Cork Con FC J1
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Competition: Seconds League Final
J1 V Garryowen
Score: 20 - 17 (Con score given first)
Referee: J.D.Adams MAR
Cork Constitution completed the Munster Junior Cup and League double on Saturday at Dooradoyle, when overcoming Garryowen in the Seconds League Final.
Garryowen scored first, but Constitution took control to lead 5-20 at the break. Ian Casey scored Constitution’s first try, to equalise the tie, and Niall Finn added the conversion for 5-7. Barry Galvin slid in for an unconverted try second try to leave Constitution 5-12 at the interval.
A penalty by Finn on the resumption, and a second try by Barry Galvin pushed Constitution’s lead to 5-20 by the mid-point of the half. But the home side hit back with two tries, to close the deficit to three points. However a red card for a front row in the 68th minute ended Garryowen’s hopes of denying Constitution their Cup & League double.
Cork Con Team:
B.Monahan; I.Casey, L.Duffy, H.Murphy, B.Galvin; N.Finn, G.Bradley; G.Duffy, P.Kelleher, D.Murphy; J.Davies, L.Coughlan; G.Mullins, R.Murphy, S.Duffy. Replacements: D.Coughlan; G.Roche (3); S.Dwyer (6); D.King (14); D.Hayes.
Cork Con Scorers:
I.Casey 1T; B.Galvin 2T; N.Finn 1C1P.
Competition: Munster Junior Cup Final
J1 V Richmond
Score: 21 - 15 (Con score given first)
Venue: Irish Independent Park
Referee: B.Moloney MAR
Cork Constitution won the Munster Junior Cup for the 19th time, and the first since 2012, at Irish Independent Park on Sunday afternoon. They overcame a gallant Richmond side who were seeking their first Cup since 1952.
Constitution took a 2nd minute lead in a well-contested final match. Niall Finn kicked a penalty to settle his side. But Richmond also went about their task, and drew level with a penalty from Tadg Bennett in the 18th minute.
Gary Bradley took a quick tap penalty at half-way in the 29th minute, and the movement ended with wing Barry Galvin touching down for the first try. The convert was missed, as was a kick and chase to the line by Greg Higgins in the 37th minute, but Constitution took an 8-3 lead into the half-time break.
Slick three-quarter play by Constitution yielded a try in the left corner by Luke Duffy after 47 minutes; and a fine conversion by Finn brought the score to 15-3. But Richmond closed the deficit with a 53rd minute unconverted try by Kieran Bennett.
Penalties by Finn on 61 and 70 minutes extended Constitution’s lead to 21-8, before Richmond scored a consolation try by Sean Bennett, converted by Tadg Bennett in the 74th minute.
A yellow card and a cloud burst in the final minute did not, however, spoil Constitution’s day, as proud captain Sonny Dwyer accepted the trophy once again from Munster Branch President, Charlie Buckley.
Cork Con Team:
B.Monahan; J.White, L.Duffy, G.Higgins, B.Galvin; N.Finn, G.Bradley; G.Duffy, J.McHenry, D.Murphy; J.Davies, L.Coughlan; G.Mullins, S.Dwyer Capt., S.Duffy. Replacements:D.Abbott (2); P.Casey (16); R.Murphy, H.Murphy, D.A.Moynihan (9).
Cork Con Scorers:
B.Galvin 1T; L.Duffy 1T; N.Finn 3P1C.
K.Stepenson; J.McNamara, G.O’Hanlon, M.Kelleher, K.Bennett; T.Bennett, R.Meagher (19); G.Barry, P.Humphreys, J.Reeves; B.Laffan; J.Tully, K.McMahon, G.Phelan, E.Hanley. Replacements: D.Cotter (2); C.Wells (1), D.O’Halloran (4), S.Bennett (11), B.Mullins (9).
K.Bennett 1T; S.Bennett 1T; T.Bennett 1C.
Competition: Seconds League Play-off
J1 V Old Crescent
Score: 45 - 7 (Con score given first)
Cork Constitution won their Seconds League section play-off against Old Crescent at Templehill on Sunday afternoon. The match was played in clement conditions and was a useful preparation for the home sides upcoming Munster Junior Cup Final against Richmond at Irish Independent Park next week. While they will now also play Garryowen, in the Seconds League Final, the following week.
Barry Galvin opened the scoring with a try in the left corner after 8 minutes for 5-0. And Constitution doubled their account five minutes later with a second unconverted try in the opposite corner for 10-0. And just before the interval, Paul Buckley returned a poor touch kick clearance for a try that Finn converted for 17-0.
