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Cork Con FC 1st XV 25 - 25 UCD
Venue: Belfield
Competition: Ulster Bank League Division 1A
Match Report:

Cork Constitution and University College Dublin played out a draw in an an exciting Ulster Bank League game at the Belfield Bowl on Sunday afternoon. Seven tries were scored in an end-to-end match, and in the end the points were shared, though Constitution claimed a bonus point for their four tries.

 

UCD drew first blood after just two minutes when hooker Risteard Byrne finished off a fine break by UCD impressive centre Gary Ringrose. Liam Bourke converted, but he missed a penalty opportunity before Gerry Hurley got Constitution on the board with a penalty on 12 minutes.

 

In the 27th minute, a deliberate knock down by Constitution was penalised, and Bourke kicked the penalty for 10-3 to UCD. And just before the break it got worse for Constitution as Sam Coughlan- Murray got in for an unconverted try that left the students 15-3 to the good.

 

In the 48th minute a clever cross-kick by Johnny Holland was gathered by Rob Jermyn and he scored wide on the left. Gerry Hurley kicked a great conversion, but Bourke had a penalty for UCD two minutes later to move the score to 18-10 for UCD.

 

The Constitution pack were excellent on the day and none better than Graeme Lawler. He brought his side back into the game with a brace of tries in the 55th and 65th minutes. The first, when a line-out from 15 metres was driven to the line; and the second, when he broke off a maul near the line. Unfortunately, Gerry Hurley missed both conversions, striking a post with the second attempt. In a comic moment later, the Con Captain vented his frustration at the Referee Paton’s decision making, who took in good form.

 

The industrious Constitution No.8 Luke Cahill earned the try-bonus point with his side’s fourth try in the 72nd minute following a 5 metre scrum. The conversion was again missed, but Constitution led 25-18 going into the final minutes. However, UCD were nothing if not adventurous throughout, and good mid-field play saw full back Billy Dardis score his sides third try in the 82nd minute. Bourke nailed the conversion to tie up the scores, and end a very exciting match with honours even.

Referee:

M.Paton Ulster Referees Societ

Con Players:

D.Sweetnam; L.Duffy, I.Dineen, N.Hodson, R.Jermyn; J.Holland, G.Hurley Capt.; G.Duffy, M.Abbott, C.Corkery; C.O’Flaherty, D.O’Brien; J.Murphy, J.Ryan, L.Cahill. Replacements: A.O’Driscoll (2), G.Sweeney (3); G.Lawler (5); S.Dwyer (7), D.Lyons.

Con Scorers:

G.Lawler 2T; R.Jermyn 1T; L.Cahill 1T; G.Hurley 1C1P

UCD Players:

B.Dardis; S.Coughlan-Murray, G.Ringrose, H.McNulty, A.Byrne; L.Bourke, B.Holland; G.Frayne, R.Byrne, L.Hyland; R.Moloney, E.McMahon Capt.; P.Timmins, J.Van der Flyer, S.Grannell. Replacements: J.Loughran, M.Moynihan, G.Thorbury, C.McQuaid, J.Murray.

UCD Scorers:

R.Byrne 1T; S.Coughlan-Murray 1T; B.Dardis 1T; L.Bourke 2C2P

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