Cork Constitution FC

Cork Con FC 1stXV

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Competition: All Ireland League Division 1A Final
1stXV V Clontarf RFC
Score: 25 - 21 (Con score given first)
Venue: Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road
Date: 07/05/2017
Referee: S.Gallagher IRFU
Report:

Cork Constitution claimed their fifth All Ireland League title in another dramatic last match of domestic season, at a warm and sunny Aviva Stadium on Sunday afternoon. 

 

For Constitution, out-half Tomas Quinlan kicked six penalties, and his conversion of Rob Jermyn’s try made it a twenty point contribution, and a well-deserved Man of the Match award.

 

Constitution used their big-time experience to settle quickly into the game. Quinlan landed two penalties in the opening ten minutes, but on 13 minutes, Clontarf struck with a fine try, when the burly Mick McGrath broke through the centre, and handed a try to Matt Darcy. Joyce converted for 6-7. Tomas Quinlan kicked two penalties before the interval for 12-7 at the break, but McGrath took the half-time honours for Clontarf with a try, converted by Joyce, for 12-14.

 

A fourth penalty on the restart from Quinlan edged Constitution back in front, and they stretched that lead to 25-14 by the mid-point of the second period; two further penalties from Quinlan, and the conversion of a try by Rob Jermyn, from a great break engineered by Cahill and Hayes.

 

From there to the finish, Constitution had to defend resolutely to deny the Leinster champions, and only in the final minutes did Clontarf score with a try by Royce Burke-Flynny, converted by Keogh. 

Cork Con Team:

S.Daly; L.O’Connell, N.Hodson, N.Kenneally (capt), R.Jermyn; T. Quinlan, J.Higgins; L.O'Connor, V.O’Brien, G.Sweeney; C.Kindregan (Capt.), B.Hayes; G.Lawler, J.Murphy, L.Cahill. Replacements: K.O’Byrne, R.Burke, G.Duffy, S.O’Leary, R.O’Neill, J.Poland, JJ O'Neill.

Cork Con Scorers:

Cork Constitution:  R.Jermyn 1T; T.Quinlan 6P1C.

Clontarf RFC Team:

R.Keogh; M.Browne, C.O’Brien, M.D'Arcy, M.McGrath; D.Joyce, S.Cronin; V.Abdalabze, J.Harris-Wright, R.Burke-Flynn; B.Reilly (capt), M.Kearney; T.Ryan, M.Noone, K.Moran.Replacements: B.Byrne, A.Darcy, I.Soroka, R.McGrath, J.Power, E.Browne, M.Sutton.

Clontarf RFC Scorers:

M.D’Arcy 1T; M.McGrath 1T; M.Kearney 1T; D.Joyce 2C; R.Keogh 1C.

Competition: Bateman Cup Final
1stXV V Old Belvedere 13
Score: 18 - 13 (Con score given first)
Venue: Anglesea Road
Date: 29/04/2017
Referee: D.Wilkinson IRFU
Report:

Cork Constitution captured the Bateman Cup for a remarkable fifth season in succession at Anglesea Road on Saturday, but only after a stern test from Leinster Cup champions, Old Belvedere, on their home turf. Conditions were perfect on a mild afternoon, and on a pristine pitch.

 

Tomas Quinlan opened the scoring in the fifth minute, when he converted a penalty from 23 metres, after Constitution captain, Conor Kindregan, was dragged down at a line-out. And left wing Liam O’Connell squeezed in for an unconverted try in the 8th minute, after a strong attack, for 0-10, to give Constitution a dream star. Paul O’Keeffe kicked a 10th minute penalty for the home side, but Quinlan did similarly for Constitution, three minutes later, for 3-13.

 

Old Belvedere continued to take the game to Constitution as the half progressed, and they were rewarded with a try by hooker Ed Rossiter in the 33rd minute. Paul O’Keeffe converted for 13-10, but in the next play Constitution scored again when lock Brian Hayes went over for a try from a super off-load by wing Liam O’Connell, to leave the half time score at 10-18 to Constitution.

