Cork Constitution FC

Cork Con FC J1

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Competition: Junior 1 League Play-off
J1 V Highfield
Score: 40 - 7 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 16/03/2018
Referee: K.Pennefeather MAR

Cork Constitution scored a clear-cut victory over Highfield at Templehill on Friday evening to record their fifth straight win in the Junior 1 League South play-off series.

Constitution led 21-0 at the interval with three first half tries, and added a further three in the second period for a comprehensive result.

Constitution opened the scoring with a try in the 16th minute; Brendan Monahan placed a ball to the left corner, and Ian Casey and Niall Finn combined for the try, which Finn converted. Luke Duffy scored the second try in the 20th minute, again converted by Finn for 14-0 to the home side. And just before the interval centre Michael Clune scored at the posts, converted by Finn for 21-0 .

Highfield reduced the arrears with a try on the hour by flanker George French, converted by Ted O’Leary; but Constitution scored again from the restart with a try by second-row Lar Coughlan; and Finn converted for 28-7.

Further tries followed from Ian Casey and Sonny Dwyer with the second converted by Finn, to leave Constitution comfortable winners.

Constitution play Sunday’s Well next week in the final match of the series.

Cork Con Team:

B.Monaghan; I,Casey, M.Clune, G.Higgins, L.Duffy; N.Finn, D.King; G.Duffy, J.McHenry, D.Murphy; J.Davies, L.Coughlan; G.Lawler, R.Murphy, S.Dwyer. Replacements: D.Abbott, P.Casey, D.Coughlan, G.Bradley, H.Murphy.

Cork Con Scorers:

L.Duffy 1T; M.Clune 1T; L.Coughlan 1T; I.Casey 1T;S.Dwyer 1T; N.Finn 1T5C

Highfield Team:

S.McCarthy; C.Harrington, G.O’Leary, S.Crowley, D.Houlihan; T.O’Leary, R.McGuire; P.Butler, K.Rodgers, M.Dillane; E.Keating, M.O’Donnell-Fitzgerald; G.French, O.O’Leary, D.Kelly. Replacements: R.Glavin, O.Thomas, D.Lane, D.Eustace, R.Busteed.

Highfield Scorers:

G.French 1T; T.O’Leary 1C.

Competition: Munster Junior Cup 4th Round
J1 V Bandon
Score: 27 - 12 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 18/02/2018
Referee: P.Sheeham MAR

Cork Constitution defeated Bandon, last season’s Munster Junior Cup winners, in the 4th Round of this season’s competition, at Templehill on Sunday afternoon. Played in calm dry conditions, Constitution led 15-0 at the break, and while Bandon made a decent effort to bring it to 15-12 by the hour mark, the home side pulled away with two tries in the final quarter.

Prop forward Dylan Murphy scored a 3rd minute try to set the home side on their way; and skipper Sonny Dwyer scored the second in the 8th minute, as the Constitution pack pushed over from a 5-metre scrum. Greg Higgins converted, and added a penalty in the 14th minute to give Constitution a 15 point cushion.

Bandon rallied in the third quarter, with tries from Ryan Hayes, following a line-out drive; and wing Gearoid Crowley, after a good left wing counter-attack; Kerry Desmond converted the first try to leave the score at 15-12 after 60 minutes play.

However, Constitution got a good break in the 68th minute, when Michael Clune intercepted and went under the posts to give Higgins the easiest conversion. And No.8 Lar Coughlan rounded off a solid home team performance with the fourth try in the 76th minute.

In the next round, Constitution will be away to the winners of Sunday’s Well v Young Munster, who play next Sunday.

Cork Con Team:

J.White; P.Buckley, M.Clune, G.Higgins, B.Galvin; B.Monahan, G.Bradley; P.Casey, G.Good, D.Murphy; J.Davies, G.Mullins; S.Duffy, S.Dwyer Capt., L.Coughlan.. Replacements: D.Abbott (1); D.Coughlan (6); R.Murphy (4); N.Finn (12); D.King (9).

Cork Con Scorers:

D.Murphy 1T; S.Dwyer 1T; M.Clune 1T; L.Coughlan 1T; G.Higgins 2C1P; B.Monahan 1C.

Bandon Team:

O.Crowley; C.Mulcahy, G.O’Leary, K.Desmond, G.Crowley; R.Harrold, J.Crowley; A.Slattery, M.Murphy, M.Phelan; T.Ferguson, R.Hayes; M.Beecher, K.Phelan, C.Bromwich.
Replacements: S.Kingston (2); S.Murphy (1); D.Robinson (8); L.Fleming (9); S.Gonzalez (14). 

