Cork Constitution FC

Cork Con FC 1stXV

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Competition: All Ireland League Div.1 Final
1stXV V Lansdowne RFC
Score: 17-19 (Con score given first)
Venue: Aviva Stadium
Date: 06/05/2018
Referee: D.Wilkinson IRFU

Lansdowne completed the All Ireland League and Cup double when defeating Cork Constitution in the League decider on Sunday. However, they did not have it easy on their own turf at a sunny Lansdowne Road.


In winning, Lansdowne completed the AIL Cup & League double, having won the Bateman Cup at Templehill two weeks ago. On that occasion, they won a rather one-sided encounter 25-5; however, on this occasion they had to fight a lot harder, to confirm their status as the top team of the season.


Constitution got a good boost with a penalty by Tomas Quinlan after just two minutes, but Scot Deasy equalised that five minutes later. Constitution settled well to their task and constant pressure yielded two further penalty chances that Quinlan nailed for 3-9, but Deasy kicked his second penalty on 26 minutes for 6-9. Constitution were having the better of the play, but Deasy kicked a fine penalty just before the interval to level the scores.


Lansdowne took the lead 12-9 with Deasy’s fourth penalty , but Constitution hit back with the first try by Brian Hayes on 50 minutes – and in a tight game the first try could have proven a winner. Quinlan missed the conversion, but added a penalty for 12-17 after 55 minutes.  


But the lead was surrendered five minutes later when Moran scored, and Deasy’s conversion made it 19-17. And that conversion was to prove the difference between the sides. Quinlan had a late penalty chance from 40 metres, but it drifted wide of the target, and Lansdowne held out, despite some strong late pressure.

Cork Con Team:

L.O’Connell; J.J.O’Neill,  A.McHenry, N.Kenneally, R.Jermyn; T.Quinlan, J.Higgins; B.Quinlan, V.O’Brien, G.Sweeney; B.Hayes, C.Kindregan Capt.; E.Mintern, J.McSwiney, L.Cahill. Replacements: D.McCormack,  G.Duffy (1), D.Murphy (3), R.O’Neill (6), J.J.O’Neill (11), S.Duffy, G.Hurley (9).

Cork Con Scorers:

B.Hayes 1T; T.Quinlan 4P

Lansdowne RFC Team:

E.Mills; F.Horan, H.Brennan, M.O’Keeffe, A.Leavy; S.Deasy, A.Bennie; I.Prenderville, T.Moran, A.Boland; J.O’Rourke, J.Dwan;  J.O’Sullivan, A.Conneely, W.Earle. Replacements: I.Fitzpatrick (14); C.Rock (9), J.Rael, N.Mpiko, B.Fitzpatrick, C.McMickan, I.Fitzpatrick.

Lansdowne RFC Scorers:

T.Moran 1T; S.Deasy 1C4P

Competition: Bateman Cup Final 2018
1stXV V Lansdowne
Score: 5 - 25 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 21/04/2018
Referee: Referee: G.Clancy (IRFU)

Lansdowne won a comprehensive Bateman Cup victory over Cork Constitution at Templehill on Saturday to claim the trophy that they last won in 1931, when they achieved their third successive victory. In doing so they deprived Cork Constitution of a remarkable sixth Cup victory in succession.


At a pristine Templehill, and in glorious conditions, Constitution started well to lead 5-0 after 20 minutes; but that was as good as it got for the home side, as the visitors led 5-8 at the interval, and went on to dominate the second period for a clear-cut victory.


Darren O’Shea scored a try for Constitution in the right corner after 19 minutes, from a break by Brian Hayes, as the home side coped well in the opening period. However, Lansdowne were level by the 28th minute when Alan Bennie touched down for an unconverted try. And Lansdowne led 5-8 at the interval by a penalty from Scott Deasy in the 37th minute.


Second row Josh O’Rourke added a try in the 50th minute, unconverted, for 5-13. And two further tries followed by Adam Leavy and Mark O’Keeffe, as Constitution failed to cope with the enterprise of the visitor’s play. And an intercept try by Mark O’Keeffe confirmed a bad day for the home side, and the conversion closed out a fine victory.

