Cork Con FC 1st XV 30 - 12 St Mary’s College
Venue: Temple HillCompetition: Ulster Bank League – Division 1A
St Mary’s College won a comprehensive victory over Cork Constitution in the Ulster Bank League tie at Temple Hill on Saturday. They racked up seventeen points without reply in the first half, and added another thirteen points before Constitution made a late rally to put a little respectability on the score. Constitution won the first meeting between the sides at Templeville Road last month, but it was clear that the Dubliners had revenge in mind.
Constitution started well enough, but Johnny Holland missed the first scoring chance from a penalty in the 9th minute. St Mary’s took the lead from a Gavin Dunne penalty in the 26th minute after James Ryan was yellow-carded for an indiscretion. From the kick-off, St. Mary’s No.8 Darragh Keller made a powerful return run, to set up a scrum inside the Con 22 metre line. From there they mauled to the line, and then released winger Steve Toal-Lennon to score a fine try. Dunne added the conversion for 10-0.
Then in the 38th minute as Con attacked inside the Mary’s 22 metre line, Toal-Lennon intercepted and sprinted away for a fortunate, but vital score. Dunne added the points for 17-0 at the break.
Dunne kicked a penalty in the 43rd minute to bring up 20 points for his side. A fracas at mid-way in the 47th minute saw a player from each side dispatched to the sin bin. Dunne kicked a second penalty in the 51st minute when Constitution wing Cronan Healy became the fourth player to be sin-binned for an off-side offence. St Mary’s captain Matt D’Arcy ended the game as a contest when he stole away from a maul to score in the 58th minute. Dunne again added the points for 30-0.
Despite the daunting task, Constitution rose to the challenge however, and once they got back to fifteen players, they forced some good possession and were rewarded when Brian Hayes got over for a try from a 5-metre scrum in the 66th minute. Gerry Hurley converted, but he failed to add the points to a last minute try by Conor Desmond in the left corner.
And so ended a poor day for the home side. The sides will meet again at the end of the season in the Bateman Cup final, though the venue remains undecided.Referee:
D.Lyons; N.O’Driscoll, S.Deasy, R.Clune, C.Healy; J.Holland, G.Hurley Capt.; P.Galvin, A.O’Driscoll, B.Cagney; P.Donnellan, B.Hayes; G.Lawler, B.O’Hara, James Ryan.
B.Hayes 1T; C.Desmond 1T; G.Hurley 1C.St Mary’s College Players:
C.Horgan; S.Toal-Lennon, M.O’Driscoll, RR.Hudson, D.Fanning; G.Dunne, M.D’Arcy; C.McMahon, D.Fawcett, A.Lyons; S.Bradshaw, G.Sexton; C.Ruddock, G.Austin, D.Keller.
S.Toal-Lennon 2T; M.D’Arcy 1T; G.Dunne 2P3C.