Wegians slump to leaders

Galwegians’ current difficulties continued at the weekend when they suffered a second comprehensive defeat this season at the hands of Clontarf.

The visitors had no answer to a powerful performance from the runaway leaders of the Ulster Bank Division 1b while Galwegians have fallen to the bottom of the table.

The Blues enjoyed a promising start, earning a penalty which Tadhg Leader converted. But Clontarf soon gained the upper hand and took the lead with their first try from winger Mick McGrath.

Before the break the hosts ran in another two tries for a 17-3 half-time lead.

Any chance of a Blues revival was ended within 10 minutes of the restart as Bernard Jackman’s side made the game safe with a bonus-point fourth try. Wegians stuck to their task, and their hard work was rewarded after the hour with a penalty try, following strong forward pressure on the Tarf try-line.

Leader’s conversion reduced arrears to 22-10, but crucially Tarf got the next score with a penalty from Michael Keating to stretch the advantage to 15 points.

Galwegians: R O’Beirn; J Cleary (capt ), C Conroy, B Murphy, L Bibo; T Leader, B Lee; J Naughton, D Murphy, J Stephens; D Nolan, B McClearn; L Scahill, I Muldoon, D O’Hara.


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