Cork Constitution FC

Cork Con FC 1stXV

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Competition: All Ireland League Div.1
1stXV V Buccaneers RFC
Score: 24 - 19 (Con score given first)
Venue: Dubarry Park, Athlone
Date: 11/11/2017
Referee: Stuart Gaffikin IRFU
Report:

Cork Constitution maintained their Top Four challenge with a narrow victory over Buccaneers at Dubarry Park on Saturday. They led 17-12 at the half-time break, and the sides shared the second half spoils.

 

A try by J.J.O’Neill opened Constitution’s account, converted by Aidan Moynihan, who filled in for the unavailable regular out-half, Tomas Quinlan. They doubled their tally to 0-14 with a try by Graeme Lawler, again converted by Moynihan. But the home side fought back with two tries before the break; wing Rory O’Connor scored the first, and a penalty try, converted by Carty. However, a penalty by Moynihan left Constitution 12-17 ahead at half-time.

 

Ned Hodson extended Constitution’s lead with a try, converted by Moynihan, before Buccs scored a late try by Rory O’Connor, converted by Carty, to claim a losing bonus point.

 

Constitution are third on 21 points, one point ahead of Garryowen. Next week, Constitution are at home to St Mary’s College, who lost to Dublin University, and are second from bottom on nine points.

Cork Con Team:

L.O’Connell; J.J.O’Neill, A.McHenry, N.Kenneally, N.Hodson; A.Moynihan, J.Higgins; B.Quinlan, M.Abbott,  D.Murphy; B.Hayes, C.Kindregan Capt.; G.Lawler, R.O’Neill, E.Mintern. Replacements: J.McHenry, G.Duffy, J.McSweeney, G.Hurley,  M.Clune.

Cork Con Scorers:

J.J.O’Neill 1T; G.Lawler 1T; N.Hodson 1T; A.Moynihan 3C1P.

Buccaneers RFC Team:

A.Gaughan; C.Boland, S.Laydon, A.Hayman, R.O’Connor; L.Carty, F.Hopkins; M.Staunton, J.Sutton, C.O’Donnell; P.Claffey, R.Byrne; R.Farrell, E.Galvin, S.Meagher.

Replacements: J.Mitchell, E.Maher, D.Corbett, J.Sutton, N.Farrelly.

Buccaneers RFC Scorers:

R.O’Connor 2T; L.Carty 1PT2C

Competition: All Ireland League Div.1
1stXV V Dublin University
Score: 28 - 3 (Con score given first)
Venue: College Park
Date: 04/11/2017
Referee: J.Erskine IRFU
Report:

Cork Constitution took control of this All Ireland League tie at College Park with a strong first half performance to lead 21-3 at the interval. And, they went on to secure a bonus point victory, with a fourth try in the second period.

 

Ross O’Neill, Conor Kindregan and Alex McHenry scored first half tries, all converted by Tomas Quinlan to put Constitution in command at 21-3. And replacement flanker, Lar Coughlan scored the bonus point try in the second period.

 

Leaders Lansdowne, on 27 points, continue to set the pace with a bonus point home victory over Garryowen; Terenure are second, on 24 points, after a home victory over Buccaneers. Clontarf are third on 20 points with victory over UCD at Belfield; Constitution move up to fourth on 17 points, courtesy of today’s bonus point victory. Young Munster go fifth on 15 points, after a big home win over St Mary’s; Garryowen are next on 16 points each. Next Saturday Constitution are at home to Buccaneers who are bottom on just one point.

Cork Con Team:

L.O’Connell; J.J.O’Neill, A.McHenry, N.Hodson, R.Jermyn; T.Quinlan, J.Higgins; G.Duffy, M.Abbott,  G.Sweeney; B.Hayes, C.Kindregan Capt.; J.McSwiney, R.O’Neill, E.Mintern. Replacements: J.McHenry,  B.Quinlan (1), L.Coughlan (6), G.Bradley (9), A.Moynihan (10).

Cork Con Scorers:

R.O’Neill 1T; C.Kindregan 1T; A.McHenry 1T; L.Coughlan 1T; T.Quinlan 4C.