 

Constitution missed a chance when Tomas Quinlan was wide with a 46th minute penalty attempt, and in the 60th minute a forward pass spoiled a chance for a try after a fine drive by the pack. But when Staunton kicked an Old Belvedere penalty in the 65th minute, it was all to play for in the final quarter.

 

In the event, there was no further scoring, though Quinlan had a penalty attempt fail in the 72nd minute, as Constitution saw out time for their fifth successive Bateman title since 2013.

 

Cork Constitution’s winning Bateman Cup finals, since the trophy was re-inaugurated:

 

2013 St Mary’s 24-19 Templeville

2014 UCD 19-6 Templehill

2015 Clontarf 24-9 Templehill

2016 Galwegians 38-19 Crowley Park

2017 Old Belvedere 18-13 Anglesea Road

Cork Con Team:

S.Daly; L.O’Connell, N.Hodson, N.Kenneally Capt., J.J.O’Neill; T.Quinlan, J.Poland; G.Duffy, V.O’Brien, G.Sweeney; B.Hayes, C.Kindregan (Capt.); S.O’Leary, J.Murphy, L.Cahill. Replacements: L.O’Connor (1), G.Roche, C.Barry, R.O’Neill (6), J.Higgins (9), R.Jermyn (11), M.Clune.

Cork Con Scorers:

L.O’Connell 1T; B.Hayes 1T; T.Quinlan 1C2P

Old Belvedere 13 Team:

D.Riordan; S.McDonald, J.Kennedy, S.Coughlan, D.Brandon; P.O’Keeffe, B.Butler; A.Howard, E.Rossiter, D.Lavery; J.Kelly, K.Miller; T.de Jonge, P.Pritchard, J.Slattery. Replacements: C.O’Flynn; J.McWilliams-Gray, C.Owende (4); M.Oyuga; M.Ratani (9); K.McCarthy; W.Staunton (10)

Old Belvedere 13 Scorers:

E.Rossiter 1T; P.O’Keeffe 1P1C; W.Staunton 1P.

Competition: AIL Division 1A Semi-final
1stXV V Lansdowne
Score: 19 - 16 (Con score given first)
Venue: Lansdowne Road
Date: 23/04/2017
Referee: Stuart Gaffakin IRFU
Report:

Cork Constitution defeated Lansdowne on the all-weather pitch at Lansdowne Road on Saturday, to record a league treble, having also won the two regular season meetings. On this occasion it was the semi-final of Division 1A, and so Constitution have qualified for the final, in which they will meet Clontarf, who defeated Young Munster 37-22 in the other high-scoring semi-final at Castle Avenue.

 

Lansdowne settled quickly on the all-weather surface, and notched a try after 10 minutes, when they capitalised on a Constitution mistake in mid-field, and quickly moved the ball to left wing Mark O’Keeffe who scored. Scott Deasy added the conversion for 7-0, and a dream start for the home side.

 

In the 18th minute, a strong run to the 22 metre line by flanker James Murphy yielded a penalty to Constitution, converted by Tomas Quinlan, to close the deficit to 7-3. 

 

The forward exchanges were intense as the sides struggled for supremacy, and each side kicked penalties in the next five minutes; Scott Deasy for Lansdowne, and Tomas Quinlan for Constitution to leave it at 10-6 after 23 minutes. And Quinlan closed it to 10-9 with his third penalty on 27 minutes. Lansdowne might have stretched their advantage, but Ned Hodson got back to relieve the danger, just before the half-time break.

 

Constitution went ahead with a try by Liam O’Connell in the 52nd minute, following a neat chip to the corner by full back Shane Daly. And an excellent conversion by Quinlan had Constitution at 10-16. But Deasy tied up the scores again at 16-16 with successful penalties in the 54th and 70th minutes.

