Rugby: Wesley come up short in  Armagh

by Aaron Dunne
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OLD WESLEY had to settle for a losing bonus point against a dogged Armagh side in round three of the AIL last  weekend. 

Armagh led 7-0 early on and after 30 minutes they scored their third try, converted for a 19-0 lead and they were ahead at 19-7 to the home side at half time.

With the wind increasing and rain on the way the advantage looked to be with Old Wesley for the second half.  However, it was Armagh who struck first scoring a try following a kick ahead and a mix up in the Wesley defence.  Wesley were awarded a number of penalties however their line out was starting to malfunction reducing the options to kick for touch.  Then a break by Alex Molloy set the Wesley attack into action.  

The ball was taken on by Harry Noonan who got to within 7 metres of the line.  The ball was recycled a number of times eventually resulting in a try by Eoin Deegan.  With the conversion by Monahan the Armagh lead was reduced to 10 points.  This spurred on the Wesley side but some good attacks were frustratingly ended by handling errors, albeit in difficult playing conditions.

With 5 minutes to go Wesley were awarded a penalty 30 metres out from the opposition posts.  Wesley now have a two week break before a home meeting with Highfield in the next round of the league.

Old Wesley’s David Poff breaks through the City of Armagh defence as the Dublin side were beaten across the border

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