Dublin University Team:

M.Sylvester; H.Connors, M.Courtney (Capt.), S.Fromim, B.O’Hara; T.Whittle, A.Lloyd; J.Bollard, P.Finlay, J.Byrne; J.Burke, J.Dunne; S.Pim, R.Dunne, D.St Leger. Replacements: D.Sheehan, D.Higgins, N.O’Riordan, R.Osbourne, J.Fennelly.

Dublin University Scorers:

T.Whittle 1P.

Competition: All Ireland League Div.1
1stXV V Young Munster RFC
Score: 19 - 20 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 29/10/2017
Referee: N.Correll IRFU
Report:

Cork Constitution succumbed to a last minute penalty against Young Munster at Templehill on Saturday. They had led 16-12 at the interval, and 19-17 with time virtually up, but late pressure on the home line yielded a penalty chance that was accurately kicked by Shane Airey to claim the four points. Constitution went six points clear from penalties kicked by Tomas Quinlan in the opening 10 minutes. And when J.J.O’Neill scored at the posts in the 26th minute, it looked like a comfortable day for the home side. Quinlan added the extras for 13-0.

But Young Munster struck with two tries by Kilkenny and O’Connor in quick succession after 33 minutes. Stuart Airey converted the first for 13-12. Tomas Quinlan had the last say, with a penalty for the home side, just before the break for 16-12.

Constitution continued to make the pace with Quinlan adding his third penalty in the 53rd minute. However, in the final quarter, Young Munster showed their mettle. An unconverted try in the left corner by Daniel Hurley in the 71st minute gave them the incentive to go for the victory. And a penalty by Airey in the fourth minute of extra time proved the winner. Lansdowne lead the table on 22 points after five games; Terenure 19, Garryowen 16, Clontatf 15; make up the top four; Constitution slip to 7th on 11 points. Constitution are on the road for the next two weeks, away to Dublin University and Buccaneers.

Cork Con Team:

L.O’Connell; J.J.O’Neill, N.Hodson; G.Higgins, L.Duffy; T.Quinlan, J.Higgins; G.Duffy, M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; B.Hayes, C.Kindregan Capt.; E.Mintern, G.Lawler, L.Cahill. Replacements: K.O’Byrne; D.Murphy; S.Duffy; A.Moynihan; M.Clune.

Cork Con Scorers:

J.J.O’Neill 1T; T.Quinlan 1C4P.

Young Munster RFC Team:

Young Munster: C.Hayes; D.Hurley, B.Swindlehurst, J.O’Connor, T.McHale; S.Airey, R.Guerin; P.Meyer, M.O’Meara, C.Skehan; F.Wycherley, R.Copeland; G.Combes, D.Dee, B.Kilkenny. Replacements: D.Walsh, G.Ryan, C.Bartley, M.Madden, C.Nash.

Young Munster RFC Scorers:

B.Kilkenny 1T; J.O’Connor 1T; D.Hurley 1T; S.Airey 1P1C

Competition: Munster Senior Cup 2nd Round
1stXV V UCC
Score: 44 - 10 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 22/10/2017
Referee: R.Horgan (MAR)
Report:

Cork Constitution coasted to an easy 2nd Round Munster Senior Cup victory over University College at the Mardyke on Saturday afternoon. They led 24-10 at the break, and added four tries in the second period for a comprehensive victory.

 

They will meet Garryowen at Dooradoyle in the semi-final on 16th Dec. Garryowen defeated Young Munster 19-16 to reach the semi-final also.

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At the Mardyke, Constitution got off to a fine star when scrum half Jason Higgins scored a 10th minute try in the left corner, which Tomas Quinlan converted. The power of the Constitution pack was formidable and yielded the second try in the 22nd minute for skipper Conor Kindregan. Quinlan converted for 0-14.

 

However, College, as ever fought back; first with a penalty by James French, and a try by Charlie Slowey in the 28th minute. French added the conversion for 10-14.

 

Quinlan kicked a penalty for Constitution on the half hour; and Ned Hodson scored from a fine break from half-way, initiated by Liam O’Connell, just before the break. Quinlan’s conversion made it 24-10 at the interval.

 

Constitution continued to dominate; Quinlan kicked a simple penalty from in front of the post in the 45th minute; and Brendan Quinlan scored from a line-out drive in the 51st minute for 32-10.

