Portlaoise 35 Railway Union 19
Rugby – Leinster League Division 2A
Portlaoise picked up their first five-try bonus point of the season as they ended 2018 on a winning note thanks to an impressive win away to Dublin side Railway Union.
The win keeps them firmly in the hunt for promotion as they head for the Christmas break with seven wins from nine games and top of the table.
Although Portlaoise went 9-0 down in the opening half, a dominant scrum helped them to two penalty tries before half time. At the break they led 14-9 but had to play the entire second half with 14 men following a red card to centre Simon Williams.
Portlaoise put in an outstanding defensive performance in the second half, led by Maik Ikpomwen as as well as the likes of Willl and Mark Sherlock and captain Paudie Bourke.
Tries from Kevin Griffin and Ross Cooper stretched Portlaoise’s lead and made sure of the bonus point while Number 8 Robin Foot crossed for their fifth try late on.
Portlaoise aren’t back in action until January 6 when they welcome fellow high flyers Wexford to Togher for a crucial top-of-the-table clash.
Wexford slipped to a home defeat to Clondalkin this afternoon meaning that Clondalkin and Portlaoise are top of the table on 31 points, Wexford are on 29 and Newbridge and Cill Dara are on 26, albeit with a game in hand.
PORTLAOISE: Andrew Ryan; Mark Ikpomwen, Armand Smit, Simon Williams, Jamie Holohan; Jack Reddin, Philip O’Brien; Padraig Bourke, Harry Lalor, Brian Flannery; Diarmuid Joyce, Will Sherlock; Mark Sherlock, Ross Cooper, Robin Foot. Replacements: Pat Breen, Matthew Thompson, Jack Kavanagh, Darragh McAuley, Kevin Griffin, Chris Cahill