Rugby League Ireland Gala Day
Portlaoise Panthers 70
Carlow Crusaders B 12
IT is the time of year when holidays and weddings are fashionable and the Panthers were missing the ‘13th man’ when they turned out with a 12-man team to take on the visitors Carlow Crusaders, who had a full squad and a man in reserve, in Togher on Saturday.
It has often been said that when a team has a player dismissed and have to perform with a reduced number they up their game and can be at their most dangerous. Well the Panthers did not have a man dismissed but they did take on the Crusaders with diminished numbers but still ran out easy – very easy – winners.
The Crusaders kicking off and put the first points on the board with an excellent try and rounded it off with a successful kick at goal.
It didn’t take long for the Panthers to take control though through great drives, support play that was second to none and good clean football. This put the Panthers in a commanding position at half time leading 36 to 6.
The second half got underway with an under-strength and tired Panthers outfit. But still they scored as many points in the second half as in the first, the squad playing as one. The discipline within the team holding together a pack that seemed impregnable against the forces applied by their opposition allowing the Crusaders only one try in the second half.
Trys came from Eddie Tynan (3), Conor Mallen, Conor Croke, M.J. O’Dwyer (2 each), Gordon Gee, Richard Gee, Shane Reilly, Gavin Thompson, Richard Pearson (1 each). Gordon Gee (7 conversions).
Man of the Match: M.J. O’Dwyer
Match Day Sponsor: Dunrally Quarries