Wan­der­ers fourth in Di­vi­sion 2A ta­ble af­ter home de­feat to Cill Dara

Enniscorthy Guardian - - SPORT -

WEX­FORD WAN­DER­ERS 18 CILL DARA 24

THE WEX­FORD Wan­der­ers first XV hosted Cill Dara at Park Lane on Sun­day in the lat­est round of Le­in­ster League Di­vi­sion 2A.

Wan­der­ers came into the game on foot of an im­pres­sive 39-5 win over lo­cal ri­vals New Ross and 18-8 over Port­laoise.

Cill Dara were the first to set­tle, scor­ing two tries in the open­ing 15 min­utes be­fore adding a third be­fore the half hour mark.

Wan­der­ers only seemed to set­tle into the game in the last ten min­utes of the open­ing half when sus­tained pres­sure re­sulted in out-half Gannon scor­ing in the corner to leave the scores 17-5 at the in­ter­val.

In the sec­ond pe­riod Wan­der­ers con­tin­ued to pres­surise Cill Dara and it paid off with the penalty count in­creas­ing sig­nif­i­cantly on the first pe­riod when there were just five for both sides.

On the 55-minute mark, re­place­ment Seán Stafford con­verted a penalty to re­duce the Cill Dara lead. Five min­utes later he added a sec­ond to nar­row the gap to six points.

Wan­der­ers con­tin­ued to push for a try to even up the scores, and when it came it was a re­sult of in­ter-play be­tween the O Cor­cora broth­ers, with Colm as­sist­ing in re­leas­ing re­place­ment wing Seán to score to the right of the posts to give Stafford a rel­a­tively easy con­ver­sion to make it 18-17, the first time Wan­der­ers took the lead.

Cill Dara con­tin­ued to fight and even­tu­ally scored their fourth try un­der the posts with ten min­utes left. Wex­ford con­tin­ued to push for the elu­sive win­ning score and, de­spite the in­creas­ing penalty count (of which Cill Dara had nine and Wex­ford three in the sec­ond pe­riod), some­how Cill Dara pre­vented Wex­ford get­ting any closer than within two me­tres of their line de­spite the home side spend­ing the last ten min­utes camped on it.

The re­sult left Wan­der­ers with a los­ing bonus point which was re­ally the only pos­i­tive from the con­test which could have been much dif­fer­ent for the sake of a sin­gle score.

As it stands, Wan­der­ers are fourth in the ta­ble be­hind New­bridge who de­feated third-placed Clon­dalkin, and sec­ond-placed Port­laoise who beat lo­cal ri­vals New Ross on an iden­ti­cal score­line to this con­test at Park Lane. Next Sun­day Wan­der­ers have a long trek to face sec­ond bot­tom Mullingar in a con­test they must win.

Wex­ford: Seán Red­mond, Gra­ham Grant, Bobby Clancy, John Turner, Dar­ragh Ke­hoe (capt.), Tom Bren­nan, Luke Roche, Car­taigh Geoghe­gan, Kevin Roche, Paul Gannon, Cal­lum Mur­phy, Colm O Cor­cora, Corey Carty, Liam Barry, Eoin Roche. Subs. - Seán Stafford, Robert O’Leary, Seán O Cor­cora, Cil­lian McConville.

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