In Pics: St. Mary's College 13 Cork Constitution 24
11 December 2006, 8:26 am
Click here for photos from Cork Constitution's four-try Division One win over St. Mary's at Templeville Road on Saturday.
Pictured above: St. Mary's College got off to the perfect start against Cork Constitution on Saturday, with winger Keith Douglas touching down after 27 minutes to help them go 10-0 in front.
Douglas obviously likes lining out against Con - he also scored a try in Mary's 37-12 loss to Con in last season's inaugural AIB Cup final. The sides are set to clash again at Templeville Road in the first round of the 2006/07 AIB Cup on Saturday, January 12 (kick-off 2pm).
James Norton grabs a hold of possession as Mary's try to set up an attack at Templeville Road. The 25-year-old former Connacht and Leinster winger's day was marred when he was sin-binned in the second half for an off-the-ball punch.
Con number eight and captain Frank Cogan is converged on by St. Mary's hooker Matt Duggan and flanker Bernard O'Donoghue. A top quality ball carrier, Cogan is a former Munster Academy member and Ireland Under-19 international, but he was well shackled on Saturday.
Former UCD centre Stephen Grissing, who is in his first season with St. Mary's, tackles Con's Diarmuid O'Riordan. The win, which sent Con to the top of the table, was only the Leesiders' seventh in 16 AIB League meetings with Mary's.
James Norton, who was playing at full-back, was an ever willing runner in a Mary's back line that included Jonathan Sexton and Matthew D'Arcy, two players who could form Leinster's half-back pairing in the future. Out-half Sexton kicked two penalties to take his league tally to 63 points.
St. Mary's inside centre Philip Brophy throws a pass out at Templeville Road. At Saturday's pre-match lunch, the 1971 St. Mary's College Leinster Schools Junior Cup-winning side, including Declan Fanning, Rodney O'Donnell and Ciaran Callan, had a reunion.
Hard-working flanker Brendan Cuttriss barges through, despite Hugh Hogan's last-gasp tackle, to score Con's third try in injury-time. Cuttriss worked his way into the Munster squad for their Magners League opener against Border Reivers in September, making his debut off the bench.
Front rowers Cillian O'Byrne and Matt Duggan are dejected at the final as Mary's are overhauled by four-try Con - the defeat was the Dubliners' fifth straight loss to Con. At least they ended a run of three league games without a try as winger Keith Douglas went over in the first half.
**All photos by Cathal Noonan of Inpho Photography**