Cork Con FC 1st XV 18 - 3 Young Munster RFC
Venue: TemplehillCompetition: Energia All Ireland League
Cork Constitution defeated Young Munster at Templehill on Saturday in the first second round match of the All-Ireland League, however it was their third meeting over the year-end period, confirming their earlier victories.
Young Munster defended the Clubhouse-end in the first period, and held their line intact for the opening quarter. The first score came on 25 minutes, when Jack Crowley converted a penalty for Constitution, following an illegal block down. And Constitution got the first try in the 35th minute, when Roy Burke put Brian Hayes in at the left corner. 8-0 to Constitution at half-time.
Jack Crowley added a penalty for Constitution on the hour mark for 11-0 following a late tackle. However, Young Munster reduced the arrears with a penalty by Cusack on 66 minutes. But Constitution controlled the late exchanges, and despite missing a penalty chance, scored a clinching try in the final minutes, when Barry Galvin touched down from a Gerry Hurley grubber kick to the corner. And Jack Crowley’s excellent conversion closed out the game at 18-3.
Elsewhere, UCD lost heavily at Garryowen, allowing Garryowen to leap-frog them into second place on 33 points; however, ten points behind Constitution, who travel to meet UCD at Belfield next week.Referee:
P.Martin IRFUCon Players:
J.Wren; S.French, G.Higgins, N.Kenneally (Capt.), R.Jermyn; J.Crowley, D.Williams; G.Duffy, J.Sutton, R.Burke; B.Hayes, S.Duffy; J.McSwiney, J.Murphy, D.Hyland.
Replacements: M.Abbott (2), P.Casey (3), C.O’Flaherty (6), G.Hurley (9), B.Galvin (13).
B.Hayes 1T; B.Galvin 1T; J.Crowley 1C2P.Young Munster RFC Players:
A.Tynan;J.Harrington,H.Fleming,E.O’Gorman, J.Kiely; E.Cusack,J.Lyons; J.Wycherly,M.O’Mara,C.Bartley; S.Rigney,A.Kennedy (c); J.Foley,C.Mitchell,J.Stewart.Replacements: P.Allen (2); D.Begley (3);T.Goggin (4); C.O’Doherty (9); A.Tynan (15).Young Munster RFC Scorers: