3-6 at the break.
In the second period, play went from end to end and side to side with neither defence cracking, and penalty chances went a begging on both sides. Then in the 75th minute Con spurned a penalty opportunity in front of goal and took the option to run. And from the second phase, out half Sean Murphy stepped his way over for a try. He converted for a 10-6 lead. A couple of minutes later, Alex Ryan, now playing at centre, forced his way forward from his own 22 metre line and eventually set up Conor Desmond on the left wing for the clinching score. Ironically, Murphy slotted the kick from the touchline, and Con were home and dry at 17-6. However, they did have to endure a late Munster’s rally and ended with 13 players, having conceded two players to the sin bin.
In the quarter final Constitution will meet Kilfeacle at Temple Hill on Sunday 11th March.
D.O’Shea; E.O’Donnell, C.Desmond, C.McGovern, P.O’Sullivan Capt.; S.Murphy, A.Ryan; G.Murray, K.Stokes, R.Hassan; Y.Browne, D.O’Brien; B.Vaughan, A.White, A.Ross.
S.Murphy 1T2C; C.Desmond 1T; P.O’Sullivan 1P
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Galbally 19/02/2012
Cork Constitution overcame Galbally after a major struggle at the County Tipperary venue on Sunday. It was a a very disjointed cup tie and Constitution will be relieved to progress to the next round. On a fine afternoon, but on a treacherously soft pitch, Constitution hit the front with a penalty by Peter O’Sullivan after 10 minutes, despite missing one a few minutes earlier. Galbally’s kicker also missed a couple of shots at goal, but Constitution appeared to be getting to grips with the field conditions.
However, all that changed in the 29th minute when Galbally second row Jack Hedigan got on the end of a maul from a line out, to score a try, and put the home team ahead. Kicker Guerin again missed the conversion kick. From then the play went dramatically downhill. First Con #8 Alan Ross was sin-binned for not releasing, and a minute later scrum half Alex Ryan was similarly dismissed for ‘careless use of h is arm’!! Guerin again missed the resultant penalty. On the 40th minute a Galbally prop forward was sin-binned, but O’Sullivan missed the penalty to leave the half time score at 5-3 to the home side.
The ground conditions obviously affected the place kicking as Peter O’Sullivan missed another penalty in the 43rd minute, after Galbally had #6 Jack Hogan sin-binned. Shortly afterwards Rogan Gee was red-carded for an alleged dangerous tackle, but the fourteen-man Constitution team then settled down and applied a strong period of pressure. They were rewarded with a penalty on 60 minutes that Peter O’Sullivan kicked for the lead.
There were no further incidents in the final quarter as Galbally kicked repeatedly to the left corner from where they attacked the line. However, Con’s defence stood firm and improved discipline saw them through to the next round in which they will ‘entertain’ Young Munster next Sunday at Temple Hill.
D.O’Shea; E.O’Donnell, C.Desmond, P.O’Sullivan Capt., M.Ross; S.Murphy, A.Ryan; G.Murray, K.Stokes, R.Hassan; Y.Browne, R.Gee; S.Desmond, A.White, A.Ross.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V UCC 12/02/2012
Cork Constitution won their return Seconds League game with UCC at Curraheen Road on Sunday, scoring seven tries to the student’s three tries. In a free flowing game, Con led 27-10 at the break, and the play continued to be as bright as the afternoon in the second period.
Matt Ross and Brian Vaughan scored early tries for Con before UCC ran in a try on the right wing. Peter O’Sullivan kicked a penalty on 32 minutes, but College replied similarly 3 minutes later. Neil O’Connell scored a fine try with a super run from deep in his half in the 38th minute, and Matt Ross scored his second try on the stroke of half time.
On the resumption, Constitution continued to press home their superiority with tries from Dave Clarke and Ryan Hassan, both converted by Peter O’Sullivan. College were always competitive and scored two tries before the finish, but in between Alan Ross scored Con’s seventh try, that O’Sullivan again converted.
M.Keyes; M.Ross, P.O’Sullivan Capt., D.Clarke, N.O’Connell; D.O’Shea, S.Kelly; G.Murray, K.Stokes, R.Hassan; R.Gee, S.Desmond; B.Vaughan, A.White, A.Ross.
M.Ross 2T, D.Clarke 1T; N.O’Connell 1T; B.Vaughan 1T; R.Hassan
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Dolphin 11/12/2011
Cork Constitution Junior 1 XV completed a Munster Seconds League double over neighbours Dolphin at Musgrave Park on Sunday.
Constitution scored three first half tries by Joe McSwiney, Barry Fitzgerald and Eoin O’Donnell, with Peter O’Sullivan adding a convert, to a sole Dolphin penalty by Kevin Brophy, to leave Constitution leading 20-3 at the interval.
Dolphin hit back with two converted tries, but three penalties by Peter O’Sullivan helped Con to lead 29-17 entering the last quarter. Two fine tries by Andy White and Shane Kelly, one converted by O’Sullivan, saw Con safely home with a bonus point for good measure.
It was Constitution’s ninth consecutive win in the competition,
: S.Kelly; E.O’Donnell, C.Desmond, P.O’Sullivan Capt., P.Sheehan; D.O’Shea, A.Kelleher; B.Cagney, E.Quinn, C.Keane; B.Fitzgerald, S.Desmond; A.White, A.Ross, J.McSwiney
J.McSwiney 1T; B.Fitzgerald 1T; E.O’Donnell 1T; A.White 1T; S.Kelly 1T; P.O’Sullivan 2C4P
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Sundays Well 27/11/2011
Constitution continued their winning sequence in the Munster Seconds League South with a solid win over Sunday’s Well at Temple Hill on Sunday afternoon.
