Cork Con FC J1 21 - 15 Youghal
Venue: Frogmore, Youghal
Competition: Munster Junior Cup
Match Report:

Cork Constitution J1 XV weathered a first half storm at Youghal to advance in the Munster Junior Cup. Youghal had the advantage of the wind in the opening period and took to their task with gusto, forcing Constitution onto the back foot throughout the half. However, as with their first team against Dolphin on the previous day, Constitution raised their game after the break to score three tries and secure their place in the next round.

Youghal pressurised the Con scrum at every setting, but solid defence denied them until Keith McCarthy landed a 30th minute penalty. Youghal then had centre Alan Moloney yellow-carded in the 33rd minute, but Darragh Dunne hit the post with the resultant penalty attempt. He made amends in the 43 minute with a similar effort to level the scores 3-3 at half time, a score line that Con were quite happy to take.

Left wing Conor Desmond pounced on a misplaced pass in the 47th minute, kicked ahead and won the race to the line to give Con the lead at 8-3. Youghal’s undoubted scrummaging power paved the way for a pushover try by No.8 Conor Coleman in the 55th minute and McCarthy converted. However, two minutes later, Constitution right wing Eoin O’Donnell picked up a loose ball at mid-way and beat the cover to put Con back in the lead 13-10 

Youghal No.8 Coleman repeated his earlier feat with a second pushover try in the 65th minute, but Dunne regained the lead for Con with a penalty in the 70th minute. And Con made the game safe with a second try by Eoin O’Donnell in the 75th minute.

It was an excellent cup tie, with full credit to Youghal for a gallant effort, and while it took the clinical finishing of Constitution’s wingers to prise victory, Constitution will be pleased that their young pack stood up to a stern test. Constitution will travel to Ricmond of Limerick in the next round.


Con Players:

R.Clune; E.O’Donnell, T.Kenneally Capt., A.Ryan, C.Desmond; D.Dunne, D.O’Driscoll; B.Cagney, B.Vaughan, A.Foley; D.O’Mahony, P.Dooley; A.Ross, S.Hanbidge, T.Dukelow.

Con Scorers:

E.O’Donnell 2T; C.Desmond 1T; D.Dunne 2P

Youghal Players:

G.Hogan; A.Fox Capt., S.Kelly, A.Moloney, J.Ormonde; K.McCarthy, T.Curtain; I.Sheridan, G.McArdle, R.McArdle; E.Power, C.Mulcahy; K.Forrest, I.Broderick, C.Coleman.

Cork Constitution FC