 

Further tries followed from the newly-returned Joe McSwiney on the hour, and a second by Conor Kindregan in the 65th minute.

Cork Con Team:

D.Moynihan; L.O’Connell, N.Hodson, G.Higgins, R.Jermyn; T.Quinlan, J.Higgins; G.Duffy, M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; C.Kindregan, B.Hayes; J.McSwiney, R.O’Neill, L.Cahill.

Replacements: J.McHenry (2), B.Quinlan (1), D.Murphy (3), E.Mintern (8), L.Coughlan (5), B.Monahan (10), J.J.O’Neill (12).

Cork Con Scorers:

G.Higgins 1T; C.Kindregan 2T; N.Hodson 1T; B.Quinlan 1T; J.McSwiney 1T; T.Quinlan 4C2P

UCC Team:

R.Walsh; S.McAuliffe, K.Slater (c), D.Horgan, M.Linn; A.Molloy, R.Cassidy; J.French, T.McHenry, S.O’Hanlon; C.Barry, B.Mitchell; D.Feeney, L.McSherry, B.O’Mahony.

Replacements: R.O’Donovan (1); C.Slowey (1); B.O’Connor (3); D.Moloney (9); B.Murphy (12); J.Taylor (10); C.Bohane (8).

UCC Scorers:

C.Slowey 1T; A.Molloy 1C1P.

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Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Buccaneers RFC 11/11/2017

Competition:All Ireland League Div.1
1stXV V Buccaneers RFC
Score:24 - 19 (Con score given first)
Venue:Dubarry Park, Athlone
Date:11/11/2017
Referee:Stuart Gaffikin IRFU
Report:

Cork Constitution maintained their Top Four challenge with a narrow victory over Buccaneers at Dubarry Park on Saturday. They led 17-12 at the half-time break, and the sides shared the second half spoils.

 

A try by J.J.O’Neill opened Constitution’s account, converted by Aidan Moynihan, who filled in for the unavailable regular out-half, Tomas Quinlan. They doubled their tally to 0-14 with a try by Graeme Lawler, again converted by Moynihan. But the home side fought back with two tries before the break; wing Rory O’Connor scored the first, and a penalty try, converted by Carty. However, a penalty by Moynihan left Constitution 12-17 ahead at half-time.

 

Ned Hodson extended Constitution’s lead with a try, converted by Moynihan, before Buccs scored a late try by Rory O’Connor, converted by Carty, to claim a losing bonus point.

 

Constitution are third on 21 points, one point ahead of Garryowen. Next week, Constitution are at home to St Mary’s College, who lost to Dublin University, and are second from bottom on nine points.

Cork Con Team:

L.O’Connell; J.J.O’Neill, A.McHenry, N.Kenneally, N.Hodson; A.Moynihan, J.Higgins; B.Quinlan, M.Abbott,  D.Murphy; B.Hayes, C.Kindregan Capt.; G.Lawler, R.O’Neill, E.Mintern. Replacements: J.McHenry, G.Duffy, J.McSweeney, G.Hurley,  M.Clune.

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Buccaneers RFC Team:

A.Gaughan; C.Boland, S.Laydon, A.Hayman, R.O’Connor; L.Carty, F.Hopkins; M.Staunton, J.Sutton, C.O’Donnell; P.Claffey, R.Byrne; R.Farrell, E.Galvin, S.Meagher.

Replacements: J.Mitchell, E.Maher, D.Corbett, J.Sutton, N.Farrelly.

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Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Dublin University 04/11/2017

Competition:All Ireland League Div.1
1stXV V Dublin University
Score:28 - 3 (Con score given first)
Venue:College Park
Date:04/11/2017
Referee:J.Erskine IRFU
Report:

Cork Constitution took control of this All Ireland League tie at College Park with a strong first half performance to lead 21-3 at the interval. And, they went on to secure a bonus point victory, with a fourth try in the second period.

 

Ross O’Neill, Conor Kindregan and Alex McHenry scored first half tries, all converted by Tomas Quinlan to put Constitution in command at 21-3. And replacement flanker, Lar Coughlan scored the bonus point try in the second period.