 

Tomas Quinlan missed with a drop goal attempt from 25 metres in the 78th minute as Constitution drove hard for the winner, and a scrum penalty yielded the perfect opportunity in the 82nd minute, which Quinlan stroked over. Lansdowne had one more attempt to save the game, but a great line-out take by Luke Cahill in the 5th minute of added time denied the home side, and sealed the victory for Constitution.

 

The final against Clontarf, who defeated Young Munster, is set for Saturday 6th May, again at the Aviva Stadium. However, Constitution must first play Old Belvedere in the Bateman Cup Final, fixed for Anglesea Road, next Saturday 29th April.

Cork Con Team:

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

Cork Con Scorers:

L.O’Connell 1T; T.Quinlan 1C4P.

Lansdowne Team:

E.Mills; D.McEvoy, J.O’Donnell, M.Roche, M.O’Keeffe; S.Deasy, M.D’Arcy; J.Walshe, T.McElroy, I.Prendiville (Capt.); O.Dowling, S.Gardiner; J.McSwiney, C.Butterworth, P.Boyle. Replacements: T.Moran (1), N.Mpiko (2), B.Fitzpatrick, A.Bennie, F.Cleary, F.Horan.

Lansdowne Scorers:

M.O’Keeffe 1T; S.Deasy 1C3P.

Competition: Ireland League - Division 1
1stXV V St Marys RFC
Score: 34 - 27 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 15/04/2017
Referee: S.Gaffikin IRFU
Report:

Cork Constitution emerged victorious over St Mary’s College in the final league match of the season at Templehill on Saturday afternoon, to consolidate their Top Four position, but they could not improve on fourth place, as Lansdowne, Clontarf and Young Munster all achieved victories to deny Constitution.

 

Lansdowne defeated Garryowen 40-17 for first place, on points difference over Clontarf, who defeated UCD 37-28. Young Munster held on to third place by virtue of a 33-12 victory over Old Belvedere at Anglesea Road. Thus Constitution finished fourth on 57 points, one point inferior to the top three.

 

The Top Four pairings for next Saturday 22nd April are: Lansdowne v Cork Constitution Aviva Clontarf v Young Munster Castle Avenue.

 

Meanwhile, St Mary’s College, out of the running for Top Four honours, finished in sixth place. While Old Belvedere, in 10th place, were already doomed to relegation as they were 7 points inferior to Garryowen in 9th place. And Garryowen will face a play-off against Naas, who finished second to Buccaneers in Division 1B.

 

Results:

League Table

Clontarf 37 UCD 28

Lansdowne +148 58pts

Dublin Univ 27 Terenure 25

Clontarf +133 58pts

Lansdowne 40 Garryowen 17

Young Munster +40 58pts

Old Belvedere 12 Young Munster 33

Cork Constitution +91 57pts

 

At Templehill, Constitution took a 2nd minute lead with a try by Brian Hayes in the right corner. Sean Kearns reduced the deficit with a penalty on 11 minutes, and he converted a try by David O’Connor on 15 minutes for 5-10 to Mary’s. A typical burst by skipper Conor Kindregan from 40 metres yielded a try in the 24th minute, and Quinlan converted for 12-10. And a third try after a fine run from half way by Ned Hodson in the 34th minute, brought the half time score to 17-10.

 

A smart break by Tomas Quinlan put Michael Clune in for the fourth try in the 54th minute for 22-10. Centre Paddy Lavelle scored a try in the 63rd minute with a solo run from half way, again unconverted for 22-15. Constitution scored in the 69thminute, with Ned Hodson latching on to Poland’s grubber to the line for his second try. Quinlan converted for 29-15.

 

In a hectic last 10 minutes, Liam O’Connell scored an 84th minute try in the right corner for Constitution. And St Mary’s scored twice in the final minutes; first a penalty try converted by Kearns; and a last minute try by prop Tom O’Reilly closed out the game. The losing bonus point assured St Mary’s of 7th place, one point better than neighbours Terenure College.