Both sides were slow to settle, but once Constitution got on the score board in the 13th minute they kept the score board ticking over to the finish. Out half Sean Og Murphy scored the opening try in the right corner after good work by Peter O’Sullivan and Eoin O’Donnell. O’Sullivan added the conversion from the touchline.
Padraig McSweeny got the Well’s only score in the 15th minute from a penalty, and O’Sullivan also kicked a penalty for Con in the 20th minute. Full back Danny O’Shea was in position to score from Sean Murphy’s cross kick in the 28th minute, and O’Shea put Eoin O’Donnell in for a score with a precise chip to the corner in the 39th minute. Peter O’Sullivan kicked the second conversion for 22-3 lead at the break.
Peter O’Sullivan kicked a penalty in the 48th minute, and added a conversion to the second of two tries by Simon Hanbidge to stretch Con’s lead to 37-3. An injury to a Sunday’s well forward held up play for a few minutes, but in the final play of the game Conor Desmond finished off a fine Con move. O’Sullivan kicked the conversion to leave the final score at 44-3.
It was Constitution’s eighth straight win and leaves them well ahead in the table with four games remaining. Next Sunday they meet Dolphin at Musgrave Park.
D.O’Shea; E.O’Donnell, C.Desmond, P.O’Sullivan Capt., P.Sheehan; S.Murphy S.Kelly; B.Cagney, B.Vaughan, R.Hassan; B.Fitzgerald,R.Gee; S.Desmond, A.White, S.Hanbidge.
S.Hanbidge 2T; D.O’Shea 1T; S.Murphy 1T; E.O’Donnell 1T;
E.Naughton; K.Barry, C.O’Donoghue, H.Kenworthy, D.O’Connell; P.McSweentey, C.Farrell; M.Moynihan, F.Whelan, D.Magee; D.Horgan, J.Sheehan; K.O’Byrne, G.Carroll, C.O’Donovan.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Dolphin 13/11/2011
Cork Constitution Junior 1 XV accounted for Dolphin’s challenge at Temple Hill on Sunday to extend their unbeaten run to seven Munster Seconds League games. Leading 14-0 at half time they withstood Dolphin’s second half revival and claim the points in an entertaining tussle.
Constitution winger Neil O’Connell did the damage in the first period with two scintillating tries. The first on 20 minutes he gained possession from Shane Kelly’s return from a missed touch kick to skate home from half way. The he repeated the feat just on half time with another 50 metre sprint. Peter O’Sullivan converted both to leave Con 14 points to the good at the break.
Dolphin got heir game together quickly on the restart when former Con player niall Barry was driven in for a try that was converted by Brendan O’Shea. Peter O’Sullivan added a penalty to Con’s total after 55 minutes for 17-7.
The Con pack was proving too strong for the visitors with superior scrummaging power and excellent line out play. Danny O’Shea finished a sweeping movement to the left corner for Con’s third try in the 71st minute, but Dolphin’s full back Brian Roche pulled the score back in the 73rd minute with a try converted by Chris Bannon. Finally Cork Constitution captain, Peter O’Sullivan, had the last word with a penalty in injury time, to leave Con 25-14 winners.
P.Sheehan; M.Ross, P.O’Sullivan Capt., G.Murray, N.O’Connell; D.O’Shea, S.Kelly; B.Cagney, K.Stokes, C.Corkery; B.Fitzgerald, R.Gee; S.Desmond, A.White, A.Ross.
N.O’Connell 2T; D.O’Shea 1T; P.O’Sullivan 2P2C.
B.Roche; SM.Hogan, C.Bannon, J.Vaughan, J.P.Carroll; B.O’Shea, C.Nolan; J.Leahy, J.Cleary, D.Abbott Capt.; P.Murphy, K.O’Dwyer; P.Ryan, n.Barry, L.Coughlan.
N.Barry 1T;B.Roche 1T;B.O’Shea 1C; C.Bannon 1C.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Cashel 06/11/2011
Cork Constitution completed a Seconds League double over Munster Junior Cup holders Cashel on Sunday, and secured a bonus point with six tries.
Cathal Quinn scored the first try virtually from the kick off when he nipped in to touch down when a home defender fumbled a clearance. Cashel pulled back three points with a penalty by Colin Morrissey before Shane Kelly finished a move to the left corner for the second try. Morrissey added two further penalties for Cashel to narrow the deficit to a single point. Peter O’Sullivan scored Con’s third try on 35 minutes, but Cashel hit back again with a try by Paddy Maher on the 40 minute mark, to leave the half time score 15-14 to the visitors.
Shane Kelly scored the bonus-point fourth try in the 50th minute. Peter O’Sullivan added the extras, and also added the points to a 60th minute try by Simon Hanbidge, and then scored the final try himself in the 70th minute. Unfortunately, a Cashel player was injured in the play leading to that score, and the referee blew for time to allow assistance to be organised for the player.
P.O’Sullivan Capt.; C.Quinn, M.Ross, A.Ryan, S.Kelly; D.O’Shea, A.Kelleher; G.Murray, B.Vaughan, C.Corkery; B.Fitzgerald, S.Desmond; S.Hanbidge, A.White, A.Ross.
