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Holland pulls the strings to sink Dolphin

Cork Con 18
Dolphin 13

Published 10/11/2012 | 05:00

For the third time in as many games, Cork Con out-half Jonny Holland was the star man as his inspired kicking display proved key in this heated derby at Temple Hill.

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Aside from the eight points he contributed with the boot, he had a pivotal role in Con's opening try just 90 seconds into the contest.

Holland's smart grubber-kick to the corner was touched down by Niall O'Driscoll, and although the No 10 failed to land a difficult conversion, the home side had set their intentions out.

Holland then dispatched his first penalty with ease, making it 8-0 after nine minutes.

Dolphin did have an edge at the line-out, though, and when they stole a Con throw inside the '22', James Cronin was driven over.

Barry Keeshan added the extras, and Con's Brian Hayes was sent to the sin-bin on the verge of half-time, when it was 8-7.

With a man advantage, it took the visitors just a minute of the second period to move into the ascendancy, Keeshan driving home a penalty after Con were penalised in the scrum.

Con regained the lead after a wonderfully quick burst from Scott Deasy, who offloaded to Ivan Dinneen, whose pace took him over the line, and Holland's boot did the rest.

CORK CON -- D Lyons; R Clune, I Dinneen, S Deasy, N O'Driscoll; G Hurley, J Holland; P Galvin, A Cudmore (C Corkery 52), J Ryan; B Hayes, P Donnellan; G Lawlor, B O'Hara (B Cuttriss 52), J Ryan.

DOLPHIN -- E Mills; J Kiernan, C Bohane, D Barnes, G O Suilleabhain (R Scannell 68); B Keeshan, C Bannon (B Slater 61); J Cronin, N Scannell, C Condon; C Rowe, D O'Mahony; M Cronin (R O'Herlihy 56), R Murphy, B O'Callaghan.

Ref -- E Hogan-O'Connell.

Irish Independent

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