In Pics: Cork Constitution 27 Belfast Harlequins 3
6 November 2006, 5:04 am
Click here for photos of Cork Constitution's three-try defeat of Belfast Harlequins at Temple Hill in AIB League Division One.
Pictured above: Cork Constitution full-back Denis Hurley is snapped up in a tackle by David Johnson and Joe Reihana of Belfast Harlequins.
Hurley, who captained UCC last season, set up two tries with his lightning attacks from the rear - he broke on the left from halfway to set up ruck position in the lead-up to his former UCC team-mate Dermot O'Kane's try, while Denis Leamy's younger brother Ed dotted down after another Hurley break in the second half. Lock John Maloney, back from injury, also touched down for Con.
Harlequins replacement centre Joe Reihana has little room to manoeuvre as he is confronted by two Con players. Reihana hails from New Zealand.
Harlequins flanker Rob Devonshire wraps up Cork Con's Ross Noonan in a tackle. Blindside flanker Noonan was a member of the Irish squad at last summer's IRB Under-21 World Cup in France - he also arrived at Con from that conveyor belt of talent at UCC.
Harlequins centre Mike McKeever attempts to get away from Cork Con's Brendan Cuttriss. UUJ student McKeever has been seelected to play for the Ulster Colleges XV against Canada's Under-21s side in Derry this Friday.
Conor Quaid, the Cork Con out-half, tries to break out of a tackle from Harlequins' Ireland U-21 international Darren Cave, who is still only 19. Cave has been capped at Schools, U-19 and U-21 level for Ireland, while he has also lined out for Ulster's U-20 and 'A' teams this season.
The Dundonald-born starlet is currently studying Sports and Exercise Science at UUJ.
Harlequins out-half Niall O'Connor, who was the visitors' only scorer at Temple Hill, booting a 20th-minute penalty, tries to stop Con's Dermot O'Kane in his tracks. A strong-running centre, O'Kane, 22, won an All-Ireland Under-20 championship medal with UCC in 2004.
The Derry-born O'Connor, who was a member of the Irish squad at this year's IRB U-19 World Cup, is attached to the Sports Institute of Northern Ireland and has been with the Ulster Academy since the start of the current season.
Denis Hurley tries to race away from the 'Quins defence, but the visitors' scrum half Roger Kirkwood has him in his sights.
The elusive Denis Hurley has Darren Cave for company again as Con seek to add to their two first half tries. The Leesiders are currently fourth in the Division One table, two points behind leaders UL Bohemians. They are away to Bohs when the league fully resumes on December 2, after the Autumn international break.
Andy Ward's Harlequins, meanwhile, are bottom and winless after their first three outings. They have a chance to make amends on Saturday week when Dolphin visit them at Deramore Park.
**All photos by Neil Danton of Inpho Photography**