S.Kelly 2T; C.Quinn 1T; S.Hanbidge 1T; P.O’Sullivan 2T2C.
P.Maher 1T; C.Morrissey 3P
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Midleton 15/10/2011
Cork Constitution proved too good for Midleton at Temple Hill on Sunday and gained a four try bonus point. Leading 10-3 at the break with two tries scored, they had to wait until the final 10 minutes to secure the other two tries as a gallant Midleton side battled hard in the second period.
Midleton got the first score from a Paul Daly penalty after 6 minutes. Constitution took the lead in the 10th minute when Eoin O ‘Donnell ran onto a Peter O’Sullivan punt and evaded the defenders to run in from 30 metres. O’Sullivan added the extras for 7-3.
Club captain, Gareth Murray, recovered after an injury layoff, scored the second try with an impressive outside break to the right corner after 20 minutes. Peter O’Sullivan extended Con’s lead with a penalty 3 minutes into the second period, and he converted a superb try in the 58th minute after Alan Ross made a 50 metre break and set up Conor Desmond for the try.
Midleton struck back with a fine try, when former county hurler Diarmuid O’Sullivan, playing at full back, broke the home defence after 71 minutes. However Constitution wrapped up the points with a fine try in the last minute when the threequarters ran the ball from the left and Eoin O’Donnell set up Paudie Sheehan for the bonus point try in the right corner.
R.O’Sullivan; E.O’Donnell, C.Desmond, A.Ryan, P.Sheehan; P.O’Sullivan Capt., S.Kelly; G.Murray, K.Stokes, C.Corkery; D.Clarke, S.Desmond; R.Barry, A.White, A.Ross
E.O’Donnell 1T; G.Murray 1T; C.Desmond 1T; P.Sheehan 1T;P.O’Sullivan 1P
D.O’Sullivan; A.Ahearne, G.Collins,K.Burns, R.O’Mahony; P.Day, D.May;K.Cunningham, J.Silke, R.Fitzgerald; G.Donovan, R.Lehane; E.O’Shea, G.Mulcahy, D.O’Sullivan.
D.O’Sullivan 1T; P.Daly 1P
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Cashel 09/10/2011
Constitution renewed rivalry with their Munster Junior Cup conquerors of last season at Temple Hill on Sunday. Of course it was a different contest since last years all conquering Cashel junior team are now playing in this season’s All Ireland League, and their second string are elevated to Seconds League status.
In the event, they were no match for a slick Constitution outfit who notched up their fourth win of the campaign. Constitution led 26-0 at the break with four tries and scored a further four tries in the second period for a comprehensive win.
Captain Peter O’Sullivan stormed in for the first try after just 3 minutes and added the conversion. In the 7th minute winger Paudie Sheehan took a try scoring pass from Conor Desmond to score in the left corner. O’Sullivan added the points to two further tries before the break from Niall O’Driscoll, who cut through from half way, and Simon Hanbidge who had replaced the injured Paul Dooley.
Constitution kept up the pressure on the Cashel defence in the second half when Danny O’Shea slotted a drop goal in the 50th minute. Three minutes later Hanbidge scored his second with a run from 40 metres to dot down at the posts for O’Sullivan to add the extras. On the hour mark out half O’Shea set up a try for winger Eoin O’Donnell with a delicate chip to the corner. Peter O’Sullivan went in for his second try in the 63rd minute and added the points to the eighth try by Dave Clarke in the 72nd minute to complete the scoring.
Next Sunday Constitution will meet Midleton at Temple Hill in the Seconds League.
P.O’Sullivan Capt.; E.O’Donnell, C.Desmond, N.O’Driscoll, P.Sheehan; D.O’Shea, A.Kelleher; G.Murray, K.Stokes, C.Corkery; D.Clarke, P.Dooley; R.Barry, A.White, A.Ross.
P.O’Sullivan 2T 5C; S.Hanbidge 2T; P.Sheehan 1T; N.O’Driscoll 1T; E.O’Donnell 1T; D.Clarke 1T; D.O’Dhea 1DG
M.O’Connor; S.Walsh, F.Kelliher, B.Silke, A.J.Maher; G.O’Sullivan, m.Hickey; S.Nolan, C.byrne, D.Lamb; R.Barrett, A.Devitt; P.Maher, M.Feehan, K.Gleeson.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V UCC 02/10/2011
Cork Constitution won their third Munster Seconds League tie in succession when they defeated UCC at Temple Hill on Sunday afternoon. The advantage the teams enjoyed on the superbly grassed main pitch was cancelled out by the constant drizzle, in that the players struggled to control the greasy ball.
Peter O’Sullivan opened the scoring for Constitution with a penalty after 6 minutes, and his trusty boot continued to make a significant contribution. He converted a fine try by Conor Desmond in the 15th minute and also added the points to a push-over try scored by Alan Ross in the 37th minute. Daryl Foley kicked a penalty for College in the 30th minute and they scored an opportunist try by right wing Sean Keohane just before the break, to leave the half time score at 17-8 to the home side.
Foley closed the gap for College with a penalty in the 43rd minute, but O’Sullivan added further penalties for Constitution in the 52nd and 70th minutes. Kieran Stokes got in for a try for Constitution in the final minute, and O’Sullivan converted for a faultless, six from six, place kicking performance
B.Monohan; E.O’Donnell, C.Desmond, C.McGovern, P.Sheehan; P.O’Sullivan Capt., A.Kelleher; C.Keane, P.Kelleher, C.Corkery; D.Clarke, P.Dooley; S.Desmond, A.White, A.Ross.
