Cork Constitution FC

Cork Con FC 1stXV

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Competition: All Ireland League Div.1
1stXV V Lansdowne RFC
Score: 25 - 13 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 11/03/2018
Referee: Stuart Gaffakin IRFU

Cork Constitution reversed their first round AIL 10-24 defeat by Lansdowne at Templehill on Saturday to renew their challenge for All-Ireland League honours in a well-contested encounter.

Constitution scored first with an 11th minute try by Brian Hayes, converted by Tomas Quinlan, who added a penalty in the 15th minute for 10-0.

In a hotly contested encounter, Lansdowne capitalised on over-robust play by the home side for Scott Deasy to kick penalties in the 25th and 28th minutes to reduce the deficit to 10-6. But a Constitution surge before the break put the home side ahead at 13-6 from a third Quinlan penalty.

And Constitution continued to dominate in the third quarter, as Quinlan landed penalties on 42, 46 and 53 minutes for 22-6. A knock-on at the line on the hour could have put Constitution out of sight, but Lansdowne replacement prop McGrath got in for a try in the 70th minute, converted by Deasy for 22-13. However, Quinlan closed it out for Constitution with a 79th minute penalty.

Lansdowne remain on top with a remarkable 57 points; Terenure stay second on 49 points with an away victory over Garryowen. Constitution are on 47 points, while Clontarf are fourth on 43 points, one ahead of Garryowen.

Constitution next travel to UCD on 24th March; but irrespective of the League outcomes, Constitution will meet Lansdowne again in the Bateman Cup Final at Lansdowne Road on 21st April, having lost the draw for home venue.

Cork Con Team:

L.O’Connell; J.J.O’Neill, A.McHenry, N.Kenneally, R.Jermyn; T.Quinlan, G.Hurley; B.Quinlan, G.Good, G.Sweeney; B.Hayes, C.Kindregan Capt.; B.Hayes, E.Mintern, R.O’Neill, L.Cahill. Replacements: D.Murphy (2), G.Duffy (1), J.Higgins (9), J.McSwiney (7), M.Clune (11,14).

Cork Con Scorers:

B.Hayes 1T; T.Quinlan 1C6P.

Lansdowne RFC Team:

E.Mills; D.McEvoy, H.Brennan, M.O’Keeffe, A.Leavy; S.Deasy, A.Bennie; I.Prenderville, T.Moran, A.Boland; J.Dwan, O.Dowling; A.Conneely, C.Butterworth, W.Earle. Replacements: A.Boland (3), G.McGrath, J.O’Rourke (4), G.Molloy, T.Roche (15)

Lansdowne RFC Scorers:

G.McGrath 1T; S.Deasy 1C2P.

Competition: All Ireland League Div.1
1stXV V Young Munster
Score: 11 - 15 (Con score given first)
Venue: Greenfields
Date: 17/02/2018
Referee: P.Haycock IRFU

Young Munster gained revenge for their first round defeat at Templehill to claim the points at Greenfields on Saturday. The teams were level at 3-3 at halftime from a 31st minute penalty by Airey for the home side, equalised y Tomas Quinlan with a similar effort for Constitution in injury time.

Young Munster scored an unconverted try in the left corner in the 50th minute by right wing Craig O’Hanlon for 8-3. Tomas Quinlan missed a penalty chance for Constitution in the 55th minute, but nailed a similar effort in the 62nd minute to close to 8-6.

Gerry Hurley scored a try when Kevin O’Byrne peeled from a ruck on 69 minutes, but Quinlan missed the conversion. And they succumbed in the final minute when Copeland scored from a 5-metre lineout, and O’Hanlon’s conversion closed out a narrow win.

Cork Con Team:

 L.O’Connell; M.Clune, N.Kenneally, J.J.O’Neill, R.Jermyn; T.Quinlan, G.Hurley; B.Quinlan, K.O’Byrne, G.Sweeney; B.Hayes, C.Kindregan Capt.; G.Lawler, R.O’Neill, L.Cahill. Replacements: D.McCormack; D.Murphy; G.Duffy (3); J.McSwiney (4), J.Higgins.

