CARLOW PORTARLINGTON 7 20: THE CARLOW J1 rugby team is still chasing that elusive first win in the Leinster League after coming back from Portarlington on Sunday with a 20 points to 7 loss. Again this was a game in which Carlow played well and could have won but didn't.
The teams were evenly matched and the half time score was 3-0 to the Laois side, Carlow having missed a kickable penalty. Five minutes into the second half Port scored a converted try to increase the gap to 10-0. Seven minutes later winger Jeff McDermott got a well worked try for Carlow. Ritchie Whyte converted to put the score Portarlington 10 Carlow 7.
Another penalty to Portarlington stretched this to 13 -7. With 10 minutes left Carlow's Barry Purcell got over the line for a touchdown but the try was disallowed for a forward pass. So instead of going 14 - 13 up Carlow conceded yet another late game try to finish without even a bonus point for their efforts.
Carlow, who welcomed back prop Chris Byrne for the first time this season, did well in Scrums and lineouts. The backs also made good surges, but too often the Carlow player seemed to get isolated resulting in ball turnover. Along with Byrne, other players to impress included veteran Barry Purcell, Alan Nolan, Jeff McDermott, Martin O Neill and Ritchie Whyte. Next game up is against Monkstown in Dublin on Saturday.
Carlow J 1 team: Barry Purcell, Martin Dempsey, James Waddock, Martin O'Neill, Jeff McDermott, Richard Whyte, Alan Nolan, Larry McGrath, Mark Slye, Chris Byrne, Wes Shirley, John Lyons, Ed Keating, Barry Waddock (Capt), Joe Bulmer. Subs John Farrell, Thomas Whitney, Conor Byrne, Mark Landon
Good win for Seconds
Carlow 2nds, playing in Portarlington prior to the first game, had a good 29 pts to 12 victory. There were tries by Timmy Donohoe, Alan Byrne, Paul Cullen.
Under 19 player Harry Hennessey converted the tries and scored penalties to complete the Carlow scoring. Carlow Under 19's went down 24 -12 to Naas inn the Leinster League whilst the all conquering under 15 side won easily in Enniscorthy.
Ladies beat Enniscorthy
Carlow Coyotes Ladies Rugby team won again on Sunday beating a strong Enniscorthy side augmented by AIL players from New Ross, by 14 - 0.
The Carlow scores came from two converted tries. Niav Cahill scored a try in the first half with Meg Parkinson adding another in the second half. Both were converted by the skilful Ailbhe O'Nolan.