Corcoran kicks Irish clear


LONDON Irish moved further up the second division of the Courage League at Sunbury on Saturday with high scoring winger, Michael Corcoran, playing a major part yet again with three conversions and two penalties.

London Irish led 25-8 after 40 minutes, however, they knew they still faced a lot of hard work, having had the strong wind behind them in the first half.

Corcoran had taken just five minutes to open the scoring with a long decisive penalty kick. But three minutes later, the Merseysiders had equalised with a spectacular dropped goal from Tony Handley, which went through the uprights after hitting the crossbar.

London Irish's lack of concentration in the second half allowed Waterloo prop Mark Beckett to take advantage of a slack defence to easily place the ball over the line.

Piling on the pressure, it was the turn of Handley in the 58th minute to score an easy try, but London Irish re-bounded in the 64th minute, when centre Rob Henderson scored a try after getting to a flying ball from a set piece, which was converted by Corcoran. The same double act wrapped up proceedings with a re-run on the 80th minute.