The absence of key players proved costly for Cork Con against UCD

The absence of key players proved costly for Cork Con against UCD
Brian Cawley, UCD, winning the ball. Picture: Dan Linehan

BETWEEN commitments to the Ireland U20 side and commitments to the Club Ireland side, Cork Con had to do without a few players that otherwise might have started against UCD last Saturday.

Those who came in for Luke Cahill and Niall Kenneally didn’t get the sort of fluidity needed early in a game against a college side and the Temple Hill club were made to pay the price losing 22-27.

Credit must go to Con for the way they came back into the game after going well behind early in the second half. UCD have been playing some great rugby of late and showed a lot of early cohesion, something that put the home side under big pressure said Cork Con scrum coach Paul McCarthy.

“We got off to a bad start and we had a couple of changes to the team and they didn’t quite gel and got a couple of scores early doors and we found it hard to recover.

I think they fully deserved their win and it wouldn’t be right not to compliment UCD on the way they played the game.” 

Brian Hayes, Cork Constitution, making this pass. Picture: Dan Linehan.
Brian Hayes, Cork Constitution, making this pass. Picture: Dan Linehan.

While Con went close to scoring a couple of times in the last quarter, they were never able to finish off the moves because of some simple errors but McCarthy was impressed by the way his side came back into the game even if they weren’t able to finish off the job.

“Absolutely, it would have been easy to just put the heads down and leave them down but we didn’t. 

"I thought they were the stronger team throughout the game and there was a chance that we could have stolen a late try but I think in the overall scheme of things they fully deserved their win but I would also have to compliment our lads for the way they came back as well.

“It was just that we got off to a bad start and we got into the game too late.” 

The Temple Hill club are still in the driving seat of the AIL’s top division and the coaching staff won’t be making any major changes just because of one loss says McCarthy.

Any errors that were made during the game weren’t major ones, just costly as it turned out but they will stick to the same processes that have got them to the top of the table regardless of the result last Saturday at Temple Hill.

It will be a matter of just ironing out the some defensive and attacking issues at training this week before their Munster derby clash with Garryowen.

“We have to deal with the things in our control so I think we just go and do the same things again at training. There were a few errors and it’s something we can get right in training.

“We trained well coming up to the game and we’ll stick to what we were doing which is to prepare well for our next game and iron out a few of the little things that went wrong. 

"Sometimes you don’t get a break you want but we’ll make no major changes for the next game. I think we started the game, I wouldn’t say the wrong frame of mind, but we need to start better against Garryowen next time out,” said the Cork Con scrum coach.

Paul Kiernan, UCD, is tackled by Greg Higgins, Cork Constitution. Picture: Dan Linehan.
Paul Kiernan, UCD, is tackled by Greg Higgins, Cork Constitution. Picture: Dan Linehan.

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