Cork Con FC 1st XV 17-19 Lansdowne RFC
Venue: Aviva StadiumCompetition: All Ireland League Div.1 Final
Lansdowne completed the All Ireland League and Cup double when defeating Cork Constitution in the League decider on Sunday. However, they did not have it easy on their own turf at a sunny Lansdowne Road.
In winning, Lansdowne completed the AIL Cup & League double, having won the Bateman Cup at Templehill two weeks ago. On that occasion, they won a rather one-sided encounter 25-5; however, on this occasion they had to fight a lot harder, to confirm their status as the top team of the season.
Constitution got a good boost with a penalty by Tomas Quinlan after just two minutes, but Scot Deasy equalised that five minutes later. Constitution settled well to their task and constant pressure yielded two further penalty chances that Quinlan nailed for 3-9, but Deasy kicked his second penalty on 26 minutes for 6-9. Constitution were having the better of the play, but Deasy kicked a fine penalty just before the interval to level the scores.
Lansdowne took the lead 12-9 with Deasy’s fourth penalty , but Constitution hit back with the first try by Brian Hayes on 50 minutes – and in a tight game the first try could have proven a winner. Quinlan missed the conversion, but added a penalty for 12-17 after 55 minutes.
But the lead was surrendered five minutes later when Moran scored, and Deasy’s conversion made it 19-17. And that conversion was to prove the difference between the sides. Quinlan had a late penalty chance from 40 metres, but it drifted wide of the target, and Lansdowne held out, despite some strong late pressure.Referee:
D.Wilkinson IRFUCon Players:
L.O’Connell; J.J.O’Neill, A.McHenry, N.Kenneally, R.Jermyn; T.Quinlan, J.Higgins; B.Quinlan, V.O’Brien, G.Sweeney; B.Hayes, C.Kindregan Capt.; E.Mintern, J.McSwiney, L.Cahill. Replacements: D.McCormack, G.Duffy (1), D.Murphy (3), R.O’Neill (6), J.J.O’Neill (11), S.Duffy, G.Hurley (9).Con Scorers:
B.Hayes 1T; T.Quinlan 4PLansdowne RFC Players:
E.Mills; F.Horan, H.Brennan, M.O’Keeffe, A.Leavy; S.Deasy, A.Bennie; I.Prenderville, T.Moran, A.Boland; J.O’Rourke, J.Dwan; J.O’Sullivan, A.Conneely, W.Earle. Replacements: I.Fitzpatrick (14); C.Rock (9), J.Rael, N.Mpiko, B.Fitzpatrick, C.McMickan, I.Fitzpatrick.Lansdowne RFC Scorers:
T.Moran 1T; S.Deasy 1C4P