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Friday 19 October 2018

Club Call

Tommy McElwaine with S.B.R. Chairman Lukie Kehoe after finishing fourth in his 30th Senior cross-country championship race
Tommy McElwaine with S.B.R. Chairman Lukie Kehoe after finishing fourth in his 30th Senior cross-country championship race
The winning Kilmore A.C. ladies' team at the Senior cross-country championships in Ferns (from left): Elaine Cardiff (fourth) Jackie Carthy (third), Helen Doyle (second) Sinéad O'Brien, Fidelma Rossiter and Fiona Kehoe (first)
The Shamrock Rovers Under-11 and Under-12 schoolboys receiving jerseys from Daybreak, Drumgoold, Enniscorthy (from left): Michael O'Sullivan, Seán Millar (club Chairman), Billy Egan, Holly Rossiter, Lisa Kenny (manager, Daybreak), Cillian Murphy, Peter Quinn (club President), Caoimhe Wall, Aaron Maher

Kilmore A.C.: Congratulations to Kilmore Athletics Club on a strong finish in the ladies' five km. cross-country race on a surprisingly calm and mild Sunday before Hurricane Ophelia.

K.A.C. took first through Fiona Kehoe, with Jackie Carty third and Elaine Cardiff fourth. These ladies along with Sinéad O'Brien and Fidelma Rossiter will form part of the Wexford team representing our county at the Leinster Senior championships in Adamstown on November 12.

Michael Flaherty also ran well for Kilmore in the Senior men's ten km. on an unrelentingly hilly course.

MENAPIANS A.C.

The Juvenile uneven ages cross-country championships were held on Sunday near Ferns, hosted by S.B.R.

Despite a bright start to the day, the weather turned as the competition started with a fog descending. Fortunately, the rain stayed away and there were some great races over a testing but fair course with good underfoot conditions.

First in action was Lucy McCormack in the Under-9 girls' race. She was mid-field after a fast start but had a fantastic finish, battling hard in the home straight to finish a very impressive fourth place.

Orla Dolan and Grace Goggins were also running in this race and both had very impressive runs.

In the girls' Under-11 race, Lucia Goggins, Millie Stone and Ava McCormack were in action for the club. The girls did themselves proud, all digging deep to help the club finish in the top five.

Lucia, who was tenth in the Under-12 race two weeks ago, finished sixth after a great tactical run with a very good final lap.

In the boys' Under-11 race, Cian Donovan, who won the non-championship Under-10 race two weeks ago, had another good day.

He got himself into a good position after the first lap and was only a whisker off third place when crossing the line.

Ryan Wycherley, who had a great run in the Taghmon open cross-country back in September, also had a good day, finishing tenth after a sprint finish.

Rúairí McGuinness, in his first race for the club, impressed, finishing in 21st position. Rory Mulvaney and Luke Mulvaney were also running in this race.

It was a great team performance with the club finishing fourth overall, only a few points off third place. Well done to our Under-11 boys' team of Cian, Ryan, Rúairí, Rory and Luke.

Two weeks ago Róisín O'Reilly had a comfortable victory in the Under-16 race. Her sister, Sinéad, did the exact same in the Under-13 race, as a steady first lap followed by a strong second lap helped her secure a very comfortable victory.

Aisling Goggins was also in action in this race and good running in the second lap helped her to a top 20 finish.

Ciara Dolan ran in the Under-15 race. It was her first race of the season and she impressed. She looked comfortable in the first lap and picked up the pace in the second lap, moving up through the field. A strong final lap saw her cross the line in eighth place.

UNITED STRIDERS A.C.

To accommodate the ever-increasing waiting list of Juvenile athletes looking to join United Striders A.C., an additional Saturday morning training session is being introduced.

The session will be for younger beginner athletes, minimum seven years old and suitable up to around age ten. There will be a strong emphasis on fun, enjoyment, participation etc. whilst we cover the running, jumping, throwing elements of athletics.

