Dundalk 2nds boost their cup ambitions
Rugby, Seconds Towns Cup: New Ross 12 - Dundalk 36
Dundalk cruised into the second round of the Seconds Towns Cup with a comprehensive win in New Ross on Sunday.
Dundalk started brightly and took the lead when quick ball was won in the lineout and spread wide for Robert Shields to cross for a try.
New Ross tried to respond, but coughed up possession inside their own 22 and after a lightning break by Ciaran Bellew, Ciaran Lennon arrived in support to score under the posts.
Dundalk were largely frustrated for the remainder of the half as the referee continually penalised them at the breakdown. New Ross gratefully kicked two of the resulting penalties to close the gap at the break.
Dundalk started the second half on the front foot and continued to enjoy supremacy in the lineout.
Greg Whately intercepted a New Ross throw and although the resulting maul was stopped short of the line, Simon Byrne found Ciaran Murray to score.
New Ross reacted by kicking another penalty but Dundalk were playing the better rugby and they continued to dominate the set pieces.
Another good scrum on the five-yard line was run by Donal Clarke to score his first try of the season.
New Ross kept plugging away, picking up a lot of ball off the back of rucks, but Dundalk defended well.
Dundalk countered well and Ciaran Murray found a gap to score in the corner.
New Ross continued to press forward in the closing stages but Dundalk held out well to advance to the next round with plenty to spare.