Picturedabove: St. Mary's College got off to the perfect start against CorkConstitution on Saturday, with winger Keith Douglas touching down after27 minutes to help them go 10-0 in front.
Douglasobviously likes lining out against Con - he also scored a try in Mary's37-12 loss to Con in last season's inaugural AIB Cup final. The sidesare 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 grabsa hold of possession as Mary's try to set up an attack at TemplevilleRoad. The 25-year-old former Connacht and Leinster winger's day wasmarred when he was sin-binned in the second half for an off-the-ballpunch.
Con number eight and captain Frank Cogan is converged on by St. Mary's hooker Matt Duggan and flanker Bernard O'Donoghue. Atop quality ball carrier, Cogan is a former Munster Academy member andIreland Under-19 international, but he was well shackled on Saturday.
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, twoplayers who could form Leinster's half-back pairing in the future.Out-half Sexton kicked two penalties to take his league tally to 63points.
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-gasptackle, to score Con's third try in injury-time. Cuttriss worked hisway into the Munster squad for their Magners League opener againstBorder Reivers in September, making his debut off the bench.
Front rowers Cillian O'Byrne and Matt Duggan aredejected at the final as Mary's are overhauled by four-try Con - thedefeat was the Dubliners' fifth straight loss to Con. At least theyended 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**