Cork Con FC 1st XV 14 - 6 UCD
Venue: Temple Hill
Competition: Ulster Bank League Division 1A
Match Report:

Cork Constitution defeated University College Dublin in their return Ulster Bank League game at Temple Hill on Saturday. UCD had the advantage of the strong breeze in the first period, but Constitution settled quickly and took the lead after 12 minutes from a break from half way by James Ryan, carried on by John Ryan, and touched down wide on the right by Darragh Lyons.

Gerry Hurley added to the lead in the 25th minute with a simple penalty from 23 metres in front of the posts. James Thornton got UCD on the scoreboard in the 29th minute from a penalty awarded when Con hooker Andrew O’Driscoll was sin-binned for an off-side offence. And Thornton narrowed the gap to 8-6 when he kicked a second penalty in the 34th minute.

Gerry Hurley hit a post with a penalty chance in the 57th minute, but Chris Quinn had better luck in the 64th minute, when his penalty from 60 metres went over off the crossbar. And Quinn tied up the points for Constitution with a second penalty in the last minute of normal time.

Overall Constitution deserved their win, as their pack were clearly on top at scrummage, and were very forceful with ball in hand, though as the conditions deteriorated in the second period, it was hard to retain possession in close contact.

Next week Constitution face the League leaders Clontarf at Castle Avenue, who had an impressive 26-9 win at Clifford Park, and are now 13 points ahead of Constitution who lie in 5th place on 26 points.


A.Brace IRFU.

Con Players:

Chris Quinn; E.O’Donnell, L.Duffy, N.Kenneally, C.Desmond; D.Lyons, G.Hurley; G.Duffy, A.O’Driscoll, John Ryan; C.O’Flaherty, J.McSwiney; L.Cahill, Jas.Ryan, W.Ryan. Replacements: B.Cagney (8), G.Sweeney (3), G.Lawler (8), Y.Browne (7), M.Keyes.


Con Scorers:

D.Lyons 1T; G.Hurley 1P; Chris Quinn 2P.

UCD Players:

A.Boyle; T.Fletcher, J.Coghlan, A.Kelly, B.Daly; J.Thornton, L.McGrath; R.Harrison, A.Clarkin, L.Hyland; G.Thorrnbury, E.McMahon; J.Van Der Flyer,  E.Joyce, L.McGrath. Replacements: E.Byrne, J.Treacy, B.Caewley (4), J.Glynn (9), S.Murphy (15t, 10)


UCD Scorers:

J.Thornton 2P.


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