Wan­der­ers in top spot

Wexford People - - SPORT -

THE WEX­FORD Wan­der­ers first XV hosted Rail­way Union at Park Lane on Sun­day in the first game of the sec­ond half of the cam­paign in the push for the Le­in­ster League Di­vi­sion 2A ti­tle.

Wan­der­ers came into the game in third place over­all af­ter a solid 14-7 win over sec­ond-placed New­bridge the pre­vi­ous week­end. Wan­der­ers were also aware that on Fri­day night ta­ble-top­pers Clon­dalkin suf­fered a shock 41-7 loss to bot­tom half of the ta­ble side Cill Dara.

Wan­der­ers started strongly, with cap­tain Dar­ragh Ke­hoe lead­ing from the front to score the opener which Bog­gan eas­ily con­verted.

Next up was Bobby Clancy who con­tin­ued where he left off against New­bridge with a storm­ing try min­utes later to ex­tend the lead to twelve.

The next score came af­ter winger Cal­lum Mur­phy nar­rowly missed scor­ing, how­ever the sup­port­ing Liam Barry fin­ished it off with Bog­gan again adding the points.

At this stage Wan­der­ers were dom­i­nant and, fol­low­ing a five-me­tre scrum, Tom Bren­nan emerged from the mass of bod­ies to claim the try, with the points fol­low­ing.

Just be­fore the in­ter­val Mur­phy wormed his way through the Rail­way cover to score in the cor­ner. The score at the in­ter­val was 31-0 with the bonus point se­cured.

In the sec­ond-half Wan­der­ers again drew first blood, with Corey Carty cut­ting through the Rail­way mid­field af­ter sus­tained pres­sure from Wex­ford, and Bog­gan again oblig­ing with the points.

Wan­der­ers’ next score was as a re­sult of an ex­cel­lent line break from Seán O Cor­cora who could pos­si­bly have con­tin­ued on and scored him­self but self­lessly off-loaded to the sup­port­ing Mur­phy to score his sec­ond.

For the next 15 min­utes, wor­ry­ingly Rail­way man­aged to find an av­enue back into the con­test with two un­con­verted tries af­ter some di­rect run­ning re­sulted in them find­ing a gap in the cen­tre of the Wan­der­ers de­fence.

Or­der was re­stored with eight min­utes left when sub­sti­tute Walsh scored an un­con­verted try in the cor­ner, and with two min­utes re­main­ing Clancy added his sec­ond, with the con­ver­sion again go­ing wide.

The fi­nal score of 55-10 was a sig­nif­i­cant win, with some ex­cel­lent in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances, es­pe­cially by the self­less Seán O Cor­cora, Carty and Mur­phy in the backs. In the for­wards, club cap­tain Ke­hoe led the charge, well sup­ported by Clancy, Turner and Stewart who put in an im­pres­sive shift through­out.

Af­ter the game the Wan­der­ers man­age­ment were de­lighted with the per­for­mances of both J1 and J2 teams and, with the knowl­edge of Clon­dalkin’s shock loss, a pos­si­ble joint first place at the top of the league be­came a re­al­ity.

In fact, as Wan­der­ers were cel­e­brat­ing, fourth-placed Port­laoise were se­cur­ing a nar­row 11-10 win over sec­ond-placed New­bridge to leave Wex­ford alone at the top of the ta­ble on 29 points.

The chas­ing pack of Port­laoise, New­bridge and Clon­dalkin are all three points be­hind on 26, with a resur­gent Cill Dara on 21. The re­sult makes next week­end’s trip to Clon­dalkin even more im­por­tant, with a win needed to take points from the main ti­tle ri­vals and to per­haps end their ti­tle in­ter­est.

Wex­ford: Bobby Clancy, Gra­ham Grant, Ai­dan Stewart, John Turner, Dar­ragh Ke­hoe (capt.), Tom Bren­nan, Luke Roche, Car­taigh Geoghe­gan, Stewart Ryan, Corey Carty, Cal­lum Mur­phy, Colm O Cor­cora, Seán O Cor­cora, Liam Barry, Shea Bog­gan. Subs. - Kevin Bir­ney, Seán Red­mond, Chris Walsh, Paul Gan­non, Eoin Roche.

David O’Dwyer is tack­led by Ro­nan Greene of Dun­dalk.

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