A block-downed clearance presented Barry Galvin with a run in try from 22 metres in the 48th minute that Finn converted for 24-0. And live-wire scrum-half Gary Bradley scored the fifth try in the 55th minute, which Finn converted for 31-0.
Daniel Coughlan had the next try on 63 minutes, converted by Finn, before the visitors got a consolation by their out-half, which he also converted.
And full back Brendan Monahan had the final points with a try and conversion in the final minute to give Constitution a comprehensive victory.
Cork Con Team:
B.Monahan; P.Buckley, J.White, H.Murphy, B.Galvin; N.Finn, G.Bradley; D.Abbott, J.McHenry, P.Casey; J.Davies, L.Coughlan; G.Mullins, R.Murphy, S.Dwyer. Replacements: D.Coughlan (2); G.Roche (1); S.Duffy (8); D.King (11); D.Hayes (20).
Cork Con Scorers:
Competition: Munster Junior Cup Semi-Final
J1 V Clonmel
Score: 22 - 3 (Con score given first)
Referee: E.Cross MAR
Cork Constitution qualified for the Munster Junior Cup Final with a comfortable semi-final victory over Clonmel at Templehill on Sunday.
Constitution dominated the opening half to lead 12-0 at the interval. Brendan Monahan had a try after 10 minutes, as the home side settled to their task. Niall Finn converted for 7-0. Looney missed a penalty chance for Clonmel in the 16th minute, but while Constitution dominated the exchanges, it took a bit of magic by wing three-quarter Barry Galvin to stretch the lead. A kick and chase from 30 metres by the left wing in the 34th minute, brought the score to 12-0, as the try was unconverted.
Conor Looney pulled three points cack for the visitors with a penalty in the 48th minute, but Constitution made the game safe with a third try in the 56th minute. From an attack through the middle, Niall Finn took quick ruck ball to score in the left corner, and his conversion made the game safe at 19-3. Though he added a 65th minute penalty for good measure for 22-3.
In the other semi-final, Richmond meet Kilfeacle next Sunday, with the final scheduled for Irish Independent Park, Cork, on Sunday 29th April.
Cork Con Team:
B.Monahan; J.White, L.Duffy, H.Murphy, B.Galvin; N.Finn, G.Bradley; G.Duffy, J.McHenry, D.Murphy; J.Davis, L.Coughlan; J.McSwiney, S.Dwyer (Capt.), S.Duffy.
Replacements: D.Abbott (1); P.Casey (3); G.Mullins (4); D.King (9); P.Buckley (14)
Cork Con Scorers:
B.Monahan 1T; B.Galvin 1T; N.Finn 1T1P2C.
N.Thompson; G.Carroll, L.Hogan, P.O’Dwyer, D.cross; C.Looney, D.Slattery; N.Campion, R.Cotes, D.O’Gorman; R.Cross, T.Cantwell; N.Melbourne, D.Devaney, S.Pike.
Replacements: M.Leahy (8); B.O’Kelly (1); K.Banks; K.Coughlan; A.Sheehan (9).
Current season Cork Con FC J1 fixtures & results
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Young Munster RFC 01/04/2018
Cork Constitution won a significant quarter-final victory in the Munster Junior Cup over Young Munster at Greenfields on Sunday afternoon. The match was played in blustery, but dry conditions.
Constitution surprisingly dominated the opening half to lead 0-9 after the 28 minutes, from three penalties by Niall Finn on 10, 22 and 28 minutes. And a try by Luke Duffy on 35 minutes confirmed that superiority, to which Finn added the conversion for 0-16 to the visitors at the break.
The home side did respond with a try on the hour when O’Meara scored from a line-out peel. Hayes converted to give them some hope, but apart from a 70th minute penalty by Hayes, Constitution saw out time comfortably to reach the semi-final, in which they will meet Clonmel, who saw off Cashel 19-16.
And a surprise result in the other half of the draw saw Garryowen defeated 14-3 at Dooradoyle by Richmond.
J.White; B.Galvin, M.Clune, G.Higgins, L.Duffy; N.Finn, G.Bradley; G.Duffy, J.McHenry, D.Murphy; J.Davis, J.Mullins; J.McSwiney, S.Dwyer, S.Duffy.
Replacements: D.Abbott (2); P.Casey, R.Murphy (6); I.Casey, H.Murphy (13).,
C.Hayes; L.Fitzgerald, E.O’Gorman, J.Kiely, N.Kelly; R.Guerin, M.Eddwards; G.O’Flaherty, M.O’Mara, C.bartley; T.Goggin, M.Madden; A.Ross, R.Murphy, M.Kelly.
