MU Barnhall………………………… 39       

 Navan…………………………………..32

(Half-Time: 22-15)
Parsonstown, Leixlip, Kildare.
Energia All-Ireland League Men’s Division 2A – Round Nine ,Saturday 16th December’23

In the final fixture of the calendar year, Navan Senior Men’s 1st XV traveled to Parsonstown to face MU Barnhall in a thrilling encounter in the Energia All-Ireland League Men’s Division 2A, round nine. Despite a valiant effort that saw Navan scoring five tries, they were narrowly defeated by MU Barnhall with a final score of 39-32.
The first half was an intense battle with both teams showcasing their attacking prowess. MU Barnhall took the lead with a halftime score of 22-15, leaving Navan with work to do in the second half.
The second half continued the high-scoring affair, with Navan fighting hard to bridge the gap. However, MU Barnhall’s resilience secured them the victory, leaving Navan with a sense of disappointment.
Despite the loss, Navan managed to secure both a try and losing bonus point, offering some consolation in a closely contested match with tries scored by Jamie Kavanagh, Ryan Healy, Evan Dixon, Sean McEntagart & Jordan Finney with Mark Farrell adding two conversions and a penalty.
Highlighting notable performances, Navan’s scorers and the overall team effort showcased determination and skill in a challenging match.
As the Energia All-Ireland League takes a break for the festive period, the league action resumes on January 13th with round ten fixtures. Navan will face MU Barnhall again, this time at Balreask Old.
The upcoming round ten fixtures promise more exciting rugby action, with Navan set to face MU Barnhall once again at Balreask Old. The clash against MU Barnhall in the next round presents an opportunity for Navan to bounce back and make a statement as the league enters the new year, teams will be eager to make their mark and climb the standings.

Navan Senior Men’s 1st XV Squad “Sponsored by Hannon Travel”:
Paddy Fox, Jakob Matthews, Sean McEntagart (Capt), Kyle Dixon, Peter McEntagart, Evan Dixon, Mark Farrell, Ryan Healy, Jamie Kavanagh, Jordan Finney, Leon Akopian, Liam McAree, Robbie Lailvaux, Ben McEntagart, Harry Hester, Gary Faulkner, James Wyse, Leigh Jackson, Shane Faulkner, Michael Brady.

Energia AIL Men’s Division 2A –

Round Nine Results (Sat 16th December):

MU Barnhall …39    Navan’…………….. 32                  
Cashel…………. 16     Nenagh Ormond..20
Greystones…… 20    Banbridge……….. 30 
Malone………… 16     Ballymena……….. 19 
UL Bohemians.20    Old Crescent…….. 24