Cork Con Team:

L.O’Connell; J.J.O’Neill, S.Daly, N.Hodson, M.Clune; T.Quinlan, J.Poland; G.Duffy, V.O’Brien, G.Sweeney; B.Hayes, C.Kindregan; J.Murphy, R.O’Neill, L.Cahill. Replacements: L.O’Connor (1); R.Burke (3), C.Barry (7), J.Higgins (20), J.White (14).

Cork Con Scorers:

B.Hayes 1T; C.Kindregan 1T; N.Hodson 2T; M.Clune 1T; L.O’Connell 1T; T.Quinlan 2C.

St Marys RFC Team:

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

St Marys RFC Scorers:

D.O’Connor 1T; P.Lavelle 1T; T.O’Reilly 1T; S.Kearns 1PT1P2C

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Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Clontarf RFC 07/05/2017

Competition:All Ireland League Division 1A Final
1stXV V Clontarf RFC
Score:25 - 21 (Con score given first)
Venue:Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road
Date:07/05/2017
Referee:S.Gallagher IRFU
Report:

Cork Constitution claimed their fifth All Ireland League title in another dramatic last match of domestic season, at a warm and sunny Aviva Stadium on Sunday afternoon. 

 

For Constitution, out-half Tomas Quinlan kicked six penalties, and his conversion of Rob Jermyn’s try made it a twenty point contribution, and a well-deserved Man of the Match award.

 

Constitution used their big-time experience to settle quickly into the game. Quinlan landed two penalties in the opening ten minutes, but on 13 minutes, Clontarf struck with a fine try, when the burly Mick McGrath broke through the centre, and handed a try to Matt Darcy. Joyce converted for 6-7. Tomas Quinlan kicked two penalties before the interval for 12-7 at the break, but McGrath took the half-time honours for Clontarf with a try, converted by Joyce, for 12-14.

 

A fourth penalty on the restart from Quinlan edged Constitution back in front, and they stretched that lead to 25-14 by the mid-point of the second period; two further penalties from Quinlan, and the conversion of a try by Rob Jermyn, from a great break engineered by Cahill and Hayes.

 

From there to the finish, Constitution had to defend resolutely to deny the Leinster champions, and only in the final minutes did Clontarf score with a try by Royce Burke-Flynny, converted by Keogh. 

Cork Con Team:

S.Daly; L.O’Connell, N.Hodson, N.Kenneally (capt), R.Jermyn; T. Quinlan, J.Higgins; L.O'Connor, V.O’Brien, G.Sweeney; C.Kindregan (Capt.), B.Hayes; G.Lawler, J.Murphy, L.Cahill. Replacements: K.O’Byrne, R.Burke, G.Duffy, S.O’Leary, R.O’Neill, J.Poland, JJ O'Neill.

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Clontarf RFC Team:

R.Keogh; M.Browne, C.O’Brien, M.D'Arcy, M.McGrath; D.Joyce, S.Cronin; V.Abdalabze, J.Harris-Wright, R.Burke-Flynn; B.Reilly (capt), M.Kearney; T.Ryan, M.Noone, K.Moran.Replacements: B.Byrne, A.Darcy, I.Soroka, R.McGrath, J.Power, E.Browne, M.Sutton.

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Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Old Belvedere 13 29/04/2017

Competition:Bateman Cup Final
1stXV V Old Belvedere 13
Score:18 - 13 (Con score given first)
Venue:Anglesea Road
Date:29/04/2017
Referee:D.Wilkinson IRFU
Report:

Cork Constitution captured the Bateman Cup for a remarkable fifth season in succession at Anglesea Road on Saturday, but only after a stern test from Leinster Cup champions, Old Belvedere, on their home turf. Conditions were perfect on a mild afternoon, and on a pristine pitch.

 

Tomas Quinlan opened the scoring in the fifth minute, when he converted a penalty from 23 metres, after Constitution captain, Conor Kindregan, was dragged down at a line-out. And left wing Liam O’Connell squeezed in for an unconverted try in the 8th minute, after a strong attack, for 0-10, to give Constitution a dream star. Paul O’Keeffe kicked a 10th minute penalty for the home side, but Quinlan did similarly for Constitution, three minutes later, for 3-13.

