January 12, 2015

By Finian Coughlan.

January 10, 2015. Leinster League Div2A.

Railway Union 15 Mullingar 36
Mullingar season stays on track with big win at Railway
It is seldom enough I get to disagree with the maestro Maybury but I felt I had to on Saturday night walking off the Railway Union pitch in
Sandymount when he declared the win was “no Ryan Tighe”.
I believed he was referring to the pin-up boy’s hattrick last week, and
suggested it was a tad unfair to expect this every week, but he corrected me by pointing out that though “it was a win it wasn’t pretty” – and this is where I disagreed.
In what must have been the paciest game of the season, Mullingar not only scored six tasty tries on the road, they also found a set of bootstraps when Railway had consolidated to within four, and were able to stretch off beyond the bonus horizon.
The novel pairing of Butler and Gantly orchestrated a mature midfield,while Glennon and Hannon thoroughly impressed from the bench.
Up front however, was where Mullingar showed the greatest improvement, and in this were led on the merry dance by Davy O’Reilly who tore into Railwaylike a kamikaze on speed.
He was righteously accompanied in these endeavours by Maxwell, Quinn and the burly Biffer Blair, who crashed over for two short range tries with seven stitches across his forehead.
With a huge gale behind them, Mullingar imposed an early pressure on their hosts with early yards gathered by Wallace and O’Reilly. 
In just the eighth minute they won a scrum on the Railway 22 and ran at.
After about seven or eight phases of batterment, Butler decided to drop an inch-perfect cross to corner forward where unsurprisingly, the pacy Wallacewas waiting for the unopposed score.
Such was the degree of fun Davy O’Reilly was having he actually thought for a moment he was a back and tried an ill-advised, under-oxter pass which let Railway off a major hook.
However, he made splendid amends in the 18th minute when he made the breakout dash before linking up with Maxwell at speed for more yards deep into Railway territory.
The vice-skipper then looked out left and saw Henry Reilly, who just needed one hand-off before sauntering in for his second in two weeks.
On the half hour, Mullingar were awarded a penalty just inside their own half, and though Johnny couldn’t replicate the famous Butler bounce, his teammates were still sharp enough to snaffle the re-start and re-pile the pressure. 
Once again Mullingar exercised the fast-hands policy and Railway had no answer, and like he had been threatening all day Matt Coade returned to his
gap-finding business to bag his eighth try of the season and leave
Mullingar 19-0 at the break.
Unfortunately, and for the first time this season, Mullingar went for a
collective halftime snooze, and by the time they had come to, Railway had put up 15 points in those 13 minutes to now have a large foothold in thegame.
Mullingar then took a dose of the Taylor Swifts and shook it off in fine
style.In the 20th minute the impressive Butler put a penalty down the line deep into Railway territory, where Conor Glennon went airborne, collected and landed in the warm bosom of a full rumble.
Mullingar made it to the line, with Sam Blair in the tailgunner’s seat, and he was once again unstoppable for his side’s bonus point.
Eight minutes later he put the game beyond reach with a similar score after Mullingar had taken the game by its scruff and bullied their way down the right.
The icing was left to the closing minutes, and fittingly, it was a
conspiracy of youth that undone the Sandymount men for a sixth time.With just a minute remaining, Mullingar were awarded a central scrum on the Railway 22. With a platform that had been dominant all night, Hannon took advantage from the rear and chose a pick and go.As he approached the line he passed outside to Matt Coade who looked like he was being hunted up a cul de sac, only for him to magic an underarm release inside as he was bundled over the line where he found the industrious Arthur in support for a simple run in.

Other news

The women’s team continued with their great season with another win on the road, where they matched the chaps six tries with a 32-0 victory at Navan, and consolidated their lead at the top of Leinster Division 1. 
The tries came from Clodagh Cleary, Tracy Talbot, Ellen Tait, Jenny Gibson, Louise
Kelly and, just like the buses, for the second time in successive games,
Martina Burke.
Next Sunday will see a Model County double header at Shay Murtagh Park with the women playing Wexford at 1pm, and the men playing New Ross at 2.30.

Tries: Blair 2, Reilly, Wallace, Matt Coade, Arthur Brabazon
Cons: Butler 3 
Team: 1. Aidan Leahy, 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. Eoghan Gantly, 13.
Johnny Butler, 14. Henry Reilly, 15. Ronan Wallace. Subs used: Nigel Mills,
Conor Glennon, Andrew Coade, Niall Hannon.
Top try scorers 10.1.15: Andrew Coade (11),Olive Butler (10) , Matthew
Coade, Sam Blair (8), Paul Maxwell (6) Louise Kelly, Johnny Butler (5)
Stacy Boland, RyanTighe (4), Diarmuid Raleigh, Ronan Wallace, Conor Jack
(3), Adam Kerroum, Davy O’Reilly, Richie Pyke, Darren Brady, Henry Reilly
(2), Darech Geraghty, Cormac Dunne, Luke Peppard, Eoghan Gantly, Nigel
Mills, Alan Brabazon, Arthur Brabazon.
Tries for: 67, Against :20.

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