Cork Con FC J1 30 - 20 Crosshaven
Venue: TemplehillCompetition: Munster Junior Cup
Cork Constitution followed up their first round victory over Muskerry, with victory over Cosshaven in their third round Munster Junior Cup match at Templehill on Sunday. Crosshaven, who defeated Clonakilty 24-18 in the first round, gave the home side a good test, and contained them well to 13-13 in the first half.
Barry Galvin gave the home side a fifth minute lead with an unconverted try in the right corner from a Luke Duffy break. However, two penalties by Ian Smith had Crosshaven in front by the 12th minute. And a try by Michael Lynch, converted by Smith in the 27th minute increased Crosshaven’s belief at 5-13, after Constitution had lost full-back Billy Pope to the sin-bin for a high tackle. However, Constitution fought back with a try by Vincent O’Brien in the 35th minute, and a penalty just on half time by Jamie Murphy, tied the scores at 13 points each.
Constitution opened the second period with a classy try by Luke Duffy, from a line-out at half-way, with the ball going smoothly through the hands, and Murphy’s conversion was good for 20-13. Second-row Sean O’Leary followed up immediately with a try from a 22 metre line-out, again converted by Murphy for 27-13. The standard of play deteriorated subsequently, with yellow/red cards and mediocre play from both sides. A Murphy penalty in the 70th minute closed Constitution’s account, while a 76th minute try and conversion took the bare look from Crosshaven’s.
In the 4th round, Constitution will be home to the winners of Cobh Pirates / Clanwilliam on 12th March
B.Pope; H.Murphy, L.Duffy, R.Horgan, B.Galvin; J.Murphy, J.Higgins; R.Wilmott, V.O’Brien, G.Roche; C.Barry, C.Barry, G.Stokes; J.O’Callaghan, R.O’Neill, S.O’Leary. Replacements: D.Coughlan, S.Deane (2), R.O’Halloran (6), E.Lacey (10), M.Clune (15)Con Scorers:
B.Galvin 1T; V.O’Brien 1T; L.duffy 1T; S.O’Leary 1T; J.Murphy 2C2P.Crosshaven Players:
D.Walsh; M.Lynch, B.O’Keeffe, S.Scriven, B.Scriven; I.Smith, K.Donovan; W.Coughlan, F.Koyg, T.O’Donovan; C.Dunlea, R.Ashman; P.Conroy, J.Kind, G.Jagoe. Replacements: D.Ashman, E.Ring (6), C.Murray, P.O’Leary (7), F.Dalton (11).Crosshaven Scorers:
M.Lynch 1T; J.Kind 1T; I.Smith 1C2P