Tuesday 15 October 2019

Power brace seals deal to put Gorey top of the table

Toulouse will wonder how they managed to escape from Bath with a precious victory, but, as it is, they will welcome Leinster to the Stade Ernest Wallon full of confidence. (stock picture)
Toulouse will wonder how they managed to escape from Bath with a precious victory, but, as it is, they will welcome Leinster to the Stade Ernest Wallon full of confidence. (stock picture)

Dermot O'Mahony

Gorey travelled to Dublin 4 on Saturday and returned home to Wexford as leaders of the Leinster League Division 1A for the first time ever after a 24-10 victory over Bective Rangers in Energia Park while there were also wins on the road for Enniscorthy and Boyne as Dundalk triumphed at home.

Suttonians have surged to the top of Division 1B with maximum points after two games, Clondalkin are in a similar position in Division 2A, Balbriggan and Arklow each have 10 points apiece in Division 2B, while Ardee and North Meath are the early Division 3 pacesetters.

In the battle of two unbeaten teams at Energia Park, it was the hosts that led 10-8 at half-time with the visitors staying in touch thanks to a try scored by second-row Tom Jameson.

After the break, however, Gorey gradually assumed control and a brace of final-quarter tries dotted down by winger Clement Power sealed the deal and the Wexford club's place atop Division 1A.

Enniscorthy beat champions Ashbourne 20-5 away in Milltown House and have moved up to second place, edging ahead of Bective Rangers on points difference.

Control A pair of early tries scored by flanker Tom Ryan and winger David O'Dwyer were enough to send the visitors to the break in control of affairs as they led 12-0. The home side scored a try soon after the resumption but the visitors restored their dominance although it was injury time before replacement scrum-half Arthur Dunne got the insurance score.

After two defeats, Dundalk got their opening win at home in Mill Road when comprehensively accounting for hitherto unbeaten Wicklow in a five-try 42-17 victory.

The home side led 9-7 at half-time thanks to the boot of full-back Darragh Conroy who kicked three penalty goals before a second half onslaught delivered the five points.

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Winger Patrick O'Reilly netted a pair of tries while there was one apiece for No 8 Tiernan Gonnelly and flank forward James McConnon while Conroy also bagged a try to bring his personal tally to 22 points.

In the remaining Division 1A game, Boyne travelled to Foulkstown to take on Kilkenny and moved off the bottom of the table with 21-19 win.

Suttonians piled on the points as they beat North Kildare 67-10 at home in Division 1B while Clondalkin successfully travelled to Park Lane and beat Wexford Wanderers 36-16 in Division 2A.

There is only one Leinster League game this weekend, Mullingar hosting New Ross on Sunday in a rearranged Division 2A fixture.

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