Cork Con FC 1st XV 18 - 17 Old Belvedere
Venue: Templehill
Competition: Ulster Bank League Division 1A
Match Report:

Cork Constitution scored a last gasp winner against Old Belvedere at Templehill on Saturday afternoon, when replacement out half, Tomas Quinlan, dropped an 84th minute goal to secure the points.


Although Constitution conceded a try just before the break to reduce their lead to15-11, their play up to then had suggested that they could win with something to spare. However, Old Belvedere are nothing if not competitive, and always give a good account of themselves. In this case, they were decidedly unfortunate, as they held sway for much of the second period, and only capitulated in the final play.


Constitution, however, will point to some bad luck at times, especially when flanker Sonny Dwyer had a clear run in to the try line, but when tackled from behind, the ball was knocked from his grasp, as he dived for the line.


Josh Glynn opened the scoring in the 3rd minute with a penalty for Old Belvedere, which was equalised for the home side by Darragh Lyons after 11 minutes. Constitution scored the first try in the 19th minute as Michael Keyes slid through the Belvedere defence. Constitution threatened again in the 26th minute when his centre partner, Niall Kenneally, intercepted at half way, and was only caught just before the line. A 5 metre scrum followed; Belvedere were penalised for collapsing and a penalty try awarded; Darragh Lyons slotted the conversion for 15-3 to the home side. 


Josh Glynn was successful with a penalty for Belvedere in the 33rd minute, and four minute later Danny Riordan popped up on the right wing to run in yet another opportunist try. The conversion was missed to leave Constitution 15-11 at the break.


Glynn missed a couple of penalty chances in the second period, before nailing one in the 55th minute. And in the 68th minute he gave Belvedere a two point lead, 15-17, with a penalty after Constitution flanker James Ryan was yellow carded. 


The final minutes were frantic as Constitution tried to salvage the game. After a series of rucks and mauls near the Belvedere line, Tomas Quinlan who had replaced Darragh Lyons at out-half, was just wide with a drop kick. Then Sonny Dwyer’s dramatic knock forward in the tackle, with the line at his mercy, and finally Tomas Quinlan got the opportunity to redeem his colleague with the last minute drop goal.



Con Players:

L.Duffy; D.Sweetnam, N.Kenneally, M.Keyes; R.Jermyn; D.Lyons, G.Hurley; G.Duffy, A.O’Driscoll, G.Sweeney; D.O’Brien, G.Lawler; J.Murphy, J.Ryan, L.Cahill. Replacements: M.Abbott (1), C.Corkery (3), S.Dwyer (8), A.Ross (7), T.Quinlan (10)

Con Scorers:

M.Keyes 1T; D.Lyons 1 Pen Try, 1C; T.Quinlan 1DG; D.Lyons 1P.

Old Belvedere Players:

D.Riordan; J.Glynn, C.Brennan, A.Wynne, S.McDonald; A.Sheehan, C.Rock; A.Howard, C.O’Flynn, D.Lavery; A.Trenier, J.Kelly; M.Oyuga, K.O’Gorman, J.Slattery. Replacements: B.Coyle, P.O’Regan (3), C.Owende, J.Kearns, A.DunneD.Riordan 1T; J.Glynn 4P. 


Old Belvedere Scorers:

D.Riordan 1T; J.Glynn 4P. 

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