Cork Con FC 1st XV 22 - 16 Highfield RFC
Venue: TemplehillCompetition: Munster Senior Cup Semi-final
Cork Constitution met Highfield in the Munster Senior Cup semi-final at Templehill on Friday evening, and the home side scored a victory over the very competitive Division 2B side. Highfield started well and led 5-10 at the break, and it took until the 76th minute before the home side clinched victory, and secure a final place against Garryowen, scheduled for 5th January.
Ed Earls gave Highfield a 13th minute lead with a try, converted by Shane O’Riordan. Constitution closed the deficit with an unconverted try by Liam O’Connell, but Highfield took the interval honours with penalties by O’Riordan on 31 and 44 minutes at 5-13..
And a third penalty by O’Riordan pushed Highfield’s advantage to 5-16, before Constitution hit back when awarded a penalty try on 56 minutes, converted by Finn, for 12-16 on 57 minutes.
A further penalty for Constitution on 67 minutes by Moynihan, and a yellow card for Highfield flanker Earls, gave Constitution an advantage that they consolidated with a try on 76 minutes by skipper Conor Kindregan. Moynihan converted to give the home side a semi-final spot.Referee:
S.Kierans MARCon Players:
L.O’Connell; J.J.O’Neill, J.Costigan, N.Kenneally, R.Jermyn; N.Finn, J.Higgins; G.Duffy, V.O’Brien, D.Murphy; B.Hayes, C.Kindregan; C.O’Flaherty, S.Duffy, K.Sheahan.
Replacements: P.Casey, D.Good (2), G.Roche (3), J.Murphy (7), R.Cassidy, B.Moynihan (10), B.Galvin (14)
L.O’Connell 1T; C.Kindregan 1T; A.Moynihan 1PT2C1PHighfield RFC Players:
L.Kingston; G.O’Leary, D.O’Sullivan, B.Murphy, P.Stack; S.O’Riordan, C.Bannon; M.Dillane, D.Healy, P.Ryan; D.O’Connell, F.O’Sullivan; M.Cronin, C.Gallagher, E.Earls.
Replacements: C.O’Sullivan (2); T.Ryan (3); E.Keating (1); J.Duffy (5); B.O’Shea; D.O’Callaghan.
E.Earls 1T; S.O’Riordan 1C3P