Portarlington put to the Sword

January 06, 2015

Mullingar 34 Portarlington 0 

By Finian Coghlan

It was almost business as usual at Shay Murtagh Park in Cullion on Sunday
when Mullingar dished out a comprehensive defeat of a team who up until
very recently had quite the hex on them. 
In fact, it was only last April that Mullingar conceded this score to
Portarlington when timidly exiting the Towns Cup Plate, and it is a
testament to Mssrs Maybury and Dunne that such a turnaround has manifested
itself in so short a timespan.
I say ‘almost business as usual’ in that though Mullingar scored five
splendid tries, it was Ryan Tighe rather than a Coade brother who ran in
the hatrick of scores, but even that achievement was almost eclipsed by the
display of former Irish Youth Ronan Wallace at fullback.
Not only did he get the first score within two minutes with ridiculous
ease, every time he handled and danced Portarlington blood pressure went
through the roof, and he made a heap of handy yards.
There was just one minute and 50 seconds on the clock when his opposite
number kicked downfield to clear, only for Wallace to gather it on his own
10m line.
Noting a large hole at home, he had the confidence , pace and vision to
kick ahead and chase it in for the opener, and I swear he didn’t even got
out of second gear.
Port girded well and consolidated, to a point that when Cormac Dunne got
his third yellow in four games, there was some nervousness on the Mullingar
However, Mullingar held out and got to the break with just the single try
Happy with what he saw in the first half, Maybury offered a few tweaky
instructions to his charges, and they reacted accordingly with a distinct
improvement in verve.
Within three minutes Wallace extended the lead to eight when he swung over
a peach from the left touchline.
Four minutes later he had another go from further out, and though it came
back off the post, Mullingar’s reaction to it forced a scrum five metres
From this Arthur Brabazon darted left and delayed and delayed his pop til
just the right moment when he presented Henry Reilly with a expertly timed
flop-in to the corner.
Then, just four minutes later, he was involved in the third, when he took a
great ball from Matt Coade breaking out and made substantial – and well
supported – ground down the right wing. 
He looked inside and found Pyke at pace, who in turn popped to the Tiger
who had the legs for the line.
Mullingar went off the boil for a little while after Matt Coade got binned
and Maybury emptied the bench, however, on his return to the driving seat
Mullingar returned to business.
With eight minutes remaining he again timed a sweetie into Henno’s
rampaging breadbasket, and he was off like the hounds of hell, making it
into the opposition 22 before he was hauled down. 
Nevertheless, the posse was right up his jacksy, and recycle was lightning,
whipping out through hands to the left wing to the lurking Tighe for his
second, and more importantly, the bonus point.
Mullingar topped of the performance with four minutes remaining. A penalty
was put down the line, and the impressive newcomer Conor Glennon
orchestrated the air traffic. 
Again, the trademark fast flash went left, and again Reilly was
instrumental. Though his pass was a little behind Wallace, it was but a
trifle to the ginger magician, who conjured some space out of nothing, to
break through the Portarlington line and dash into their 22 where the
reliable Tighe was off his shoulder for the pass and a well-deserved
For icing, Wallace went and converted it from the touchline, to leave
Mullingar comprehensive 34-0 victors.
Forthcoming fixtures
Next Saturday Mullingar men are on the road away to Railway Union, whilst
the women return to active duty with a game against Navan on Sunday.
Tries: Tighe 3, Reilly, Wallace
Pens: Wallace 
Cons: Wallace 3 
Team: 1. Darren Brady, 2. Davy O’Reilly , 3 Ciaran O'Donoghue, 4. Ritchie
Pyke, 5. Darryl Quinn , 6. Paul Maxwell, 7. Cormac Dunne , 8. Samuel Blair,
9. Arthur Brabazon, 10. Matt Coade , 11. Ryan Tighe, 12. Alan Brabazon, 13.
Conor Jack, 14. Andrew Coade, 15. Ronan Wallace. Subs used: Nigel Mills,
Henry Reilly, Peter Hall, Aidan Leahy, Conor Glennon, Johnny Butler.

Top try scorers 4.1.15: Andrew Coade (11),Olive Butler (10) , Matthew Coade
(7), Paul Maxwell, Sam Blair (6) Louise Kelly, Johnny Butler (5) Stacy
Boland, Ryan Tighe (4), Diarmuid Raleigh, Conor Jack (3), Adam Kerroum,
Davy O’Reilly, Richie Pyke, Ronan Wallace,Darren Brady(2), Darech
Geraghty, Cormac Dunne, Luke Peppard, Eoghan Gantly, Nigel Mills, Alan
Tries for: 61, Against :18.

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