Portlaoise 8 Clondalkin 20
Leinster Rugby League Division 2A
Portlaoise RFC’s hopes of an immediate return to Division 1B are in tatters after they fell to a home defeat to Clondalkin in Togher this afternoon.
It means that with just three games to play, the Laois side are now eight points behind Clondalkin and Cill Dara who are joint top.
Indeed 2019 has not been kind to Portlaoise as this is their second consecutive defeat after losing to Wexford Wanderers last week.
This game was played in very difficult conditions in Portlaoise with a strong wind and driving rain at times.
League leaders Clondalkin had the better of the opening 15 minutes – scoring two trys, neither of which were converted.
To Portlaoise’s credit, they finished the half well and were rewarded for their endeavor with a try before the break to go in trailing 10-5 at the break.
Jack Reddin narrowed the deficit to two points in the fifth minute of the second half and neither side would score again until the 74th minute.
Clondalkin edged ahead again with a penalty and then they ended Portlaoise’s chances three minutes from the end with a converted try.
Portlaoise are off next weekend and will hope to rediscover their 2018 form on January 27 when they travel to New Ross.
PORTLAOISE: Andrew Ryan, Darragh McAuley, Simon Williams, Armand Smit, Niall Keenan, Jack Reddin, Philip O’Brien; Padraig Bourke, Chris Cahill, Brian Flannery, William Sherlock, Ross Cooper, Mark Sherlock, Kevin Griffin Robin Foot. Replacements: Andy Tyndall, Shane Reilly, Nathan Thompson, Adam Green