Bandon Scorers:

R.Hayes 1T; G.Crowley 1T; K.Desmond 1C.

Competition: Junior 1 League South
J1 V Cashel
Score: 65 - 6 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 01/10/2017

Cork Constitution had an easy victory over Cashel at Templehill on Sunday afternoon, in their opening Junior 1 League game of the season , scoring nine tries,  and conceding just two penalties, to a disappointing Cashel outfit


Michael Clune and Gary Bradley scored two tries each, while out-half Aidan Moynihan converted eight of the nine tries, and added a couple of penalties also

Cork Con Team:

B.Monaghan; P.Buckley, M.Clune, B.Galvin, J.White; A.Moynihan, G.Bradley; G.Roche, A.McHenry, D.Murphy; G.Mullins, J.Davies; L.Coughlan, J.O’Callaghan, S.Duffy. Replacements: G.Good (2); P.Casey; R.Murphy (8); D.King (9); O.Hanly (10)

Cork Con Scorers:

M.Clune 2T; G.Bradley 2T; A.Moynihan 1T; L.Coughlan 1T; B.Galvin 1T; J.O’Callaghan 1T; G.Roche 1T; A.Moynihan 8C3P.

Competition: Munster Seconds League South
J1 V Highfield RFC
Score: 16 - 22 (Con score given first)
Venue: Templehill
Date: 01/05/2017
Referee: E.O’Shea MAR

Highfield defeated Cork Constitution in the Munster Seconds League play-off match at Templehill on Monday evening.


Constitution had the better of the first forty minutes to lead 13-7 at the interval. Jamie Murphy kicked two penalties in a scrappy first 20 minutes to put Constitution 6-0 ahead. And they increased their advantage with a try by Glen Stokes in the 33rd minute, following a line-out, which Murphy converted for 13-0.


However, Highfield scored just before the break, when they kicked a penalty to the corner, and drove over for the try from the ensuing line-out, with hooker Diarmuid O’Sullivan touching down. Kieran Duggan kicked the conversion for 13-7 at the break.


A penalty by Duggan after 56 minutes closed the gap to 13-10, and Highfield went ahead with a try four minutes later, when left wing John McLaughlin got over in the corner, from a blind-side move initiated by No.8 George French. The conversion was unsuccessful, but Highfield led 13-15.


Constitution pressed again, but knocked on over the line in the 63rd minute, and another drive for the line in the 68th minute only yielded a penalty, however converted by Murphy for the lead at 16-15.


But, the game was decided in the final minutes, when Highfield hooker Conor Forde got over from a maul on the line, and full back Kieran Duggan added the extras.

Cork Con Team:

J.White; S.Randles, B.Galvin, M.Clune, D.Hayes; J.Murphy, D.King; D.O’Connell, J.McHenry, G.Roche; G.Stokes, C.Barry (Capt.); R.O’Halloran, R.O’Neill, J.O’Callaghan. Replacements: G.Good (3); G.Sweeney (1), C.Fouhy (7);  M.O’Mahony, K.Minihane.

Cork Con Scorers:
Highfield RFC Team:

K.Duggan; R.Matthieu, C.Cunningham, D.Houlihan, J.McLoughlin; D.Eustace, C.Bannon; P.Butler, D.O’Sullivan, M.Dillane; O.Linnell, M.O’Donnell-Fitzgerald; C.Gallagher, J.Duffy, G.French. Replacements: C.Forde (3); D.O’Callaghan (1); E.Keating (4); J.Sheehan (14); N.O’Brien

Current season Cork Con FC J1 fixtures & results

Cork Constitution FC J1 V University College Cork 19/12/2016

Competition:Munster Seconds League
J1 V University College Cork
Score:19 - 21 (Con score given first)
Venue:The Farm, Curraheen
Referee:R.O’Sullivan MAR

UCC J1 XV reversed the early season result in their return Seconds League fixture, under lights at Curraheen Road on Monday evening. Leading 21-12 at half time, they contained a late surge by Constitution, to claim a narrow victory.

The students took a 5th minute lead with a smart try by out half Stuart Logier, who found a gap through the middle of the Con defence. Last season’s Constitution Under 20 star, Andrew Dorgan converted for 7-0. Constitution fought back in the next 10 minutes, and forced a try by Rory Horgan in the left corner, but the conversion failed.

College forced the pace, and scored in the 25th minute through centre Hyde, converted by Dorgan; and Dorgan scored the third try with a steal from a 22 metre scrum, and added the conversion, for 21-5 to College on the half-hour mark. 

