Cork Con FC J2 27 - 14 Cobh Pirates
Venue: TemplehillCompetition: Junior 2 Cup Semi-Final
Cork Constitution Junior 2 XV won an exciting Junior 2 Cup semi-final against Cobh Pirates at Temple Hill on Sunday afternoon. Despite gaining an early 17 point advantage in the first quarter, Cobh pulled back to 17-11 by the interval. But Con eventually saw the gallant Pirates off with a clinching try by Rory O’Sullivan in the final minutes.
Second row Cilian O’Connor struck for the first try for Constitution when he latched on to a mix up in the visitors defence after 5 minutes. Simon Barry kicked the conversion for 7-0. Jack O’Sullivan scored a slick try for Constitution, and again Barry added the points, to double their tally after 12 minutes. And Barry kicked a penalty on 16 minutes to bring up 17 points as Constitution continued to dominate.
However, Michael Keating got a touchdown for Cobh in the 28th minute, and from there to the interval Cobh were in control. Eoin McSweeny kicked two penalties to leave just six points between the sides at the break.
Simon Barry kicked a penalty in the 50th minute. Then both sides missed scoring chances before McSweeny closed the gap in the 69th minute from a penalty after Fergus Rowan was sin-binned. However, Con closed out the match with a fine try by Rory O’Sullivan, from a neat blind-side back row move involving Kevin Minihan and Bruce Ferguson. Barry added the points for a personal 12 point total.
In the final Constitution will face Carrigaline who defeated Kanturk in the other semi-final.
Singleton; D.Hayes, J.O’Sullivan, D.Clarke, R.O’Sullivan; S.Barry, K.Minihan Capt.; E.Quinn, C.Parkes, D.O’Connell; C.O’Connor, C.Fouhy; D.Leung, M.O’Mahony, F.Rowan.Con Scorers:
C.O’Connor1T; J.O’Sullivan 1T; R.O’Sullivan 1T; S.Barry 3C2P.Cobh Pirates Players:
M.Keating 1T; E.McSweeney 3P