Cork Con FC 1st XV 9 - 7 Old Belvedere
Venue: Anglesea
Competition: Ulster Bank League Division 1A
Match Report:

Before today’s Ulster Bank League tie between Old Belvedere and Cork Constitution, the Dublin side had not won any of their seven games, but had gained a bonus point in each of their six defeats. Meanwhile, Constitution had lost all their home games, but had won all their away games. And remarkably both sides retained these stats at the end of a very tough competitive game.

Despite missing an easy 10th minute penalty chance, Old Belvedere took the lead two minutes later with a slick try on the left wing by full back Danny Riordan. When Darragh Lyons tried to run a ball from defence, Riordan read his chip perfectly and scored readily, for Wynne to add the points. Gerry Hurley closed the deficit with a penalty after 15 minutes, but missed a similar opportunity in the 34th minute to leave his side trailing 3-7 at the break.

Constitution had the benefit of the breeze in the second period and continued to probe the Belvedere defence from majority possession. When Duncan Williams replaced Gerry Hurley at scrum half on 50 minutes, Johnny Holland took over the kicking duties with a successful effort two minutes later to close the gap to a point. In a tense final 15 minutes, Belvedere had a player sin-binned, and Holland took his opportunity to kick the winning points in the 76th minute.

The victory keeps Constitution in the hunt for honours and they face the new League leaders St Mary’s College in Dublin next week


Con Players:

D.Lyons; R.Clune, I.Dineen, S.Scanlon, N.O’Driscoll; J.Holland, G.Hurley, Capt.; B.Cagney, A.Cudmore, J.Ryan; B.Hayes, I.Nagle; J.McSwiney, B.O’Hara, James Ryan

Con Scorers:

G.Hurley 1P; J.Holland 2P.          

Old Belvedere Players:

D.Riordan; D.Mongan, J.Kennedy, B.Woods,P.Woods; A.Wynne, S.Keogh; V.Soden, M.Cooney, B.O’Dea; D.Moore, R.Leyden; B.Smyth, M.Oyuga, C.Mallon.

Old Belvedere Scorers:

D.Riordan 1T; A.Wynne 1C.

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