Kilkenny lost out to Wexford opposition for the second week in a row on Saturday after going down to Gorey by 20 points to 3 in Division 1A of the Leinster League.
It was a game which Gorey never looked like losing as Kilkenny struggled to gain a foothold in the tie.
Gorey converted a try in the first half and added a penalty and all Kilkenny could muster up in the first half was a solitary penalty as the home side led 10-3 at the break.
And that penalty would prove to be Kilkenny’s only score of the game as the Wexford outfit held watertight in defence.
Meanwhile Tullow had a blip in Division 1B. They had been building well in recent weeks but Clondalkin inflicted a 27-21 defeat on them which hinders their prospects slightly.
Carlow were the only local side to win at the weekend in their Division 2A clash with Edenderry.
John Shirley Reports
Edenderry 17 Carlow 21
Division 2A of the Leinster Rugby League has built up to an exciting finish following the last weekend’s results which included a hard fought 21 -17 away win for Carlow over Edenderry.
With the leaders dropping points unexpectedly since Christmas only five points now separates the top four teams which include Longford on 41 pts, Cill Dara on 40 pts plus Carlow and Railway Union both on 36 pts.
And with all four teams set to play others in the top four in the 3 match run in, each of the 4 teams must be in the shake up. It may come down to the final matches of the season on the 12th of March when Carlow will host Longford at Oakpark.
Carlow got the best of starts when youthful number 10 Andrew Hanley intercepted the ball from the Edenderry backline and raced 40 metres for a try under the posts. Peter Hennessey converted and the visitors were 7 – nil ahead after five minutes.
Ten minutes later Edenderry got over for their own converted try;- 7 pts each. Then followed a period of Edenderry pressure which yielded a penalty. At the interval Carlow were down 10-7.
Again it was Carlow who scored first in this half and again it was Andrew Hanley who jinked through after the forwards secured good turnover ball. Peter Hennessey converted to put the visitors 14 – 10 in front.
The lead changed again 20 minutes from the end when Edenderry got their second converted try.
Carlow continued to search for a winning try but Edenderry were holding out fairly comfortably until 8 minutes from the end. After a number of phases back and forth, centre Simon Walshe backed himself and broke a couple of tackles to touch down for the winning try. Hennessey’s conversion from out wide made it a four point margin in favour of the visitors.