Leinster League Division 2A – Co Carlow Football Club 34 – Edenderry 17
Carlow travelled to Coolavacoose on Sunday with only the J1’s fielding as Edenderry were unable to field their J2 side.
Edenderry took the first points of the day with a converted try in the 10th minute, Carlow struck back 10 minutes later with a well taken penalty.
20 minutes into the first half Carlow captain Larry McGrath was sin binned for a high tackle, thankfully any fears of Edenderry extending their lead was stopped with 3 tries in 8 minutes from Joe Gorman Johnny Murphy, Seamus Curran all converted by full back Rob Browne. Edenderry grabbed a penalty just before half time leaving the score 24-10 at the break.
James Nolan’s unconverted second half try grabbed the bonus point for Carlow. Edenderry scored a converted try and looked to swing momentum their way, Wesley Shirley grabbed the last try of the day and guaranteed all of the points on offer.
Co Carlow Football Club President Ian Dwyer said “It was a hard fought victory in challenging conditions, Carlow forwards dominated in the scrums and mauls but the highlight of the game was the sweeping back move resulting in a well taken try by Seamus Curran”
Carlow sit top of Division 2A 1 point ahead of Dublin rivals Railway Union.
Carlow welcome Portarlington to Oak Park next Sunday.
Co Carlow FC: Larry McGrath, Joe Gorman, Alan Byrne, Wes Shirley, Mossy Whitney, Mick Mannion, Niall Bermingham, James Nolan, David Baron, John Whyte, Johnny Murphy, Simon Walsh, Jeff McDermott, Seamus Curran, Rob Browne. Subs: Timmy O’Donoghue, Evan Gordon, Ross Elmes, Harry Hennessy, Tim Mullins.
AIL Qualifying League – ITC/Carlow Coyotes 31 CYM 5
ITC Carlow Coyotes got back to winning ways against Dublin side CYM in Oak Park on Sunday. CYM who were promoted at the end of last season have been struggling to find form with 1 win from 4 games.
A brace from Maureen Young and tries from Tanala Kehoe, Catriona Cassidy and Bethany Sharpe secured a bonus point win at home leaving the ladies third in the league with a game in hand behind St Marys and Rathdrum.
Carlow’s influential captain Erin Byrne was forced off on the first half with a calf injury the ladies continued to play well with some excellent set pieces and running rugby. A number of underage players moving up to senior rugby have settled well with Keeva Owens having a great day at number 8. New to rugby this season Keri Doyle was a menace on the wing in both attack and defence.
Carlow’s next game is away to Railway Union J1’s next Sunday 22nd October.
Congratulations to Coyote Maureen Young who has been selected on the Leinster Women’s panel for this season’s Interprovincial series. Leinster will play Connacht, Munster and Ulster in December.
ITC Carlow Coyotes: Erin Byrne, Valerie Timmons, Tanala Kehoe, Rebecca Mullen, Rebecca Smith, Jen Ardil, Catriona Cassidy, Keeva Owens, Emily McKeown, Lisa Doyle, Keri Doyle, Sorcha Fitzhenry, Bethany Sharpe, Rachael Mulholland, Maureen Young. Subs: Doireann Bashford, Abigail Mullen, Robyn Mullen, Lisa O’Malley, Valentine Kavanagh, Joyce Mahon, Eimear Murphy.