C.Desmond 1T; A.Ross 1T; K.Stokes 1T; P.O’Sullivan 3P3C.
S.Keohane 1T; D.Foley 2P.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Highfield 25/09/2011
Constitution followed up their Seconds League win over Sunday’s Well with a hard earned win over Highfield at Woodleigh Park on Sunday. Highfield led 3-0 at the interval and for the most part it was not pretty from either side with a cross-field wind compromising the standard of play.
Having conceded penalties either side of half time, kicked by Highfield No.10 Barry Buckley, Constitution set about their task in the second period with more conviction. The Con pack controlled affairs with No.8 Alan Ross leading the way, and set up a well-taken try by Rory O’Sullivan in the 70th minute. It was unconverted, but then with time running down Constitution won a penalty that was converted by Shane Kelly to register a narrow victory.
Both sides will look forward to more enjoyable play in the weeks ahead. Next Sunday Constitution play UCC at Temple Hill.
Cork Constitution: P.Sheehan; R.O’Sullivan, M.Ross, J.Young, J.Sullivan; S.Kelly, G.McKnight; P.Kelleher, K.Stokes, E.Quinn; D.Clarke, Y.Browne; S.Desmond, A.White, A.Ross.
R.O’Sullivan 1T; S.Kelly 1P
K.McNally; D.O’Keeffe, K.Moloney, J.Sheehan, P.Cotter; B.Buckley, S.Hannon; D.O’Callaghan, M.Spillett, K.Roche; M.Milne, G.Coughlan; C.tuohy, G.O’Sullivan, J.McCarthy
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Sundays Well 11/09/2011
Constitution secured a bonus-point win in their first match of the Munster Seconds League at Musgrave Park on Sunday. In windy conditions, they ran in three tries in the first half to lead 21-3 at the break, and followed with two more tries in the second period for a comfortable win.
Pat McSweeney opened the scoring with an early penalty for Sunday’s Well. Conor Desmond ran in the first try for Constitution in the 12th minute with a break from mid-field. Then Simon Hanbidge and Brian Vaughan added further tries in the 16th and 20th minutes to leave Con well in command. Peter O’Sullivan converted all three to set the half time score.
Sunday’s Well came more into the game in the second half, but not before Eoin O’Donnell finished a fine move with the fourth try in the 48th minute and Hanbidge scored his second try on the hour mark. The Well got their reward when Darren Blower touched down from a 5 metre scrum.
It was a valuable opening game for both sides who now look forward to regular weekly competition. Next Sunday Constitution will play Dolphin at Temple Hill.
G.McKnight; E.O’Donnell, C.Desmond, C.McGovern, M.Ross; P.O’Sullivan Capt., A.Kelleher; C.Keane, B.Vaughan, E.Quinn; B.Fitzgerald,D.Clarke; S.Hanbidge, A.White, A.Ross.
S.Hanbidge 2T; C.Desmond 1T; B.Vaughan 1T; E.O’Donnell 1T;
D.O’Gorman; I.O’Regan, K.O’Byrne, P.McSweeney, N.Conneely; E.Hennessy, R.Geary; J.Moynihan, D.Blower, S.Landers; L.O’Sullivan, S.O’Sullivan; J.Moynihan, S.Walsh, M.Moynihan.
P.O’Sullivan 1P 3C, D.Blower 1T; P.McSweeney 1P.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Cashel 24/04/2011
Cashel completed a clean sweep of Munster Junior trophies when they shaded a well-contested final of the Munster Junior Cup at Musgrave Park. Constitution battled them all the way, but in the end it was probably the extra confidence and cohesion an unbeaten season of rugby that gave Cashel the edge. Constitution had a difficult week of preparation due to injuries and sickness to key players. However, despite conceding a try after 6 minutes they struck back and might well have been ahead at half time. They led twice in the second period, but two late penalties gave Cashel a hard fought win.
The opening score was a try by second row Eoin O’Connor after 6 minutes, when he was up with a fine break by full back Daragh O’Brien. The full back converted for 7-0. Despite the setback, Constitution forwards settled to their task and repeatedly drove Cashel back to their line. Cashel conceded yellow cards in the 21st and 30th minutes for off side infringements. Con took scrummaging options in preference to penalty kicks, and they eventually succeeded in crossing the Cashel line when Eoin O’Donnell scored in the 32nd minute. Peter O’Sullivan tied up the scores with the conversion. However, O’Brien restored Cashel’s lead with a penalty in the 35th minute. O’Sullivan missed with a similar award a few minutes later, so Constitution trailed 7-10 at the break.
Constitution started the second half strongly and went ahead with two penalties by O’Sullivan in the 46th and 55th minutes. They then received a body blow when the Cashel full back missed a dropping ball it looked that the follow up would win possession and perhaps score, however, the bounce of the ball favoured the defence, and former Con player Ed Leamy grabbed possession and broke free to score from 50 metres out. The conversion was good and Cashel led 17-13. Then just as quickly on the restart, Cathal Quin intercepted at half way and sprinted clear to score in the left corner. O’Sullivan again kicked a fine conversion and Constitution were back in front 20-17.