 

Leaders Lansdowne, on 27 points, continue to set the pace with a bonus point home victory over Garryowen; Terenure are second, on 24 points, after a home victory over Buccaneers. Clontarf are third on 20 points with victory over UCD at Belfield; Constitution move up to fourth on 17 points, courtesy of today’s bonus point victory. Young Munster go fifth on 15 points, after a big home win over St Mary’s; Garryowen are next on 16 points each. Next Saturday Constitution are at home to Buccaneers who are bottom on just one point.

Cork Con Team:

L.O’Connell; J.J.O’Neill, A.McHenry, N.Hodson, R.Jermyn; T.Quinlan, J.Higgins; G.Duffy, M.Abbott,  G.Sweeney; B.Hayes, C.Kindregan Capt.; J.McSwiney, R.O’Neill, E.Mintern. Replacements: J.McHenry,  B.Quinlan (1), L.Coughlan (6), G.Bradley (9), A.Moynihan (10).

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Dublin University Team:

M.Sylvester; H.Connors, M.Courtney (Capt.), S.Fromim, B.O’Hara; T.Whittle, A.Lloyd; J.Bollard, P.Finlay, J.Byrne; J.Burke, J.Dunne; S.Pim, R.Dunne, D.St Leger. Replacements: D.Sheehan, D.Higgins, N.O’Riordan, R.Osbourne, J.Fennelly.

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Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Young Munster RFC 29/10/2017

Competition:All Ireland League Div.1
1stXV V Young Munster RFC
Score:19 - 20 (Con score given first)
Venue:Templehill
Date:29/10/2017
Referee:N.Correll IRFU
Report:

Cork Constitution succumbed to a last minute penalty against Young Munster at Templehill on Saturday. They had led 16-12 at the interval, and 19-17 with time virtually up, but late pressure on the home line yielded a penalty chance that was accurately kicked by Shane Airey to claim the four points. Constitution went six points clear from penalties kicked by Tomas Quinlan in the opening 10 minutes. And when J.J.O’Neill scored at the posts in the 26th minute, it looked like a comfortable day for the home side. Quinlan added the extras for 13-0.

But Young Munster struck with two tries by Kilkenny and O’Connor in quick succession after 33 minutes. Stuart Airey converted the first for 13-12. Tomas Quinlan had the last say, with a penalty for the home side, just before the break for 16-12.

Constitution continued to make the pace with Quinlan adding his third penalty in the 53rd minute. However, in the final quarter, Young Munster showed their mettle. An unconverted try in the left corner by Daniel Hurley in the 71st minute gave them the incentive to go for the victory. And a penalty by Airey in the fourth minute of extra time proved the winner. Lansdowne lead the table on 22 points after five games; Terenure 19, Garryowen 16, Clontatf 15; make up the top four; Constitution slip to 7th on 11 points. Constitution are on the road for the next two weeks, away to Dublin University and Buccaneers.

Cork Con Team:

L.O’Connell; J.J.O’Neill, N.Hodson; G.Higgins, L.Duffy; T.Quinlan, J.Higgins; G.Duffy, M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; B.Hayes, C.Kindregan Capt.; E.Mintern, G.Lawler, L.Cahill. Replacements: K.O’Byrne; D.Murphy; S.Duffy; A.Moynihan; M.Clune.

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Young Munster RFC Team:

Young Munster: C.Hayes; D.Hurley, B.Swindlehurst, J.O’Connor, T.McHale; S.Airey, R.Guerin; P.Meyer, M.O’Meara, C.Skehan; F.Wycherley, R.Copeland; G.Combes, D.Dee, B.Kilkenny. Replacements: D.Walsh, G.Ryan, C.Bartley, M.Madden, C.Nash.

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Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V UCC 22/10/2017

Competition:Munster Senior Cup 2nd Round
1stXV V UCC
Score:44 - 10 (Con score given first)
Venue:Templehill
Date:22/10/2017
Referee:R.Horgan (MAR)
Report:

Cork Constitution coasted to an easy 2nd Round Munster Senior Cup victory over University College at the Mardyke on Saturday afternoon. They led 24-10 at the break, and added four tries in the second period for a comprehensive victory.

