Thursday 22 March 2018

Con bring halt to Clontarf run


Cork Constitution ended Clontarf's unbeaten run in Division 1A with a deserved 26-18 victory at Temple Hill yesterday.

The home side led 13-3 at half-time with a try from Brian O'Hara and a conversion and two penalties by Gerry Hurley. Former Con player Richard Lane kicked a penalty for the visitors.

Lane and Hurley exchanged penalties before Clontarf's Adrian Darcy was shown a red card on 58 minutes. Hurley and Niall O'Driscoll added tries for Con and in a late rally Noel Reid and Barry O'Mahony scored tries for the visitors and Lane converted one but missed the second to deny Clontarf a losing bonus point.

A second-half try from Matthew D'Arcy helped to make it three wins from five for St Mary's College as they came through a tense encounter to see off Blackrock College 19-18 in Stadbrook.

Gavin Dunne punished indiscipline from the home side with four successfully struck penalties, but Blackrock stayed in touch when Alex Dunlop touched down in the first half.

Shannon and Old Belvedere played out a thrilling 18-18 draw at Coonagh. Old Belvedere had opened an 18-8 lead with a brace of tries by winger Peter Woods. By the hour mark it was all square thanks to a penalty and a conversion by Tadg Bennett of a fine try by Luke O'Dea.

A strong first-half display proved pivotal for Lansdowne on the back pitch of the Aviva Stadium, as Mike Ruddock's side held off a strong second-half display from Dolphin to secure a 38-21 bonus-point win.

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