Departing Healy helps Cork Con see off Mary's
CORK CONSTITUTION marked the departure of their free-scoring wing Cronan Healy to Australia with an important 22-17 victory over St Mary's College at Temple Hill.
The win keeps them in second spot in the table, five points ahead of third-placed St Mary's. Healy was playing his last game before heading off for a year-long stint in Sydney where he plans to link up with Randwick.
There's no doubt that the 29-year-old will be missed by Cork Con. He has consistently been one of the best finishers in the All-Ireland League.
Healy is the club's record try scorer, but he was unable to add to his haul against St Mary's. Instead, the game's crucial try was scored by another of Cork Con's most consistent performers in their No 8 and captain Frank Cogan.
The sides were level at 6-6 early in the second half when Cogan gathered at the tail of a St Mary's line-out and raced away for a spectacular score. Scum-half Gerry Hurley converted.
Hurley was responsible for the remainder of Cork Con's points with five penalties. Matt D'Arcy got over for St Mary's try, with full-back Gavin Dunne landing four penalties.
Elsewhere, Young Munster and Shannon recorded victories to move away from the bottom of the table. Young Munster, inspired by out-half Alan Kingsley, overran Dolphin 35-0 at Clifford Park, scoring four tries.
They came from Mark Doyle, Matt Costelloe, James O'Neill and a penalty try. While Young Munster move back into the top half of the table, Dolphin dropped into the bottom two.
Shannon are also on the move upwards following their 38-20 victory over Blackrock College at Coonagh. Like Young Munster, they were inspired by their out-half, as Tadhg Bennett shone. They crossed for five tries through Rob Keogh, Paul Rowley, Les Hogan, Colm McMahon and Maurice O'Driscoll.
Clontarf continue to head Division 1B following a hard-fought 16-12 away victory over UL Bohemians at Annacotty. Former Leinster second-row Ben Gissing's contribution was vital with Michael Keating getting the only try of the game.
Lansdowne have moved into third spot following an excellent 30-18 success over recent Munster Senior Cup winners Bruff on the artificial back pitch at the Aviva Stadium. If only Lansdowne could play as well away from home.
They scored four tries through Ron Boucher, Eoin Sheriff, Eoghan Hickey and Dave Hewitt, with the rest of the points coming from the boot of Hickey.
Unfortunately, the bad weather caused the postponement of the remaining Division 1B games between Dungannon and Buccaneers and Galwegians and UCC.