Unfortunately Quinn was injured as he grounded the ball when a Cashel player needlessly went to ground on him. He was replaced by Andy Kelleher who went to scrum half with a consequent re-shuffle in the back line.
Darragh O’Brien drew the sides level with a penalty on 69 minutes, and he kicked the winner in the 74th minute when a touch judge flagged a Con indiscretion at a maul. Controversially the referee improved the place kick position by awarding it on the 15 metre line, when the alleged incident occurred near the touch line. There might have been a further dramatic score had referee or touch judge flagged a high tackle on Robert Clune as the full back attempted to break through the Cashel defence in the final minutes, but no award was forthcoming despite an appeal.
.Clune; E.O’Donnell, C.Desmond, C.Jouve, C.Quinn; P.O’Sullivan, A.Ryan; G.Murray Capt., B.Vaughan, A.Foley; D.O’Mahony, P.Dooley; A.Ross, S.Hanbidge, T.Dukelow.
E.O’Donnell 1T; C.Quinn 1T; P.O’Sullivan 2P2C
.O’Brien; R.O’Connor, B.Silke, P.O’Connor, K.Quinlan; C.Quinlan, O.McGlinchey; E.Horgan, R.Coates, H.Stanley; E.O’Connor, A.Devitts; J.O’Connor, E.Leamy, B.O’Connor Capt.
E.O’Connor 1T; E.Leamy 1T ; D.O’Brien 3P2C.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Shannon 10/04/2011
Cork Constitution had a comprehensive quarter final victory over Shannon in the Munster Seconds League at Temple Hill on Sunday. Fresh from last week’s Munster Junior Cup semi final win over Kilfeacle, it only took 3 minutes before Cyprien Jove scored the first try. Leading 21-3 at half time they ended with eleven tries to claim a place in the semi final against Thomond, who defeated Sunday’s Well in the other quarter final.
Richie Mullane closed the gap with a penalty in the 12th minute for Shannon before Tim Dukelow finished an Andy Kelleher break in the 15th minute with a try under the posts. Alex Ryan kicked his second conversion, and then converted his own try in the 36th minute to brig the half time score to 21-3.
Cyprien Jouve scored his second try in the 3rd minute of the second half when he ran in a quick penalty, after good approach work by Aidan Foley and Tim Dukelow. Jouve also added the extra points. Eoin O’Donnell scored the next three tries showing his pace and balance and also converted two of them. John Deegan scored a lone try for Shannon, and in the final quarter Constitution had tries from Cathal Quinn, Alex Ryan, Garret Murray and Bryan Cagney to complete the rout.
C.Quinn; E.O’Donnell, C.Jouve, C.Desmond, P.O’Connell; A.Ryan, A.Kelleher; G.Murray Capt., B.Vaughan, A.Foley; S.Desmond, D.O’Mahony; S.Hanbidge, A.Ross, T.Dukelow.
E.ODonnell 3T2C; C.Jouve 2T2C; C.Quinn 1T; A.Ryan 2T4C; G.Murray 1T; T.Dukelow 1T; B.Cagney 1T.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Kilfeacle 03/04/2011
Cork Constitution qualified for the Munster Junior Cup final after a close encounter with Kilfeacle at Musgrave Park on Sunday. In a well contested match, it was the accuracy of replacement out half Simon Barry that made the difference, as he slotted four penalties to add to Paddy O’Connell’s first half try. Barry replaced the injured Peter O’Sullivan after 15 minutes and proved his worth with a steady performance allied to his place kicking successes.
Peter O’Sullivan suffered a thigh injury following a missed penalty on 15 minutes. Kilfeacle took the lead with a penalty by Shane Looby in the 23rd minute, but Barry equalised in the 30th minute with his first penalty. Five minutes later he gave Constitution the lead with a second penalty. Paddy O’Connell scored his try after 38 minutes when he finished a fine move down the left wing by Conor Desmond and Cyrpien Jouve. Looby missed a penalty opportunity in the 40th minute to leave Con leading 11-3 at the break.
Five minutes into the second period Looby cut through from a set piece inside the Con 22 metre line and added the points for an opportunist riposte. Barry kicked his third penalty on the hour to stretch Con’s lead to 14-10. Cathal Quinn playing at full back, in Robert Clune’s absence through injury, made a spectacular run form his own 22 metre line in the 73rd minute to bring pay inside the Kilfeacle 22 line, and from the subsequent play Simon Barry kicked his fourth penalty .
The forward exchanges throughout were intense, even if the back play was disappointing, and the Constitution pack, ably led by captain Garret Murray, more than matched their opponents. David O’Mahony and Simon Hanbidge won a succession of line out possession and the pack made valuable yards to give the half backs a platform to keep the pressure on a gallant Kilfeacle side.
In the final, scheduled for Musgrave Park on Sunday 24th April, Constitution will play Munster Junior League Division 1 winners, Cashel, who have already qualified for the All Ireland League next season .
C.Quinn; E.O’Donnell, C.Desmond, C.Jouve, P.O’Connell; P.O’Sullivan, A.Ryan; G.Murray Capt., B.Vaughan, A.Foley; D.O’Mahony, P.Dooley; A.Ross, S.Hanbidge, T.Dukelow.
P.O’Connell 1T; S.Barry 4P.
