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Footballers to the fore as Portarlington Rugby club as 1st and 2nd teams go top of respective leagues

Portarlington Rugby

Portarlington 34 Dublin Doggos 22 
Leinster Senior Rugby League Division 3

Port went five points clear at the top of Division 3 ahead of North Meath after an excellent performance on Sunday in Dublin.

Jordan Fitzpatrick was the star of the show scoring two trys and Nick Doggett at Full back was superb as well scoring one brilliant solo try and kicking all but one of his kicks.

Adam Kelly opened the scoring after five minutes to give Port the lead, and the young winger was excellent all day having to work extremely hard at ruck time.

Ports Forwards worked hard and Dylan Stronge got off to a great start but after getting injured was replaced by Robbie Pigott.

Another one on the Port football stars returning to rugby alongside Fitzpatrick and Sean Mooney, Pigott was excellent and showed all the glimpses of his time with the Leinster U-18s a few years back.

Port lead 14-5 at half time and Fitzpatrick got his second shortly after followed by Nick Doggett. The Dogos (largely an Argentinian team based in Dublin) fought back well and scored right at the death to leave the final score 22-34.

Port had excellent team performance and head coach Ross Doyle will be pleased with the progress this young team is making.

Promotion will almost be guaranteed with a victory at home to North Meath who lie second, this Sunday at 2.30pm in Lea.

Team: Aaran Maher, Fintan Murphy, Jack Hennessey, Keelan Hunt, Dylan Stronge, Darren O’Connor, Warren Murray, Stephen Oakley (C); Darragh Perry, Kieran Hyland, Anavil Storey, Jordan Fitzpatrick, Stephen Mulhall, Adam Kelly, Nicholas Doggett

Replacements: James Brennan, Aaron Ryan, Sean Mooney, Robbie Pigott, Jack Walsh, Ross Doyle, Matthew Cassidy, Eoin Worrell, Damien Sheedy, James Sherlock

Athy 3rd 10 Portarlington 2nds 33
Metro League Division 10

Portarlington went to the top of Metro Div 10 on Saturday with a fine victory over Athy.

The team a mixture of the old, very old and new, brought 21 players to Athy and four of the lads on the bench had a combined age of 170.

Sean Byrne played his first ever game of rugby and the football supremo scored two trys and was excellent all round.

The other centre Ben Dooley was outstanding, making more metres than anyone else on the pitch.

Captain Paul Madden lead the team brilliantly and Adrian Murphy, Eugene Nolan and Pat Cooper off the bench had excellent games.

Conor Parker also picked up his first ever try and the last of the game.

The most outstanding thing about the game is that James Sherlock and his son Oisin started on the same team – what a brilliant and memorable moment.

Team: James Sherlock, Oisin Sherlock, Joe McLoughlin, Dylan Langford, Donnagh Callaghy, Eugene Nolan, Adrian Murphy, Deccy Hennessy; Eoin Worrell, Paul Madden, Conor Parker, Sean Byrne, Ben Dooley, Jay Kehoe, Shane O’Keefe

Replacements: Pat Cooper, Cillian Maher, Conan Uphill, Paul Mannion, Joander Brazon

SEE ALSO – Defeat for Portlaoise RFC against Athy leaves them in relegation scrap

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