Cork Con Team:

S.Daly; L.O’Connell, A.McHenry, N.Kenneally Capt., R.Jermyn; T.Quinlan, G.Hurley; G.Duffy, V.O’Brien, G.Sweeney; C.Kindregan (Capt.), B.Hayes; J.McSwiney, R.O’Neill, L.Cahill. Replacements: D.McCormack (2); P.Casey (3); D.Abbott (1); J.Higgins (9); J.J.O’Neill (11); D.O’Shea (5); E.Mintern (7)

Cork Con Scorers:

D.O’Shea 1T.

Lansdowne Team:

E.Mills; F.Horan, H.Brennan, M.O’Keeffe, A.Leavy; S.Deasy, A.Bennie; M.Mulhall, T.Moran, G.McGrath; J.O’Rourke, J.Dwan; J.O’Sullivan, A.Connolly, W.Earle. Replacements: J.Rael (2); N.Mpiko (1); B.Fitzpatrick (3); G.Molloy (10); C.McMickian (9).

Lansdowne Scorers:

A.Bennie 1T; J.O’Rourke 1T; M.O’Keeffe 1T; S.Deasy 1P1C.

Competition: Ulster Bank League Div 1
1stXV V Clontarrf
Score: 12 - 43 (Con score given first)
Venue: Castle Avenue
Date: 14/04/2018
Referee: G.Conway (MAR)

Cork Constitution fell to their heaviest defeat of the season at Castle Avenue on Saturday, as Clontarf ran out clear winners on a decisive score line. In the first game at Templehill, Constitution won 30-12, but on this occasion, in a storming second half, the home side scored five unanswered tries. However, in a way, it was too little too late, as Clontarf failed to overtake Garryowen and Constitution for the fourth place in the League table.

In the event, Constitution and Garryowen secured third and fourth places, while Clontarf missed out in fifth place. Lansdowne and Terenure College secured the top spots, to leave the semi-final pairings; Lansdowne v Garryowen and Terenure College v Constitution.

Constitution got a tonic start after 5 minutes as J.J.O’Neill scampered over in the right corner for an unconverted try. That lead lasted until the half hour when full back Jack Power scored an equalising try.

Constitution, who seemed at ease on the  all-weather surface, looked to have taken the interval lead when Brian Hayes scored a try in the 40th minute, converted by Tomas Quinlan. However, the home side struck from the re-start, with scrum-half Hugh Sullivan running in a try, converted by David Joyce for 12-12, in the 43rd minute.

The home side, surprisingly, completely dominated the second period, with four unanswered tries for a comprehensive victory. Constitution will ponder this apparent collapse, with next week’s Bateman Cup final against Lansdowne, and the League semi-final against Terenure College the following week.

Clontarf had a try from a maul, in the 46th minute, converted by Joyce for 19-12; a 49th minute try by full back Power, converted by Joyce, for 26-12. Centre Matt Darcy continued the home side’s dominance with a try after 52 minutes, converted by Joyce for 33-12. Wing Cian O’Donoghue scored an unconverted try on 65 minutes, as the visitors clearly were struggling with the pace of the game  on the unfamiliar surface. And the other wing, McKeon, capped off a fine home performance with his side’s seventh try in the 74th minute.

So it’s a case of regroup and reset for the next hopefully three remaining big games. Next week Constitution are at home in the Bateman Cup Final against Lansdowne, kick off 13:00.

Cork Con Team:

L.O’Connell; J.J.O’Neill,  A.McHenry, N.Kenneally Capt., R.Jermyn; T.Quinlan, J.Higgins; B.Quinlan, V.O’Brien, G.Sweeney; B.Hayes,C.Kindregan Capt.; G.Lawler, R.O’Neill, L.Cahill. Replacements: D.MCormack, D.Murphy (1), E.Mintern, G.Hurley (9), J.White.

Cork Con Scorers:
Clontarrf Team:

J.Power; J.McKeown, S.O’Brien, M.Darcy, c.O’Donoghue; D.Joyce, H.Sullivan; I.Soroka, D.Donnellan, V.Abdaladze; T.Byrne, B.Reilly; A.Ryan, A.Darcy, M.Noone. Replacements: J.Larbey, N.Reilly, R.Burke-flynn, A.Robles.