 

They will meet Garryowen at Dooradoyle in the semi-final on 16th Dec. Garryowen defeated Young Munster 19-16 to reach the semi-final also.

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At the Mardyke, Constitution got off to a fine star when scrum half Jason Higgins scored a 10th minute try in the left corner, which Tomas Quinlan converted. The power of the Constitution pack was formidable and yielded the second try in the 22nd minute for skipper Conor Kindregan. Quinlan converted for 0-14.

 

However, College, as ever fought back; first with a penalty by James French, and a try by Charlie Slowey in the 28th minute. French added the conversion for 10-14.

 

Quinlan kicked a penalty for Constitution on the half hour; and Ned Hodson scored from a fine break from half-way, initiated by Liam O’Connell, just before the break. Quinlan’s conversion made it 24-10 at the interval.

 

Constitution continued to dominate; Quinlan kicked a simple penalty from in front of the post in the 45th minute; and Brendan Quinlan scored from a line-out drive in the 51st minute for 32-10.

 

Further tries followed from the newly-returned Joe McSwiney on the hour, and a second by Conor Kindregan in the 65th minute.

Cork Con Team:

D.Moynihan; L.O’Connell, N.Hodson, G.Higgins, R.Jermyn; T.Quinlan, J.Higgins; G.Duffy, M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; C.Kindregan, B.Hayes; J.McSwiney, R.O’Neill, L.Cahill.

Replacements: J.McHenry (2), B.Quinlan (1), D.Murphy (3), E.Mintern (8), L.Coughlan (5), B.Monahan (10), J.J.O’Neill (12).

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UCC Team:

R.Walsh; S.McAuliffe, K.Slater (c), D.Horgan, M.Linn; A.Molloy, R.Cassidy; J.French, T.McHenry, S.O’Hanlon; C.Barry, B.Mitchell; D.Feeney, L.McSherry, B.O’Mahony.

Replacements: R.O’Donovan (1); C.Slowey (1); B.O’Connor (3); D.Moloney (9); B.Murphy (12); J.Taylor (10); C.Bohane (8).

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Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V UCD 30/09/2017

Competition:All Ireland League Div.1
1stXV V UCD
Score:18 - 5 (Con score given first)
Venue:Templehill
Date:30/09/2017
Referee: Stuart Gaffikin IRFU
Report:

Cork Constitution defeated the early-season joint- League leaders UCD, who had a bonus point victory over Dublin University last week

 

Tomas Quinlan was again Constitution’s ace marksman, with five successful goal kicks, to give the home team a 15-0 interval lead. And despite a late score by the students, Constitution held out for a significant victory.

 

Quinlan opened Constitution’s account with a 12th minute penalty, awarded for a scrum infringement, after Frawley had missed a similar opportunity for UCD. A second successful penalty by the out half had Constitution at 6-0 after 19 minutes. Two further penalties, on 25 and 31 minutes, pushed the score on to 12-0. A yellow-card  offence by UCD flanker Alex Penny  in the 38th minute, gave Quinlan a fifth penalty chance, that he duly converted for 15-0 at the interval.

 

Quinlan kicked his sixth penalty from in front of the posts in the 47th minute. A last minute unconverted try by Ciaran Frawley for the students, following a series of mauls near the line, took the bare look from the scoreboard, but still left Constitution as comfortable winners.

 

Terenure College, who defeated St Mary’s, lead the table on 15 points; Lansdowne who crushed Dublin University are second on 13, with Constitution and Garryowen on 11 points each.  

 

Next week Constitution are away to Lansdowne.

Cork Con Team:

L.O’Connell; J.J.O’Neill, N.Hodson; G.Higgins, L.Duffy; T.Quinlan, J.Higgins; G.Duffy, M.Abbott,  G.Sweeney; B.Hayes, C.Kindregan Capt.; E.Mintern, G.Lawler, L.Cahill. Replacements: K.O’Byrne (2); D.Murphy (3); S.Duffy (6); A.Moynihan (11);  M.Clune(10).