Cork Con Scorers:

J.J.O’Neill 1T; T.Quinlan 2P.

Young Munster Team:

A.Tynan; C.Hayes, J.Harrington, J.Kelly, C.O’Hanlon; S.Airey, J.Lyons; P.Meyor, G.Slattery, C.Skehan; T.Goggin, M.Mullen; B.Kilkenny, D.Walsh, G.Combes.Replacements: M.O’Meara, C.Bartley (5); D.Dee (4); R.Guerin (10); B.Swindlehurst (11).

Young Munster Scorers:

C.O’Hanlon 1T; R.Copeland 1T; S.Airey 1P1C.

Competition: All Ireland League Div 1
1stXV V Dublin University
Score: 41 - 6 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 03/02/2018
Referee: Joy Neville

Cork Constitution won a well-merited bonus-point victory over Dublin University at Templehill on Saturday for their ninth win from thirteen matches in the AIL campaign.


They led with a 9th minute try by Gerry Hurley, who was put in from 40 metres by captain, Niall Kenneally. D.A.Moynihan converted for a perfect start. Ned Hodson added the second try on 20 minutes, after good three-quarter line handling for 12-0.


Jack McDermott kicked a penalty for Trinity on 27 minutes, but Constitution had a similar score from Moynihan on 32 minutes, to leave Constitution 15-3 at half time.


A second penalty by McDermott in the 49th minute gave the visitors some hope, but an unconverted try in the left corner by Rob Jermyn pushed Con’s advantage to 20-6 after 55 minutes. Graham Lawler saw yellow on 64 minutes, but Jermyn scored the fourth bonus point try in his absence on 71 minutes. Liam O’Connell converted, and he also kicked the extras to a penalty try awarded for a high tackle on Rob Jermyn in the 76th minute. Ger Sweeney closed out the victory with the sixth try in the 79th minute, converted by O’Connell.


The match was notable for the excellent refereeing of Joy Neville, who was never ruffled by the contestants.

Cork Con Team:

L.O’Connell; A.McHenry, N.Hodson, N.Kenneally, R.Jermyn; D.A.Moynihan, G.Hurley; B.Quinlan, V.O’Brien, G.Sweeney; C.Kindregan Capt., B.Hayes; J.McSwiney, R.O’Neill, L.Cahill. Replacements: M.Abbott (2), G.Duffy (16), G.Lawler (6), J.Higgins (9), M.Clune (10).

Cork Con Scorers:

G.Hurley 1T; N.Hodson 1T; R.Jermyn 2T; G.Sweeney 1T; D.A.Moynihan 1PT 1P2C; L.O’Connell 2C

Dublin University Team:

J.Moriarty; E.Dixon, M.Courtney (Capt.), K.Dixon, S.Fromim; J.McDermott, A.Lloyd; J.Bollard, P.Finlay, M.Kelly; J.Burke, A.McDonald; R.Pim, S.Pim, D.St Leger.Replacements: W.Jennings; S.Byrne, T.Ryan (8), R.Osbourne (7), T.Whittle (9).

Dublin University Scorers:

G.Hurley 1T; N.Hodson 1T; R.Jermyn 2T; G.Sweeney 1T; D.A.Moynihan 1PT 1P2C; L.O’Connell 2C


Competition: All Ireland League Div.1
1stXV V St Mary’s College
Score: 16 - 18 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templeville Road
Date: 28/01/2018
Referee: N.Correll IRFU

St Mary’s College gained revenge for their first round defeat at Templeogue on Saturday in another well-contested match. At Templehill in November Constitution won 21-19, and on this occasion the home side by an even smaller margin.


St Mary’s started strongly to lead 3-0 after 12 minutes, and 6-0 by the mid-point of the half, from penalties kicked by Shane Kearns. Constitution pegged back with a penalty from Aidan Moynihan for 6-3 on 25 minutes.


