Cork Con FC 1st XV 19 - 9 Shannon
Venue: Coonagh Competition: Ulster Bank League Div.1A
Cork Constitution won their return Ulster Bank League fixture with Shannon at Coonagh on Saturday. Despite leading 5-3 at half time, they trailed for most of the second period, until two tries in the final 12 minutes secured the win. And they might have added further tries in the final quarter as Shannon tired visibly, but they were denied the bonus point in the end.
Tadg Bennett kicked a penalty for Shannon in the 3rd minute. But two minutes later, Cathal Quinn finished a break initiated by Sean Scanlon, with a try in the right corner for a 5-3 lead. There was no further scoring in the first half, and very little open play, as Shannon used their considerable pack to keep matters tight.
Seven minutes after the break Bennett kicked a second penalty, but missed a similar chance two minutes later when replacement Matt Ross was sin-binned after a try saving tackle. In the fourth quarter Constitution raised the pace and moved the ball against the fresh breeze with more precision. They were rewarded with a try by Sean Scanlon in the 68th minute after a break in mid-field and slick off load by Niall O’Driscoll. Gerry Hurley converted for a 12-9 lead.
Thereafter Con attacked at every opportunity and regularly stretched the home defence. Twice Cathal Quinn got past his opponent on the right wing, but the defence held. On the other side Niall O’Driscoll crossed the line only to be called back for a foot in touch. However, Con were not to be denied, and Johnny Holland scored at the posts in the last minute, after another searing left wing break by Cathal Quinn. Hurley added the extra points to close the scoring.Referee:
S.McDowellCon Players: Con Scorers:
C.Quinn 1T; S.Scanlon 1T; J.Holland 1T; G.Hurley 2CShannon Players:
R.Mullane; W.O’connor, J.Clogan, L.Mullane, A.Spring; T.Bennett, A.Bennie; K.O’Neill, J.Deegan, K.Griffin; D.Heffernan, F.Walsh; S.Keogh, J.Murphy, D.Quinaln.Shannon Scorers: