Cork Con FC 1st XV 34 - 27 St Marys RFC
Venue: TemplehillCompetition: Ireland League - Division 1
Cork Constitution emerged victorious over St Mary’s College in the final league match of the season at Templehill on Saturday afternoon, to consolidate their Top Four position, but they could not improve on fourth place, as Lansdowne, Clontarf and Young Munster all achieved victories to deny Constitution.
Lansdowne defeated Garryowen 40-17 for first place, on points difference over Clontarf, who defeated UCD 37-28. Young Munster held on to third place by virtue of a 33-12 victory over Old Belvedere at Anglesea Road. Thus Constitution finished fourth on 57 points, one point inferior to the top three.
The Top Four pairings for next Saturday 22nd April are: Lansdowne v Cork Constitution Aviva Clontarf v Young Munster Castle Avenue.
Meanwhile, St Mary’s College, out of the running for Top Four honours, finished in sixth place. While Old Belvedere, in 10th place, were already doomed to relegation as they were 7 points inferior to Garryowen in 9th place. And Garryowen will face a play-off against Naas, who finished second to Buccaneers in Division 1B.
Clontarf 37 UCD 28
Lansdowne +148 58pts
Dublin Univ 27 Terenure 25
Clontarf +133 58pts
Lansdowne 40 Garryowen 17
Young Munster +40 58pts
Old Belvedere 12 Young Munster 33
Cork Constitution +91 57pts
At Templehill, Constitution took a 2nd minute lead with a try by Brian Hayes in the right corner. Sean Kearns reduced the deficit with a penalty on 11 minutes, and he converted a try by David O’Connor on 15 minutes for 5-10 to Mary’s. A typical burst by skipper Conor Kindregan from 40 metres yielded a try in the 24th minute, and Quinlan converted for 12-10. And a third try after a fine run from half way by Ned Hodson in the 34th minute, brought the half time score to 17-10.
A smart break by Tomas Quinlan put Michael Clune in for the fourth try in the 54th minute for 22-10. Centre Paddy Lavelle scored a try in the 63rd minute with a solo run from half way, again unconverted for 22-15. Constitution scored in the 69thminute, with Ned Hodson latching on to Poland’s grubber to the line for his second try. Quinlan converted for 29-15.
In a hectic last 10 minutes, Liam O’Connell scored an 84th minute try in the right corner for Constitution. And St Mary’s scored twice in the final minutes; first a penalty try converted by Kearns; and a last minute try by prop Tom O’Reilly closed out the game. The losing bonus point assured St Mary’s of 7th place, one point better than neighbours Terenure College.Referee:
S.Gaffikin IRFUCon Players:
L.O’Connell; J.J.O’Neill, S.Daly, N.Hodson, M.Clune; T.Quinlan, J.Poland; G.Duffy, V.O’Brien, G.Sweeney; B.Hayes, C.Kindregan; J.Murphy, R.O’Neill, L.Cahill. Replacements: L.O’Connor (1); R.Burke (3), C.Barry (7), J.Higgins (20), J.White (14).Con Scorers:
B.Hayes 1T; C.Kindregan 1T; N.Hodson 2T; M.Clune 1T; L.O’Connell 1T; T.Quinlan 2C.St Marys RFC Players:
J.McDonnell; T.Kennedy,R.O’Loughlin, I.Dinneen, M.Fogarty; S.Kearns, P.O’Driscoll; T.O’Reilly, H.Kean, B.McGovern Capt.; C.Ruddock, C.O’Flaherty; N.McCarthy, D.Aspil, K.Sheehan. Replacements: R.Halpin, E.Fenton, D.Keller, I.Cullinane, Z.O’Hagan.St Marys RFC Scorers:
D.O’Connor 1T; P.Lavelle 1T; T.O’Reilly 1T; S.Kearns 1PT1P2C