Constitution narrowed that lead with a try by scrum-half Jason Higgins from a 5 metre scrum, and Dara Lyons converted for 12-21 at the break.

The second half was well-contested, but with few scoring chances engineered by either side. Eventually, Shane Daly found a mid-field gap for a fine Constitution score in the 70th minute. Dara Lyons’ conversion closed the gap to two points, but College did enough to see out time for a two point victory.

Cork Con Team:

S.Daly; H.Murphy, A.McHenry, R.Horgan, B.Galvin; D.Lyons, J.Higgins; L.Farrell, J.McHenry, D.O’Connell; G.Stokes, C.Barry; R.O’Halloran, R.Walsh, S.O’Leary. Replacements: G.Good (1); G.Duffy (3), R.O’Halloran (6), M.O’Mahony, D.Fitzgerald (6),  C.O’Brien (10).

University College Cork Team:

D.Dennehy; M.Kavanagh, P.Hyde, C.Healy, K.Ansboro; S.Logier, A.Dorgan; F.McDermott, E.McCarthy, C.McHugh; D.Lynch, M.O’Connell; P.Derham, F.Moynihan, P.Traynor. Replacements:  D.Barron, D.McDonagh, C.Murphy, S.Lotty, L.O’Donnell.


Cork Constitution FC J1 V Cashel 19/12/2015

Competition:Munster Seconds League
J1 V Cashel
Score:18 - 10 (Con score given first)
Referee:M.Cunningham MAR.

Cork Constitution J1 XV overcame a strong Cashel side in their last game before the Christmas break. In doing so, they maintained their unbeaten record in their Seconds League section, and have finished as clear winners with seven wins from seven matches. 
They now await the play-off phase with the North Munster section.


Cashel took an early lead from a penalty, but Constitution hit back with a try from No.8 Evan Mintern, converted by Jamie Murphy. And Murphy added a penalty before half time, to leave Constitution 10-3 to the good at the break


Michael Clune scored an unconverted try for 15-3, but Cashel got back to 15-10 with a try and conversion. Jamie Murphy closed out the match for Constitution with a penalty.


The next match for the Junior XV will be the Munster Junior Cup 1st Round, in which they are drawn away to Mallow on 10th January.

Cork Con Team:

E.Lacey; S.Grey, K.Desmond, M.Clune, A.O’Keeffe; J.Murphy, A.Dorgan; L.Walsh, D.Coughlan, A.Slattery; C.O’Flaherty, S.O’Leary; L.O’Leary, S.Dwyer, E.Mintern. Replacements: C.Murphy, R.O’Halloran, C.Barry, J.Ahern, I.O’Brien.


Cork Constitution FC J1 V Old Christians 17/03/2013

Competition:Munster Junior Cup 5th Round
J1 V Old Christians
Score:51 - 5 (Con score given first)

Cork Constitution scored a big Munster Junior Cup 5th Round win over their Cork neighbours Old Christians at Temple Hill on Sunday. From the 5th minute when Yasin Browne crashed over for the opening try there was never a doubt about their superiority. That try was created on the right wing by Eoin O’Donnell. Brendan Monohan converted for 7-0. On 20 minutes skipper Andy White scored when he forced an error on the Old Christians scrum half at a 5 metre scrum. Brendan Monohan rounded off the first half with a penalty awarded for a dangerous tackle in the 36th minute to leave the score 15-0.

Constitution killed off the game with two quick-fire tries early in the second period. First No.8 Paul Derham picked from a 5 metre scrum and scored in the 53rd minute. From the kick off Con gained possession and speedy winger Eoin O’Donnell covered 40 metres to score. Neither conversion was successful, but Con had built a 25 point lead.

Old Christians No.10 Stuart Lee scored a fine individual try in the 65th minute, but that was as good as it got for the Rathcooney side, as Con ran in four more quality tries before the finish.

Centre Michael Keyes dotted down in the 69th minute, having inexplicably failed to score a few minutes earlier having beaten the defence, but knocked on in the scoring process. By now Con were breaking the Christians defence at will, and tries came from Cathal Quinn 73 mins; Keyes again 78 mins; and finally the very impressive Seamus Glynn in the 81st minute. Monohan added three conversions for the final tally.

In the next round Constitution will be in Tipperary against Kilfeackle, who defeated Kinsale 49-10.

Cork Con Team:

B.Monohan; E.O’Donnell, M.Keyes, S.Glynn, C.Quinn; P.Parfrey, P.O’Leary; G.Murray, B.Vaughan, C.Keane; Y.Browne, D.O’Brien, B.Fitzgerald, A.White, A.Ross.