Coaching will be provided by our A.A.I. certified experienced coaches, who will be assisted by a number of our older Juvenile club members, who themselves are elite athletes, currently competing at national and international level and looking to gain coaching experience.

The new Saturday morning training sessions will commence on January 6, 2018, and take place at the Town Park track, New Ross, from 11 a.m. to 12 noon, at a cost of €2 per session. Registration, which includes insurance, is required, at an annual cost of €20.

All seven- to ten-year-olds currently on the U.S.A.C. waiting list or current seven- to ten-year-old members or seven- to ten-year-olds interested in joining are welcome to attend these Saturday morning sessions.

Please note, new joiners ten years old and upwards are more than welcome to attend on our existing training days which are: Wednesdays, 5.30 to 6.30 p.m., at Town Park track, New Ross; Fridays, 6 to 7 p.m., C.B.S. Park, New Ross; Sundays, 11 a.m., JFK Arboretum, New Ross.

Please come along and try out.

ST. JOSEPH'S A.C.

Day two of the County Kilkenny cross-country championships featuring the uneven ages and Over-45 men's race saw the action in Castlecomer on Sunday.

Action commenced with the Under-7 races, with Saoirse Doyle continuing a great family tradition by finishing fifth in the girls' race, with Séan Croke surviving a fall to cross the line in seventh position in the boys' race.

The girls' Under-9 race over 400m saw Aisleann Mullally fifth, Isabella Murphy 15th, Dearbhla Ryan 21st, Molly Ryan 22nd, Saorlaith Mullally 23rd, Isobel Griffin 34th, and Maeve Garvey 42nd.

Kyle Bolger was always up with the leaders in the boys' race, finishing fourth, with Hugh Beirne tenth, Jack Barron 14th, Mikey Ryan 36th, and Neil Ryan 38th.

A fantastic battling performance by Eabha Mullally over 1,000m in the girls' Under-11 race saw her finish fifth. Eabha was followed by Lily Ryan having a great run in ninth place despite being out of her age.

Next home was Keelin Byrne (16th), with Lily Doyle 21st, Cíle Garvey 22nd, Kadhla Croke 31st, Sarah Foley 33rd and Caoimhe Barry 37th.

Joss O'Connor has ran some great races for St. Joseph's in his fledgling career, but his win in the Under-11 county championship was one to treasure. Having won the Under-10 race two weeks ago, he stepped up to take on the Under-11 group and a superb sprint finish was required to achieve a win in both age groups.

Supporting Joss were James Cummins (ninth), Barry Furlong (27th), Conor Lanigan (28th), Ciarán Cummins (41st) and Niall Cummins (47th).

2,000 metres was the serious distance facing the Under-13 age group. A huge field lined up in the girls' race and minutes later a superb team silver medal was won.

Leading the team home were two Under-12 athletes, Grace Glennon in a fantastic fifth position followed closely by Maeve Bookle in seventh.

Fantastic battling performances by Áine Purcell (twelfth), Rachel Foley (19th), Mairéad Mullally (27th) and Aoife Lanigan (29th) ensured the team silver.

Danielle Griffin was rewarded for all her dedication in claiming third place at Under-15 over 3,000m, with Jamie O'Connor keeping the club colours flying by finishing eleventh in the boys' race.

The final race of the day was the men's Over-45 county championship with Patrick Bookle leading the team home in fourth place, followed by Seán Hokey (fifth) and Michael Power (sixth). The mens' team placed second overall.

Everyone is invited to participate in the St. Joseph's A.C. Dark to Dawn four-mile walk, which takes place next Sunday, October 22. The walk will raise money for Pieta House suicide awareness in Waterford.

People of all ages will gather at the Pink Rock at 6.30 a.m. and walk into the light while remembering loved ones who have passed on in tragic circumstances. There is no requirement to register for the event, just turn up on the morning and give a donation.

