Corinthians 17 – 11 Clonakilty

Corinthians, without a win since early December, at last overcame struggling Clonakilty to move up mid table winning by seventeen points to eleven last Saturday. The home side had to fight all the way to the final whistle too ensure victory at Cloonacauneen Park. The visitors were first on the score board with out half Kurt Morth popping over an easy penalty after the home side were penalised for killing the ball on their twenty five after five minutes of play. The Cloonacauneen outfit got their first try with a good scrummage on the visitors twenty five with young scrumhalf Mark Dolan picking and put in a grubber on the blind side for winger James Buckley to collect same and get in for the touchdown with out half Shane Mullally converting. Buckley got in for another touchdown at the corner flag after centres Cian Begley and Wayne Williams did the donkey work but Mullally missed the ensuing conversion from the touch line. Clonaklity got back into the game after twenty minutes when the home side were penalised for killing the ball on their own twenty five. Morth converted same and this left the home side leading by twelve points to six. Corinthians got in for another score before the break, after number eight Aurelian Casanova won his own lineout with a quick ball out to Mullally, who chipped the ball out wide for centre Wayne Williams to get the touchdown. This left the home side leading by seventeen points to six and looking good for a win plus a bonus point if they scored another try. The County Cork outfit had other ideas with their lively scrumhalf Alex O Mahony urging his pack to drive forward at every opportunity with locks Danny Whelton and Donal McSweeney to the fore. They eventually got their due reward after a line out turnover with their pack driving forward with flanker Lenny Harte touching down bring the visitors back into the game.
The second half  became a dour affair with both sides having players sin binned. Credit has to be given to IRFU referee Alan Rogan who kept a tight rein on the whole affair. The two front rows really battled hard with Clonakilty hooker and captain Alfie Harte finding his match against his opposite Dash Barbour. The game was there for the taking for Clonakilty in the final minutes with an opportunity in front of the home side’s posts but a fine tackle by veteran Michael Roche who came late in the whole affair. The game ended with the home side winning by seventeen points to eleven.
Corinthians next outing is a home game against Belfast Harlequins on Saturday 13th at 2.30pm.This will also be a HAITI FUNDRAISER AFFAIR with large screen TV’s for the France v Ireland kick off at 5.30.
Match report by Brendan Cassidy     


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