Cill Dara crowned champions

Cill Dara secured the Leinster League 1B title of the penultimate day of the league and ensured an immediate return to 1A.

Cill Dara secured the Leinster League 1B title of the penultimate day of the league and ensured an immediate return to 1A.

Cill Dara; 48

Portlaoise: 5

Cill Dara won 48-5 against Portlaoise, which coupled with a surprise victory for Clondalkin over Wicklow, ensured the title heads to Beechpark.

As for the game Cill Dara started somewhat nervously but after five minutes a great break from Ryan Healy put Greg Burns away to score under the posts, this was followed up immediately by a try for Wayne Kerr after great work from Paddy Behan and Jack Ryan.

Nerves were soon replaced by complacency as Cill Dara’s defensive line switched off and allowed Portlaoise score their only score of the game, a try in the corner. Cill Dara upped the intensity and soon had their third try after forwards and backs combined to put Kerr away who off-loaded for Tom Cleary to score in the corner.

The conversion was missed but Cill Dara were in clinical mode and in the five minutes before half-time wrapped up the bonus point and the game with a try apiece to Kerr and Cleary leaving it 29-5 at the break.

The second half continued the same pattern and in the 55th minute Eamon Hyland powered over for Cill Dara’s sixth try.

The outstanding Kerr added a further brace before Cill Dara emptied the bench and the game petered out leaving Cill Dara 48-5 winners.

Kerr was without doubt in absolute tremendous form but he was ably supported by Barry Waters, Jack Ryan, Brian Ennis and Tom Cleary.

A big congratulations to Damien Broughall, club captain and his able deputy Greg Burns who lead the team to this great success on the pitch and to the coaching and management team of Maurice Logue, Enda Finn and Brian Flanagan who put it in the hard work off he pitch to lay the foundations for this success.

Cill Dara:

Liam O’Grady, Ger Moore, Barry White, Billy O’Shea, Damien Broughall, Wayne Kerr, Brian Ennis, Eamon Hyland, Barry Waters, Jack Ryan, Ryan Healy, Paddy Behan, Greg Burns, Tom Cleary, Barry Flanagan. Replacements: Wes Kavanagh (White), Des Payne (Moore), Darragh Kennedy (Broughall), Bernard Behan (Healy), Chris Moore (O’Shea).