Cork Con go the extra to set up final date with UCD

Cork Constitution 18 UCC 13 (after extra time): Cork Constitution booked their place in next weekend’s All Ireland Frazer McMullen U20 Cup final against UCD after an extra-time victory over UCC at Temple Hill.

Cork Con go the extra to set up final date with UCD

The home side should have wrapped this game up well into the second-half as they had dominated territorially and were hit by a sucker punch from College seven minutes from time with an equalising try to send the game into extra-time.

The sides were level 6-6 at half time with Jamie Murphy kicking two penalties for Con’ and Bobby Smith levelling for the students. Eight minutes into the second-half a break from a scrum by John Poland and Evan Mintern sent Sean O’Leary in for a Con’ try and Murphy converted.

A break out of defence by Paul Kiernan sent Darragh Dennehy in under the posts and Smith’s conversion meant an extra 20 minutes of rugby.

College were rampant after this but a solid Con’ defence held firm. Con’ regained the lead in the 92nd minute when a great move involving Mintern, Murphy and Jimmy Aherne ended with Murphy scoring the winning try.

CORK CON: S Daly; S Gray, M Clune, R Horgan, J Murphy; E Lacey, J Poland; L Walsh, D Coughlan, G Roche; C Barry S O’Leary; R Walsh, D Walsh, E Mintern.

Replacements: J Tierney, R Nyhan, D Fitzgerald, C Murphy, K Daly, J Aherne, C O’Brien.

UCC: D Dennehy; B Smith, T Cronin, P Kiernan, S Breen; P Hyde, J O’Regan; F McDermott, E McCarthy, D Jennings; B Clancy, B O’Byrne; L McSherry, G Smith, P O’Regan.

Replacements: N Kervick, S O’Hanlon, R O’Donovan, J Barnes, B Mu’Azzam, R Corbett, L Murray.

Referee: R O’Sullivan (IRFU).

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