D.Lowry; M.Hanley, J.O’Sullivan, A.Noonan, C.Walsh; S.Looby, A.Long; J.Mullane, J.Ryan, S.Flood; S.Leahy, S.Casey; I.Burns, J.Nolan, G.Looby
S.Looby 1T 1C 1P
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Garryowen 10/03/2011
This was a fantastic Munster Junior Cup tie between the oldest of adversaries in Munster. Both sides had serious credentials coming into the quarter final, and in a perfect setting, the game did justice to the best clubs in the province. Constitution led 15-6 at half time, but that only whetted the appetite for the second half.
Constitution took a 5th minute lead when Eoin O’Donnell touched down after a slick Con backline move. The experienced Conor Kilroy kicked a penalty in reply after 9 minutes. Peter O’Sullivan extended Con’s lead with a penalty on 20 minutes, before Robert Clune sliced through the middle of the Garryowen defence for a smashing try on 34 minutes. O’Sullivan added the points, but Kilroy kicked a second penalty two minutes later to leave Constitution ahead by 15-6 at the interval.
Robert Clune struck again three minutes into the second half to score under the posts and O’Sullivan added the extras for a 22-6 lead. But Garryowen raised their game and replacement prop Joe Noone muscled over for a try after 50 minutes. Kilroy converted for 22-13. Peter O’Sullivan kept Con’s tally ticking over with another penalty, before Diarmuid McCarthy sliced through the Con defence for a superb try on 57 minutes. Kilroy added the points and the score stood at 25-20 to the home side.
Peter O’Sullivan edged Con further ahead with a penalty on 62 minutes, but Garryowen struck back with a fine drop goal by out half Jamie Gavin two minutes later. Garryowen wing forward Ian Whelan was sin-binned on 65 minutes and O’Sullivan slotted the resultant penalty. As Garryowen tired, Constitution powered away in the remaining minutes with tries by Robert Clune, his third, and a second try by Eoin O’Donnell, both converted by O’Sullivan to give Constitution a deserved, but on the score line, a flattering victory over a very committed Garryowen side.
Constitution will go forward to meet Kilfeacle in the semi final, after their 16-15 victory over UCC. Cashel and Galbally meet in the other semi final after their victories over Dolphin and Tralee respectively.
R.Clune; E.O’Donnell, T.Kenneally,C.Jouve, C.Desmond; P.O’Sullivan, A.Ryan; B.Cagney, B.Vaughan, G.Murray; D.O’Mahony, P.Dooley; A.Ross, S.Hanbidge, T.Dukelow.
R.Clune 3T; E.O’Donnell 2T; P.O’Sullivan 4P4C.
C.Kilroy; D.McCarthy, M.O’Shea, B.Smith, D.O’Connor; J.Gavib, S.Reidy; b.McNamara, J.Rael, P.O’Shea; L.Hirgan, R.Sexton; I.Whelan, B.Sheehan, C.Fitzgerald.
J.Noone 1T; D.McCarthy 1T; J.Gavin 1D; C.Kilroy 2P2C.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V UCC 06/03/2011
UniversityCollege Cork took Seconds League section honours with a fine display of finishing against Constitution at the Mardyke on Sunday afternoon
Leading 24-10 at the break, College extended their lead to 31-10, but to their credit Constitution fought back to level at 31 points each with 10 minutes to go. However, College showed their resilience to score two further tries in the final minutes.
Both sides are involved in the Munster Junior Cup quarter finals next weekend and will be happy with their attacking potential, but will need to tighten their defences if they are to be successful. Ten tries was a good spectacle but too many of the soft variety will worry their respective coaches.
C.Quinn; E.O’Donnell, C.Jouve, C.Desmond, T.Harrington; P.O’Sullivan, A.Kelleher; B.Cagney, B.Vaughan, C.Corkery; P.Dooley, D.O’Mahony; S.Desmond, A.Ross, T.Dukelow.
P.Dooley 1T; B.Cagney 1T; J.Sullivan 1T; R.Hassan 1T; P.O’Sullivan 1P4C.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Richmond 27/02/2011
Cork Constitution J1 XV advanced to the Munster Junior Cup quarter final after a tough struggle with Richmond at the canal bank venue in Limerick. Constitution led 13-3 at half time, but the home side fought back to close the gap to four points two minutes into injury time. Constitution then had to withstand six further minutes of unrelenting pressure before victory was assured.
From the start Constitution set a hot pace for the Junior League side, and Peter O’Sullivan put them ahead with a penalty after 5 minutes. Daragh Frawley equalised for Richmond with a penalty on 15 minutes, but Peter O’Sullivan restored Con’s lead with a similar effort after 20 minutes. Con had a number of try scoring opportunities before finally getting the first try after 25 minutes. Alan Ross started the move with a good return from his own half; Ryan Hassan carried it on, before Cathal Quinn broke on the left and set up Conor Desmond to put down at the posts. O’Sullivan kicked the conversion for 13-3. Richmond missed a late penalty chance before the break.
Richmond had winger McNamara sin-binned in the 42nd minute, and both sides missed penalty chances, before the Richmond pack forced a penalty try from a scrummaging offence in the 60th minute. Frawley added the points to leave three points between the teams. Con had Bryan Cagney was sin-binned in the 63rd minute, but Richmond missed the placed-kick opportunity. Peter O’Sullivan kicked a penalty for Con
in the 71st minute, and when Simon Hanbidge finished a great passing movement for a try in the corner, Con looked safe at 21-10. However, Richmond roared back and after sustained pressure, Stephen Clancy got onto a grubber kick behind the Con defence to secure a try two minutes into injury time. Jeff McNamrara landed the conversion to set up the final anxious minutes for Con, but their defence withstood the pressure to end another classic Munster Junior Cup encounter.