T-shirts will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Breakfast with some light refreshments will be served in the field at the Pink Rock after the race. There will be ample parking available.

For more information, see the St. Joseph's A.C. Dark to Dawn event page or contact Maggie at 087-6242017.

GOREY CRICKET

A brief synopsis, listed below, of Gorey Cricket Club's first campaign in the Leinster League, as recorded by Cricket Leinster, summoned up how successful our Senior team's 2017 campaign was.

Congratulations to Khalid Ambroze on being chosen in one of the teams of the year, and also achieving the prestigious accolade of Gorey's first-ever player to score one hundred runs in competitive cricket.

Notable mentions also to Philip Leonard, whose consistency on batting achieved a very creditable 332 runs, along with team captain Anslem Diaz, Rashid Owias, Umar Khan and Attila Shahlut, amongst others, providing a formidable team in the near future.

It is also worth noting that not only have our Senior team achieved admirably, but Gorey's Taverners side along with our Under-15 and Under-11 teams are making significant strides in sustaining a strong club for many years to come.

If interested in getting involved such as a scorekeeper, umpire, coach or player, we are actively recruiting and we'll provide assistance in whatever field is chosen.

Our club's A.G.M. is on Monday, October 23, at 7.30 p.m. in the Loch Garman Arms Hotel, and all are welcome to attend.

Gorey 1: third (predicted fifth); batting rating 92; bowling rating 112; R.P.O. for 4.22; R.P.O. against 4.1.

A brilliant first season for Gorey 1, who with a bit of luck could have grabbed the second spot. They lost seven matches, but the margins reveal how their season could have been so much more successful - two wickets, five wickets, two runs, 27 runs, one wicket, two wickets and 22 runs.

All those losing bonus points propelled them up the table, finishing above Clontarf and Laois who both had more wins. Khalid Ambroze was the first Gorey player to be named in one of our teams of the year, for his 17 wickets at 9.88.

But Philip Leonard was massively unlucky - he dominated with the bat, scoring 332 runs at 41.5 along with twelve wickets at 20.17. Anselm Diaz (eleven wickets at 18) and Rashid Owais (ten at 28.9) also had productive seasons with the ball, and Umar Khan (280 runs at 28) and Atilla Shahlut (122 at 15.25) contributed with the bat.

Khan scored the first one hundred for the club (against Laois 3 in August), and he and Leonard scored all of the club's eight 50s during the season. Gorey will be favourites for their league next year.

S.B.R. A.C.

A great day was had in Ferns on Sunday as the S.B.R. men and women competed in the Wexford Senior cross-country championships.

First off were the ladies and they were led home by Belinda Kehoe with a top ten finish. Belinda had trained hard on the course and her performance showed.

Belinda was followed home by Ciara Bowe with a brilliant run, and Lillian Lawless who, returning from injury, really competed well.

Christine Hill, Louise Kehoe, Orla Furlong, Lisa Murphy and Clodagh Dunbar all ran very strong races and moved up as the race went on.

The women were rewarded for their efforts with a team bronze which marked two-plus years of winning a medal in every county competition. Well done women!

On the men's side, history beckoned as they went for their eighth straight Senior Wexford championship. Tommy McElwaine turned back the clocks with a resurgent run to lead the Ferns men home with a brilliant fourth place overall.

Noel Kennedy ran very strong for sixth to follow Tommy, and Denis Moynihan, Martin Askins and Paul Lynch all finished in the top twelve to help lead the team to victory. Paul Lynch's run after missing a year-plus was brilliant and inspiring to the team.

The sixth and final scorer for S.B.R. was David Leonard who had previously just missed a Wexford Senior gold team medal on a number of tries. David ran a strong race to help S.B.R. to a 59-71 win over United Striders of New Ross.

