Leinster League business continued in Southknock on Sunday with the visit of Cill Dara. The match kicked off in dull and damp conditions with Cill Dara first on the scoreboard from a penalty after 10 minutes prior to which New Ross had missed a chance of their own. In an error strewn next 25 minutes where neither side could gain an advantage and penalty concessions and knockons were commonplace, it was difficult to see where the breakthrough might come from.
Eventually, New Ross grabbed the initiative when David Crowdle went straight through a poorly defended Cill Dara ruck to steal ball and open the try scoring with Barry Walsh adding the extras. Shortly thereafter, Cill Dara recovered some ground with a penalty conversion.
The second half was an entirely different affair with the quicker recycling and superior mobility of the Ross players beginning to bear fruit. Brian Harte crashed over wide left after a good lineout take and making full use of a gap in the Cill Dara defense which parted like the Red Sea when the Ross forwards set up a superb maul.
Kevin Burke scored a five pointer after 58 minutes when great work by Barry Walsh, Walter Walsh and David Crowdle absolutely splintered the Dara defense but try of the day was reserved for the 63rd minute with fabulous handling by backs and forwards in the wet conditions resulted in Eanna Burke clenching the try bonus point. Barry Walsh again added the conversion.
Cill Dara did not give up however and their endeavour was rewarded on the 78th minute when they got a try of their own to leave the final score at 25 11 and New Ross on 10 league points after 3 matches. This week’s MOTM contenders included Tim Coughlan, Bryan Harte, Kevin Browne but is awarded to Jimmy Bryan on this occasion.