Cork Con FC 1st XV 32 - 22 Terenure
Venue: Lakelands, DublinCompetition: Ulster Bank League Division 1A
Tomas Quinlan came off the bench and contributed 12 points, including the bonus point try, as Cork Constitution ran out impressive 32-22 winners over Terenure College at Lakelands Park.
It was all Constitution in the early stages, out-half Darragh Lyons nailing his first penalty attempt. A strong 10th-minute lineout maul put flanker James Murphy over for a try converted by Dara Lyons. The margin was out to 15-0 after Terenure's James Thornton had a clearance kick charged down by Brian Hayes, and the latter's second row partner Conor Kindregan, following a number of close range drives, eventually touched down for the visitors.
'Nure hit back with a 29th minute penalty from Thornton to make it 15-3 for half-time and with Risteard Byrne and John Dever making an impact off the bench, the Dubliners were enjoying more possession and territory. Their persistence paid off in the 57th minute when Dever crashed over at the end of a forwards drive.
But that only served to rouse Constitution, and moments after his introduction for Lyons, Quinlan knocked over a close range penalty. And then with a quarter of an hour remaining, winger Rob Jermyn raced onto a kick into the 'Nure half to touch down in style.
Terenure replied with a try from full-back Ian Hanly, who profited from Thornton's neat lay-off, and Stephen O'Neill's conversion made it a ten-point game. But again Con had the answer, with Quinlan breaking through for the bonus point score in the final minutes.
Although 'Nure scrum half Kevin O'Neill helped himself to a consolation try right at the death, James Blaney's charges missed out on a losing bonus point, and they now find themselves second-from-bottom in the table.Referee:
M.Connolly IRFU.Con Players:
D.Sweetman; S.Daly, N.Hodson, N.Kenneally, R.Jermyn; D.Lyons, J.Poland; G.Duffy, M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; C.Kindregan, B.Hayes; L.Cahill, J.Murphy, J.Ryan Capt. Replacements: A.Slattery (2), R.Burke (3), C.O’Flaherty (6), R.Foley (9), T.Quinlan (10).Con Scorers:
T.Quinlan 1T1P2C; D.Lyons 1C1P, J.Murphy 1T; C.Kindregan 1T; R.Jermyn 1T;Terenure Players:
I.Hanly; J.O’Donoghue, S.O’Neill, H.Brewer, H.Moore; J.Thornton, K.O’Neill; O’Heffernan, B.Smith, K.Moloney; M.Murphy, K.O’Dwyer; R.Duke, J.O’Neill,Capt., M.Melia. Replacements: R.Byrne, S.Borza, J.Dever, M.Byrne, M.Hiney.Terenure Scorers:
J.Dever 1T; I.Hanley 1T; K.O’Neill 1T; S.O’Neill 2C; J.Thornton 1P.