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UCD Team:

T.Fletcher; S.Kilgallon, S.Murphy, J.Glynn Capt., T.O’Brien; C.Frawley, N.Peters; R.Mulvihil, M.Moynihan, J.Loughman; B.Cawley, E.McMahon; K.McKenna, A.Penny, R.Foley. Replacements: M.O’Donovan, L.Hyland (3), J.Guy (5), M.Gilsenan, C.Mulcahy.

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Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Terenure RFC 23/09/2017

Competition:All Ireland League Div.1
1stXV V Terenure RFC
Score:35 - 39 (Con score given first)
Venue:Lakelands, Dublin
Date:23/09/2017
Referee: L.Colgan IRFU
Report:

Cork Constitution worked hard against a very slick Terenure College side to salvage two bonus points – one for four tries, and a second for keeping the margin to four points. However, they will be disappointed to concede 39 points – the highest for some considerable time.

 

On a nice autumn afternoon, and on a perfect Lakelands pitch, we were treated to a rip-roaring match from the two top sides in the AIL League. Constitution conceded a 13th minute try to No.8 Lawlor, converted by O’Neill, but hit back in the 20th minute to level the score with a try by hooker Kevin O’Byrne, converted by Tomas Quinlan.  A 19th minute try by captain Conor Kindregan, converted by Quinlan,  put Con ahead at 7-14; however, the home side reduced the arrears to 10-14 with a penalty by O’Neill  just before the break.

 

Terenure wing Mark Hiney, squeezed in at the corner flag for a try following a 5m line-out, and O’Neill slotted an excellent conversion for 17-14 after 46th minutes. Terenure then threatened to run away with the spoils with two quick tries on the hour mark, from Jake Swain and Cathal Deans, both converted by O’Neill , and Swain added their fifth try in the 65th minute for 14-36.

 

However, Constitution fought to the end and salvaged the losing bonus point with three tries in the final ten, from Brian Hayes, Greg Higgins and Luke Cahill. Gerry Hurley kicked a penalty and the final conversion, but their late heroic effort fell just short with the home winning by four points.

 

After two rounds, Terenure and UCD are on 10 points; Lansdowne are third on 8 points, with Constitution fourth on 7 points. Next week Constitution entertain the other joint-leaders UCD at Templehill; while Terenure go to neighbours St Marys, and Lansdowne visit Dublin University.

Cork Con Team:

L.O’Connor; J.J.O’Neill, Hodson; G.Higgins, G.Duffy; T.Quinlan, J.Higgins; B.Quinlan, K.O’Byrne, G.Sweeney; B.Hayes,C.Kindregan Capt.; E.Mintern, R.O’Neill, L.Cahill. Replacements: M.Abbott (2); G.Duffy (1); S.Duffy (8); G.Hurley (9); A.Moynihan (13).

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Terenure RFC Team:

J.Swain; M.Hiney, S.O’Neill, T.O’Donoghue, S.Coughlan-  ; M.O’Neill, T.Schmidt; F.Schal Joost, R.Smith, O’Heffernan; A.Thompson, M.Melia; C.Deans, M.Lawlor, E.Joyce. Replacements: A.Clarkin (2); G.Madden (1); K.McCoy ( ); J.Thompson ( ); W.Devane (12).

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Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Clontarf RFC 16/09/2017

Competition:All Ireland League Div.1
1stXV V Clontarf RFC
Score:30 - 18 (Con score given first)
Venue:Templehill
Date:16/09/2017
Referee:G.Conway (IRFU)
Report:

Cork Constitution got their All Ireland League campaign off to a winning start against last season’s finalists Clontarf, at Temple Hill on Saturday. Constitution led 22-10 at the break, and went on to score a bonus-point victory with a fourth second half try.

 

Constitution opened brightly and scored the opening points in the 4th minute with a try by Shane Daly, who finished off a break by hooker Kevin O’Byrne. Tomas Quinlan converted for 7-0. However, Clontarf reduced the arrears with a penalty by Conor Jennings in the 8th minute. Clontarf took the lead in the 17th minute when Matt Darcy finished at the posts, following line-out possession, Jennings added the conversion for 7-10. But Quinlan levelled matters again with a 20th minute penalty.

 

Rob Jermyn gave Constitution the lead with an unconverted try in the 32nd minute in the left corner. Brendan Quinlan scored, following a maul to the line, in the 41st minute. Tomas Quinlan’s conversion left Constitution with a 22-10 lead at half time.

