Cork Con FC 1st XV 20 - 14 Old Belvedere
Venue: Anglesea RoadCompetition: AIL Division 1
Cork Constitution defeated Old Belvedere at Anglesea Road on Saturday to boost their own credentials for this season’s AIL honours. The success takes Constitution off the bottom rung of the League Table to joint fifth with St Mary’s College, four points behind joint leaders Young Munster and Dublin University.
On a pristine Anglesea Road pitch, Constitution hit the ground running, and took a nine points to nil interval lead, through three penalties from Tomas Quinlan. And they fully deserved that lead as they dominated possession throughout the half. Quinlan landed his first from 45 metres in the first play when the home side were penalised. Constitution dominated that opening period, and scrum half Jason Higgins might have added to the total when he broke through the middle of the home defence on 26 minutes, but was stopped just short of the try line.
A yellow card for Old Belvedere wing Sean Coughlan yielded the next score, as Tomas Quinlan landed the resultant penalty for 0-6 after 19 minutes. And in injury time, Quinlan made it 9-0 with his third successful penalty conversion.
Constitution opened the second half just as strongly as the first, when Graeme Lawler was put over from an attack that was initiated from half way by Liam O’Connor and Jason Higgins. Quinlan missed the conversion, but kicked a 50th minute penalty from 40 metres for 0-17.
A yellow card followed shortly after for Rob Jermyn, and Belvedere capitalised as wing Sean Coughlan scored a 59th minute try with a blind side run, which Steve Crosbie converted for 7-17. However Quinlan kept Constitution on the front foot with his fifth penalty for 7-20 on 70 minutes.
In the final minutes, inexplicably, Constitution were reduced to thirteen players, as Evan Mintern was yellow-carded and Rob Jermyn red-carded. The latter resulted in a penalty try, converted by Crosbie in the 81st minute, leaving Constitution the winners at 20-14.
It was Constitution’s third win from five games played, and moves them up to fifth place on 13 points, four behind leaders Dublin University
M.Patton IRFUCon Players:
S.Daly; L.O’Connell, N.Hodson, N.Kenneally Capt., R.Jermyn; T.Quinlan, J.Higgins; L.O’Connor, M.Abbott, R.Burke; B.Hayes, C.Kindregan (Capt.); S.Dwyer, J.Murphy, E.Mintern. Replacements: G.Roche, G.Duffy (1), G.Lawler (6), J.Poland (9), M.Clune.Con Scorers:
G.Lawler 1T; T.Quinlan 5P.Old Belvedere Players:
D.Riordan; S.McDonald, J.Kennedy, S.Crosbie, S.Coughlan; W.Staunton, A.Sheehan; A.Howard, E.Rossiter, D.Lavery; J.Kelly, M.Ritani; M.Oyuga, P.Pritchard, K.Miller.
Replacements: C.O’Flynn , D.Ryan (5), T.de Jongh (8), S.Killeen (11), C.Rock (9).
S.Coughlan 1T; S.Crosbie 1PT2C