Quin­lan guides Con­sti­tu­tion to fi­nal

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Rugby -

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.

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