Portlaoise 25 Newbridge 18
Rugby – Leinster League Division 2A
After opening their league season with two losses, Portlaoise got their first win of the season in Togher today when they came from behind to get the better of Newbridge.
Portlaoise were 18-10 down at half-time but produced an excellent second-half performance to pull through.
Portlaoise were 10-0 down after 20 minutes but a Jack Reddin penalty, a try from Niall Keenan, converted by Reddin, had them back on level terms by the 25th minute.
However, Newbridge struck for a second try – and another penalty – to go in at the break leading 18-10.
Reddin closed the gap with a penalty early in the second half but Portlaoise had to wait until the 28th minute of the second half to draw level when the excellent Ross Cooper crossed for their second try.
Reddin’s conversion put them into the lead and Portlaoise made sure of the win late on when man of the match Mark Sherlock got their third try.
Among Portlaoise’s top players were Paddy Coss, Shane Reilly, Harry Lalor, Ian Corrigan, Robin Foot, Simon Williams and Cathal Doyle.
Portlaoise are at home again next Sunday when they host Wexford.
PORTLAOISE: Jamie Holohan; Niall Keenan, Cormac Doyle, Simon Williams, Ian Corrigan; Darragh McAuley, Jack Reddin; Paddy Coss, Harry Lalor, Brian Flannery; Shane Reilly, Mark Sherlock; Ross Cooper, Paudge Bourke, Robin Foot. Replacements: Eanna Delaney, Gavin Thompson, John Scully, Jack Kavanagh
Elsewhere, in Division 3, Portarlington were 21-17 winners away to Athboy, a result that moves them up to second in the table behind midland rivals Roscrea.
Portarlington lost their first game to Ardee but bounced back with a win at home to Dublin Dodos. They are back in action again next Sunday when they host RCSI from Dublin.