UL Bohemians 23 Cork Constitution 15
UL Bohemians climbed into third place in the Division 1A standings on the back of this impressive defeat of Cork Constitution at Annacotty this afternoon.
UL now have former Munster player Mossy Lawler in place as director of rugby, with Colm Tucker, Gary Flanagan and Barry Murphy combining in the coaching set-up.
Lawler, playing at outside centre, showed he still has what it takes on the pitch by scoring a brilliant try as the Red Robins claimed the scalp of Constitution.
In recent seasons the Limerick side have suffered many setbacks at the hands of Cork Con, but this time they were deserving winners with a last-minute try not enough for Brian Walsh‘s side to claim a losing bonus point.
One of Bohs’ rising stars, out-half JJ Hanrahan, gave them the lead from a fourth-minute penalty before his Munster colleague Scott Deasy replied for the visitors.
With Sean Henry, captain Ed Kelly and Tommy O’Donnell standing out in the pack, UL stretched into a 13-3 lead for half-time thanks to a Hanrahan-converted penalty try and his second penalty.
Lawler’s superbly-taken try followed just seven minutes after the restart, although centre Darragh Lyons dotted down for the second week running to bring the Leesiders back into contention.
Experienced right winger Martin McPhail made certain of the points for Bohs with a 75th-minute try, widening the margin to 23-8, before Deasy converted Robert Clune’s consolation effort.
Scorers: UL Bohemians: Tries: Mossy Lawler, Martin McPhail, Penalty try; Con: JJ Hanrahan; Pens: JJ Hanrahan 2
Cork Constitution: Tries: Robert Clune, Darragh Lyons; Con: Scott Deasy; Pen: Scott Deasy.