Cork Con FC 1st XV 58 - 15 University College Dublin
Venue: TemplehillCompetition: All Ireland League Div.1
Cork Constitution met UCD for the third time this season, and for the second time at Belfield. The first AIL match was drawn 19 points each at Templehill in October; Constitution won the Bateman Cup tie at Belfield in January; and Constitution have now won the return League tie, with a bonus point to boost their AIL chances.
Constitution led 13-8 at half time from two Tomas Quinlan penalties and a conversion of a try by Aaron Spring. While UCD had a try and a penalty by Billy Dardis.
Ryan Foley had a try for Constitution after the break, again converted by Quinlan, but UCD replied when out half Bobby Holland had a try under the posts for the Students, converted by Dardis to reduce the deficit to 20-15. The Con backs put the ball through the hands for the next score by Dara Lyons, converted by Quinlan for 27-15. And a penalty by Quinlan kept the score ticking over, before the forwards mauled a fourth try, touched down Max Abbott, and again converted by Quinlan for 37-15.
Constitution maintained the pressure to the end, scoring further tries by Tomas Quinlan and Aaron Spring, both converted by Quinlan. And a final try by Johnny Holland, converted by himself, completed a most comprehensive win.
UCD slip to second place, as Clontarf scored a bonus point home win over Young Munster. Meanwhile Constitution claim fourth place on points-difference over Garryowen, who are next week’s opponents at Templehill.Referee:
M.Connolly (IRFU)Con Players:
T.Quinlan; A.Spring, N.Hodson, R.Horgan, R.Jermyn; J.Holland, R.Foley; G.Duffy, M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; C.Kindregan, B.Hayes; L.Cahill, J.Murphy, Jas.Ryan Capt. Replacements: B.Quinlan, R.Burke, G.Lawler, J.Higgins, D.Lyons.Con Scorers:
A.Spring 2T; R.Foley 1T; J.Ryan 1T; M.Abbott 1T; J.Holland 1T1C; T.Quinlan 1T3P6C;University College Dublin Players:
B.Dardis; A.Boyle, S.Murphy (Capt.), C.Doherty, B.Daly; B.Holland, J.Byrne; G.Frayne, S.McNulty, L.Hyland; B.Cawley, E.McMahon; J.Dwyer, D.Lawler, J.Murphy. Replacements: J.Brennan, R.Byrne, M.Cawley, L.Burke, T.Fletcher.University College Dublin Scorers: