Gorey ladies maintain solid progress
The Gorey Senior ladies were on the road in the Leinster League to Greystones, with both teams needing the win for different reasons.
Greystones were hot on the heels of Longford and Balbriggan for the play-off places, while Gorey required the win to stay top of the table.
Gorey meant business from the off and after a few minutes quick hands from the zippy back line got the ball out wide to full-back Ann Cumiskey who dotted down under the posts. Jessica Foote converted.
Greystones' big ball-carriers took turns smashing up the ball through the Gorey defence. Centres Aoife Crowe and Ciara Tomkins made tackle after tackle to keep them at bay.
Some big carries from Dee Farrell and Nuala Kelly set the standard for the Gorey ladies and it wasn't long before they were back on the scoresheet, when the Greystones scrum-half cleared the lines with a box kick and it landed in Katie Doyle's hands.
Her dancing feet set up the play and after some quick hands from out-half Ciara Breen, she set up winger Lorraine Gahan to score.
Just before half-time Aoife Crowe dispossessed her opposite number and ran in unopposed to score. Greystones found it hard to keep the Gorey scrum-half, Lauren Farrell, quiet.
The second-half told a different story with Greystones playing most of their rugby in the Gorey half. They had 15-20 minutes of it in Gorey's '22 but credit to the Gorey ladies for keeping them at bay.
Gorey's penalty count started to rise and after what the referee deemed one too many, they lost number 8 Maeve Farrell to the bin for ten minutes.
Gorey showed their strength in depth and even after emptying their bench they still stuck to their gameplan and showed their dominance.
With fresh legs on the pitch they went up another gear with some huge tackles and turnovers from Eimear Hickey, Maeve Farrell and Sinéad Brennan.
Just before the final whistle the new looking back line combined and put Katie Doyle in for a try in the corner.
Our next match is against Longford on Sunday, February 28, at 1 p.m. in Clonattin. All support would be greatly appreciated.