Cork Con FC 1st XV 36 - 25 Buccaneers
Venue: Dubarry Park, AthloneCompetition: Bateman Cup Semi-final
Cork Constitution recorded an impressive Bateman Cup semi final win over Buccaneers at Dubarry Park, Athlone, on Saturday afternoon. They led 14-10 at the interval, and by 24-13 by the mid-point of the second period. And though Buccaneers made a late rally, Constitution were well worthy of their place in the final.
The game was played in fine sunshine, on a pristine Dubarry Park pitch, and the home side settled quickly scoring the opening try in the 12th minute. A line-out on the 10 yard line was quickly worked into mid-field, and Alan Gaughan cut through for the try. Gaughan also converted for 7-0.
Constitution drew level in the 22nd minute. From a 22m line out, centres Hodson and Keyes worked an opening for Rob Jermyn to score the try, and Tomas Quinlan added the extra points.
Buccaneers re-took the lead in the 26th minute as Gaughan kicked a penalty awarded against Hodson, who was also sin-binned. Quinlan missed a penalty opportunity, before setting up a try for Niall Kenneally with a deft grubber kick to the line, after Jermyn had made good ground on the left. And Quinlan’s conversion left Constitution leading 14-10 at the interval.
In the 45th minute, Quinlan again set up a try, this time with a punt to the line that Darren Sweetnam fielded expertly, and crashed over the line. Quinlan again converted, and added a sweet drop goal in the 52nd minute to leave Constitution leading 24-10.
Gaughan pulled three points back for Buccaneers with a penalty in the 54th minute. But the game was virtually over as a contest in the 65th minute, when James Murphy and Rob Jermyn combined to send Dara Lyons over for Constitution’s fourth try.
The hard-working Alan Ross scored a fifth try in the 69th minute, converted by Dara Lyons, who had moved to out half in pace of Quinlan in the final quarter.
Buccaneers had a couple of consolation scores in the closing minutes: Martin Staunton touched down from a maul to the line in the 80th minute; and centre Alex Hayman scored in the 86th minute, to which Gaughan added the extras.
Constitution can be well pleased with their performance overall, and now look forward to a busy final month of the season, with AIL games against Clonatrf (A) and UCD (H); and the prospect of a Top Four series. And finally the Bateman Cup final against Clontarf, who defeated Ballynahinch 24-20 at Ballymacadam Park, also today.Referee:
M.Patton IRFUCon Players:
D.Lyons Capt.; R.Jermyn, N.Kenneally, M.Keyes, N.Hodson; T.Quinlan, A.Dorgan; G.Duffy, M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; G.Lawler, D.O’Brien; L.Cahill, S.Dwyer, J.Ryan. Replacements: A.Slattery, C.Corkery, A.Ross, J.Murphy, L.Duffy, A.Ryan, D.Sweetnam (All played)Con Scorers:
R.Jermyn 1T; N.Kenneally 1T; D.Sweetnam 1T; A.Ross 1T; D.Lyons 1C1T; T.Quinlan 1DG 3CBuccaneers Players:
E.O’Reilly; B.Henshaw, A.Gaughan, A.Hayman, C.Fitzgibbon; C.Boland, M.Dolan; J.Walsh, D.Heffernan, M.Staunton; D.Qualter, J.Tormey; P.Gallogly, R.Farrell, L.Satchwell. Replacements: S.Flanagan, D.Higgins, B.Campbell, J.Donoghue, R.Keller, R.O’Connor, D.Butler.Buccaneers Scorers:
A.Gaughan 1T2P2C; M.Staunton 1T; A.Hayman 1T.