Wan­der­ers and Athy share top spot

Wexford People - - SPORT -

A WIN at Park Lane on Sun­day for the Wex­ford Wan­der­ers Senior first team against Mid­land War­riors means the Le­in­ster League Di­vi­sion 2B bat­tle is closer than ever, with Wex­ford and Athy now jointly lead­ing the pack with 32 points apiece.

A health­ier points dif­fer­ence for Wex­ford is all that di­vides the teams.

A slow start for the Wex­ford side gave the im­pres­sion Sun­day’s meet­ing would be a low-scor­ing one.

An ini­tial penalty, suc­cess­fully kicked by Richie Wa­ters, got the home side on the board first.

Winger Cal­lum Mur­phy then showed yet again that his speed and agility is sec­ond to none, de­feat­ing all op­po­si­tion to score the home side’s first try, which Wa­ters du­ti­fully con­verted.

The mid­lan­ders fought back and man­aged to scrape back a penalty and un­con­verted try to give them their only eight points.

Thirsty for ac­tion, Wa­ters added to his two points with an­other seven, bring­ing the game to 17-8 to the home side at half-time.

The sec­ond-half showed the ben­e­fits of a fit­ness-fo­cused train­ing regime for Michael Bol­ger’s Wex­ford side.

The home team’s su­pe­rior stamina allowed them to dom­i­nate in the lat­ter 40 min­utes, with Colm O Cor­cora, Luke Roche and Liam Barry all get­ting over the line to open up a sig­nif­i­cant gap.

O Cor­cora’s boot hit the mark on the last try and a sec­ond suc­cess­ful penalty brought the game to a close at Wex­ford Wan­der­ers 37, Mid­land War­riors 8.

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