Replacements: B.Dunne; G.Hoban; N.Clohessy; R.McCormack; C.Clohessy.,
Cork Constitution FC J1 V University College Cork 19/12/2016
UCC J1 XV reversed the early season result in their return Seconds League fixture, under lights at Curraheen Road on Monday evening. Leading 21-12 at half time, they contained a late surge by Constitution, to claim a narrow victory.
The students took a 5th minute lead with a smart try by out half Stuart Logier, who found a gap through the middle of the Con defence. Last season’s Constitution Under 20 star, Andrew Dorgan converted for 7-0. Constitution fought back in the next 10 minutes, and forced a try by Rory Horgan in the left corner, but the conversion failed.
College forced the pace, and scored in the 25th minute through centre Hyde, converted by Dorgan; and Dorgan scored the third try with a steal from a 22 metre scrum, and added the conversion, for 21-5 to College on the half-hour mark.
Constitution narrowed that lead with a try by scrum-half Jason Higgins from a 5 metre scrum, and Dara Lyons converted for 12-21 at the break.
The second half was well-contested, but with few scoring chances engineered by either side. Eventually, Shane Daly found a mid-field gap for a fine Constitution score in the 70th minute. Dara Lyons’ conversion closed the gap to two points, but College did enough to see out time for a two point victory.
S.Daly; H.Murphy, A.McHenry, R.Horgan, B.Galvin; D.Lyons, J.Higgins; L.Farrell, J.McHenry, D.O’Connell; G.Stokes, C.Barry; R.O’Halloran, R.Walsh, S.O’Leary. Replacements: G.Good (1); G.Duffy (3), R.O’Halloran (6), M.O’Mahony, D.Fitzgerald (6), C.O’Brien (10).,
D.Dennehy; M.Kavanagh, P.Hyde, C.Healy, K.Ansboro; S.Logier, A.Dorgan; F.McDermott, E.McCarthy, C.McHugh; D.Lynch, M.O’Connell; P.Derham, F.Moynihan, P.Traynor. Replacements: D.Barron, D.McDonagh, C.Murphy, S.Lotty, L.O’Donnell.,
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Cashel 19/12/2015
Cork Constitution J1 XV overcame a strong Cashel side in their last game before the Christmas break. In doing so, they maintained their unbeaten record in their Seconds League section, and have finished as clear winners with seven wins from seven matches.
They now await the play-off phase with the North Munster section.
Cashel took an early lead from a penalty, but Constitution hit back with a try from No.8 Evan Mintern, converted by Jamie Murphy. And Murphy added a penalty before half time, to leave Constitution 10-3 to the good at the break
Michael Clune scored an unconverted try for 15-3, but Cashel got back to 15-10 with a try and conversion. Jamie Murphy closed out the match for Constitution with a penalty.
The next match for the Junior XV will be the Munster Junior Cup 1st Round, in which they are drawn away to Mallow on 10th January.
E.Lacey; S.Grey, K.Desmond, M.Clune, A.O’Keeffe; J.Murphy, A.Dorgan; L.Walsh, D.Coughlan, A.Slattery; C.O’Flaherty, S.O’Leary; L.O’Leary, S.Dwyer, E.Mintern. Replacements: C.Murphy, R.O’Halloran, C.Barry, J.Ahern, I.O’Brien.,
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Old Christians 17/03/2013
Cork Constitution scored a big Munster Junior Cup 5th Round win over their Cork neighbours Old Christians at Temple Hill on Sunday. From the 5th minute when Yasin Browne crashed over for the opening try there was never a doubt about their superiority. That try was created on the right wing by Eoin O’Donnell. Brendan Monohan converted for 7-0. On 20 minutes skipper Andy White scored when he forced an error on the Old Christians scrum half at a 5 metre scrum. Brendan Monohan rounded off the first half with a penalty awarded for a dangerous tackle in the 36th minute to leave the score 15-0.
Constitution killed off the game with two quick-fire tries early in the second period. First No.8 Paul Derham picked from a 5 metre scrum and scored in the 53rd minute. From the kick off Con gained possession and speedy winger Eoin O’Donnell covered 40 metres to score. Neither conversion was successful, but Con had built a 25 point lead.
Old Christians No.10 Stuart Lee scored a fine individual try in the 65th minute, but that was as good as it got for the Rathcooney side, as Con ran in four more quality tries before the finish.
Centre Michael Keyes dotted down in the 69th minute, having inexplicably failed to score a few minutes earlier having beaten the defence, but knocked on in the scoring process. By now Con were breaking the Christians defence at will, and tries came from Cathal Quinn 73 mins; Keyes again 78 mins; and finally the very impressive Seamus Glynn in the 81st minute. Monohan added three conversions for the final tally.
