Cork Con FC 1st XV 8 - 24 Old Belvedere
Venue: Anglesea Road, DublinCompetition: Ulster Bank League Division 1A
Cork Constitution were out-scored by Old Belvedere in their opening Ulster Bank League tie at Anglesea Road on Saturday. In near-perfect conditions, they trailed 0-14 at half time, and while they competed well to recover the score to 8-14 inside the last 10 minutes, they unluckily conceded a penalty try that put the game out of reach.
Old Belvedere, with a settled side from last season, started strongly and built a solid first half lead. Two penalties converted by Aidan Wynne had them 6-0 ahead after 9 minutes. But Constitution missed out on a try scoring opportunity in the 12th minute when a knock-on at the line deprived them. Scrum half Aaron Sheehan crossed for a try for the home side in the 32nd minute, and Wynne added a penalty just before the break for a 14 point lead.
Constitution started the second period with more conviction, and when Michael Keyes broke through the middle in the 43rd minute, he put No.8 Luke Cahill in for a try. The conversion was missed however, and Constitution received a blow 3 minutes later when second row Cathal O’Flaherty was sin-binned for 10 minutes. Despite that Constitution competed well, and Gerry Hurley converted a penalty chance on 71 minutes, after both sides missed similar earlier scoring chances, to close the deficit to 8-14.
With time almost up on the clock Belvedere stretched their lead to 24-8 with a penalty, and a penalty try awarded for an illegal pass block down, and Wynne completed the scoring from the place kicks.
Constitution can take heart from a strong performance from their forward eight, who were never found wanting against an experienced Belvedere side that finished second in last season’s competition. Next Saturday at Templehill Constitution meet Lansdowne who scored an opening day 37-6 victory against DolphinReferee:
M.Keyes; R.Jermyn, N.Kenneally, N.Hodson, G.O’Suilleabhain; D.Lyons, G.Hurley; G.Duffy, A.O’Driscoll, C.Corkery; C.O’Flaherty, G.Lawler; J.Murphy, J.Ryan, L.Cahill. Replacements: A.Slattery, R.Daly, S.Dwyer, R.Foley (14), C.McAuliffe.Old Belvedere Players:
D.Riordan; R.Dunne, R.O’Loughlin, P.Robb, D.Mongan; A.Wynne, A.Sheehan; A.Howard, C.O’Flynn, D.Lavery; A.Trenier, J.Kelly; J.O’Beirne, K.O’Gorman, J.Slattery. Replacements: P.O’Regan (1), J.Williams-Grey (2), K.O’Neill (2), R.Kavanagh, S.McDonald.