Competition: All Ireland League Div.1
1stXV V Terenure
Score: 30 - 27 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 07/04/2018
Referee: M.Paton IRFU

Cork Constitution edged out fellow top-four contenders, Terenure Colleg, in another high-scoring
encounter at Templehill on Saturday. In their first meeting in September, Constitution were denied
an away victory as the Terenure won 39-35, but gained two bonus points. In the return fixture,
Terenure lost, but still went home with two valuable bonus points, to keep their title challenge very-
much alive.

With one series of games remaining, Constitution remain second behind Lansdowne, four points
ahead of Terenure, with Clontarf in fourth place on points.

Constitution took a 10 th minute lead with a try by front-row Vincent O’Brien, converted by Tomas
Quinlan, who also added two penalties on 18 and 27 minutes for 13-0. Flanker Robert Duke reduced
the deficit with a try in the 34 th minute, but Mark O’Neill’s conversion came back off a post.
However, he made amends with a penalty on the stroke of half-time for 13-8.

Constitution made a fast start to the second period with two tries in the opening minutes. First Alec
McHenry slid in for a try in the 42 nd min ute, converted by Quinlan for 20-8. And skipper Conor
Kindregan scored from a mid-field intercept on 49 minutes, converted by Quinlan, for 27-8.
Mark O’Neill scored at the posts in the 53 rd minute, after his pack mauled to the line, and he
converted for 27-15. Terenure scored again in the 59 th minute, as Matt Byrne squeezed in for an
unconverted try to make it 27-20. And three minutes later they tied up the scores with wing Jake
Swaine, who had been yellow-carded in the first half, scoring a try converted by O’Neill.

At 27 points each, with eight minutes remaining on the clock. Tomas Quinlan kicked a penalty from
40 metres in the 64 th minute to put the home ahead again, and they held out to take the points
despite a late drop goal attempt by out-half O’Neill.

Nest Saturday, in the final series of matches, Constitution travel to Clontarf. needing a point to
guarantee second place, with a home semi-final, most likely against Terenure College again; while
top-side Lansdowne have a home banker against lowly Buccaneers.

Cork Con Team:

L.O’Connell; J.J.O’Neill, A.McHenry, N.Kenneally, G.Higgins; T.Quinlan, G.Hurley;
B.Quinlan, V.O’Brien, G.Sweeney; B.Hayes,C.Kindregan Capt.; J.McSwiney, R.O’Neill, L.Cahill.
Replacements: D.McCormack D.Murphy E.Mintern J.Higgins J.White

Cork Con Scorers:

V.O’Brien 1T; A.McHenry 1T; C.Kindregan 1T; T.Quinlan 3P3C.

Terenure Team:

M.Byrne; J.Swaine, M.Hoey, R.Carroll, S.Coughlan ; M.O’Neill, T.Schmidt;
J.Schalke, A.Clarke, O.Heffernan; M.Melia (c), A.Thompson; C.Deans, R.Duke, E.Joyce.
Replacements: R.Smith (2), C.Madden (1), P.Thornton, K.Konrad (11); I.O’Donoghue (13).

Terenure Scorers:

R.Duke 1T; M.Byrne 1T; J.Swaine 1T; M.O’Neill 1T1P2C

Current season Cork Con FC 1st XV fixtures & results

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V UL-Bohemians 21/09/2013

Competition:Munster Senior Cup 1st Rd.
1stXV V UL-Bohemians
Score:35-15 (Con score given first)
Referee:S.Kearins MAR

Cork Constitution defeated UL-Bohemian in a reprise of last season’s Munster Senior Cup final, this time played at Annacotty. The result was repeated with Constitution winning more comfortably than last season. Con held a twenty point advantage at the break and protected that lead to the end. Once again Darragh Lyons was their scorer in chief with 20 points from a try, three conversions and three penalties.

It was a fine competitive game played in good conditions, in which the strong display of the Constitution pack set the pattern from the start. Darragh Lyons kicked a 3rd minute penalty, and added the extras to a fine individual try by former UL-Bohs centre Niall Kenneally. Shane Airey kicked a penalty for UL in the 18th minute, but Lyons punished UL three minutes later, after their No.8 was sin-binned, with a penalty.

Willie Ryan had a try disallowed in the 25th minute, after the intervention of a touch judge, but Cyprian Jouve scored a try in the 30th minute after a fine break by Jonathan Holland. Lyons kicked the conversion, and added a penalty before the break for 23-3.