Constitution will meet the winners of Garryowen v Thomond in the quarter final at Temple Hill on 13th March.
R.Clune; E.O’Donnell, T.Kenneally Capt., C.Desmond, C.Quinn; P.O’Sullivan, A.Ryan; B.Cagney, B.Vaughan, R.Hassan; D.O’Mahony, P.Dooley; A.Ross, S.Hanbidge, T.Dukelow
C.Desmond 1T; S.Hanbidge 1T; P.O’Sullivan 3P1C
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Youghal 20/02/2011
Cork Constitution J1 XV weathered a first half storm at Youghal to advance in the Munster Junior Cup. Youghal had the advantage of the wind in the opening period and took to their task with gusto, forcing Constitution onto the back foot throughout the half. However, as with their first team against Dolphin on the previous day, Constitution raised their game after the break to score three tries and secure their place in the next round.
Youghal pressurised the Con scrum at every setting, but solid defence denied them until Keith McCarthy landed a 30th minute penalty. Youghal then had centre Alan Moloney yellow-carded in the 33rd minute, but Darragh Dunne hit the post with the resultant penalty attempt. He made amends in the 43 minute with a similar effort to level the scores 3-3 at half time, a score line that Con were quite happy to take.
Left wing Conor Desmond pounced on a misplaced pass in the 47th minute, kicked ahead and won the race to the line to give Con the lead at 8-3. Youghal’s undoubted scrummaging power paved the way for a pushover try by No.8 Conor Coleman in the 55th minute and McCarthy converted. However, two minutes later, Constitution right wing Eoin O’Donnell picked up a loose ball at mid-way and beat the cover to put Con back in the lead 13-10
Youghal No.8 Coleman repeated his earlier feat with a second pushover try in the 65th minute, but Dunne regained the lead for Con with a penalty in the 70th minute. And Con made the game safe with a second try by Eoin O’Donnell in the 75th minute.
It was an excellent cup tie, with full credit to Youghal for a gallant effort, and while it took the clinical finishing of Constitution’s wingers to prise victory, Constitution will be pleased that their young pack stood up to a stern test. Constitution will travel to Ricmond of Limerick in the next round.
R.Clune; E.O’Donnell, T.Kenneally Capt., A.Ryan, C.Desmond; D.Dunne, D.O’Driscoll; B.Cagney, B.Vaughan, A.Foley; D.O’Mahony, P.Dooley; A.Ross, S.Hanbidge, T.Dukelow.
E.O’Donnell 2T; C.Desmond 1T; D.Dunne 2P
G.Hogan; A.Fox Capt., S.Kelly, A.Moloney, J.Ormonde; K.McCarthy, T.Curtain; I.Sheridan, G.McArdle, R.McArdle; E.Power, C.Mulcahy; K.Forrest, I.Broderick, C.Coleman.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Midleton 16/01/2011
Cork Constitution J1 XV kept their Seconds League ambitions on track with a win over Midleton at Towns Park, Midleton on Sunday. After the heavy rain of the previous days the pitch was very heavy and undoubtedly slowed the play considerably. Constitution made light of the conditions in the first half to lead 18-0 at the break. However, in the second period they had to withstand the strong challenge of the home side who scored two unconverted tries, before Con edged home with a late penalty.
Peter O’Sullivan took two early penalty chances to put Con 6-0 ahead after 15 minutes, before Billy Newman finished off a Rob Clune break that O’Sullivan converted. On the half hour Simon Hanbidge ran in a second score after a good break by Billy Newman.
Midleton started the second half strongly and left winger Luke McKeown scored on 48 minutes to close the gap. Constitution had a couple of players sin-binned mid-way in the half, and McKeown scored again on 65 minutes. However, Con weathered the storm after getting back to even numbers, and O’Sullivan kicked a late penalty for a final score of 21-10.
The win leaves Constitution in the lead on 26 points with three games remaining against Highfield (h), Sundays Well (h) and UCC (a).
R.Clune; E.O’Donnell, B.Newman, C.Desmond, J.Sullivan; P.O’Sullivan, A.Kelleher; G.Murray, B.Vaughan, A.Foley; D.O’Mahony, S.Desmond; A.Ross, S.Hanbidge, T.Dukelow
B.Newman 1T; S.Hanbidge 1T; P.O’Sullivan 3P1C
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Dolphin 15/12/2010
Cork Constitution J1 XV won the return Seconds League fixture with Dolphin, played under lights at Temple Hill on Wednesday evening. The win leap frogs them over Dolphin to the top of the table after seven games played. In the first game in October the teams played a 20-20 draw.
The place kickers were kept busy throughout, as all the scoring for the first hour came from penalties. Peter O’Sullivan put Con ahead after 12 minutes. The lead lasted until the 33rd minute when Jody Crosby equalised for Dolphin. Both sides were enterprising but solid defensive work prevented try scoring opportunities. Crosby and O’Sullivan exchanged penalties, before Crosby put Dolphin 9-6 ahead with a penalty just on half time.
The pattern continued in the second period with Dolphin edging to 12-6, before Peter O’Sullivan with a drop goal and penalty, tied up the scores at 12-12 after 55 minutes. Dolphin went ahead again on the hour mark with another penalty, but Con capitalised on a Dolphin yellow card in the 63 rd minute when Tim Kenneally scored after a typical strong run. O’Sullivan kicked his fourth penalty in the 67th minute for 20-15. And in the final minute, Kenneally put the game beyond doubt with a second try converted by O’Sullivan.
