Cork Con FC 1st XV 32 - 23 Ballynahinch
Venue: TemplehillCompetition: Ulster Bank League Division 1A
Cork Constitution, having lost to Ballynahinch in both home and away games last season, showed a determination to secure the match points in this, their sixth game of this season’s Ulster Bank League. The win leaves them in sixth place, but now only six points behind leader’s Clontarf, who they defeated in their last outing in Dublin.
The visitors had the better of the early exchanges going into an eight point lead after five minutes play. Former Constitution Cup hero, Chris Quinn, kicked the opening penalty in the second minute. And two minutes later he converted a try by right wing Aaron Cairns. Tomas Quinlan reduced the arrears with successful penalties in the 8th and 19th minutes. Quinn hit a post with a 21st minute penalty attempt, but then nailed his next opportunity in the 27th minute for 6-11.
Brian Hayes was unlucky to knock-on with the line beckoning in the 32nd minute, before Quinlan brought Constitution to 9-11 with a penalty awarded for a high tackle, that also yielded a yellow card for full back Mani Egan. And Constitution capitalised before the break when James Murphy and Liam O’Connell combined to send Dara Lyons over from 30 metres. Quinlan’s conversion left Constitution 16-11 to the good at the break.
From the restart, Constitution attacked and James Murphy scored at the posts, after Rob Jermyn had made ground to the left corner. Quinlan added the conversion for 23-11, and he kicked further penalties in the 49th and 62nd minutes for 29-11.
However, Ballynahinch showed their forward strength with a try by replacement prop Kyle McCall in the 73rd minute, with the conversion by Sam Windsor. And again in the final five minutes, a multiphase attack to the left corner yielded an unconverted try for Robin Harte, to leave just six points between the teams.
But Tomas Quinlan had the final say, as he steadied the ship for the home side with his sixth penalty from 40 metres, securing the points from a most entertaining game.
Next Saturday, Constitution travel to Young Munster, who knocked Old Belvedere off the top of the table with a 20-18 home victory.Referee:
Lloyd Linton (Ulster Society)Con Players:
D.Lyons; L.O’Connell, S.Daly, R.Horgan, R.Jermyn; T.Quinlan, R.Foley; B.Quinlan, M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; C.Kindregan, B.Hayes; G.Lawler, J.Murphy, J.Ryan Capt. Replacements: A.Slattery (6), G.Sweeney (3), L.O’Connor (1); L.Cahill (4), R.Foley (9).Con Scorers:
J.Murphy 1T; D.Lyons 1T; T.Quinlan 2C6P.Ballynahinch Players:
M.Egan; C.Quinn, R.Harte, R.Rainey, A.Cairns; S.Windsor, P.Rowley; J.Simpson, J.Murphy, C.Trenier; J.Madden, J.Simpson; Z.McCall, T.Donnan, C.Joyce. Replacements: K.McCall C.Gibson, B.Pentland, J.McBriar, J.Grattan.Ballynahinch Scorers:
A.Cairns 1T; K.McCall 1T; R.Harte 1T; C.Quinn 2P; S.Wilson 1C.