 

Old Belvedere continued to take the game to Constitution as the half progressed, and they were rewarded with a try by hooker Ed Rossiter in the 33rd minute. Paul O’Keeffe converted for 13-10, but in the next play Constitution scored again when lock Brian Hayes went over for a try from a super off-load by wing Liam O’Connell, to leave the half time score at 10-18 to Constitution.

 

Constitution missed a chance when Tomas Quinlan was wide with a 46th minute penalty attempt, and in the 60th minute a forward pass spoiled a chance for a try after a fine drive by the pack. But when Staunton kicked an Old Belvedere penalty in the 65th minute, it was all to play for in the final quarter.

 

In the event, there was no further scoring, though Quinlan had a penalty attempt fail in the 72nd minute, as Constitution saw out time for their fifth successive Bateman title since 2013.

 

Cork Constitution’s winning Bateman Cup finals, since the trophy was re-inaugurated:

 

2013 St Mary’s 24-19 Templeville

2014 UCD 19-6 Templehill

2015 Clontarf 24-9 Templehill

2016 Galwegians 38-19 Crowley Park

2017 Old Belvedere 18-13 Anglesea Road

Cork Con Team:

S.Daly; L.O’Connell, N.Hodson, N.Kenneally Capt., J.J.O’Neill; T.Quinlan, J.Poland; G.Duffy, V.O’Brien, G.Sweeney; B.Hayes, C.Kindregan (Capt.); S.O’Leary, J.Murphy, L.Cahill. Replacements: L.O’Connor (1), G.Roche, C.Barry, R.O’Neill (6), J.Higgins (9), R.Jermyn (11), M.Clune.

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Old Belvedere 13 Team:

D.Riordan; S.McDonald, J.Kennedy, S.Coughlan, D.Brandon; P.O’Keeffe, B.Butler; A.Howard, E.Rossiter, D.Lavery; J.Kelly, K.Miller; T.de Jonge, P.Pritchard, J.Slattery. Replacements: C.O’Flynn; J.McWilliams-Gray, C.Owende (4); M.Oyuga; M.Ratani (9); K.McCarthy; W.Staunton (10)

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Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Lansdowne 23/04/2017

Competition:AIL Division 1A Semi-final
1stXV V Lansdowne
Score:19 - 16 (Con score given first)
Venue:Lansdowne Road
Date:23/04/2017
Referee:Stuart Gaffakin IRFU
Report:

Cork Constitution defeated Lansdowne on the all-weather pitch at Lansdowne Road on Saturday, to record a league treble, having also won the two regular season meetings. On this occasion it was the semi-final of Division 1A, and so Constitution have qualified for the final, in which they will meet Clontarf, who defeated Young Munster 37-22 in the other high-scoring semi-final at Castle Avenue.

 

Lansdowne settled quickly on the all-weather surface, and notched a try after 10 minutes, when they capitalised on a Constitution mistake in mid-field, and quickly moved the ball to left wing Mark O’Keeffe who scored. Scott Deasy added the conversion for 7-0, and a dream start for the home side.

 

In the 18th minute, a strong run to the 22 metre line by flanker James Murphy yielded a penalty to Constitution, converted by Tomas Quinlan, to close the deficit to 7-3. 

 

The forward exchanges were intense as the sides struggled for supremacy, and each side kicked penalties in the next five minutes; Scott Deasy for Lansdowne, and Tomas Quinlan for Constitution to leave it at 10-6 after 23 minutes. And Quinlan closed it to 10-9 with his third penalty on 27 minutes. Lansdowne might have stretched their advantage, but Ned Hodson got back to relieve the danger, just before the half-time break.