R.Clune; B.Newman, C.Jouve, T.Kenneally, E.O’Donnell; P.O’Sullivan, A.Kelleher; R.Hassan, J.Flannery, A.Foley; S.Desmond, D.O’Mahony; A.White, R.Gee, T.Dukelow.
T.Kenneally 2T; P.O’Sullivan 4P1C
Cork Constitution FC J1 V UCC 21/11/2010
Cork Constitution J1 XV got back to winning ways with a solid victory over UCC at Temple Hill on Sunday. A three-try opening blitz saw them take a 22-0 lead by half time, and despite a spirited UCC second half performance, another three tries in the second period saw Constitution comfortably home.
Gerry Hurley kicked a second minute penalty and converted tries by Billy Newman after 10 minutes and Tim Kenneally three minutes later. A blistering break by Con full back Robert Clune led to the next try scored by Cyprien Jouve on 28 minutes.
Tim Kenneally added his second try six minutes after the break, converted by Hurley, before UCC No.8 Denis O’Riordan crashed over on 56 minutes. Con gave all their replacements game time, but had Alan Ross yellow carded, before O’Riordan scored his second try for College after 69 minutes. However, Constitution rallied again for Billy Newman and Rogan Gee to score further tries, the second converted by Darragh Dunne. College No.8 Denis O’Riordan scored his third try with the last play of the game to leave Constitution clear winners on a 39-15 score line.
R.Clune; B.Newman, T.Kenneally, C.Jouve, C.Desmond; D.Dunne, G.Hurley; M.Gateley, B.Vaughan, G.Murray; A.Ros, R.Gee; A.White, D.Mullins, C.O’Flaherty.
B.Newman 2T; T.Kenneally 2T; C.Jouve 1T; R.Gee 1T; G.Hurley 1P3C.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Sundays Well 14/11/2010
Cork Constitution J1 XV lost to a last minute try and conversion by Sundays well at Musgrave Park back pitch on Sunday.
Steve Landers gave Sundays Well the lead with a try converted by Colin Corkery, while Peter O’Sullivan replied for Con with a penalty, to leave the half time score 7-3.
Constitution had the better of the third quarter and scored two tries by Cyprien Jouve and Conor Desmond, the second converted by Gerry Hurley for 15-7. Corkery kicked a penalty in the 70th minute to give the Well hope, and when Karl Rothwell scored in the corner from a 5 metre scrum, Corkery coolly kicked the touchline conversion for the winning points.
C.Desmond; B.Newman, T.Kenneally, C.Jouve, J.Sullivan; P.O’Sullivan, G.Hurley; M.Gateley, M.Kearney, A.Foley; C.Fouhy, D.Mullins; R.Gee, A.White, A.Ross.
C.Jouve 1T; C.Desmond 1T; P.O’Sullivan 1P; G.Hurley 1C.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Highfield 17/10/2010
Cork Constitution J1 XV had a comfortable Seconds League win over a depleted Highfield side at Model Farm Road on Sunday. And for the second week running, a Constitution player scored four tries – on this occasion right winger Cathal Quinn was the beneficiary of good approach work, and finished off each time with pace and certainty.
Peter O’Sullivan opened the scoring with a penalty on five minutes. On eleven minutes Joe McSwiney scored a fine try when he broke from half way and beat the defence with a strong run to the line. Cathal Quinn got his first try with a mazy run, after gaining possession on his own 22 metre line he side-stepped his way through the immediate defence, and from half way showed a clean pair of heels. Quinn added two more before the break to leave Con 23-0 ahead.
The second period was level until Quinn found space to slide in for try number four on the hour mark to finish the scoring and put the game beyond a sporting Highfield side.
R.Clune; B.Newman, C.Desmond, T.Kenneally, C.Quinn; P.O’Sullivan, A.Kelleher; C.Corkery, M.O’Leary, A.Foley; D.O’Mahony, R.Gee; J.McSwiney, S.Hanbidge, T.Dukelow
C.Quinn 4T; J.McSwiney 1T; P.O’Sullivan 1P.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Dolphin 03/10/2010
Cork Constitution J1 XV drew with Dolphin in their first competitive game of the season at Musgrave Park. Brian O’Driscoll got first blood for Dolphin with a 13th minute penalty. Conor Desmond sliced through the centre for a Con try in the 23rd minute and Peter O’Sullivan added the points. In the 40th minute Dolphin took the half time lead 10-7 with a try by Ken O’Donovan, converted by O’Driscoll.
Peter O’Sullivan kicked two penalties for Constitution after the break, and when he converted a 70th minute try by Tim Dukelow, it looked like Con, at 20-10, had done enough for the points. However, a yellow card against Rogan Gee gave Dolphin an advantage, and they scored two late tries by O’Keeffe and Geoghegan to share the spoils.
R.Clune; C.Jouve, C.Desmond, P.O’Sullivan, B.Newman; S.Barry, A.Kelleher; G.Murray Capt., M.Kearney, E.Quinn; C.Fouhy, D.O’Mahony; T.Dukelow, R.Gee, S.Hanbidge.
C.Desmond 1T; T.Dukelow 1T; P.O’Sullivan 2P2C.