Cork Con FC 1st XV 26 - 15 St Mary’s College
Venue: Templeille RoadCompetition: Ulster Bank League Division 1A
Cork Constitution won their Ulster Bank League tie with St Mary’s College at Templeville Road on Saturday with an impressive display. They scored two tries in the opening half to lead 17-10, and kept the home side at bay in the second period, until conceding an injury time try.
Constitution started with last season’s U21 scrum half, Andrew Dorgan, making his AIL debut in place of the injured duo, captain Gerry Hurley and Ryan Foley. The youngster had a sterling game, giving a first class service to near-veteran Darragh Lyons at out half, now in his twelfth season with the club and playing his 159th AIL game. And it was Lyons’ perfect place kicking return of two conversions and four penalties that that kept the scoreboard ticking over, against the usual very-committed St Mary’s side.
Constitution got off to the perfect start when Michael Keyes finished off a characteristic break in mid-field by No.8 Luke Cahill for a 3rd minute try in the right corner. Lyons added the extra points. St Mary’s hit back with a penalty by Gavin Dunne in the 6th minute.
Constitution scored a second try in the 16th minute when Rob Jermyn scored in the left corner, after a quick tap penalty caught the defence off-guard. Lyons converted with another excellent kick, and in the 21st minute he stretched the visitor’s lead to 17-3 with a penalty from 10 metre line. Flanker Richard Sweeny got in for a try for the home side in the 41st minute. Dunne converted, but his side trailed 10-17.
There was a similar pattern to the second period as Darragh Lyons kept his side on the front foot with penalties in the 44th, 64th and 70th minutes. At the end, St Mary’s got a consolation score with the last play of the game as full back David Fanagan sliced through for a try.
The victory leaves Constitution in fifth place in the AIL table after four games. There is now a four week gap until the next AIL fixture against Young Munster at Templehill on 1st November. In the interim, there is a Charity Cup game against Dolphin next week, and a Munster Senior Cup game with Sunday’s Well on 18th October.Referee:
T.Quinlan; M.Keyes, N.Kenneally, N.Hodson, R.Jermyn; D.Lyons Capt., A.Dorgan; G.Duffy, A.O’Driscoll, C.Corkery; C.O’Flaherty, G.Lawler; J.Murphy, J.Ryan, L.Cahill. Replacements: A.Slattery (3), R.Daly (2), D.Moloney (4), C.McAuliffe (11), J.J.O’Neill (14).Con Scorers:
M.Keyes 1T; R.Jermyn 1T; D.Lyons 3P2C.St Mary’s College Players:
D.Fanagan; C.Toolan, R.Hudson, R.O’Loughlin, M.O’Driscoll; G.Dunne, R.Glynn; B.McGovern, R.O’Donovan, Robert Sweeney; K.McKenna, C.Ruddock; Richard Sweeney, B.O’Flanagan, K.Sheahan Capt. Replacements: R.Allen (2), T.O’Reilly, N.Timoney, M.Fallon, H.McDonnell (9).St Mary’s College Scorers:
R.Sweeney 1T; D.Fanagan 1T; G.Dunne 1P1C.