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Senior mens update

Wicklow 1st XV 47 Portlaoise 1st XV 5

Wicklow first XV put in another high scoring performance against a combative Portlaoise side at Ashtown Lane on Sunday. Having put Suttonians to the sword last weekend Niall Earls and his men were keen to continue their winning ways.


The game was played on blustery but sunny afternoon on a superb playing surface at Ashtown lane. Wicklow looked like they meant business right from the off and got off to the perfect start with a try within five minutes. A great break by winger Dean Leonard saw the ball recycled to Kieran Hurrell who powered over for a fine opening score. Niall Earls conversion made it 7 – 0. The captain added a penalty five minutes later to make it ten nil after ten minutes.

After twenty minutes Dean Leonard got in on the scoring act with a try of his own, sneaking over in the corner after great work by the backs. The near impossible conversion came up short but Wicklow led 15 – 0. As half time approached substitute Ben Porter got over in the corner to make it 20 – 0. 
Portlaoise looked out on their feet but recovered well and drove over for a try on the stroke of half time to leave it at 20 – 5.
The midlanders made Wicklow fight for it in the opening stages of the second half and it took more than fifteen minutes for a frustrated Wicklow to score their bonus point try. Ben Armstrong was the provider and this pushed the score out to 25 – 5. Niall Earls added a penalty to make it 28 – 5.
Portlaoise were really struggling to contain a try hungry Wicklow side and Kieran Hurrell added his second score to make it 35 – 5 with ten minutes remaining. 
A surging driving maul was driven over the line and touched down by Jack McKenna before a second try from Ben Porter was converted by Niall Earls to leave the final score at 47 – 5.
This was a good win by a Wicklow side that are improving with every game. The discipline this week was much improved although still needs some work. What was particularly impressive was the way in which they finished off Portlaoise and didn’t let up until the final whistle. This time last year Wicklow were struggling to finish off teams. 
This win moves the team up to third place on 11 points two points behind joint leaders Clondalkin and Tullow. The seconds game was unfortunately conceded by Portlaoise which was disappointing. 
Next week Wicklow travel to Mullingar to take on the Westmeath men on their 4G pitch. Before a crucial game at home to Clondalkin on November 6th. Although it is very early days each game is an absolutely must win. Next week the top two teams face each other in Clondalkin so Wicklow have a great chance to move up a place if they can secure a win in Mullingar.
Squad: Eanna Killeen, Jack McKenna, Neil Dickenson, Fergal Walsh, , Barry Hurley, Andrew Doyle, Wes Wojnar, Mikey Doyle, Josh White, Niall Earls, Dean Leonard, Shane Farrar, Kieran Hurrell, Ben Armstrong, Jonny Butler Subs Eddie Downes, Seamus O’Brien, Ben Porter, John Jenkinson, Ray Thain

Pictures by Leanne Sullivan

 

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