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Cork Con FC 1st XV 25-22 Dublin University
Venue: Templehill
Competition: All Ireland League Div.1A
Match Report:

Cork Constitution defeated Dublin University in a close encounter at Templehill on Saturday. Dublin University had lost their first two AIL matches against UCC and UCD, before gaining two excellent victories over Garryowen and Lansdowne; so they arrived at Templehill in confident mood, hoping to add another major scalp. And they almost grabbed a couple of points, as they closed to 22 points each in the 77th minute. However, a last minute attack yielded a penalty to the home side, kicked by Sean French for a narrow victory.

Constitution used their pack to good effect in the early stages, and Evan Mintern was on the end of a maul to the line in the 16th minute. Jack Crowley converted for 7-0. Michael O’Kennedy kicked a penalty for the Students from 35 metres in the 21st minute for 7-3. And Dublin University took the lead in the 29th minute with a try by wing Ronan Quinn from a kick to the corner. And they made it 7-15 at half-time, with a 42nd minute try by Ben Nel, converted by O’Kennedy.

A penalty on the resumption by Jack Crowley made it 10-15 to Dublin University; and it took the home side until the 62nd minute to cross the line again, with an unconverted try by Brian Hayes, from a line-out maul, to draw the teams level.

A try by Joe McSwiney in the 71st minute, converted by Crowley, made it 22-15. But the visitors drew level again with another mauled try at the posts by Reuben Pim, converted by O’Kennedy. However, Constitution took the points with an injury-time penalty kicked by  Sean French.

Next Saturday, Constitution meet UCC at the Mardyke, in the first local derby of the season. 

Referee:

D.Carson IRFU

Con Players:

J.Wren; J.Costigan, S.French, A.McHenry, R.Jermyn; J.Crowley, R.Foley; L.O’Connor, J.Sutton, B.Scott; B.Hayes, S.Duffy; J.McSwiney, R.O’Neill, E.Mintern. Replacements: M.Abbott (2); R.Burke (3); D.Hyland (7); G.Hurley (9); T.Quinlan.

Con Scorers:

E.Mintern 1T; B.Hayes 1T; J.McSwiney 1T; J.Crowley 1P2C; S.French 1P.

Dublin University Players:

C.Hogan; B.Russell, L.Turner, J.Hickey, R.Quinn; M.O’Kennedy, R.Osborne; B.Vermeulen, B.Nel, A.Nasar; R.Pim, J.McCarthy; J.McKeown, M.Kearney, P.Nulty. Replacements: G.Downey (2); G.Coyne (3); A.Soroka (4); L.O’Reilly; J.Fennelly (15).

Dublin University Scorers:

R.Quinn 1T; B.Nel 1T; R.Pim1T; M.O’Kennedy 1P2C.

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