Portlaoise 39 New Ross 0
U-15 Leinster League Division 1
Portlaoise RFC U-15s secured full points in this Leinster league match against New Ross at the weekend.
The first half went from end to end with neither team getting to control the game. Portlaoise eventually got the first score after Glen Connolly made a good run up the left hand side and Callen Dunne was stopped short of the line.
The resultant scrum left it easy for Conor Doran to pick and power over the line for his first try. Dylan Cahill narrowly missed the conversion kick.
Portlaoise dominated the scrums and took three against the head, but that was the only place they could claim supremacy as constant handling errors and indiscipline kept New Ross in the game, half time score, 5 0 to Portlaoise.
The home side got a good start to the second half, after they reclaimed the kick off and Doran ran in for his second try.
Portlaoise started to get their game going and after a quick penalty and some slick passing by the backs, James Kidd went in for a try.
It wasn’t long before Portlaoise went over again, after a sloppy lineout for New Ross, Doran gathered the loose ball and offloaded to the supporting Cian Coffey who went over for his first try in Portlaoise colours.
Portlaoise pinned the away side into their own half and it wasn’t long before Conor Doran drove the entire New Ross pack over their line to score his second hat trick in two weeks.
The home side were enjoying themselves now and threw ball around confidently, Sean Ward picked from a quick ruck and ran in under the posts for his side’s sixth try, Matthew Coonan converted to leave it 32 0 to Portlaoise.
Portlaoise continued to attack, and it took a good covering tackle to stop James Kidd after a blistering run down the right hand side.
It wasn’t long before Ward went over for his second try, Coonan converted to leave the final score 39-0 to Portlaoise.
Squad: Callen Dunne, Bobo Lawal, Brian Barry, Glen Connolly, Declan Cox, Daragh Phelan, Cian Coffey, Conor Doran, Marc Bracken, Mitch Fitzpatrick, Mikie Daly, Paul Flanagan, Ciaran Culliton, James Kidd, Dylan Cahill, Eoin O’Brien McCormack, Sean Ward, Darragh Davies, Ronan Donlon, Matthew Coonan, Brian Keane.