Eoin Sweeney scored a try for UL on the resumption to give UL some hope, but when Darragh Lyons finished off a fine three-quarter movement in the 53rd minute, it gave Con an 18 point lead. Graeme Lawlor scored in the 62nd minute and Lyons added the conversion for 35-10. Rory White scored a consolation try for UL in the 76th minute.

Constitution will meet Midleton, who defeated Sundays Well 16-13, in the 2nd Round on October 19th next.

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons; C.Quinn, N.Kenneally, C.Jouve, C.Desmond; J.Holland, G.Hurley Capt.; B.Cagney, A.O’Driscoll, G.Sweeney; S.O’Connor, J.McSwiney; G.Lawlor, Jas.Ryan, W.Ryan.


C.O’Donnell (2), C.Corkery (1), J.Rochfort (3), F.McSwiney (6), C.O’Flaherty (5), L.Cahill (8), L.Duffy (12).

UL-Bohemians Team:

P.Bulger; A.Enrright, M.Lawlor, F.Ryan, R.White; S.Airey, F.Ryan; V.Burke, J.Sutton, G.Walsh; C.Trimble, E.Kelly; F.Cross, E.Sweeney, I.Candell.


D.Coady (2), D.Carroll (3), R.Burke (5), F.Flanagan (8), D.Farrell (9), M.Healy (12)

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Sundays Well 29/08/2013

Competition:Cork Charity Cup Rd.1
1stXV V Sundays Well
Score:50 - 0 (Con score given first)
Venue:Musgrave Park

Cork Constitution had a comfortable passage to the semi final of the Cork Charity Cup as they outclassed a gallant Sunday Well side at Musgrave Park on Thursday evening. As an opening game of the season it was played at a high tempo and Constitution made sure of victory with a 45 point blitz in the first half. Thereafter it was a case of giving the squad players a run and consequently the second period was a more even contest.

James Ryan gave Con an early lead when he finished a quick penalty move in the 3rd minute. New full back Garret O’Suilleabhain added a second try in the 8th minute. Out half Dara Lyons scored the third try in the 10th minute with a break from half way. He added his third conversion for a 21-0 lead.

The blitz continued with hooker Andrew Cudmore scoring in the 25th minute and Lyons again added the points. Conor Desmond availed of a defensive lapse in the 33rd minute for the fifth try. Graeme Lawlor finished off a James Ryan break in the 37th minute to which Lyons again added the extras. And centre Pat Parfrey finished off the half with a try after good hands by No.8 Luke Cahill.

The second period was quiet in contrast as Sundays Well were more committed defensively and controlled their possession. They were unfortunate not to score an a couple of occasions, but Constitution had the last score when replacement No.8 Willie Ryan scored in the 65th minute.

Constitution will play Highfield at Temple Hill in the semi final next week.

Cork Con Team:

G.O’Suilleabhain; C.Quinn, C.Jouve, P.Parfrey, C.Desmond; D.Lyons, G.Heuston; B.Cagney, A.Cudmore, G.Sweeney; A.Ross, F.McSwiney; G.Lawlor, J.Ryan, L.Cahill.


R.Daly, G.Duffy, J.Rochford, B.Moore, W.Ryan, R.Jermyn, E.O’Donnell. (All played)

Sundays Well Team:

S.O’Sullivan; M.Quinlivan, D.O’Connell, R.O’Mahony, A.Ansboro; J.M.O’Sullivan, P.Arigo; J.Barry, J.Moynihan, L.Buckley; S.Desmond, E.Murphy; J.Mulcahy, M.J.Doyle, P.Girandet.


W.McCarthy, N.Horgan, F.Moynihan, A.O’Brien, D.Loftus, S.Riordan, P.McGee.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Young Munster 16/03/2013

Competition:Ulster Bank League – Division 1A
1stXV V Young Munster
Score:10 - 9 (Con score given first)
Venue:Clifford Park
Referee:M.Black (T.O’Donoghue)

Cork Constitution repeated their first round one point win over Young Munster at Clifford Park on Saturday to record a rare All Ireland League double over their old Munster rivals.

Young Munster had the better of the first half exchanges and led 6-5 at the break. Their pack was powered by the return of International Paul O’Connell who played the 80 minutes. Two penalties by full back Derry O’Connor had given them a six point lead after 28 minutes.

