Cork Con FC 1st XV 21 -17 Lansdowne RFC
Venue: TemplehillCompetition: AIL Division 1
Cork Constitution and Lansdowne delayed their kick off until 4.00pm, after the televised World Cup quarter-finals from New Zealand. And while that outcome might have soured the enjoyment somewhat, the home side at least achieved their basic objective of taking the four points on offer, thus keeping their League challenge on track.
Constitution had the better of the opening period to lead 14-3 at the interval. And while Lansdowne fought well in the second, their challenge came up short. And considering that Constitution stretched the interval lead to 21-3 in the third minute of the second half, Lansdowne may feel aggrieved that they left with just a losing bonus point – their third bonus point in three games.
Constitution started strongly and probed the try line continuously in the opening quarter, with Brian Hayes scoring in the 13th minute, after a series of mauls on the line. Aidan Moynihan converted for 7-0. Lansdowne had a penalty kicked by Tim Foley on 25 minutes, to stay in the hunt. However, a try on 37 minutes by Jack Costigan, from a break by Niall Kenneally, with the conversion by Moynihan, gave the home side a handy 14-3 advantage at half time.
Tomas Quinlan extended that in the third minute of the second period with a try, converted by Moynihan for 21-3. But, the home side were dominated thereafter, with Lansdowne scoring tries in the 50th and 70th minutes, through forwards Mulhall and Szpara; and the conversions by Foley brought them to the brink at 21-17. However, the home side rallied and finished on the offensive, though Moynihan missed a late penalty, thus allowing the visitors retain their losing bonus.
A feature of the game was the excellent control of play by referee Joy Neville, which added to the enjoyment on a fine afternoon at Templehill. After three games, Constitution are level with Terenure College on 13 points, but UCC lead on 14 points after a 30-20 win at Dublin University. And Constitution’s next home fixture is against the Dublin students on 9th November. However, their next game is away to co-leaders Terenure College on 2nd November.
Joy Neville MARCon Players:
T.Quinlan; J.J.O’Neill, J.Costigan, N.Kenneally Capt., R.Jermyn; D.A.Moynihan, D.Williams; B.Scott, J.Sutton, D.Murphy; B.Hayes, S.Duffy; J.McSwiney (18), R.O’Neill, E.Mintern. Replacements: M.Abbott (2), L.Masters, J.Murphy (6), R.Fole (9), B.Mathews.Con Scorers:
B.Hayes 1T; J.Costigan 1T; T.Quinlan 1T; D.A.Moynihan 3C.Lansdowne RFC Players:
E.Mills; A.Leavy, H.Brennan, F.Cleary, J.Reynolds; T.Foley, T.Murphy; M.Mulhall, J.Rael, A.Boland; M.Flanagan, J.Dwan; J.O’Sullivan, J.Szpara, N.Moylett. Replacements: D.Sheehan (3); A.Boland (6); J.Dineen (2); T.Murphy (9); C.Ronaldson (12).Lansdowne RFC Scorers:
M.Mulhall 1T; J.Sapara 1T; T.Foley 1P2C.