Cork Con FC 1st XV 17 - 21 UCC
Venue: TemplehillCompetition: Crowley Cup
University College Cork claimed their first Crowley Cup in seven years in a very competitive game at Templehill in the annual St Stephen’s Day game. Cork Constitution fielded their very competitive Under 20 side, and only a last minute converted try deprived them of what would have been a deserved win.
Played in very temperate conditions, Constitution took the lead when No.8 Michael Murphy touched down following a line out maul in the 20th minute. Wing James O’Flynn executed a smart pick up, from Liam O’Connell’s grubber kick, to add a second try in the 29th minute, and O’Connell added the conversion for 12-0 to the home side.
Constitution suffered a couple of sin-binings in the 10 minutes before the break, and College capitalized with a brace of tries by half-backs Dylan Horgan and Charlie O’Regan, both converted by Horgan, to leave the students 14-12 to the good at the break.
The Constitution pack were to the fore at scrum and line-out throughout, and Michael Murphy scored his second try in the 49th minute, when he finished another line out maul to the line. However, the game was decided late on, in the 81st minute, when replacement Brian Monaghan got on the end of a sustained College attack to score at the posts, and Kidney kicked the conversion to secure the Crowley Cup for College for the first time since 2007.
The Munster Senior Cup Final between Constitution and Garryowen, scheduled for 27th December at Musgrave Park, has been postponed, and a new date remains to be announced.Referee:
P.Hegarty; J.O’Fynn, K.Desmond, R.Horgan, D.O’Sullivan; L.O’Connell, J.Higgins; B.Quinlan, V.O’Brien, S.Galvin; C.Murphy, G.Stokes; S.Hickey, R.O’Callaghan, M.Murphy. Replacements: A.Slattery, M.O’Sullivan, K.Daly, C.Cunningham, D.Fitzgerald, J. Ahern.Con Scorers:
M.Murphy 2T; J.O’Flynn 1T; L.O’Connell 1C.UCC Players:
J.Kiernan; R.Slater, C.O’Halloran, C.Murphy, J.Ryan; D.Horgan, C.O’Regan; D.Fitzgerald, B.Vaughan, C.Slowey; A.Daly, C.Frost; J.Fitzgerald, C.Barry, P.Derham.UCC Scorers:
C.O’Regan 1T; B.Monaghan 1T; D.Horgan 1T3C.