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Sunday 22 September 2019

Wanderers in stirring form

Ratoath concede 12 tries

Colm O Corcora about to score his first try
Colm O Corcora about to score his first try

Wexford Wanderers first XV hosted Leinster League newcomers Ratoath for the second time this season in Division 3 on Sunday.

Wanderers 76 - Ratoath 0

The home side, in buoyant form after the previous week's win over Arklow and strong pre-Christmas wins, were looking to continue their hunt for the title. After ten minutes Colm O Corcora crossed for the opening score of the contest which he converted.

Ten minutes later he doubled the score before out-half Robbie Casey scored from a break through with O Corcora adding the points. The contest was essentially over minutes later when O Corcora added his third to give Wanderers a commanding lead.

Not wanting to allow his younger brother have all the glory, captain Seán O Corcora scored his first directly from the re-start although on this occasion the points were not added.

The next score had to be the best of the contest when wing forward Conor Fenlon broke through the Ratoath midfield and feigned a dummy pass before switching direction and only stopping between the posts.

Seconds before the break solid back line movement saw full-back Maurice Logue score the final converted try of the period to give Wanderers the match and bonus point before the break by 47-0.

The second period continued as the first with forward John Rowe barrelling over following some solid rucking. Next up was captain Seán O Corcora who was the happy beneficiary of his brother's excellent line break, before Rowe scored his second.

The flying Colm O Corcora was up again and scored his final try and conversion to take his personal tally to 36. The scoring was not finished and the returning Paul Gannon completed the contest in the corner to bring the final tally to 76-0 with Wanderers scoring 12 tries.

The result and the score have propelled Wanderers to the top of the table after leaders Balbriggan were awarded a bye. At this stage it looks like the minutiae of the results this season will be the deciding factor as to where the pennant will go.

Wanderers don't have a game next weekend and the next fixture is the small matter of an opening Towns Cup match against New Ross in two weeks' time, no easy task for a team Wexford are well used to in cup fixtures in recent seasons.

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Team: Shane Byrne, Mark Rowe, Kyle Roche, Tom Brennan, John Turner, Dara Peyton, James O'Connor, John Rowe, Kevin Roche, Robbie Casey, Noel Richards, Seán O Corcora (capt.), Colm O Corcora, Corey Carty, Maurice Logue. Subs. - Gavin Doyle, Richie Morris, Dave Martin, Thomas Earle, John Hyland, Pádraic O Tuairisg, Aidan Stewart, Conor Fenlon, Paul Gannon, Stuart Ryan.

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