Dundalk RFC's Derek Williams and Wesley Wojner of Wicklow RFC. (Pic: Ciarán Culligan)
Leinster League Division 1A
Wicklow RFC 57 Dundalk RFC 17
Dundalk RFC suffered their heaviest loss of the season in Wicklow on Saturday afternoon as the hosts scored eight-tries in a 40-point win.
The trip down the M1 was made in hope considering Dundalk - who harboured slim title hopes
However, minus out-half Gearóid McDonald, Jonathan Gray and captain Enda Murphy, they never looked like repeating the trick here as the game, in truth, was over after just 12-minutes.
Wicklow crossed twice in this period and when the steady Brian Keegan added a penalty on the quarter-hour, Dundalk trailed by 15-points.
They were 22 in arrears by the time Robert Williams got them on the board with a try on the stroke of half-time. Mike Walls converted to at least give them the comfort of seven-points at the break.
And another try on the resumption, from Ciarán Bellew, had Dundalk back in the contest to a degree, despite the conversion being missed.
At 22-12, they had a chance, however, Wicklow simply upped their game once more with tries from Ben Porter (2), Jay Byrne and Dean Leonard helping them to hit the 50-point mark.
Visiting replacement James McConnon went over at the other end as the clock passed the regulation 80-minute mark. He scored in the corner having been found by a crossfield kick. The conversion was missed and Dundalk
Dundalk RFC: John Smith, Seán Arrowsmith, Robert Farrell; Hamish Walker, Niall Smullen; David Whatley, Alistair McCormack, Tiernan Gonnelly; Darragh Conroy, Mike Walls; Laurence Steen, Derek Williams; Ciarán Bellew, Robert Williams, Ciarán Murray
Reps: Ciarán Brannigan, James McConnon, Joe Marks, Ciarán Lennon, Andrew Williams