 

Constitution went ahead with a try by Liam O’Connell in the 52nd minute, following a neat chip to the corner by full back Shane Daly. And an excellent conversion by Quinlan had Constitution at 10-16. But Deasy tied up the scores again at 16-16 with successful penalties in the 54th and 70th minutes.

 

Tomas Quinlan missed with a drop goal attempt from 25 metres in the 78th minute as Constitution drove hard for the winner, and a scrum penalty yielded the perfect opportunity in the 82nd minute, which Quinlan stroked over. Lansdowne had one more attempt to save the game, but a great line-out take by Luke Cahill in the 5th minute of added time denied the home side, and sealed the victory for Constitution.

 

The final against Clontarf, who defeated Young Munster, is set for Saturday 6th May, again at the Aviva Stadium. However, Constitution must first play Old Belvedere in the Bateman Cup Final, fixed for Anglesea Road, next Saturday 29th April.

Cork Con Team:

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

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Lansdowne Team:

E.Mills; D.McEvoy, J.O’Donnell, M.Roche, M.O’Keeffe; S.Deasy, M.D’Arcy; J.Walshe, T.McElroy, I.Prendiville (Capt.); O.Dowling, S.Gardiner; J.McSwiney, C.Butterworth, P.Boyle. Replacements: T.Moran (1), N.Mpiko (2), B.Fitzpatrick, A.Bennie, F.Cleary, F.Horan.

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Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Young Munster RFC 08/04/2017

Competition:Ulster Bank All-Ireland League
1stXV V Young Munster RFC
Score:0 - 3 (Con score given first)
Venue:Greenfields
Date:08/04/2017
Referee:Referee: N.Correll IRFU
Report:

Young Munster prevailed at Greenfields in the crucial return match of the All-Ireland League at a sunny Greenfields on Saturday in Limerick. The match was scoreless at half-time, and in a tense second period the home side got the only score from a 41st minute penalty by Alan Tynan. Constitution started well, and had most of the play in the opening quarter, but did not register a score.

 

On 19 minutes, Constitution lost a chance when a break by Rob Jermyn petered out. And a strong break by Brian Hayes on 26 minutes was also snuffed out by the home defence. And only a fine tackle by Copeland saved the home line as Niall Kenneally made a surge in the 30th minute.

 

In the second period, the play was nothing if not totally committed by both sides, but neither side were able to breach staunch defences, and in the end the home side just about deserved their hard-earned points. Young Munster join Lansdowne, who lost badly to Terenure, on 53 points at the top of the table. They are joined on 53 points by Clontarf after a convincing win over St Mary’s.

 

Constitution’s losing bonus point keeps them in the top four on 52 points. And that four are well clear of UCD in fifth place on 43 points, and out of contention. In the final round of matches next week, Lansdowne are home to Garryowen; Constitution are home to St Mary’s; Young Munster are away to Old Belvedere; and Clontarf are home to UCD.

Cork Con Team:

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

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Young Munster RFC Team:

S.Airey; C.O’Hanlon, C.Nash, C.Bohane, J.Harrington; A.Tynan, R.Guerin; G.Ryan, G.Slattery (Capt.), P.Allen; A.Kennedy, F.Wycherley; E.Mundu, D.Walsh, R.Copeland. Replacements: M.O’Mara (3); R.Hanon, G.Coombes, J.Lyns, J.O’Connor (9)

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Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Garryowen 25/03/2017

Competition:Ulster Bank All-Ireland League - Division 1
1stXV V Garryowen
Score:26 - 20 (Con score given first)
Venue:Templehill
Date:25/03/2017
Referee:S.Gaffikin MAR
Report:

Constitution and Garryowen, once again, produced a pulsating All-Ireland League match at Templehill on Saturday, which the home side edged by the merest margin. On a day when Constitution launched their latest record of achievement with Edmund van Esbeck’s  account of the club’s 125th anniversary, this latest instalment did credit to all that went before.

 

Garryowen had won the first round match 16-10 at Dooradoyle in October, but in the meantime Constitution had moved to second place in the table, while Garryowen were very much in need of a boost, as they lay in eighth position, after a run of five defeats in six games.

