Cork Con FC 1st XV 16 - 12 University College Cork RFC
Venue: TemplehillCompetition: All Irelnd League Div.1
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.Referee:
R.O’Sullivan MARCon 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.