Cork Con FC 1st XV 14 - 13 Garryowen RFC
Venue: TemplehillCompetition: All-Ireland League Division 1
Cork Constitution and Garryowen met for the second time in four weeks at Templehill on Saturday - having met in the Munster Senior Cup two weeks previously. On that occasion Constitution won narrowly 9-7, and on this occasion it was even closer. Constitution made nine changes in personnel for the opening weekend of the All-Ireland League. There were AIL debuts for wing Bruce Mathews, and on the replacement bench for front rows, John Sutton and Patrick Casey; and three-quarters Richard Cassidy and Soran Minihane.
D.A.Moynihan gave Constitution the lead with a penalty after 6 minutes; but Garryowen equalised with a similar effort on 17 minutes by Jamie Heaton. And in the run-in to half time, Heaton kicked a second penalty for 3-6 at the break.
Heaton missed a penalty chance in the 46th minute, and Constitution scored from a poor Garryowen clearance when Greg Higgins returned a poor clearance kick to score in the left corner. The try was unconverted, but Constitution led 8-6 after 53 minutes. Following a good run out of defence by Jack Costigan, D.A.Moynihan kicked a penalty in the 57th minute for 11-6.
However, Garryowen struck back with a try in the right corner on 65 minutes by wing T.O’Hora, following a line-out on the left. Heuston landed the conversion from the touchline for 11-13. But Constitution captured the four points with a late penalty from 35 metres by D.A.Moynihan, leaving Garryowen, however, with a deserved losing bonus point
N.Correll IRFUCon Players:
T.Quinlan; B.Mathews, J.Costigan, G.Higgins, R.Jermyn; D.A.Moynihan, D.Williams; G.Duffy, M.Abbott, D.Murphy; B.Hayes, S.Duffy; J.McSweeney, R.O’Neill, E.Mintern. Replacements: J.Sutton (2), P.Casey (3), J.Murphy (7), R.Cassidy; S.Minihane (14).Con Scorers:
G.Higgins 1T; D.A.Moynihan 3PGarryowen RFC Players:
J.Heuston; C.O’Shea, B.Fitzgerald, J.Hurley, T.O’Hora; D.McCarthy, E.Maher; C.Fitzgerald, L.Cronin, A.Keating; R.Whelan, K.Seymour; C.Walsh, J.Keane, S.Dennison. Replacements: D.Gleeson, J.Mullally, S.Leahy, R.Guerin (9), J.Hoffman, T.Ferguson (4).Garryowen RFC Scorers:
T.O’Hora 1T; J.Heaton 2P1C