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On Sunday afternoon we made the trip to Longford and to CPL Park for Kilkenny’s away counter with Longford in the Leinster League Division 1B.

After a rest week last week, Kilkenny were facing a Longford side chasing a much needed win on home soil having succumbed to defeats to Tullow, Wicklow and Gorey in the past month.

Kilkenny, for their part had recovered from their defeat to league leaders Gorey at the start of the month by beating Wicklow in Foulkstown last time out, 25-21.

Sunday’s affair in CPL Park was bruising and tightly contested but Rory McInerney’s kicking game was enough to seal a win for Kilkenny, the number 13 kicking five successive penalties between both halves to help Kilkenny to a 15-10 victory.

An Early Lead

Kilkenny had opened the scoring early, drawing first blood between the posts and the kicking game prevailed in the first half, working up a 6-3 lead at the break.

The second half started like the first, McInerney slotting over his third and fourth penalty from distance to move out to 9-3, then 12-3 before Wicklow hit an instant reply with the only try of the game to move to 12-10.

The home side couldn’t capitalise further on the try score and McInerney’s fifth successful kick of the game was enough to seal the victory to take back to Foulkstown.

Longford RFC v Kilkenny RFC Photos

The win today leaves Kilkenny in fourth place in the Leinster League Division 1B, tied with Malahide in third but now trailing Tullow and Gorey by 2 points to first.

Elsewhere in the league, Gorey made light work of Carlow at Clonatin, sealing a 34-13 victory, Newbridge fell 26-8 to Tullow in Rosetown while Malahide trumped Wicklow by 2 points at Ashtown Lane with a 24-22 victory.

Kilkenny face Tullow at Foulkstown next weekend while league leaders Gorey face Newbridge in Clonattin.

Kick off at Foulkstown on Sunday is 2.30pm.