Sunday 25 September 2016

Stunning rally keeps 'Salmo' on crest of wave

Dermot O'Mahony

Published 09/10/2015 | 02:30

3 October 2015; Leinster supporter Matthew O'Flaherty, age 7, from Glasthule, Co. Dublin. Guinness PRO12, Round 3, Leinster v Newport Gwent Dragons. RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
3 October 2015; Leinster supporter Matthew O'Flaherty, age 7, from Glasthule, Co. Dublin. Guinness PRO12, Round 3, Leinster v Newport Gwent Dragons. RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE

Enniscorthy underlined their favourites tag for Division 1A of the Leinster League on Saturday with another bonus point victory, while De La Salle Palmerston staged a dramatic comeback to join the Co Wexford club as the only two unbeaten clubs after two rounds of games.

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Ashbourne were the visitors to Ross Road and competed well in the first half, and but for a series of missed kicks would have been far closer than trailing 11-3 at the break, with winger Ivan Jacob getting the home side's try.

Enniscorthy kicked on after the resumption as left winger David O'Dwyer grabbed a try but the visitors made them wait until late on before flank forward Tom Ryan and No 8 Timmy Morrissey touched down to ensure a maximum haul of points in a 38-3 victory.

De La Salle Palmerston trailed 21-8 heading into the final quarter at Gorey with only full-back Andrew Norton's first-half try to show for their endeavours over the opening hour of combat.

But a Lazarus-like resurgence that included tries from centre Massey Tuhakaraina and wing-forward Niall Mahon as well as Norton slotting two conversions, and a late penalty goal sealed the dramatic 25-21 comeback win.

Kilkenny went on a second-half scoring spree at home in Foulkstown against Suttonians having trailed the north Dubliners 18-15 at the interval, the Noresiders eventually running out 53-23 winners.

Full-back Liam Caddy was the star of the show as he bagged a hat trick of tries, winger Evan Dixon netted a pair of touchdowns and there were also five-pointers for centre Padraig Mahon, No 8 Tom Cuddihy, lock Andy Nijenhuis and scrum-half Robby Walsh.

Affair

Clondalkin secured their first win of the season when the beat visitors Monkstown 13-6 at Gordon Park, Kingswood on Saturday with No 8 Derek Glennon's first-half try proving to be the key score of a tightly contested affair.

Tomorrow leaders Enniscorthy welcome Kilkenny to Ross Road in an eagerly anticipated rematch of last season's Bank of Ireland Provincial Towns Cup final which was won narrowly by the hosts, De La Salle Palmerston put their unbeaten record on the line at home in Kirwan Park against winless Ashbourne, Monkstown entertain Gorey at Sydney Parade while there is a Dublin derby at JJ McDowell Memorial Grounds where Clondalkin travel to play Suttonians.

Wicklow made it two wins from two on Sunday in Division 1B when they beat Cill Dara 22-17 at home in Ashtown Lane, while Coolmine did likewise in a 24-18 home victory at Ashbrook against Tullow.

On Sunday Coolmine make the trip to Mullingar who beat North Kildare 15-7 away in Kilcock last weekend, while Wicklow are at home to Malahide, fresh off an impressive 58-10 home win against Longford.

Three teams have won both their opening games in Division 2A: on Sunday Railway Union won 57-5 at Athboy, Portarlington came from behind to win 33-22 at Edenderry and Newbridge eked out an 11-8 victory in New Ross.

Tonight Railway Union host Newbridge at Park Avenue while Portarlington are at home on Sunday against bottom side Athboy.

Roscrea are the early pacesetters in Pool 1 of Division 2B after beating Athy 41-20 at home last weekend and on Sunday they welcome second-placed Arklow to Streamstown.

In Pool 2 Midland Warriors and Balbriggan share top spot with the Moate club hosting Birr on Sunday while the north County Dublin club travels to Ardee.

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