Cork Con FC 1st XV 13 - 44 Old Belvedere
Venue: Anglesea RoadCompetition: Ulster Bank League – Division 1A
Cork Constitution lost for the second time in this season’s Ulster Bank League when Old Belvedere scored a decisive victory at Anglesea Road on Saturday. In a tight first half they trailed by just 6-8, having had the benefit of the breeze. But in the second period they their way as Belvedere ran in five tries to claim a bonus point in a most comprehensive victory.
It was the second highest points total conceded by the club in the lifetime of the All Ireland League; the highest being an end of season 33-56 romp, away to Dungannon, in the final game of the 2003 season.
The first half, however, was well contested and showed no sign of an imminent collapse. Johnny Holland landed a penalty in the opening minute. In the 5th minute full back Danny Riordan ran in a try in the corner, as Belvedere created an extra man on the right. In the final 10 minutes of the half, Holland and Josh Glynn exchanged penalties to leave the half time score at 8-6 to the home side.
Riordan repeated his first half effort with his second try in the left corner in the first minute of the second half. Wing forward Kieran O’Gorman scored after a period of Belvedere pressure in the 50th minute. Glynn converted and kicked a penalty 5 minutes later for 23-6. Riordan completed his hat-trick of tries in the 57th minute in the left corner and Glynn added a fine conversion to bring up 30 points.
Gerry Hurley got some consolation for Con when he tapped a penalty and made the line in the 66th minute. Holland kicked the conversion, but Belvedere finished strongly with two further converted tries by outstanding flanker Jack Conan and second row Josh Eden-Whatiri.Referee:
D.Lyons; R.Clune, N.O’Driscoll, S.Deasy, C.Quinn; J.Holland, G.Hurley Capt.; P.Galvin, A.O’Driscoll, C.Corkery; P.Donnellan, B.Hayes; G.Lawlor, B.O’Hara, James Ryan.Con Scorers:
G.Hurley 1T; J.Holland 1C2P.Old Belvedere Players:
D.Riordan; J.Glynn, J.Kennedy, B.Woods, C.Murphy; S.Crosbie, F.Lawlor; V.Soden, M.Cooney, P.O’Regan; D.Moore, J.Eden-Whatiri; J.Conan, K.O’Gorman, J.Slattery.Old Belvedere Scorers:
D.Riordan 3T; J.Eden-Whatiri 1T; J.Conan 1T; K.O’Gorman 1T; J.Glynn 2C4P.