Ardee/Dundalk hosted Tullamore on a wet Sunday morning in Ardee rugby club. The conditions would play a big part in the type of rugby that was to be played against their toughest opposition in this competition so far.
The home side got off to a great start when Neil Reilly broke two tackles to go over for the first score. Brendan McDonnell converted and added a penalty shortly after to put Ardee/Dundalk 10-0 up.
Tullamore hit back with a straight forward approach from a line out deep inside their own half which saw their full-back in clear space but they were then pushed off their own put-in 10 metres from their line and Daniel McSherry combined with Derek Williams to send the latter over for a try.
With a scoreline of 15-7 at half time this was still a game that could go either way but it was Ardee/Dundalk that took the game on and with a high number of line-out steals and counter rucking put Tullamore under huge pressure which turned into tries coming first from McDonnell and then Williams.
Tullamore scored a late consolation try to give a final scoreline of 25-14 with the home side now set to face their biggest test so far this season against Navan next weekend.
Ardee/Dundalk: Conor Quigley, Ciaran McCormack, Andrew Kerr, Ciaran Callaghan, John Devitt, Tiernan Gonnelly, Ciaran Lennon, Neil Reilly, Ronan O’Reilly, Brendan McDonnell, Conor Reilly, Daniel McSherry, Derek Williams, Eoin O’Malley, Conor Lenehan. Subs: James McCann, Matt Raftis, Seamus Conlon, James Daly, Darragh Conroy, Dylan Martin