Thursday, November 24, 2022

Leinster Rugby U/18 League

North Meath 5

Portlaoise 44

AFTER a nervous opening 20 minutes in this Leinster U/18 League game from Portlaoise it was Dara Phelan who took leadership and got the scoreboard ticking over as they needed scores on the board given they were playing with a strong wind.

Played in Navan, Phelan with two carbon copy tries, took the ball up on the 10 metre line and, with his low centre of gravity, he was able to duck and drive through the North Meath defence and cross the white wash. Mathew Coonan added the two conversions that followed an earlier penalty that was booted over with just three minutes of the clock.

With Portlaoise 17-0 up and half time approaching, they were desperate to add more points using the advantage of the elements, but it was not to be as North Meath forced Portlaoise to concede numerous penalties for holding on in the ruck and the hosts were not going down without a fight.

With that 17 point lead but playing against the strong wind in an open pitch, Portlaoise had to work hard to add to their tally. They started to get control and move the ball out wide by sucking in the North Meath defence which laid the platform for the backs to express themselves.

Further tries from PJ Larkin, Conor Raggett and Adam Glynn put this game to bed and North Meath had no answer. But they never gave up and worked the ball up to score a try of their own late on.

Portlaoise were not going to let them celebrate too much and were over the try line again twice more as Sam Browne and Robert Keane put the icing on the cake.

Portlaoise were glad to get back to winning ways with man of the match Dara Phelan leading the way. Next up, home match versus Newbridge on Sunday next, 27 November

Academy Squad: Ciaran Culleton, Mathew Coonan, Stephen Delaney, Dara Phelan, Cian Coffey, Brian Barry, James Kidd, Billy Kerry, Adam Glynn, Cathal Kenny, Killian O’Keeffe, Conor Raggett, Daniel Fingleton, Dylan Kelly, Evan Bergin, Evan Caffrey, Ivan Okonkwo, Jake Andrews, Jake Culbert, Jake Darcy, Jamie Baldwin, Paddy Reddin, PJ Larkin, Ross Bradley, Killian McHugh, Sean Peters, Nathan Duffy, David  Duggan, Daniel Thornton, Andrew Schiller, Nathan Flanagan, Killian Bowe, Eoin Rooney, Darragh Townsend, Aran Coiley, Euan McCann, Callum Carroll, Aaron Kingston, Conor Stack, Ryan Gilligan, Jake Byrne, Robert Keane, Dylan Browne, Sean Dunne, Ryan McEvoy, Rory Costigan, Josh Grogan, Sam Browne, Robbie Murtagh,

Coaches: Roy Glynn, Mark Phelan, Owen Coonan, Paddy Bergin, Pat Duggan, Richie Whelan

Physio: Mick Comer

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