Wexford Wanderers 18 Portlaoise 8
Rugby – Leinster League Division 2A
The Portlaoise rugby team suffered their first loss of their Leinster League Division 2A campaign when they went down 18-8 away to Wexford this afternoon.
Following three opening round wins, the loss stalls Portlaoise’s progress.
Jack Redding, last week’s match winner against Clondalkin, opened the scoring with a 10th minute penalty but Wexford struck for a 16th minute try and added penalties in the 21st and 34th minute to go in at the break leading by 11-3.
Portlaoise upped their game considerably on the restart and were rewarded when Robin Foot touched down after good forward pressure and an effective drive.
That reduced the gap to three but the home side made sure of the win with another try and conversion with ten minutes remaining and Portlaoise couldn’t take anything from the game.
Paddy McEvoy’s side will now need to up their performance and commitment in the coming weeks, beginning next week at home to bottom side New Ross.
The loss sees them drop to fourth in the table, two points behind today’s opponents and three behind joint leaders Clondalkin and Newbridge, two sides that Portlaoise have beaten this season.
Meanwhile, the Portlaoise seconds suffered their second big loss in a week – they went down 41-7 to Wexford today.
PORTLAOISE: Niall Keenan; Jamie Holohan, Armand Smit, Simon Williams, Michael Fennelly; Jack Reddin, Philip O’Brien; Paudie Bourke, Harry Lalor, Eanna Delaney; Diarmuid Joyce, Will Sherlock; Mark Sherlock, Ross Cooper, Robin Foot. Replacements: Pat Breen, Sean Smyth, Ian Corrigan, James Dowling, Brian Flannery