Cork Con FC 1st XV 18 - 10 Highfield
Venue: Model Farm RoadCompetition: Cork Charity Cup semi-final
In the opening game of the season, Cork Constitution overcame a strong Highfield challenge at Model Farm Road on Friday evening, to reach the Cork Charity Cup Final, in which they will meet UCC next weekend. In a keenly contested encounter, Constitution led 8-0 at the interval from a 10th minute penalty kicked by Tomas Quinlan, and his conversion of a 37th minute try by skipper Connor Kindregan, following a blind-side break by Jason Higgins from a 5-metre scrum. Quinlan missed that conversion, and also a 41st minute penalty which rebounded from a post.
Constitution started the second half strongly, and added to their tally immediately when Kindregan again touched down at the posts following an excellent break by scrum half Jason Higgins. Quinlan’s conversion pushed Constitution to 0-18 after 42 minutes. And he added a drop goal on 55 minutes to consolidate his side’s superiority. A try by No.8 Miah Cronin on the hour mark was no less than the home deserved, and a second unconverted try by Paul Stack in the 73rd minute closed the deficit to 10-18, but Constitution held out for the win.Referee:
L.O’Connell; B.Galvin, G.Higgins, N.Kenneally Capt., R.Jermyn; T.Quinlan, J.Higgins; B.Quinlan, M.Abbott, G.Sweeney; C.Kindregan, B.Hayes; G.Lawler, R.O’Neill, E.Mintern. Replacements: G.Roche, G.Duffy, D.Murphy, J.O’Callaghan, G.Bradley, A.Moynihan, L.Duffy.Con Scorers:
C.Kindregan 2T; R.O’Neill 1T; T.Quinlan 1P1D1CHighfield Players:
L.Kingston; D.O’Sullivan, P.O’Toole, D.Houlihan, B.Murphy; B.O’Hea, C.Bannon; J.O’Callaghan, D.O’Hea, I.McCarthy; D.O’Connell, F.O’Sullivan; C.Gallagher, J.Duffy, M.Cronin. Replacements: D.Healy, P.Butler, M.O’Donnell-Fitzgerald, C.O’Sullivan, E.Earls, P.Stack.Highfield Scorers:
M.Cronin 1T; L.Kingstony 1T.