 

Tomas Quinlan extended that lead to 25-10 with a penalty in the 43rd minute, before Conor Jennings struck a penalty for the visitors following a high tackle. Tomas Quinlan scored Constitution’s fourth bonus point try in the 70th minute after a break from Constitution full-back Shane Daly for 30-13.

 

However, Constitution had to withstand some pressure in the final quarter, as Ross O’Neill and Graeme Lawler were both sin-binned, and Clontarf scored an unconverted by Val Abdaladze in the 78th minute.

 

Cork Con Team:

S.Daly; L.O’Connell, A.McHenry, N.Kenneally Capt., L.O’Connell; T.Quinlan, J.Higgins; B.Quinlan, K.O’Byrne, G.Sweeney; B.Hayes,C.Kindregan; G.Lawler, R.O’Neill, E.Mintern. Replacements: M.Abbott  G.Duffy  S.O’Leary  G.Higgins  A.Moynihan.

 

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Clontarf RFC Team:

J.Power; R.McGrath, C.Jennings, M.Darcy, S.O’Brien; M.Sutton, S.Cronin; I.Soroka, D.Donnellan, V.Abdaladze; N.Reilly, B.Reilly; A.Ryan, A.Darcy, M.Noone. Replacements: J.Roe  V.Gavin  R.Burke-Flynn  A.Feeney, G.O’Brien.

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Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Shannon RFC 09/09/2017

Competition:Munster Senior Cup 1st Round
1stXV V Shannon RFC
Score:20 - 12 (Con score given first)
Venue:Coonagh
Date:09/09/2017
Referee:S.Kierans (MAR)
Report:

Cork Constitution defeated Shannon in the 1st Round of the re-drawn Munster Senior Cup at Coonagh on Saturday. The original fixtures were re-drawn due to the withdrawal of Thomond from the first schedule.

 

Constitution started last season’s PBC out-half, Aidan Moynihan, in the No.10 shirt, for his first senior outing, and he scored their opening points after 25 minutes. However, that was Constitution’s only score of the half, as Shannon had the better of the early exchanges and led 9-3 at the interval, from three penalties by out-half Conor Fitzgerald.

 

And Fitzgerald brought his side to 12-3 in the 56th minute. A yellow card for a high tackle by scrum half Jack Stafford in the 60th minute, dealt a severe blow to Shannon, as Constitution prop Vincent O’Brien scored a try in the next attack, and Moynihan’s conversion brought Con well into the play with 28 minutes remaining.

 

A penalty by Tomas Quinlan from 24 metres in the 72nd minute gave Constitution a one point lead, and a try in the corner by Quinlan in the 80th minute, which he converted, put a gloss on the final score line.

 

Constitution will be away to UCC, who defeated Cashel, in the second round scheduled for 21st October.

Cork Con Team:

S.Daly; L.Duffy, A.McHenry, N.Kenneally Capt., R.Jermyn; A.Moynihan, J.Higgins; B.Quinlan, M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; C.Kindregan, B.Hayes; S.O’Leary, G.Lawler, E.Mintern. Replacements: V.O’Brien (1), G.Roche, J.Davies, L.Coughlan, T.Quinlan (10), G.Bradley, G.Higgins (12).

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Shannon RFC Team:

S.Fitzgerald; N.Randles, P.Ryan, W.Leonard, E.Moloney; C.Fitzgerald, J.Stafford; C.Glynn, A.Moloney, C.Parker; R.Coffey, S.McCarthy; C.Carmody, K.Brown, L.Nichlas. Replacements: T.Chan, T.Cusack, L.Moylan, E.Fitzgerald, F.McGibney, J.O’Donnell, D.Galvin.

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Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V University College Cork 02/09/2017

Competition:Cork Charity Cup Final
1stXV V University College Cork
Score:21 - 14 (Con score given first)
Venue:Templehill
Date:02/09/2017
Referee:C.Harrington MAR
Report:

Cork Constitution retained the Cork Charity Cup for another season after a well-contested final against University College at Templehill on Saturday. College had the better of the first half exchanges to lead 5-11 at the break. However, the home side fought back to level by the mid-point of the second period, and scored the winning points in the final ten minutes.

