7 Try Bonus Point Win for Wesley against Naas

7 Try Bonus Point Win for Wesley against Naas

All Ireland League – Old Wesley 48 Naas 26,

Old Wesley were back to their best with a classic win this weekend over Naas.

The Kildare side started the stronger when they retrieved their own kick off and outside centre Charlie Sheridan evaded two tackles to score with Peter Osborne converting to make it 0-7 after 2 minutes of play. The home-side responded nearly instantly when a well worked backs move went out to Nathan Randles who scored in the corner.  Ian Cassidy however was unable to convert the sideline kick as Wesley now trailed by 2; 5-7

The game began to settle as both sides began to find their feet – Wesley notably lost Josh Pim to an injury with Josh O’Hare coming on.  O’Hare made an instant impact off the bench as Wesley’s maul went over with O’Hare at the back to dot down. Cassidy converted and Wesley began to gain a grip of the game. 12-7

Wesley wasted no time getting back up the field as Naas’s discipline found them under pressure again from a maul. Strong carries from Harry Noonan, Billy Corrigan and Stephen Smyth got Old Wesley to the Naas 5 metre line when finally, Cronan Gleeson pierced the defence and got over for Wesley’s 3rd of the day. Cassidy once again converting to put Wesley 19-7 up 25 minutes into the first half.

Old Wesley looked ruthless at this stage of the game, a scrum just inside their own half led to a break from Nathan Randles, carries in field from Billy Corrigan and Josh O’Hare got Wesley inside the Naas 22.  Alex Molloy, with great vision, saw Stephen Smyth in space, who used great footwork to evade the Naas winger and finish a great team try.  Naas looked to score just before half time, but Old Welsey seemed to have all the answers in defence and the home side went into the break 24-7 up.

Just after half time, Wesley once again crossed the whitewash when Eoin Murphy made a great defensive read and intercepted a loose pass, then offloaded to Ian Cassidy who ran in under the posts. 31-7. Naas then began to come back at the Donnybrook side when Fionn Higgins, who had just come off the bench, evaded 2 tackles and ran in under the posts – converted by Sam Cahill.  Naas once again got back up the field and through good mauling found themselves on the Wesley try line.  Charlie Osborne hit a hard line and went over to bring the score back to 31-21.

From the restart Wesley won a penalty through pressure and Cassidy converted to put the home side 13 points clear. Wesley again found their maul making inroads through the Naas half, Reuben Pim peeled off to cross for a try and Cassidy once again converted to put the home side 41-21 up.   Old Wesley now looked in control as the maul was once again used; Howard Noonan crashed over from close distance and Cassidy converted to make it 48-21.  But it was Naas that had the last say of the game when Donal Conroy dotted down from close range to make the final score 48-26 to Old Wesley.

Another classic battle between these rivals who have always given supporters an exciting spectacle on any given AIL Saturday.  Old Wesley now see themselves in 3rd place at the end of the first block of fixtures, with their next outing a visit to Garryowen on 4th of November.

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Old Wesley Team: Tom Larke; Nathan Randles, Alex Molloy, Eoin Murphy, Tommy O’Callaghan; Ian Cassidy, Gary Bradley; Harry Noonan, Stephen Smyth, Cronan Gleeson, David Motyer, Billy Corrigan, Reuben Pim (capt), Josh Pim, Will Fay. Replacements: Howard Noonan, Rob O’Donovan, Kieran O’Shea, Josh O’Hare, Fergus Jemphrey, Keith Kavanagh.

Scorers: Old Wesley: Tries: Nathan Randles, Josh O’Hare, Cronan Gleeson, Stephen Smyth, Ian Cassidy, Reuben Pim, Howard Noonan; Cons: Ian Cassidy 5; Pen: Ian Cassidy

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