Cork Con FC 1st XV 24 - 23 Young Munster
Venue: Clifford ParkCompetition: Ulster Bank League Division 1A
Cork Constitution pipped Young Munster almost on the line, as it were, in a closely fought return Ulster Bank League tie at Clifford Park on Saturday. Young Munster had won the first tie at Temple Hill 16-10 in January, so it was honours even for the season, as Gerry Hurley knocked over his fourth penalty in the dying minutes.
Brendan Haugh had opened the scoring for Young Munster in the 2nd minute with a penalty, but Constitution went ahead in the 7th minute when No.8 James Ryan finished off a good attack from half way. And Constitution went further ahead with a smart try by Darragh Lyons in the left corner. Gerry Hurley kicked a fine conversion for 12-3. Young Munster hit back with a try by Brendan Haugh after a break by Kolio Hifo. Haugh converted for 10-12, and he gave his side the lead with a penalty just before the break.
Two penalties by Gerry Hurley had Constitution back in front in the third quarter, before Young Munster drew level with a try when Kolio Hifo sprinted over under the posts in the 58th minute. Haugh again converted for Munster’s to lead 20-18. Then Hurley and Haugh exchanged further penalties, before Hurley had the final say with his fourth penalty in the 77th minute.Referee:
S.Kierans IRFUCon Players:
.Lyons; C.Desmond, N.Kenneally, M.Keyes, E.O’Donnell; D.Lyons, G.Hurley; G.Duffy, A.O’Driscoll, C.Corkery; Y.Browne, C.O’Flaherty; J.McSwiney, Jas Ryan, W.Ryan.
Replacements: J.Rochford (3); R.Daly, J.McSwiney (4); A.Ryan, Chris Quinn.
Jas Ryan 1T; D.Lyons 1T; G.Hurley 1C4PYoung Munster Scorers:
K.Hifo 1T; B.Haugh 1T2C3P