Cork Con FC 1st XV 23 - 16 Dolphin
Venue: Musgrave ParkCompetition: All Ireland League Div.1A
Cork Constitution overcame Dolphin in the second local Cork derby of the season to level the mini-series. Leading 13-3 at the break, Dolphin had matched Constitution and scored the only try of the half. Constitution raised their game from the re-start and scored three tries as Dolphin’s challenge wilted.
Barry Keeshan opened the scoring with a simple penalty in the first minute. He missed a second penalty after 10 minutes, but added the points to John Quill’s 12th minute try. Keeshan was on the mark again in the 17th minute with a drop goal to give Dolphin a 13-0 lead. Gerry Hurley struck a 22nd minute penalty to reduce the arrears for Constitution, and when Dolphin wing forward was yellow-carded in the 29th minute, it gave Con a great opportunity to take advantage. However, despite a few promising attacks, they failed to score leaving the half time score at 13-3 to Dolphin.
Constitution captain, Frank Cogan, gave his side the encouragement they needed with a try after just three minutes of the resumption. Gerry Hurley slotted the simple conversion from under the posts. Two minutes later, Cogan retrieved possession from a weak Dolphin punt and started a superb move that led to a break by Richard Lane on the right wing. He found Sean Scanlon in support and the full back raced in from 40 metres for a classy try. In the 54th minute Cogan made another break from the Dolphin 22 metre line that took him to the line, where the supporting Cathal O’Flaherty crashed over for the third try. Two minutes later Gerry Hurley kicked a penalty for 23-13 and Con had scored 20 points without reply in just sixteen minutes. Keeshan was successful with a penalty in the 56th minute to close the gap to seven points.
Sean Scanlon set up a certain score a few minutes later, but it was disallowed for a crossing obstruction. Thereafter injuries and changes disrupted play somewhat, and there was no further scoring.
The win keeps Constitution level with Old Belvedere, who had a bonus point win over Shannon at Coonagh at the top of the table on 37 points.Referee:
S.Scanlon; R.Lane, I.Dineen, T.Kenneally, S.Zebo; G.Hurley, D.Williams; D.Hurley, D.Murray, S.Archer; I.Nagle, B.Hayes; C.Flaherty, B.Cuttriss, F.Cogan CaptCon Scorers:
F.Cogan 1T; S.Scanlon 1T; C.O’Flaherty 1T; G.Hurley 2P2C.Dolphin Players:
N.Walley; C.Bohane, B.Dennehy, E.Moloney, P.Hurley; G.O’Keeffe, B.Keeshan; D.Ryan, N.Scannell, C.O’Connor; P.Murphy, C.Rowe; R.O’Herlihy, J.Quill, R.GeogheganDolphin Scorers:
J.Quill 1T; B.Keeshan 2P1D1C.