 

But Garryowen showed their intent with a dramatic opening try after just six minutes, as centre Sam Arnold crashed over with a clean break from 40 metres. Captain, Neil Cronin converted for a great start for his team.

 

Constitution stormed back, and a break by Shane Daly and Liam O’Connell almost yielded a 13th minute try. A Tomas Quinlan penalty put the home side on the scoreboard in the 22nd minute, and Conor Kindregan got over for a try in the 33rd minute after a series of mauls. Quinlan’s conversion put the home side at 10-7.

 

Garryowen struck just before the half time break, with full back Liam Coombes squeezing in at the left corner. Cronin missed the difficult conversion, as did Tomas Quinlan with a late penalty, to leave the visitors at 10-12.

 

Quinlan had Constitution back in control within 10 minutes, as he converted two penalties for 16-12 after 48 minutes. And while Constitution dominated the next 25 minutes, they did not add to their total, and they paid the penalty in the final 10 minutes when Garryowen captain Neil Cronin edged his side back in front with an unconverted try in the 74th minute, following a break from half-way.

 

In a frantic final 10 minutes, Quinlan kicked a penalty for Constitution, following a break from half-way by Luke Cahill. But Cronin replied with a similar effort a couple of minutes later, to reclaim the lead. However, the match was decided in the 85th minute, when Max Abbott got the touchdown under the posts, and Quinlan’s conversion gave Constitution a precious victory over their oldest adversaries.

 

With two matches remaining, Constitution lie second in the table on 51 points, two points behind Lansdowne; Young Munster are third on 49, with Clontarf fourth on 48 points. 

 

Next Saturday, Constitution are free, as Munster play Toulouse at Thomond Park; and the next game is on 8th April against Young Munster at Greenfields. 

Cork Con Team:

S.Daly; L.O’Connell, N.Hodson, N.Kenneally Capt., R.Jermyn; T.Quinlan, J.Higgins; L.O’Connor, M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; C.Kindregan, G.Lawler, J.Murphy, L.Cahill. Replacements: R.Burke (3) ; G.Duffy (1); C.Barry (6); J.Poland;  J.J.O’Neill (14)

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Garryowen Team:

L.Coombes; S.McMahon, S.Arnold, P.Collins, H.O’Brien-Cunningham; A.O’Byrne, N.Cronin; N.Horan, E.Costello, JP Phelan;  B.O’Byrne, S.O’Connor; D.Shanahan, M.Wilson,  B.Faloon. Replacements:  A.Thai (1); M.O’Donnell (3); T.Ferguson; J.Keane (5); J.Heuston

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

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

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


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

 

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

 

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

Cork Con Team:

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

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Old Belvedere RFC Team:

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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


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


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

Cork Con Team:

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

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Young Munster Team:

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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

Cork Con Team:

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

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Terenure Team:

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Cork Con Team:

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

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Clontarf Team:

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

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Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Highfield 10/02/2017

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

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

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


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


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


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

Cork Con Team:

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

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Dublin University Team:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cork Con Team:

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

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Buccaneers Team:

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Cork Con Team:

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

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Highfield Team:

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Cork Con Team:

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

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University College Dublin Team:

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Cork Con Team:

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

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Dublin University Team:

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Cork Con Team:

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

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Clontarf Team:

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Cork Con Team:

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

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Terenure College Team:

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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

Cork Con Team:

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

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Old Belvedere Team:

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The other Cup quarter-final results were:

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

 

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

Cork Constitution v Highfield
UCC v Young Munster

Cork Con Team:

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

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Nenagh Ormond Team:

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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

Cork Con Team:

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

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Lansdowne Team:

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Cork Con Team:

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

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Garryowen RFC Team:

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Cork Con Team:

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

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Young Munster Team:

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Cork Con Team:

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

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St Mary’s College Team:

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

Cork Con Team:

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

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UCC Team:

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

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