Cork Con FC U20 17 - 18 Dolphin
Venue: Musgrave ParkCompetition: U21 SW Conference Play-off
Cork Constitution lost by a point against Dolphin on a back pitch at Musgrave Park on Saturday to end their quest for qualification for this season’s Under 21 league competititon. Recent injuries to Cian McGovern, Brendan Monohan, Cathal O’Flaherty and Brian Vaughan deprived the side of their regular starters, but their replacements gave a strong show and only failed by the smallest margin.
Dolphin got off to the best possible start, and led 15-3 after 35 minutes, through tries by Brian O’Rahilly and Stephen Randles. Eamon Mills converted one and also kicked a penalty. Con’s only reply came from a Sean Murphy penalty. Graham Murray gave his side hope with a try just on half time, converted by Murphy, to trail 10-15 at the break.
Mills kicked a vital penalty for Dolphin on the hour mark to stretch their lead. When Simon Hanbidge scored for Constitution in the 78th minute, with a successful conversion by Murphy, it gave Con a flicker of hope, but Dolphin saw out time to take the spoils.Referee:
B.Neville; E.O’Donnell, C.Quinn, G.Murray, T.Harrington; S.Murphy, A.Kelleher; J.Rochford, K.Stokes, C.Keane; D.O’Brien, Y.Browne; D.Nolan, D.Mullins, S.Hanbidge.Con Scorers:
G.Murray 1T; S.Hanbidge 1T; S.Murphy 1P2C.Dolphin Scorers: