Cork Con FC 1st XV 28-25 Clontarf
Venue: Castle AvenueCompetition: All Ireland League
Cork Constitution scored an important victory over Clontarf at Castle Avenue on Saturday afternoon in a well-contested encounter. Both sides had one-point wins last weekend; Clontarf defeated Young Munster 7-6 in Limerick; while Constitution defeated Garryowen 14-13 at Templehill. And in this one-score game, against their great rivals of recent seasons, Constitution edged it, scoring four tries in the process to get the extra bonus point. It was Constitution’s third single-point victory this season.
Clontarf scored first with an unconverted try in the corner for 5-0. But Constitution took the lead with a try under the posts by captain Niall Kenneally, converted by D.A.Moynihan.
Clontarf scored next with a try by Cian O’Donoghue, converted by Gearoid Lyons for 12-7.
Constitution took the interval honours with a try in the corner by Greg Higgins, converted by Moynihan for 12-14. Constitution increased their lead with a third try by Jack Costigan, again converted by Moynihan for 12-21. Lyons pulled back three points with a penalty, but Constitution struck again with a fourth bonus point try by Greg Higgins, again converted by Moynihan for 15-28.
Clontarf scored two unconverted tries by Jack Power and Sean Reilly in the final ten minutes, but Constitution saw out the match for a significant win. It keeps them in second place with Terenure, behind UCC, who scored a bonus point win over Ballynahinch at the Mardyke.
S.Gaffikin IRFUCon Players:
S.French; J.Costigan, G.Higgins, N.Kenneally Capt., R.Jermyn; D.A.Moynihan, D.Williams; B.Scott, M.Abbott, D.Murphy; B.Hayes, S.Duffy; J.McSweeney, R.O’Neill, E.Mintern. Replacements: J.Sutton (2), G.Sweeney (1), C.O’Flaherty (), R.Cassidy (9); T.Quinlan (15)Con Scorers:
N.Kenneally 1T; J.Costigan 1T; G.Higgins 2T; D.A.Moynihan 4CClontarf Players:
J.Power; S.Reilly-Ashiri, F.Smith, M.Darcy, C.O’Donoghue; G.Lyons, A.Feeney; I.Soroka, D.Donnellan, J.P.Phelan; C.Daly, B.Reilly; T.Ryan, C.Walsh, M.Noone Capt.. Replacements: T.McEvoy, S.Garvey, R.Byrne, A.Lloyd, D.Joyce.Clontarf Scorers:
C.O’Donoghue 1T; J.Power 1T; S.Reilly 1T; G.Lyons 1P1C