In the next round Constitution will be in Tipperary against Kilfeackle, who defeated Kinsale 49-10.
B.Monohan; E.O’Donnell, M.Keyes, S.Glynn, C.Quinn; P.Parfrey, P.O’Leary; G.Murray, B.Vaughan, C.Keane; Y.Browne, D.O’Brien, B.Fitzgerald, A.White, A.Ross.,
C.Scannell, C.Corkery, M.O’Mahony, D.Nolan, R.Fenton.
D.Daly; P.Purcell, J.O’Flynn, P.Naughton, C.Mangan; S.Lee, S.Murnane; S.Twohig, D.O’Driscoll, S.Barry; C.Knierum, L.Coughlan; S.Kelly, A.Weir, D.Murphy.
B.Halpin, E.Heaphy, J.Caples, R.Stapleton.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Highfield 03/03/2013
Cork Constitution won their crucial last league game against Highfield at Temple Hill on Sunday, and thereby retained the South Munster Seconds League title. Highfield put up stern resistance throughout, but Constitution just edged it over the eighty minutes.
The first round game at Woodleigh Park had a high scoring outcome in favour of the home side by 30-12, but this was a more thorough examination of defences that stood up well to scrutiny. Constitution steadily built a thirteen point lead in the first half. Brian Derham struck a penalty after 8 minutes for Constitution. Two tries before the break gave Con a cushion for the second half. First Cathal Quinn finished a good three-quarter movement, and just before half time, Eoin O’Donnell finished another fine move in the corner. Neither try was converted, but Con had earned a 13-0 lead.
Highfield hit back with a penalty by Colm Downes in the 49th minute. And when No.8 Marc Murphy scored ten minutes later, Downes converted, it set the scene for a very intensive final quarter. In the event Constitution controlled that period and were worthy of the champion’s title.
Padraig Higgins presented the trophy to the winning captain Andy White, and both sides can now look forward to the play-off stages with their North Munster counterparts.
C.Quinn; E.O’Donnell, B.Derham, S.Glynn, J.Cruikshank; P.Parfrey, P.O’Leary; G.Murray, B.Vaughan, C.Keane; Y.Browne, M.O’Mahony, B.Fitzgerald, A.White, A.Ross.
M.Moynihan (3), A.Cudmore (2), D.Nolan (5), C.McGovern (15), M.Keyes.
C.Downes; R.McDonagh, K.Maloney, J.Sheehan, R.Duggan; B.O’Hea, M.O’Driscoll; D.O’Callaghan, D.Norris, R.Bogue; F.O’Sullivan, M.Milne; C.Touhy,F.Touhy, M.Murohy.,
A.Stack, B.O’Hea, W.Falvey, J.Carton, M.Kelleher.
Cork Constitution FC J1 V Cashel 12/01/2013
Cashel won the return Seconds League game played at Cashel on Saturday afternoon, but only after a delayed start, a replacement referee and playing the second half on a different pitch.
The start was delayed due to the non-appearance of the appointed referee; it appears he was not informed that the game was brought forward a day. A local man was located and the game started 30 minutes late. The first half was played on the main pitch, but the second had to be switched to the second pitch to avail of the floodlighting, as daylight faded.
Constitution scored in the 7th minute when Ronan Barry finished a fine break by Cathal Quinn. Con had the better of the first quarter but failed to finish a number of opportunities. Cashel drew level in the 25th minute with a try by Paddy Maher, and forged ahead with two further tries before half time for 17-5.
The second half developed into a dog-fight on the smaller pitch with few clear cut chances. Seamus Glynn finished one Con attack with a try converted by Brian Derham, and they had to be satisfied with a losing bonus point for their efforts.
C.Quinn; E.O’Donnell, P.Parfrey, B.Derham, J.Cruickshank; D.McNamara, P.O’Leary; C.Keane, B.Vaughan; C.Corkery; D.O’Brien, Y.Browne; R.Barry, A.White, B.Fitzgerald.,
E.Quinn, D.O’Connell, S.Thornhill, S.Glynn, M.Keyes.
F.Kelleher; R.Mullane, J.Ryan, A.O’Connell, K.Leamy; O.McGlinchey, D.McGrath; E.Hall, T.Flynn, I.Shanley; A.O’Dwyer, K,Gleeson; P.Maher, M.Cross, A.Downey.,
C.O’Donnell, N.Fitzgerald, M.Feehan, G.O’Sullivan, K.Sweeney.