Bagenalstown boys through to quarter-final clash
PDLS BAGENALSTOWN 17 SCOIL CHONGLAIS 5
PDLS Bagenalstown defeated Scoil Chonglais from Baltinglass in the second round of the Leinster Rugby Senior Development Shield in Oak Park in Carlow last Wednesday.
Both teams played excellent running rugby with the ball in hand and were prepare to give it a go from any part of the pitch.
It was the Baltinglass team who scored first with Shane Doody crashing over for an unconverted try after good play by Eamonn Horan directing things from out half.
Bagenalstown scored their first try with a rehearsed move off a scrum through winger Aidan power after a clever switch between jack Barron and Sean Lillis to leave the half time score level one try apiece.
The Bagenalstown forwards were growing in confidence with good work in the tight by Shane Brooks and James Treacy turning over the ball for Treacy to break down the wing passing to Conor Murphy who beat his man to score in the corner with David Kennedy adding the conversion with a super kick from a difficult angle.
Baltinglass were under the pump and finding it hard to maintain possession with some good tacking and driving in the rucks from Bagenalstown, they had a several scoring opportunities squashed with some big tackling from Lillis and Kennedy in the centres .
After a period of relentless pressure Baltinglass final scored with the hard working openside Dan Fogarty who was first to almost every ruck, turning over a Bagenalstown ruck and sprinting clear for a try under the post which he converted to leave the score level 12 points each.
The remaining 10 minutes saw a determined Bagenalstown go flat out for the win and the pressure told with Baltinglass penalised for killing the ball at ruck time, up stepped Kennedy to calmly slot the penalty to win the game.
Bagenalstown will play Wexford's Bridgetown Vec in the quarter-final of the competition.