Cork Con FC 1st XV 17 - 24 Garryowen
Venue: DooradoyleCompetition: All Ireland League Div.1
Cork Constitution had to be satisfied with a losing bonus point at Dooradoyle on Saturday after a typical local derby match. Neil Cronin for Garryowen and Tomas Quinlan for Constitution had penalties in the opening 10 minutes, before Garryowen took control with a try by scrum half Cronin from a 5 metre scrum in the 25th minute, to which he added the conversion also for 10-3.
A penalty by Tomas Quinlan closed the deficit to 10-6. But a Garryowen try from half way finished by full back David Johnson, and converted by Cronin, put the home side in control at 17-6 by the half hour mark.
Two penalties by Quinlan kept the visitors in the game at 17-12, but Garryowen scored again with a second try by Johnson, converted by Cronin for 24-12. However, in the final minute Constitution claimed a losing bonus point with an unconverted try by wing JJ.O’Neill.
The sides meet again in the return AIL match at Templehill next week, and yet again a week later at Dooradoyle in the Munster Senior Cup semi-final.
Mark Patton IRFUCon Players:
S.Daly; J.J.O’Neill, N.Hodson, N.Kenneally, L.O.Connell; T.Quinlan, G.Hurley;
G.Duffy, M.Abbott, D.Murphy; B.Hayes, C.Kindregan Capt.; G.Lawler, R.O’Neill, L.Cahill.
Replacements: J.McHenry, B.Quinlan, J.McSwiney, J.Higgins, D.A.Moynihan.
J.J.O’Neill 1T; T.Quinlan 4P.Garryowen Players:
D.Johnson; H.Cunningham, A.Ryan, D.McCarthy; L.Conboy, J.Cronin; A.Keating, M.Sherry, N.Horan; D.Moore, T.Ferguson; M.Wilson, S.Renison, M.Rowley.Garryowen Scorers:
D.Johnson 2T; N.Cronin 1T3C1P.