Cork Con FC 1st XV 30 - 27 Terenure
Venue: TemplehillCompetition: All Ireland League Div.1
Cork Constitution edged out fellow top-four contenders, Terenure Colleg, in another high-scoring
encounter at Templehill on Saturday. In their first meeting in September, Constitution were denied
an away victory as the Terenure won 39-35, but gained two bonus points. In the return fixture,
Terenure lost, but still went home with two valuable bonus points, to keep their title challenge very-
With one series of games remaining, Constitution remain second behind Lansdowne, four points
ahead of Terenure, with Clontarf in fourth place on points.
Constitution took a 10 th minute lead with a try by front-row Vincent O’Brien, converted by Tomas
Quinlan, who also added two penalties on 18 and 27 minutes for 13-0. Flanker Robert Duke reduced
the deficit with a try in the 34 th minute, but Mark O’Neill’s conversion came back off a post.
However, he made amends with a penalty on the stroke of half-time for 13-8.
Constitution made a fast start to the second period with two tries in the opening minutes. First Alec
McHenry slid in for a try in the 42 nd min ute, converted by Quinlan for 20-8. And skipper Conor
Kindregan scored from a mid-field intercept on 49 minutes, converted by Quinlan, for 27-8.
Mark O’Neill scored at the posts in the 53 rd minute, after his pack mauled to the line, and he
converted for 27-15. Terenure scored again in the 59 th minute, as Matt Byrne squeezed in for an
unconverted try to make it 27-20. And three minutes later they tied up the scores with wing Jake
Swaine, who had been yellow-carded in the first half, scoring a try converted by O’Neill.
At 27 points each, with eight minutes remaining on the clock. Tomas Quinlan kicked a penalty from
40 metres in the 64 th minute to put the home ahead again, and they held out to take the points
despite a late drop goal attempt by out-half O’Neill.
Nest Saturday, in the final series of matches, Constitution travel to Clontarf. needing a point to
guarantee second place, with a home semi-final, most likely against Terenure College again; while
top-side Lansdowne have a home banker against lowly Buccaneers.
M.Paton IRFUCon Players:
L.O’Connell; J.J.O’Neill, A.McHenry, N.Kenneally, G.Higgins; T.Quinlan, G.Hurley;
B.Quinlan, V.O’Brien, G.Sweeney; B.Hayes,C.Kindregan Capt.; J.McSwiney, R.O’Neill, L.Cahill.
Replacements: D.McCormack D.Murphy E.Mintern J.Higgins J.White
V.O’Brien 1T; A.McHenry 1T; C.Kindregan 1T; T.Quinlan 3P3C.Terenure Players:
M.Byrne; J.Swaine, M.Hoey, R.Carroll, S.Coughlan ; M.O’Neill, T.Schmidt;
J.Schalke, A.Clarke, O.Heffernan; M.Melia (c), A.Thompson; C.Deans, R.Duke, E.Joyce.
Replacements: R.Smith (2), C.Madden (1), P.Thornton, K.Konrad (11); I.O’Donoghue (13).
R.Duke 1T; M.Byrne 1T; J.Swaine 1T; M.O’Neill 1T1P2C