Cork Con FC 1st XV 18 - 15 Garryowen
Venue: Temple HillCompetition: Ulster Bank League Div.1A
Cork Constitution defeated their oldest rivals Garryowen at Temple Hill on Saturday, but only after another very tight contest.
Constitution played with the elements in the first period, and led 6-5 at the interval. However, two penalties from Johnny Holland were not adequate, facing into the strong south-westerly wind in the second period, especially since Garryowen had scored a try through back row Barry O’Mahony in the 30th minute to show the Light Blues’ determination, despite their lowly position in the League table. Holland gave Con their slender lead with penalties in the 12th and 37th minutes.
Garryowen commanded the third quarter, and added to their total with a Jamie Gavin penalty in the 41st minute, who also converted Harry McNulty’s 47th minute try for 15-6.
A turning point occurred in the 53rd minute with the yellow carding of Garryowen second row McCloskey. The resultant play yielded a try by James Ryan, and Holland’s conversion left Con just two points behind.
Gavin missed a penalty chance in the 61st minute for Garryowen. Then play was held up in the 68th minute for an injury to a Garryowen player, with Con in a promising attacking position. A similar attack in the 79th minute, however, yielded the winning points as Bryan Cagney finished a series of mauls with an unconverted try.
Garryowen fully deserved their losing bonus point, to get their season underway, and will surely add to this fine display in the weeks ahead. For their part, Constitution will be glad to get the home win, and can now look forward to the local derby against Dolphin next Friday evening, under lights at Musgrave Park.
S.Gaffikin IRFU.Con Players:
D.Lyons; C.Desmond, N.Kenneally, L.Duffy, Cathal Quinn; J.Holland, R.Foley; B.Cagney, A.O’Driscoll, G. Sweeney; S.O’Connor, J.McSwiney; G.Lawler, Jas.Ryan, W.Ryan. Replacements: M.Abbott, G.Duffy (3), C.O’Flaherty (5), L.Cahill (4), Chris Quinn.Con Scorers:
James Ryan 1T; B.Cagney 1T; J.Holland 1C2P.Garryowen Players:
L.Bourke; J.McInearney, A.O’Byrne, A.Gaughan, H.McNulty; J.Gavin, N.Cronin; R.Brosnan, J.Rael, P.O’Shea; D.Mulcair, A.McCloskey; S.Buckley, B.O’Mahony, A.Kavanagh. Replacements: E.Rossiter, S.Seymour, M.Hanrahan, A.Wooton, G.Ryan.Garryowen Scorers:
B.O’Mahony 1T; H.McNulty 1T; J.Gavin 1C1P.