Constitution survived a strong attack by the home side, and a goal line tackle by Rob Jermyn saved a certain try on the half-hour mark. Just before the half-time break, Constitution pressurised the home line, and Brian Hayes was held up from a line-out surge. But Constitution did take the half-time honours, when Liam O’Connell and Rob Jermyn combined in a break away for Jermyn to score in the left corner in the 42nd minute. The conversion was missed, but Constitution led 6-8.


Aidan Moynihan added a 53rd minute penalty for a tackling offence by the home side, and when Liam O’Connell finished off a fine three-quarter attack in the 65th minute, Constitution looked to be in control at 6-16.


However, St Mary’s hit back immediately with a try by full back David Fanagan when he got a free run through the middle, closed the gap to 11-16 after 66 minutes. And as they kept the pressure on they tied up the scores in the 75th minute with a try by Conor Dean who had replaced out half Sean Kearns. And he duly kicked the winning points with the conversion.


Despite the defeat, the losing bonus point keeps Constitution in second on 37 points. Lansdowne lead the table on 53 points, Terenure are third on 36, while Clontarf are fourth on 33.


Next Saturday Constitution meet Dublin University at Templehill.

Cork Con Team:

J.White; L.O’Connell, A.McHenry, N.Kenneally, R.Jermyn; A.Moynihan, J.Higgins; B.Quinlan, M.Abbott, D.Murphy; B.Hayes, J.McSwiney; G.Lawler, R.O’Neill, L.Cahill. Replacements: V.O’Brien, P.Kelliher (3); S.Duffy (7); T.Quinlan (10), M.Clune (11).

Cork Con Scorers:

R.Jermyn 1T; L.O’Connell 1T; A.Moynihan 2P

St Mary’s College Team:

D.Fanagan; C.Kennedy, D.Moroney, M.O’Driscoll, M.Carey; S.Kearns, P.O’Driscoll; T.O’Reilly, R.Halpin, A.Coyle; C.Ruddock (c), C.O’Flaherty; D.O’Connor, R.Watters, J.Dilger. Replacements: H.Kean (1); E.Ferron (3); N.McCarthy (8); R.Glynn (9); C.Dean (10) .

St Mary’s College Scorers:

D.Fanagan 1T; C.Dean 1T1C; S.Kearns 2P;

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Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V UL-Bohemians 21/09/2013

Competition:Munster Senior Cup 1st Rd.
1stXV V UL-Bohemians
Score:35-15 (Con score given first)
Referee:S.Kearins MAR

Cork Constitution defeated UL-Bohemian in a reprise of last season’s Munster Senior Cup final, this time played at Annacotty. The result was repeated with Constitution winning more comfortably than last season. Con held a twenty point advantage at the break and protected that lead to the end. Once again Darragh Lyons was their scorer in chief with 20 points from a try, three conversions and three penalties.

It was a fine competitive game played in good conditions, in which the strong display of the Constitution pack set the pattern from the start. Darragh Lyons kicked a 3rd minute penalty, and added the extras to a fine individual try by former UL-Bohs centre Niall Kenneally. Shane Airey kicked a penalty for UL in the 18th minute, but Lyons punished UL three minutes later, after their No.8 was sin-binned, with a penalty.

Willie Ryan had a try disallowed in the 25th minute, after the intervention of a touch judge, but Cyprian Jouve scored a try in the 30th minute after a fine break by Jonathan Holland. Lyons kicked the conversion, and added a penalty before the break for 23-3.

Eoin Sweeney scored a try for UL on the resumption to give UL some hope, but when Darragh Lyons finished off a fine three-quarter movement in the 53rd minute, it gave Con an 18 point lead. Graeme Lawlor scored in the 62nd minute and Lyons added the conversion for 35-10. Rory White scored a consolation try for UL in the 76th minute.

Constitution will meet Midleton, who defeated Sundays Well 16-13, in the 2nd Round on October 19th next.

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons; C.Quinn, N.Kenneally, C.Jouve, C.Desmond; J.Holland, G.Hurley Capt.; B.Cagney, A.O’Driscoll, G.Sweeney; S.O’Connor, J.McSwiney; G.Lawlor, Jas.Ryan, W.Ryan.


