Cork Con FC 1st XV 16 - 15 Young Munster RFC
Venue: GreenfieldsCompetition: All Ireland League Division 1
Cork Constitution gained a slender victory over second-placed Young Munster at Greenfields on Saturday, to wrap up the pre-Christmas matches, and as a consequence, have strengthened their grip on the top slot in the AIL Division 1 table.
In a typically tough encounter Young Munster conceded a try in the 5th minute when Rob Jermyn scored in the right corner. Jack Crowley missed the conversion, having also missed an even earlier penalty chance, but Constitution had made a promising start, on a calm and dry afternoon. The home side hit back immediately with a 12th minute try, from an intercept by out half Evan Cusack; and his conversion gave his side the lead. And Young Munster added a penalty on 17 minutes, again from the boot of Cusack, for a 10-5 lead that they took to the interval break.
Cusack missed a penalty chance on 48 minutes, before skipper Niall Kenneally crashed over for a Constitution unconverted try on 57 minutes, to tie up the scores at 10 points each. And Constitution gained the upper hand adding two penalties by Jack Crowley on 65 minutes, and Ger Hurley in the 76th minute for 10-16. The home side scored a late try through Luke Fitzgerald following an intercept in the 83rd minute. The conversion attempt failed leaving Constitution with the match points.
And, as Garryowen lost at Belfield to UCD 24-25, Constitution’s lead has now extended to 11 points after eight series of matches. The next AIL match is the return game with Young Munster at Templehill on Sat.,11th January 2020.
But, as happens, there is the small matter of the Munster Senior Cup Final next weekend, when Constitution meet Young Munster again, at Irish Independent Park, on Friday 20th December at 7.30pm
A.Costelloe MARCon Players:
M.Hand; B.Galvin, J.Costigan, N.Kenneally, R.Jermyn; J.Crowley, D.Williams; G.Duffy, M.Abbott, D.Murphy; B.Hayes, S.Duffy; J.McSwiney, R.O’Neill, D.Hyland.
Replacements: J.Sutton; B.Quinlan (3); J.Murphy; G.Hurley; B.Mathews.
C.O’Hanlon; L.Fitzgerald, H.Fleming, E.O’Gorman, K.Stephenson; E.Cusack, C.O’Doherty; D.Begley, M.O’Mara, C.Bartely; S.Rigney, J.Foley; F.Coleman, C.Mitchell, J.Stewart. Replacements: M.Doran; P.Allen (1); E.O’Connor (6); D.Corcoran; J.Kiely.