Cork Con FC 1st XV 23 - 15 Shannon
Venue: Temple HillCompetition: Ulster Bank League – Division 1A
Cork Constitution won this Munster derby match with Shannon to consolidate their top four place in the Ulster Bank League table. They led 13-0 after an uneventful first half, but had to fight hard in the second period as a resurgent Shannon side met the challenge.
Johnny Holland kicked a penalty after 9 minutes to give the home side an early lead. Play was bright and open as both sides used their three-quarters, and when Tadg Bennett misplaced a pass in the 20th minute Constitution winger Conor Desmond, grabbed the ball and ran in from all of 60 metres for a try. Holland added the conversion for 10-0. And Holland kicked an easy penalty chance on the half hour when Shannon were penalised for off-side under the posts, as Constitution continued to dominate the first half.
However, it was a different story in the third quarter as Shannon fought back. First Rob Guerin got a fortunate intercept at half way, and eluded the home defence to score. He kicked the conversion, and a penalty five minutes later, to close the gap to three points 13-10.
Constitution, however, rose to the challenge, and after numerous phases of positive play, Holland improved their lead with another penalty in the 56th minute. Shannon had second row Fergal Walsh sin-binned in the 60th minute, and when Con forced a scrum on the Shannon line, Gerry Hurley was quick to take advantage of a poorly controlled Shannon heel, to tap the ball over the line and score a vital try. Holland converted and Con were 23-10 ahead.
In the last play, Shannon, who were never less than competitive, scored a fine try through Cormac O’Donnell in the right corner, but Guerin could not secure the losing bonus point when his conversion attempt failed.Referee:
N.Correll (Leinster)Con Players:
D.Lyons; N.O’Driscoll, R.Clune, P.Parfrey, C.Desmond; J.Holland, G.Hurley Capt.; B.Cagney, A.O’Driscoll, John Ryan; P.Donnellan, B.Hayes; B.Cuttriss, C.O’Flaherty, James Ryan.Con Scorers:
C.Desmond 1T; G.Hurley 1T; J.Holland 3P2C.Shannon Players:
J.Loxton; C.O’Donnell, E.Moloney, R.Mullane, L.O’Dea; T.Bennett, R.Guerin; M.Horan, D.Casey, G.McNamara; F.Walsh, K.Hanley; S.McCarthy, M.Cullan, J.Murphy.Shannon Scorers:
R.Guerin 1T1P1C; C.O’Donnell 1T.