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Reddin holds his nerve as Portlaoise win top-of-the-table thriller

Portlaoise 28 Clondalkin 25
Rugby – Leinster League Division 2A

The Portlaoise 1sts rugby team remain unbeaten in Division 2A of the Leinster League following a thrilling win away to Clondalkin this afternoon.

Portlaoise trailed 12-0 after 17 minutes and were 19-10 down at half-time but the came storming back in the second half to draw level and outhalf Jack Reddin kicked a late penalty to ensure the win.

The win is Portlaoise’s third from as many games and keeps up their unbeaten start to the league season. They sit in third place in the table – behind Clondalkin and Newbridge – but have played a game less.

The home side got their first try after two minutes and added a second on the 17-minute mark to go 12 points clear.

Simon Williams pulled a try back for Portlaoise, which was converted by Reddin, but Clondalkin crossed for a third try to cancel that out. Crucially, Reddin kicked a penalty before the break and Portlaoise went in trailing 19-10.

Clondalking added a penalty early in the second half but with the wind at their backs, Portlaoise soon made their possession count.

First Leinster Junior player Robin Foot went over and Simon Williams got his second when Clondalkin had a man in the bin. Reddin converted that one and it left the sides level at 22-22 with over 20 minutes to play.

Mark Sherlock also picked up a yellow card in the 65th minute and with eight minutes remaining, Clondalkin got another penalty to go three up again.

But Reddin kicked penalties in the 76th and 78th minute and Portlaoise pulled through for a hard-earned win.

Portlaoise now make the trip to fourth-placed Wexford next Sunday.

PORTLAOISE: Niall Keenan; Jamie Holohan, Armand Smit, Simon Williams, Mark Ikpomwen; Jack Reddin, Philip O’Brien; Paudie Bourke, Chris Cahill, Eanna Delaney; Diarmuid Joyce, Will Sherlock; Mark Sherlock, Ross Cooper, Robin Foot. Replacements: Harry Lalor, Brian Flannery

How they stand in Division 2A of the Leinster League following today’s games

Elsewhere, Portarlington still await their first win in Division 2B, following a 57-14 loss away to Garda.

Portlaoise seconds also suffered a heavy defeat – they went down 49-17 to Clondalkin.

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