Cork Con FC 1st XV 16 - 14 Garryowen
Venue: TemplehillCompetition: Ulster Bank League Division 1A
Cork Constitution edged their great rivals Garryowen in a thrilling All Ireland League encounter at Templehill on Saturday. It was a typical March afternoon, with a biting wind and a little watery sunshine, and it was played with typical Con-Garryowen fervour, with the outcome in doubt to the very end.
Garryowen took the first half honours, but only in the final minutes. Constitution led on 7 minutes from a penalty by Tomas Quinlan, and he doubled that lead on 33 minutes from a similar opportunity. Both sides had try scoring chances, but it was Garryowen who crossed the line first, when Andrew O’Byrne scored in the 41st minute. Cronin added the points for the half time lead.
Both kickers missed penalty chances in the third quarter. Garryowen extended their lead in the 67th minute when full back Alex Wooton scored, and Cronin kicked the conversion for 6-14. Two minutes later, Tomas Quinlan kicked a fine penalty from 40 metres to narrow the deficit to five points. Then in 74th minute, Constitution full back Aaron Spring scored, when he chased down a grubber kick to the line, and Quinlan added the points for 16-14 to Constitution.
There was still time for a little further drama, as Graeme Lawler was yellow-carded in the final minute, but Cronin’s penalty attempt hit the crossbar and was cleared.
With two series of matches remaining, Constitution exchange 4th and 5th places with Garryowen, on 42 and 39 points respectively, but Constitution also have an extra re-fixed game away to Terenure College on March 26th.Referee:
P.Fitzgibbon MARCon Players:
D.Lyons; A.Spring, N.Hodson, N.Kenneally, R.Jermyn; T.Quinlan, R.Foley; L.O’Connor, M.Abbott, R.Burke; B.Hayes, C.Kindregan; J.Murphy, J.Ryan Capt., L.Cahill. Replacements: B.Quinlan (3), G.Duffy (1), G.Lawler (5), J.Poland (9), L.O’Connell.Con Scorers:
A.Spring 1T; T.Quinlan 1C3PGarryowen Players:
A.Wootton; H.O’Brien-Cunningham, S.McMahon, A.O’Byrne, J.Purcell; C.Doyle, N.Cronin; J.P.Cooney, L.Cronin, B.Rowley; D.Sherry, P.McCarroll; C.Oliver, J.Coghlan, J.Hrstich (Capt.). Replacements: B.McNamara, S.Buckley, J.McInearney, J.Keane, C.Moloney.Garryowen Scorers:
A.O’Byrne 1T; A.Wooton 1T; N.Cronin 2C.