C.Scannell, C.Corkery, M.O’Mahony, D.Nolan,  R.Fenton.

Old Christians Team:

D.Daly; P.Purcell, J.O’Flynn, P.Naughton, C.Mangan; S.Lee, S.Murnane; S.Twohig, D.O’Driscoll, S.Barry; C.Knierum, L.Coughlan; S.Kelly, A.Weir, D.Murphy.


B.Halpin, E.Heaphy, J.Caples, R.Stapleton.

Cork Constitution FC J1 V Highfield 03/03/2013

Competition:Seconds League
J1 V Highfield
Score:13 - 10 (Con score given first)
Venue:Temple Hill

Cork Constitution won their crucial last league game against Highfield at Temple Hill on Sunday, and thereby retained the South Munster Seconds League title. Highfield put up stern resistance throughout, but Constitution just edged it over the eighty minutes.

The first round game at Woodleigh Park had a high scoring outcome in favour of the home side by 30-12, but this was a more thorough examination of defences that stood up well to scrutiny.  Constitution steadily built a thirteen point lead in the first half. Brian Derham struck a penalty after 8 minutes for Constitution. Two tries before the break gave Con a cushion for the second half. First Cathal Quinn finished a good three-quarter movement, and just before half time, Eoin O’Donnell finished another fine move in the corner. Neither try was converted, but Con had earned a 13-0 lead.

Highfield hit back with a penalty by Colm Downes in the 49th minute. And when No.8 Marc Murphy scored ten minutes later, Downes converted, it set the scene for a very intensive final quarter. In the event Constitution controlled that period and were worthy of the champion’s title.

Padraig Higgins presented the trophy to the winning captain Andy White, and both sides can now look forward to the play-off stages with their North Munster counterparts.

Cork Con Team:

C.Quinn; E.O’Donnell, B.Derham, S.Glynn, J.Cruikshank; P.Parfrey, P.O’Leary; G.Murray, B.Vaughan, C.Keane; Y.Browne, M.O’Mahony, B.Fitzgerald,  A.White, A.Ross.


M.Moynihan (3), A.Cudmore (2), D.Nolan (5), C.McGovern (15), M.Keyes.

Highfield Team:

C.Downes; R.McDonagh, K.Maloney, J.Sheehan, R.Duggan; B.O’Hea, M.O’Driscoll; D.O’Callaghan, D.Norris, R.Bogue; F.O’Sullivan, M.Milne; C.Touhy,F.Touhy, M.Murohy.


A.Stack, B.O’Hea, W.Falvey, J.Carton, M.Kelleher.

Cork Constitution FC J1 V Cashel 12/01/2013

Competition:Seconds League
J1 V Cashel
Score:17 - 12 (Con score given first)

Cashel won the return Seconds League game played at Cashel on Saturday afternoon, but only after a delayed start, a replacement referee and playing the second half on a different pitch.

The start was delayed due to the non-appearance of the appointed referee; it appears he was not informed that the game was brought forward a day. A local man was located and the game started 30 minutes late. The first half was played on the main pitch, but the second had to be switched to the second pitch to avail of the floodlighting, as daylight faded.

Constitution scored in the 7th minute when Ronan Barry finished a fine break by Cathal Quinn. Con had the better of the first quarter but failed to finish a number of opportunities. Cashel drew level in the 25th minute with a try by Paddy Maher, and forged ahead with two further tries before half time for 17-5.

The second half developed into a dog-fight on the smaller pitch with few clear cut chances. Seamus Glynn finished one Con attack with a try converted by Brian Derham, and they had to be satisfied with a losing bonus point for their efforts.

Cork Con Team:

C.Quinn; E.O’Donnell, P.Parfrey, B.Derham, J.Cruickshank; D.McNamara, P.O’Leary; C.Keane, B.Vaughan; C.Corkery; D.O’Brien, Y.Browne; R.Barry, A.White, B.Fitzgerald.


E.Quinn, D.O’Connell, S.Thornhill, S.Glynn, M.Keyes.

Cashel Team:

F.Kelleher; R.Mullane, J.Ryan, A.O’Connell, K.Leamy; O.McGlinchey, D.McGrath; E.Hall, T.Flynn, I.Shanley; A.O’Dwyer, K,Gleeson; P.Maher, M.Cross, A.Downey.


C.O’Donnell, N.Fitzgerald, M.Feehan, G.O’Sullivan, K.Sweeney.

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