Cork Con FC 1st XV 16 - 12 University College Cork RFC
Venue: Templehill
Competition: All Irelnd League Div.1
Match Report:

Cork Constitution defeated University College Cork at Templehill on Friday evening to maintain their AIL challenge. Constitution had also won the first League encounter in November at the Mardyke 10-6. And this latest encounter was just as close, with only a score between the teams at the finish. 

On a damp and windy evening, Constitution led at 13-5 at half time. Gerry Hurley, with two penalties, had given the home side an early lead. And he set up the play for the opening try with a well-placed kick to the corner, from which the pack pushed over the try line with Brian Hayes credited with the touchdown. And Hurley added the conversion for a 13-0 lead. However, College closed the deficit with a try on the right by skipper Ryan Murphy in the 38th minute. James Taylor’s conversion attempt rebounded from an upright, and Hurley also missed a penalty opportunity leaving it at 13-5 at the break.

In the second half, as the weather deteriorated, the score remained until College were awarded a penalty try in the 68th minute, leaving just a point between the sides. However, a penalty by Jonathan Wren in the 74th minute gave the home side a little breathing space in the final minutes.

The victory was Constitution’s thirteenth straight win in the competition, leaving them on 56 points, with a 13 point lead over Garryowen who play at Clontarf on Saturday.

Next week, Constitution are away to Dublin University.


R.O’Sullivan MAR

Con Players:

J.Wren; J.J.O’Neill, A.McHenry, N.Kenneally, B.Crowley; G.Hurley, D.Williams; B.Quinlan, M.Abbott, R.Burke; B.Hayes, S.Duffy; J.McSwiney, R.O’Neill, D.Hyland. Replacements: J.Sutton, G.Duffy, J.Murphy, D.A.Moynihan, J.Costigan.

Con Scorers:

B.Hayes 1T; G.Hurley 1C2P; J.Wren 1P.

University College Cork RFC Players:

M.Linn; M.Clune, L.Bruce, H.O’Riordan, M.Bowen; J.Taylor, L.Kahn; B.O’Hanlon, T.McCarthy, B.O’Connor; C.Barry, R.Thompson; R.Suttor, R.Murphy, J.Hodnett. Replacements: F.Hennessy, J.French, A.Brien, E.Monohan, M.McLoughlin.

University College Cork RFC Scorers:

R.Murphy 1T; J.Taylor 1PT.

Cork Constitution FC