Cork Con FC 1st XV 8 - 20 Terenure College
Venue: TemplhillCompetition: AIL All Ireland League
Cork Constitution were well below par at Temple Hill on Saturday. as they lost in a strangely dull Ulster Bank League tie. Having won the first game between the sides at Lakelands, and also after last week’s solid performance against Young Munster, there was an expectation of a step up in performance again. However, in temperate, but greasy ground conditions, they never rose to the challenge posed by the workman-like Dublin side.
The opening phase of play typified the overall performance with a series of missed tackles that led to the opening score – a penalty kicked by James Thornton after just three minutes. This also caused a ten minute sin-binning for Graham Lawler. Then in the 6th minute, a grubber kick to the corner was not controlled by the defence, and yielded an unconverted try to James O’Donoghue.
Terenure went further ahead with a try by Robert Duke in the 24th minute from an attack from half way that split the home defence. Thornton converted for 0-15. And in the 31st minute wing Harry Moore slipped in for the third try in the left corner.
Darren Sweetnam did pull a score back for the home team in the 36th minute, but that was as good as it got. The second half was a series of mauls and rucks for the most part, with little to excite the home following, but at least they held out some determined attacks by Terenure, who were seeking the bonus point for a fourth try.Referee:
S.Gaffikin IRFU.Con Players:
Cork Constitution: D.Sweetnam; L.Duffy, N.Kenneally, N.Hodson, R.Jermyn; D.Lyons, A.Dorgan.; G.Duffy, M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; C.O’Flaherty, D.O’Brien; G.Lawler, J.Murphy, J.Ryan. Replacements: A.Stanley (2), C.Corkery (3), F.McSwiney (4), S.Dwyer (7); T.Quinlan (10).Con Scorers:
D.Sweetnam 1T; T.Quinlan 1P.Terenure College Players:
Terenure College: I.Hanly; J.O’Donoghue, S.O’Neill, S.O’Donovan, H.Moore; J.Thornton, K.O’Neill; G.Hamilton, R.Smyth, R.Harrison; F.Walsh, J.Dever; R.Duke, J.O’Neill (Capt.), K.McCoy. Replacements: K.Buckley, J.Barretto, K.O’Dwyer, H.Brewer, M.O’Neill (all played)Terenure College Scorers:
J.O’Donoghue 1T; R.Duke 1T; H.Moore 1T; J.Thornton 1C1P.