Cork Con FC 1st XV 22 - 0 St Marys College
Venue: Templeville RoadCompetition: All Ireland League Div.1A
Cork Constitution emerged victorious from the vital Ulster League encounter at Templeville Road on Saturday. The win gives Constitution a four point lead over their nearest rivals, St Mary’s and Old Belvedere, with just one series of games remaining.
It was a worthy victory over a very competitive St Mary’s side. Constitution struck first when Gerry Hurley converted a 9th minute penalty. However, St Mary’s dominated the first half possession with a strong lineout and kept Constitution on the back foot throughout. It took a superb Scott Deasy kick to the corner in the final minutes of the half to give Constitution an opportunity. From that they managed to steal the home line out and recycled a few times before putting Cyprien Jouve in for a try in the opposite corner. Hurley converted and Constitution had a fortunate 10-0 lead at the break. Constitution’s defensive line was never breached and St Mary’s only had one scoring chance for a 40th minute penalty that was missed.
Constitution might have made more use of a succession of scrums on St Mary’s line in the early minutes of the second period and had to wait until the 53rd minute for a breakthrough. Denis Fogarty broke on the left and Simon Zebo put a perfect kick over the last defender and ran on to score. Hurley converted for 15-0. Ten minutes late,r Zebo repeated the feat, this time gathering Scott Deasy’s grubber behind the defence, to gather and score. Hurley again added the points and Constitution were able to see out the remaining time as St Mary’s made a valiant effort with their replacements adding more vigour to their attack.
Old Belvedere’s defeat by Garryowen means that Constitution go back on top of the table with 43 points. Old Belvedere and St Mary’s College are next on 39 points. Next week Constitution are home to Blackrock College.Referee:
S.Scanlon; R.Lane, I.Dineen, C.Jouve, S.Zebo; S.Deasy, G.Hurley; M.Gateley, D.Fogarty, S.Archer; B.Hayes, I.Nagle; B.Holland, B.Cuttriss, F.Cogan Capt..Con Scorers:
S.Zebo 2T; C.Jouve 1T; G.Hurley 1P2CSt Marys College Players:
P.Gillispie; R.Doherty, S.Grissing, P.Brophy, D.Hudson; G.Dunne, M.D’Arcy; C.McMahon, Richard Sweeney, Robert Sweeney; S.Bradshaw, C.Ruddock; D.Hall, P.Nash Capt., H.Hogan.