Cork Con FC 1st XV 19 - 13 Lansdowne
Venue: TemplehillCompetition: Ulster Bank League Div.1A
Cork Constitution defeated Lansdowne in a tough encounter at Temple Hill on Saturday to keep in contention for Ulster Bank League honours. They led 9-6 in a first half that was dominated by defences, but in the second period both sides offered more attacking flair. Subsequently the home side edged a victory scoring two tries to Lansdowne’s one.
Gerry Hurley gave Constitution a six point lead from two penalties in the 6th and 16th minutes, before Craig Ronaldson replied for Lansdowne in the 22nd minute. Constitution had a rare try scoring chance in the 11th minute, when they won a Lansdowne lineout throw and put the ball wide, but a misplaced pass saw the chance lost. In the final minutes of the half, Hurley and Ronaldson were successful with further penalties.
Hurley missed a good chance when he was wide from 22 metres two minutes after the resumption. Then, in the 48th minute, Lansdowne forged ahead with a well worked try by left wing Matt Healy. The opening was created by out half Ronaldson and he converted for 13-9.
The game opened up more and the greasy conditions caused mistakes on both sides. Sean Scanlon fed Cathal Quinn for a try in the right corner in the 58th minute. And Quinn made the game safe for Constitution 12 minutes later when he finished a slick Con threequarter movement by rounding his man to again score in the right corner. Gerry Hurley narrowly missed both conversions. But Constitution had a significant lead that they nurtured well.
However, Lansdowne did make a valiant attempt to salvage the game with some strong play in the final 10 minutes and Constitution were relieved to take the four points in the end.Referee:
S.Scanlon; R.Clune, I.Dineen, N.O’Driscoll, C.Quinn; J.Holland, G.Hurley; B.Cagney, A.Cudmore, John Ryan; B.Hayes, J.McSwiney; C.O’Flaherty, B.O’Hara, James Ryan.Con Scorers:
C.Quinn 2T; G.Hurley 3PLansdowne Players:
R.McCarron; C.Aherne, S.Carey, G.Stafford, M.Healy; C.Ronaldson, J.Cooney; J.O’Connell, T.Sexton, M.Moore; W.Earl, M.Feeley; J.Murphy, J.Kelly, A.MathewsLansdowne Scorers:
M.Healy 1T; C.Ronaldson 2P1C