Two Wexford Natives Help Lansdowne To All-Ireland Rugby Victory

Lansdowne narrowly overcame Cork Constitution in the Ulster Bank Division 1A Rugby League on Sunday. 

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Full time: Lansdowne 19 – Cork Constitution 17

The victory completed a prized All-Ireland League and Cup double for Lansdowne, who are now three-time league champions (2013, 2015 and 2018).

Two Wexford natives, namely Foster Horan (Tombrack, Ferns) and Willie Earle (Cahore, Ballygarret) starred for the winning side.

Unfortunately for Horan however, an injury forced him out of the game early, with Ian Fitzpatrick replacing the Wexford man on the half-hour mark.

Update: Honourable mention to Wexford’s Greg McGrath, who was an unused sub for Lansdowne. 

Lansdowne: Eamonn Mills; Foster Horan, Harry Brennan, Mark O’Keeffe, Adam Leavy; Scott Deasy, Alan Bennie; Peter Dooley, Tyrone Moran, Ian Prendiville (capt), Josh O’Rourke, Jack Dwan, Jack O’Sullivan, Aaron Conneely, Willie Earle.

Replacements used: Ian Fitzpatrick for Horan (31 mins), Charlie Rock for Bennie (half-time). Not used: James Rael, Ntinga Mpiko, Barry Fitzpatrick, Charlie McMickan, Greg McGrath.

Cork Constitution: Shane Daly; Liam O’Connell, Alex McHenry, Niall Kenneally (capt), Rob Jermyn; Tomas Quinlan, Jason Higgins; Brendan Quinlan, Vincent O’Brien, Ger Sweeney, Brian Hayes, Conor Kindregan, Evan Mintern, Joe McSwiney, Luke Cahill.

Replacements used: Ross O’Neill for Mintern (half-time), Gavin Duffy for B Quinlan (63 mins), JJ O’Neill for Jermyn (66), Gerry Hurley for Higgins (67), Dylan Murphy for Sweeney, Mintern for R O’Neill (both 77). Not used: Dave McCormack, Aidan Moynihan.

Referee: David Wilkinson (IRFU)