Cork Con eye up play-offs after Quinlan's heroics
Cork Constitution 35 Terenure 17
Talented young full-back Tomás Quinlan racked up 20 points as he helped Cork Constitution to a bonus-point victory over Terenure College.
Quinlan latched on to Darragh Lyons’ chip ahead in the 76th minute to grab the final try of this rescheduled Division 1A tie, with the result pushing Con up to third place in the table.
The Leesiders led 17-10 at the end of a very entertaining first half at Temple Hill. Lock Conor Kindregan burst through from 30 metres out for their opening try in the fourth minute.
Terenure winger Jake Swaine returned fire with a well-taken score which he converted himself, and then added with 40-metre penalty to make it 10-7.
However, Con soon fought back with centre Niall Kenneally adding a try to their tally in the 29th minute.
’Nure captain Kevin O’Dwyer dotted down in the 54th minute to cancel out an early penalty try from Con on the resumption.
Quinlan increased his influence by kicking two successive left-footed penalties to complete his 15-point kicking haul.
The former Ireland U-20 international received a clever dink through from Lyons to seal a bonus point for the Corkmen.
The result now leaves them well-placed to make the play-offs next month with fifth-placed Garryowen now eight points behind them.