Portlaoise 31 Railway Union 18
Rugby – Leinster League Division 2A
A good second-half performance saw the Portlaoise rugby team pick up their second win of the season at home to Dublin side Railway Union on Sunday afternoon.
Portlaoise trailed 15-3 at one stage in the first half but had plenty of possession and territory and finally made it count when they were awarded a penalty try just before the break.
That left it 15-10 at half time and an early Ross Cooper try on the re-start, converted by Andy Tyndall, set them on their way.
Tyndall added three second-half penalties to push Portlaoise further clear – he kicked 16 points in total – and a late try from replacement Conor Maguire made sure of the win.
Portlaoise have a break from league action next weekend but are back the following Sunday when they travel to play Wexford Wanderers.
PORTLAOISE: Niall Keenan; Jamie Holohan, Armand Smit, Simon Williams, Maik Ikpomwen; Andrew Tyndall, Philip O’Brien; Padraig Bourke, Chris Cahill, Eanna Delaney; Diarmuid Joyce, Will Sherlock; Mark Sherlock, Ross Cooper, Robin Foot. Subs: Conor Maguire for O’Brien, Paddy Breen for Cahill, Jack Reddin for Holohan
Portlaoise 19 Railway Union 10
Rugby – Leinster 2nds League Division 2A
The Portlaoise second team also picked up their second win of the campaign when they also got the better of Railway Union in Togher.
All the scoring in this one took place in the opening half. Jack Reddin got Portlaoise off to a good start by scoring a try after five minutes – which he converted himself.
The Dublin side responded with a penalty but Paddy Breen and Sean Smith added tries in the 30th and 35th minute, one of them converted by Reddin, to open up a 17-3 lead.
Railway Union pulled a try back before half time to close the gap but Portlaoise maintained the lead throughout the second half thanks to fine performances from Reddin, Chris McGuire at scrum half, a captain’s part from Sean Smyth and the excellent tackling of Darragh McAuley.
PORTLAOISE: Darragh McAuley; Pieter Harmse, Daniel Cremin, Scott Conroy, Allan Boyle; Jack Reddin, Conor MaGuire; Daniel Checa, Sean Smyth, Shane Reilly; Jack Kennedy, Michael Burke; Niall Hearns, Philip Maguire, Jamie Hearns
Elsewhere over the weekend, Portarlington’s woes continued in Division 2B of the league as they were beaten 66-0 by Ballbriggan which follows on from their opening round 41-7 loss to Midlands Warriors.
Having been relegated from 2A last year they’ll be hoping things can improve in the coming weeks – beginning at home to Birr on Sunday, October 14.