After a disappointing result the previous week in the loss to Bective Rangers, the “Jolly Thirds” got their campaign back on track this weekend with the demolition of the injury hit Emerald Warriors. Railway dominated from the kick-off and looked to take on the Warriors up front, led by player coach Paul Handley, who carried tirelessly in the opening quarter. This freed up the speedy backs who also found space out wide thanks to the forwards winning the battle on the ground.
10 tries were scored in all with numerous backs and forwards touching down including a second half hat-trick from Peadar O’Murchu who was sprung from the bench. Biggest cheer of the game came when stalwart Santiago Jimenez carried the Warriors pack over the try line from 15m to score a rare try from the South American Legend.
Alan Horgan took over kicking duties and nailed 4 from 4. It was requested that the official match report should note that “two of these kicks were from the touchline”. Horgan maintains his record of being the most accurate kicker in Railway this season.
Captain Mally Walsh was delighted after the game and noted the immense improvement in the lineout for this game, which has been a problem area this year. The final score was 65-10 to Railway and the team dedicated their win to team manager Olivia Dalton.
Meanwhile, the Women’s 1st XV started their Leinster Cup campaign with a win over Athy (Leinster Division 4 winners) in front of a large home crowd last Sunday.
Railway ran in their first try from the Athy kick-off and built on their performance from that, despite several stoppages not allowing for flowing rugby. Athy, who went through many phases of possession and territory throughout the game, were unable to get past the Railway defence.
The dominance of the Railway forwards allowed the ball to be moved to the backline and the combined effort left the full-time score 92-0.
A big thanks to all those who supported both matches this weekend