Con hit back on 32 minutes with a fine team try. Brian Hayes broke from his 22 metre line and fed Darragh Lyons at half way. A grubber kick by the full back led to a maul on the Munster’s 22 metre line. Gerry Hurley passed out to Andrew O’Driscoll without delay and the hooker dabbed a clever ball to the line that Cronan Healy latched onto for his third since his return from Australia.

Both kickers missed a couple of penalty chances before referee Michael Black was replaced by touch judge Tom O’Donoghue due to injury. Meanwhile the game continued to be highly competitive with both sides losing players to the sin bin.

With the clock running down Young Munster took the lead from a third penalty by O’Connor for a scrum infringement in the 78th minute. But the clock favoured Con, as the game ran to seven minutes overtime, and in the final minute, as Con attacked the line relentlessly, centre Alex Ryan squeezed over for the winning score in what was the final play.

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons; C.Healy, S.Deasy, A.Ryan, N.O’Driscoll; J.Holland, G.Hurley Capt.; C.Corkery, A.O’Driscoll, John Ryan; I.Nagle, P.Donnellan; B.Hayes, C.O’Flaherty, James Ryan.


J.Rochford (1), A.Cudmore (2), G.Lawlor (4), C.Desmond, R.Clune (14).

Young Munster Team:

D.O’Connor; S.McCauley, M.Doyle, L.Kunthz, D.O’Neill; M.Prendergast, B.Haugh; H.McGrath, G.Slattery, A.Cotter; S.Duggan, M.Madden; N.Melbourne, M.Rowley, G.Bourke.


L.Russell, D.Cantillon, C.Liston, D.Bannon, M.Prendergast.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Shannon 30/10/2010

Competition:All Ireland League Div.1A
1stXV V Shannon
Score:26-20 (Con score given first)

Cork Constitution recorded their fourth win in succession over Shannon at Coonagh to maintain their position at the head of the All Ireland League. A quick start saw Constitution lead 13-0 after 15 minutes, but Shannon, who had received a threshing from St Mary’s College in their previous game, fought back and were well worthy of the losing bonus point at the finish.

Due to Munster call-ups, Constitution had some changes: Cyprien Jouve at centre, David O’Mahony at second row for his first game and Tim Dukelow at flanker. All three fitted in well, and Jouve scored a spectacular try before coming off injured in the second half.

Richard Lane struck a penalty for Constitution in the first attack and he intercepted a mid-field pass to score at the posts after 8 minutes. His conversion, and a further penalty after 15 minutes, took Con to 13-0. Despite the deficit Shannon had not done much wrong and were fighting for every ball and putting their phases together. However, their only score came from the boot of Tadhg Bennett when he kicked a 35th minute penalty to leave Constitution leading 13-3 at the break.

Richard Lane extended Con’s lead with a penalty after two minutes of the second half when Shannon centre was yellow-carded for a high tackle on Jouve. Shannon snatched an opportunist try in the 45th minute when Sean Armstrong was put in on the blind side of a ruck near the line, and Bennett kicked a fine conversion from the touchline.

Following a strong drive by Stephen Archer, who took the ball over half-way, Cyprien Jouve found a gap and sprinted clear to score at the posts in the 48th minute. Lane converted for 23-10. Mossie Lawler was put in space on the right wing to score a try in the 56th minute to close the deficit to eight points. But, when Lane kicked his fourth penalty in the 76th minute, it looked that Shannon would get nothing from the game. However, showing their club’s great spirit, veteran flanker Colm McMahon scored a try at the death to earn a losing bonus point, which was the least his side deserved on the day.

Cork Con Team:

S.Scanlon; R.Lane, S.Zebo, C.Jouve, C.Healy; D.Lyons, A.Ryan; D.Hurley, R.Quinn, S.Archer; B.Hayes, D.O’Mahony; J.McSwiney, T.Dukelow, F.Cogan Capt..


M.O’Leary (2), M.Gateley (1), R.Gee (5), C.Desmond, T.Kenneally (12).

Shannon Team:

D.O’Donovan; R.Mullane, M.Lawler, J.Clogan, S.Armstrong; T.Bennett, R.Guerin; K.O’Neill, D.Casey, K.Griffin; S.Duggan, F.Walsh; L.Mullane, P.Butler, D.Quinlan.


J.Cronin, G.McNamara, C.McMahon, P.Rowley, M.Kinsella.

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