Cork Con

Round 3

Terenure College (0T) 0-20 Cork Constitution (2T), Lakelands, Cork Con returned to winning ways with a 20 point shut out on the road to defending
champions Terenure.
A result that raised a few eyebrows this weekend, maybe not so much the outcome but the fact Terenure failed to notch a score. Two James Taylor penalties gave Con a six point cushion before Billy Scannell crossed and with Taylor adding the extras it was a 13-0 lead.
With eight minutes to go until half time, Daniel Hurley crossed for the second try Con managed on a domain opening half, Taylor left 20 on the board at the break. A first half Con controlled and did all the work with the second bringing no further scores.

Round 4

UCD (3T) 28-45 Terenure College (5T), Belfield Terenure secured a much needed win to end a recent losing streak over Dublin
neighbours UCD in Belfield.
A contest that was cagey for large parts in the first half the visitors just had that bit between their teeth as they needed points to triumph with a much better second half. Caolan Dooley struck Nure ahead with an early penalty before UCD worked the phases well and Chris Cosgrave crossed for the game’s opening try, Michael Moloney with the extras.

By the 25th minute Terenure had managed to cross for a try to pull them back into the lead, Adam La Grue touching down and Dooley kicked the visitors ahead by three, 10-7. Two Moloney penalties put UCD back ahead that would change at the death of the opening half as Stephen O’Neill crossed for a second try for the champions, 15-13 at the break.

Moloney and Dooley were having a great battle on the kicking duties, both struck early second half penalties but another from Dooley had Nure ahead 21-16. Dooley was needed to convert Luke Clohessy’s try after the hour mark from a fantastic maul. UCD battled back to level five minutes later, electric stuff from the students as Sean Egan and Andrew Osborne got over, Moloney with one of two conversions the second would have seen UCD ahead, 28-28.

Nure showed just why they were crowned champions last term, in the final ten minutes they added the bonus point and secured the result. Dooley with another penalty restored the lead before Peter Sylvester and Tom Coghlan crossed for tries that Dooley expertly dispatched.

Round 5

Terenure College (2T) 24-23 Lansdowne (2T), Lakelands Ice in the veins from Caolan Dooley saw Terenure snatch victory right at the death
from Dublin neighbours Lansdowne.  Adam le grue drew first blood for the hosts inside five minutes and Callum Smith
converted for the full seven points. Smith made the lead 10-0 with a penalty following a high tackle, he was busy from the tee striking a second penalty to reply to Stephen Madigan getting Lansdowne on the board prior. Madigan reduced the margin to seven with another penalty before the power of the Nure forwards heaved their way over for their second try as Levi Vaughan dotted down for an unconverted try. Madigan kicked a third penalty as Nure went down to 14 shy of the break but again Smith was on hand as penalties swapped hands on numerous occasions to score and make it 21-9 at the break.

The second period was cagey as the referee was busy dishing out the cheese to both teams, Hugo McLaughlin sniped under the pots after the hour mark to cut the gap to 21-16 and soon after Jack Cooke crossed the whitewash for the lead, Madigan converting both tries. With a long range penalty effort Dooley was a craftsman at work the ball gliding with ease between the uprights as Nure snatched it as the death.

Kindly reproduced with thanks to Diarmuid Kearney | Final Whistle