The Leinster League Division 1B champions warmed up for this weekend’s Towns Cup quarter-final with a hard fought two point win over a determined Carlow side who had everything to play for as victory would give them an outside chance of the promotion play-off spot against Dundalk.
Cill Dara: 24
Carlow started as a side with something to play for and took the game to their hosts but excellent defence from Cill Dara kept them at bay and some what against the play the quick thinking Bernard Behan tapped a penalty to release Eamon Hyland who scored under the posts.
Carlow came back and Dara’s defence was all over the place as Paddy Barcoe evaded weak tackles to score under the posts, Barry Purcell added the conversion. Purcell then added a penalty to give Carlow an 10-7 lead at half-time.
It was a very disjointed half from Cill Dara and this continued into the second as poor discipline gave Carlow good field position and eventually they exploited Cill Dara’s defence to score in the corner leaving it 15-7 to Carlow.
This seem to stir Cill Dara and eventually they arose from their slumber and they then reeled off 17 unanswered points as Paddy Behan’s magic feet weaved their way through for a great try, he converted this and shortly followed up with a penalty.
Paddy Behan then scored an opportunist try as he intercepted and out paced the cover, Cill Dara lead 24-15.
Carlow to their credit kept fighting for that play-off place and Purcell added two more penalties leaving it 24-21 with 10 minutes remaining, Wayne Kerr was shown the bin but Cill Dara held their line and kept Carlow out to finish their league with another victory.
Cill Dara now remain unbeaten since December 3.
Leinster President Stuart Baily was on hand to present both J1 and J2 trophies to Cill Dara.
Liam O’Grady, Ger Moore, Wes Kavanagh, Darragh Kennedy, Damien Broughall, Wayne Kerr, Brian Ennis, Eamon Hyland, Bernard Behan, Jack Ryan, Ryan Healy, Paddy Behan, Greg Burns, Tom Cleary, Barry Flanagan. Replacements: Barry White (Kavanagh), Des Payne (Moore), Mark Waters (B Behan), Adam Cox (Cleary), Chris Moore (Kennedy).