Mulcahy draws positives for Cork Con
Old Belvedere 3 Cork Constitution 3
OLD BELVEDERE and Cork Constitution struggled to cope with horrendous conditions in Saturday's League Division 1A game at Anglesea Road.
Cork Con's failure to gain a third succcesive victory means they have dropped to second spot in the table, a point behind UCD.
Their coach Tom Mulcahy said it was a match which either side could have won. Old Belvedere wasted two goal-kicking opportunities in the final quarter, one of which was from in front of the posts. Cork Con, for their part, failed to avail of some intense pressure in the closing stages.
With the two sides having scored nine tries between them in their most recent league outings, there was every reason to hope for an open and entertaining game. But the heavy rain put an end to those ambitions.
Both sides tried their best in the first half but found it impossible to hold on to the ball for a sustained period.
Although Cork Con dominated the early exchanges, it was Old Belvedere who came closest to securing that all-important try through wings Conor Power and Josh Glynn just before half-time.
The second half was equally hard-fought. Old Belvedere took the lead with a long-range penalty from Glynn, before Cork Con out-half Johnny Holland kicked the equalising points.
Despite the loss of top spot, Cork Con coach Mulcahy was happy. "We have been able to play some really attractive rugby in good conditions to win our opening two games but it was a very different situation today. A draw was a fair result," he said.
Old Belvedere coach Paul Cunningham agreed, saying: "Both teams wanted to play rugby but unfortunately the conditions were just too bad. Overall, though, I think we've performed very well in our first three games."
Old Belvedere – D Riordan; C Power, J Kennedy, S Berne, J Glynn; S Crosbie, A Sheehan; P O'Regan, C MacDonald, D Lavery, D Moore, J Whatiri, J Slattery, K O'Gorman, J Conan. Reps: K O'Neill, C Mallon, A Wynne.
Cork Constitution – D Lyons; C Quinn, L Duffy, N Kenneally, C Quinn; J Holland, R Foley; B Cagney, A O'Driscoll, J Ryan, J McSwiney, S O'Connor, G Lawlor, J Ryan, W Ryan. Reps: C Desmond, C O'Flaherty, G Sweeney, J Rochford.
Ref – P Fitzgibbon.