Portarlington move up to third

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Portarlington secured a bonus point win at home to Monkstown on Sunday last which moves them up to third place in Division 1B of the Leinster League.

Portarlington had a brilliant opening to the game with a penalty and try in quick succession to leave them 10-0 up.

Declan Hennessy was having a fine afternoon and added another try just before half time after an excellent break from Ronan Mannion.

Portarlington’s forwards were dominant with Conor Dunne particularly strong and on a number of occasions they just did not manage to finish good try scoring opportunities.

Centres Ross Doyle and James Hyland were a constant threat and were just physically stronger than there opposing numbers. James’ brother Kieran continued his fine performances of late with a man of the match display at 10, and his second line break put Niall Smith under the posts for another score.

Monkstown tried to kick long but got no change from Kieran Kiely at full back, who was a rock under the high ball.

Ross Doyle led his team from the front and was a class apart. The 30 year old is at his peak at the moment and his form and leadership will make Port’ feel confident of success in next week’s Towns Cup first round game.

A driving maul gave Portarlington the bonus point victory that leaves them four points from the promotion places with two games remaining. Portarlington have managed to get almost all of their players back from injury and will be a threat in the remaining few games of the season.

Port will be slightly disappointed to have conceded two tries in the last four minutes however they will really look forward with ambition to the Towns Cup game against Naas at home this Sunday at 2.30pm

Portarlington: Kieran Kiely, Sean Kiely Ronan Mannion, Paul Mannion, James Hyland, Kieran Hyland, Ross Doyle, Jason Moore, Willie O Connor, Colm Dowling, Andew Wilkinson, Connor Dunne, Alex Mihalovic, Joander Brazon, Niall Smith Declan Hennessy - Stephen Oakley, Mark Petriw, Padraig Maree.




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