Quinlan guides Constitution to final
Tomás Quinlan was Cork Constitution’s 14-point goal-kicking hero as they knocked table-toppers Lansdowne out of the title race yesterday. The ice-cool Quinlan converted an 82nd-minute penalty to guide Constitution to a gripping 19-16 semi-final victory on the Aviva Stadium’s back pitch.
So often a match-winner for Con in recent seasons, the 22-year-old Quinlan remains arguably the best young outhalf on the domestic scene.
Young winger Ma r k O’Keefe’s 10th-minute try, inspired by a bullocking run from lock Stephen Gardiner, gave Mike Ruddock’s Lansdowne the early impetus.
Lansdowne were still leading by the interval, but three Quinlan penalties had the Leesiders hot on their heels at just 10-9 down. Deasy had turned a 22nd-minute scrum penalty into three points.
It was end-to-end stuff in the second half, Constitution briefly in control thanks to winger Liam O’Connell’s well-taken 53rd-minute try, before Deasy answered from the tee just two minutes later.Deasy found the target agains with a 75th-minute penalty to square things up before Quinlan’s decisive act.