Rugby: Wesley maintain charge towards top flight

by Gazette Reporter
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Old Wesley 26

City of Armagh 8

After a five-week gap Old Wesley returned to AIL rugby with a return fixture against City of Armagh at Donnybrook.  

Prior to kick-off both teams and spectators observed a minute’s silence in memory of Paddy Bewley, a life member of Old Wesley, Paddy Horan, father of Old Wesley coach and former Captain, Darren Horan, and Ashling Murphy, who died in tragic circumstances during the week. 

Armagh took an early lead through a Kyle Faloon penalty before Cronan Gleeson went over for the first try of the match and  Ian Cassidy converted for a 7-3 lead. 

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Tommy O’Callaghan then extended the Dublin side’s lead as Wesley went in to half-time 12-8 ahead. 

Alex Molloy then went in under the posts and Cassidy again converted for a 19-8 lead. 

An O’Callaghan intercept try secured the bonus point and there was no way back for the visitors. 

Four times in the last 15 minutes Wesley kicked penalties to touch within 10 metres of the opposition line.  But on each occasion a knock on or loss of possession cost them a score.  And there it remained with no more scored until full-time. 

This well-engineered win bodes very well for the remaining matches in the league, with Wesley taking top spot in Division 1B, three points clear of Cork side Highfield, with the latter only managing a draw in their fixture.  

Old Wesley’s Alex Molloy takes on the City of Armagh defence, supported by Ben Murphy and Jack Costigan. Photos: Ken Richardson and (above) Deryk Vincent

Photo: JC Sports Photography

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