Cork Con FC 1st XV 50 - 25 University College Dublin
Venue: Temple Hill
Competition: Ulster Bank League Div.1
Match Report:

Cork Constitution defeated UCD in an exciting UBL tie at Temple Hill on Saturday, scoring fifty points and collecting a four-try bonus point tomove into second place in the AIL 1A table.


In near-perfect conditions, Constitution took it to their opponents from the off with great enthusiasm, to lead 29-13 by half time. An opening 5th minute penalty by Tomas Quinlan, was added to by by loose-head prop Liam O’Connor four minutes later, after selling an outrageous dummy to score from 25 metres. Tomas Quinlan converted for 10-0. However, UCD had a penalty from Ciaran Frawley on 13 minutes to keep the students in touch.


A line-out take by Darren O’Shea led to a penalty try to Constitution on 16 minutes, converted by Quinlan for 17-3. But three minutes later, UCD right wing, Tom Fletcher, ran in a try in the right corner from 30 metres, and Colin Frawley’s excellent conversion closed the gap to 17-10. And a penalty awarded under the posts was also converted by Frawley in the 22nd minute.


Constitution hit back with a try by J.J.O’Neill in the 25th minute, and Quinlan’s conversion made it 24-13 to the home side. A yellow card for UCD prop Liam Hyland was punished by Constitution, as Tomas Quinlan scored their third try in the right corner after a clever blind-side run. He missed the difficult conversion, but it left Constitution at 29-13 at the break.


Constitution had a difficult start to the second period; first a yellow card to Darren O’Shea for an awkward tackle, was followed by a red card for Ger Sweeney in the 48th minute for a repeated scrummaging offence. However, a try by Dara Lyons in the right corner settled the home side again, and Quinlan’s conversion left Constitution well ahead at 36-13.


A try by UCD centre Tommy O’Brien in the 70th minute, after a midfield mistake by the home side, gave them hope as Burke converted for 36-20. But as the game reached its climax, it was Constitution who added to their total with a try by Rob Jermyn, after he was set up by a determined run by Ned Hodson. Quinlan converted for 43-20.


Replacement prop Gordon Frayne scored a 79th minute try for the students, but there was still time for Ned Hodson, to intercept and score Constitution’s seventh try in the last play, with Quinlan’s conversion bringing up 50 points.


Constitution move into second place, a point ahead of Young Munster, but four points behind Lansdowne, after nine games. There is now a space of some eight weeks before the League resumes, with Constitution and UCD due to meet again at Belfield on Sat., 28th January.


N.Correll (IRFU)

Con Players:

L.O’Connell; J.J.O’Neill, N.Hodson, N.Kenneally (Capt.), R.Jermyn; T.Quinlan, J.Poland; L.O’Connor, M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; D.O’Shea, C.Kindregan; B.Hayes, J.Murphy, E.Mintern. Replacements: R.Burke (8), G. Duffy (1), R.O’Neill, J.Higgins (9), D.Lyons (14).

Con Scorers:

L.O’Connor 1T; J.J.O’Neill 1T; D.Lyons 1T; R.Jermyn 1T; N.Hodson 1T; T.Quinlan 2T1P6C.

University College Dublin Players:

A.Marks; C.Burke, S.Murphy, T.O’Brien, T.Fletcher; C.Frawley, J.Glynn (capt.); M.Moynihan, S.McNulty, L.Hyland; E.McMahon, B.Cawley; J.Guy, A.Penny, G.Jones.  Replacements: G.Frayne, S.McGivern, J.Dwan, N.Peters, M.Gilsenan.

University College Dublin Scorers:

T.Fletcher 1T; T.O’Brien 1T; G.Freyne 1T; C.Frawley 1T2P2C.

Cork Constitution FC