Cork Con FC 1st XV 8 - 21 St. Marys
Venue: TemplevilleCompetition: Ulster Back Div 1
St Mary’s College showed their determination to maintain leadership of the Ulster Bank League with a gritty performance at Templeville Road on Saturday. They dominated the opening half and registered the opening scores from full back Gavin Dunne with two penalties. By half time they had added a try from a maul when No.8 Hugh Hogan got the touchdown, after they had shunted the visitors in from 20 metres.
However, the eleven point deficit did not daunt the young Constitution side, and indeed they played most of the rugby in the second period. Repeated attacks using their talented backs took play to the Mary’s line, and they were rewarded with a fine try by Niall O’Driscoll after Scot Deasy had carved an opening in mid-field. Gerry Hurly missed the conversion, but with an earlier penalty closed the gap to six points.
Further attacks failed to breach the Mary’s defence again, and in the final minutes a failure to clear their lines led to a maul on their own line. A clearance to touch would have ended the game with a losing bonus point, but Hurley’s kick from the base of the maul was blocked and replacement Damien Hall got to the ball first for a fortunate try. The conversion deprived a brave Constitution team of a losing bonus point that they would have deserved on their second half performance.Referee:
S.Scanlon; C.Quinn, I.Dineen, S.Deasy, N.O’Driscoll; J.Holland, G.Hurley, Capt.; C.Corkery, A.Cudmore, M.Gateley; B.Hayes, I.Nagle; J.McSwiney, B.O’Hara, James RyanSt. Marys Players:
G.Dunne; D.Hutson, S.Grissing,M.Sexton, C.Lilly; P.Brophy, M.Darcy; J.McGrath, R.Sweeney, R.Sweeney; G.Logan, S.Bradsahw; C.Ruddock, G.Austen, H.Hogan.St. Marys Scorers:
N.O’Driscoll 1P; G.Hurley 1P