The opening round of rugby’s Towns Cup took place around Leinster today – but it was a disappointing day for the two Laois clubs as they both went down to heavy defeats.
Portlaoise, who have lost their last two games in Division 2A to leave their promotion hopes hanging by a thread, drew the short straw by being paired away to Division 1A outfit Gorey and they went down 43-3.
It was also a disappointing day for Portarlington. They are bottom of Division 2B in the league and were drawn away to neighbours Edenderry who are at the top of their division. Edenderry recorded a 47-10 win.
The two Laois clubs weren’t the only ones to suffer big defeats. Roscrea were beaten by a whopping 84-7 away to Wexford while Naas beat North Kildare 43-3 and Clondalkin beat Ballbriggan 69-12.
The game of the day was in Carlow where the home side went down 25-21 to Kilkenny.
Portlaoise are back in action next weekend when they return to Wexford – this time to play bottom side New Ross in the league. It’s an absolute must-win for Portlaoise with just three games remaining.
Portarlington, who are 14 points adrift at the bottom of 2B, are away to Arklow next Sunday.
This afternoon’s full set of Towns Cup results is as follows.
- Gorey 43 Portlaoise 3
- Edenderry 47 Portarlington 10
- Wexford 84 Roscrea 7
- Athy 13 Dundalk 23
- New Ross 5 Boyne 42
- Naas 43 North Kildare 3
- Clondalkin 69 Balbriggan 12
- Arklow 22 Midland Warriors 5
- Carlow 21 Kilkenny 25
- Longford 22 Cill Dara 8
- Skerries 34 Newbridge 20
- Tullamore 12 Navan 5