Cork Con FC 1st XV 30 - 18 Clontarf RFC
Venue: TemplehillCompetition: All Ireland League Div.1
Cork Constitution got their All Ireland League campaign off to a winning start against last season’s finalists Clontarf, at Temple Hill on Saturday. Constitution led 22-10 at the break, and went on to score a bonus-point victory with a fourth second half try.
Constitution opened brightly and scored the opening points in the 4th minute with a try by Shane Daly, who finished off a break by hooker Kevin O’Byrne. Tomas Quinlan converted for 7-0. However, Clontarf reduced the arrears with a penalty by Conor Jennings in the 8th minute. Clontarf took the lead in the 17th minute when Matt Darcy finished at the posts, following line-out possession, Jennings added the conversion for 7-10. But Quinlan levelled matters again with a 20th minute penalty.
Rob Jermyn gave Constitution the lead with an unconverted try in the 32nd minute in the left corner. Brendan Quinlan scored, following a maul to the line, in the 41st minute. Tomas Quinlan’s conversion left Constitution with a 22-10 lead at half time.
Tomas Quinlan extended that lead to 25-10 with a penalty in the 43rd minute, before Conor Jennings struck a penalty for the visitors following a high tackle. Tomas Quinlan scored Constitution’s fourth bonus point try in the 70th minute after a break from Constitution full-back Shane Daly for 30-13.
However, Constitution had to withstand some pressure in the final quarter, as Ross O’Neill and Graeme Lawler were both sin-binned, and Clontarf scored an unconverted by Val Abdaladze in the 78th minute.
G.Conway (IRFU)Con Players:
S.Daly; L.O’Connell, A.McHenry, N.Kenneally Capt., L.O’Connell; T.Quinlan, J.Higgins; B.Quinlan, K.O’Byrne, G.Sweeney; B.Hayes,C.Kindregan; G.Lawler, R.O’Neill, E.Mintern. Replacements: M.Abbott G.Duffy S.O’Leary G.Higgins A.Moynihan.
S.Daly 1T; R.Jermyn 1T; B.Quinlan 1T; T.Quinlan IT2C2P.Clontarf RFC Players:
J.Power; R.McGrath, C.Jennings, M.Darcy, S.O’Brien; M.Sutton, S.Cronin; I.Soroka, D.Donnellan, V.Abdaladze; N.Reilly, B.Reilly; A.Ryan, A.Darcy, M.Noone. Replacements: J.Roe V.Gavin R.Burke-Flynn A.Feeney, G.O’Brien.Clontarf RFC Scorers:
M.Darcy 1T; V.Abdaladze 1T; C.Jennings 2P1C