C.O’Donnell (2), C.Corkery (1), J.Rochfort (3), F.McSwiney (6), C.O’Flaherty (5), L.Cahill (8), L.Duffy (12).

UL-Bohemians Team:

P.Bulger; A.Enrright, M.Lawlor, F.Ryan, R.White; S.Airey, F.Ryan; V.Burke, J.Sutton, G.Walsh; C.Trimble, E.Kelly; F.Cross, E.Sweeney, I.Candell.


D.Coady (2), D.Carroll (3), R.Burke (5), F.Flanagan (8), D.Farrell (9), M.Healy (12)

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Sundays Well 29/08/2013

Competition:Cork Charity Cup Rd.1
1stXV V Sundays Well
Score:50 - 0 (Con score given first)
Venue:Musgrave Park

Cork Constitution had a comfortable passage to the semi final of the Cork Charity Cup as they outclassed a gallant Sunday Well side at Musgrave Park on Thursday evening. As an opening game of the season it was played at a high tempo and Constitution made sure of victory with a 45 point blitz in the first half. Thereafter it was a case of giving the squad players a run and consequently the second period was a more even contest.

James Ryan gave Con an early lead when he finished a quick penalty move in the 3rd minute. New full back Garret O’Suilleabhain added a second try in the 8th minute. Out half Dara Lyons scored the third try in the 10th minute with a break from half way. He added his third conversion for a 21-0 lead.

The blitz continued with hooker Andrew Cudmore scoring in the 25th minute and Lyons again added the points. Conor Desmond availed of a defensive lapse in the 33rd minute for the fifth try. Graeme Lawlor finished off a James Ryan break in the 37th minute to which Lyons again added the extras. And centre Pat Parfrey finished off the half with a try after good hands by No.8 Luke Cahill.

The second period was quiet in contrast as Sundays Well were more committed defensively and controlled their possession. They were unfortunate not to score an a couple of occasions, but Constitution had the last score when replacement No.8 Willie Ryan scored in the 65th minute.

Constitution will play Highfield at Temple Hill in the semi final next week.

Cork Con Team:

G.O’Suilleabhain; C.Quinn, C.Jouve, P.Parfrey, C.Desmond; D.Lyons, G.Heuston; B.Cagney, A.Cudmore, G.Sweeney; A.Ross, F.McSwiney; G.Lawlor, J.Ryan, L.Cahill.


R.Daly, G.Duffy, J.Rochford, B.Moore, W.Ryan, R.Jermyn, E.O’Donnell. (All played)

Sundays Well Team:

S.O’Sullivan; M.Quinlivan, D.O’Connell, R.O’Mahony, A.Ansboro; J.M.O’Sullivan, P.Arigo; J.Barry, J.Moynihan, L.Buckley; S.Desmond, E.Murphy; J.Mulcahy, M.J.Doyle, P.Girandet.


W.McCarthy, N.Horgan, F.Moynihan, A.O’Brien, D.Loftus, S.Riordan, P.McGee.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Young Munster 16/03/2013

Competition:Ulster Bank League – Division 1A
1stXV V Young Munster
Score:10 - 9 (Con score given first)
Venue:Clifford Park
Referee:M.Black (T.O’Donoghue)

Cork Constitution repeated their first round one point win over Young Munster at Clifford Park on Saturday to record a rare All Ireland League double over their old Munster rivals.

Young Munster had the better of the first half exchanges and led 6-5 at the break. Their pack was powered by the return of International Paul O’Connell who played the 80 minutes. Two penalties by full back Derry O’Connor had given them a six point lead after 28 minutes.

Con hit back on 32 minutes with a fine team try. Brian Hayes broke from his 22 metre line and fed Darragh Lyons at half way. A grubber kick by the full back led to a maul on the Munster’s 22 metre line. Gerry Hurley passed out to Andrew O’Driscoll without delay and the hooker dabbed a clever ball to the line that Cronan Healy latched onto for his third since his return from Australia.