 

College burst into an early lead when out half James Taylor scored with a solo effort from 30 metres. Right wing Liam O’Connell levelled the scores in the 16th minute with a fine try in the right corner. Neither try was converted to leave the score at five points each.

 

College had the better of the game up to half time, and Taylor was successful with penalties in the 23rd and 39th minutes, to give the visitors the half time advantage.

 

Tomas Quinlan kicked three penalties in the opening 15 minutes of the second period as Constitution began to dominate, but Taylor tied up the scores at 14 points each on the hour mark with his third successful penalty.

 

Brendan Quinlan won the day for Constitution with a try in the final minutes, and Quinlan’s conversion made the game safe for the home side at 21-14.

 

Munster Branch President, Charlie Buckley, presented the Cup to Constitution captain Niall Kenneally after the game; it was Constitution’s fifth successive victory in the competition.

 

Next week is another major task, with the first round of the Munster Senior Cup in which Constitution meet UL-Bohemian in Limerick.

Cork Con Team:

A.Moynihan; L.O’Connell, P.Buckley, N.Kenneally Capt., G.Higgins; T.Quinlan, J.Higgins; B.Quinlan, M.Abbott, G.Duffy; C.Kindregan Capt., B.Hayes; E.Mintern, R.O’Neill, J.O’Callaghan.. Replacements: J.McHenry, B.Quinlan (3); J.David (1); L.Coughlan (6); G.Bradley, G.Roche, L.Duffy (13).

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University College Cork Team:

L.Murray; K.Slater, C.Bohane, D.Horgan, J.Kiernan; J.Taylor, J.Poland; S.O’Hanlon, M.Shinkwin, R.O’Donovan; C.Barry, D.Moloney; G.Smith, L.McSharry, D.Feeney. Replacements: F.Hennessy (6) C.Slowey (7); D.Collins; B.O’Mahony (5); R.Cassidy (15); J.Ryan, A.Dorgan (9).

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Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Highfield 25/08/2017

Competition:Cork Charity Cup semi-final
1stXV V Highfield
Score:18 - 10 (Con score given first)
Venue:Model Farm Road
Date:25/08/2017
Referee:
Report:

In the opening game of the season, Cork Constitution overcame a strong Highfield challenge at Model Farm Road on Friday evening, to reach the Cork Charity Cup Final, in which they will meet UCC next weekend. In a keenly contested encounter, Constitution led 8-0 at the interval from a 10th minute penalty kicked by Tomas Quinlan, and his conversion of a 37th minute try by skipper Connor Kindregan, following a blind-side break by Jason Higgins from a 5-metre scrum. Quinlan missed that conversion, and also a 41st minute penalty which rebounded from a post.

 

Constitution started the second half strongly, and added to their tally immediately when Kindregan again touched down at the posts following an excellent break by scrum half Jason Higgins. Quinlan’s conversion pushed Constitution to 0-18 after 42 minutes. And he added a drop goal on 55 minutes to consolidate his side’s superiority. A try by No.8 Miah Cronin on the hour mark was no less than the home deserved, and a second unconverted try by Paul Stack in the 73rd minute closed the deficit to 10-18, but Constitution held out for the win.

Cork Con Team:

L.O’Connell; B.Galvin, G.Higgins, N.Kenneally Capt., R.Jermyn; T.Quinlan, J.Higgins; B.Quinlan, M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; C.Kindregan, B.Hayes; G.Lawler, R.O’Neill, E.Mintern. Replacements: G.Roche, G.Duffy, D.Murphy, J.O’Callaghan, G.Bradley, A.Moynihan, L.Duffy.

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Highfield Team:

L.Kingston; D.O’Sullivan, P.O’Toole, D.Houlihan, B.Murphy; B.O’Hea, C.Bannon; J.O’Callaghan, D.O’Hea, I.McCarthy; D.O’Connell, F.O’Sullivan; C.Gallagher, J.Duffy, M.Cronin. Replacements: D.Healy, P.Butler, M.O’Donnell-Fitzgerald, C.O’Sullivan, E.Earls, P.Stack.

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