Both kickers missed a couple of penalty chances before referee Michael Black was replaced by touch judge Tom O’Donoghue due to injury. Meanwhile the game continued to be highly competitive with both sides losing players to the sin bin.

With the clock running down Young Munster took the lead from a third penalty by O’Connor for a scrum infringement in the 78th minute. But the clock favoured Con, as the game ran to seven minutes overtime, and in the final minute, as Con attacked the line relentlessly, centre Alex Ryan squeezed over for the winning score in what was the final play.

Cork Con Team:

D.Lyons; C.Healy, S.Deasy, A.Ryan, N.O’Driscoll; J.Holland, G.Hurley Capt.; C.Corkery, A.O’Driscoll, John Ryan; I.Nagle, P.Donnellan; B.Hayes, C.O’Flaherty, James Ryan.


J.Rochford (1), A.Cudmore (2), G.Lawlor (4), C.Desmond, R.Clune (14).

Young Munster Team:

D.O’Connor; S.McCauley, M.Doyle, L.Kunthz, D.O’Neill; M.Prendergast, B.Haugh; H.McGrath, G.Slattery, A.Cotter; S.Duggan, M.Madden; N.Melbourne, M.Rowley, G.Bourke.


L.Russell, D.Cantillon, C.Liston, D.Bannon, M.Prendergast.

Cork Constitution FC 1stXV V Shannon 30/10/2010

Competition:All Ireland League Div.1A
1stXV V Shannon
Score:26-20 (Con score given first)

Cork Constitution recorded their fourth win in succession over Shannon at Coonagh to maintain their position at the head of the All Ireland League. A quick start saw Constitution lead 13-0 after 15 minutes, but Shannon, who had received a threshing from St Mary’s College in their previous game, fought back and were well worthy of the losing bonus point at the finish.

Due to Munster call-ups, Constitution had some changes: Cyprien Jouve at centre, David O’Mahony at second row for his first game and Tim Dukelow at flanker. All three fitted in well, and Jouve scored a spectacular try before coming off injured in the second half.

Richard Lane struck a penalty for Constitution in the first attack and he intercepted a mid-field pass to score at the posts after 8 minutes. His conversion, and a further penalty after 15 minutes, took Con to 13-0. Despite the deficit Shannon had not done much wrong and were fighting for every ball and putting their phases together. However, their only score came from the boot of Tadhg Bennett when he kicked a 35th minute penalty to leave Constitution leading 13-3 at the break.

Richard Lane extended Con’s lead with a penalty after two minutes of the second half when Shannon centre was yellow-carded for a high tackle on Jouve. Shannon snatched an opportunist try in the 45th minute when Sean Armstrong was put in on the blind side of a ruck near the line, and Bennett kicked a fine conversion from the touchline.

Following a strong drive by Stephen Archer, who took the ball over half-way, Cyprien Jouve found a gap and sprinted clear to score at the posts in the 48th minute. Lane converted for 23-10. Mossie Lawler was put in space on the right wing to score a try in the 56th minute to close the deficit to eight points. But, when Lane kicked his fourth penalty in the 76th minute, it looked that Shannon would get nothing from the game. However, showing their club’s great spirit, veteran flanker Colm McMahon scored a try at the death to earn a losing bonus point, which was the least his side deserved on the day.

Cork Con Team:

S.Scanlon; R.Lane, S.Zebo, C.Jouve, C.Healy; D.Lyons, A.Ryan; D.Hurley, R.Quinn, S.Archer; B.Hayes, D.O’Mahony; J.McSwiney, T.Dukelow, F.Cogan Capt..


M.O’Leary (2), M.Gateley (1), R.Gee (5), C.Desmond, T.Kenneally (12).

Shannon Team:

D.O’Donovan; R.Mullane, M.Lawler, J.Clogan, S.Armstrong; T.Bennett, R.Guerin; K.O’Neill, D.Casey, K.Griffin; S.Duggan, F.Walsh; L.Mullane, P.Butler, D.Quinlan.


J.Cronin, G.McNamara, C.McMahon, P.Rowley, M.Kinsella.

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