Paul Gibbons, Joe Lillis, Jim O'Malley, Myles Gibbons, Bernard Fortune, Brian Kearney, Tommy Levingston and Billy Harpur all competed well, and S.B.R's second team may have come close to a medal, finishing fourth.

Well done everyone, and especially club Chairman Lukie Kehoe and President Jimmy Kearney as well as the countless volunteers and fans who made the day a huge success.

ENNISCORTHY RUGBY

Wicklow 15, Enniscorthy 22: Jack Kelly's introduction at half-time turned this seconds league game on its head as he produced a fine individual display in putting the home team, Wicklow, to the sword.

The other tries came from Fiacre Ryan and Jake Murphy, with out-half Michael Farrell kicking two conversions and a penalty.

Team: John Nolan, Jamie Barron, Tom Farrar, Pat Doyle, James Doyle, James Stone, Liam Stamp, Alex Pim, David Shore, Mick Farrell, Jake Murphy, Ronan Doyle, Ben Doyle, David Farrar, Fiacre Ryan. Subs. (all used) - Andrew Redmond, Oisín Cullen, John Daly, Jack Kelly, Robert Frayne.

They are at home to Monkstown next Saturday at 1.30 p.m.

The Enniscorthy Under-13s were beaten 19-5 by Wexford Wanderers in the Leinster League.

Wanderers were very strong and deserved their win. The Enniscorthy try was scored by second centre Joe Doyle and there were excellent performances from Seán Guiney and Robert Chapman in the backs, with Gavin O'Connor, Dylan Butler, Pádraig Waters and Jack Kavanagh the best of the forwards.

The Under-14s produced a narrow one-point win at home to Boyne in the Leinster League in a high-scoring, highly entertaining contest (36-35).

They started brilliantly and had three tries on the board after just ten minutes, two from Arron Quigley and the other coming from speedy full-back Darragh Kehoe.

They switched off for the next ten minutes and the visitors hit back with two tries, but Arron Quigley broke free to score the fourth just on half-time.

The second-half was a cracker and Enniscorthy, playing into the strong wind, conceded an early try, but they responded brilliantly when number 8 Marco Byrne made a storming run to touch down.

Darragh Kehoe's pace created the fifth try, and the game was sealed when lively scrum-half Jude crossed for the five-pointer.

James Kayilta kicked three conversions and although Boyne scored a late try deep into injury time, the home boys had done enough to secure the valuable win.

They travel to Wexford next Saturday to play Wanderers.

The Under-15s pulled off a fine 21-19 win in Carlow on Friday night in the Leinster League, with the vital score coming when James Doyle was dangerously tackled heading for the line.

The referee subsequently awarded a penalty try with the conversion. It was a very good all-round team performance. Stephen Augustin scored the opening try and Conor Murphy scored the second. Conor Kervick kicked two conversions.

They play Gorey in Enniscorthy this Friday at 7.45 p.m.

The Under-17s continued their unbeaten run, scoring 39 points as they beat Tullamore in Tullamore on Saturday 39-12.

It was an excellent day for Miguel Byrne who scored three tries, with two from Conor Kavanagh-Morris and one each from Dominic Moryski and Neil Kidd.

Cian Cloke kicked the remainder of the points. They play Mullingar in Enniscorthy next Sunday.

ENNISCORTHY HOCKEY

With neither of the men's sides in action last weekend due to postponements, it was down to Enniscorthy Hockey Club's ladies' and under-age sides to fly the flag, and there were plenty of good performances across the board.

Saturday saw Enniscorthy ladies' first XI travel to Alexandra College in Dublin to play Old Alexandra 4th in Division 7 of the Leinster League. In the first meeting between the sides, neither knew what to expect but on paper the Slaneysiders had the better form, sitting fourth in the league with six points, while the hosts were eighth with two points.

The first-half started with quick pace and sharp passing from the 'Scorthy ladies. It wasn't long before the ball was crossed into the circle, forcing Old Alex's goalie to make her first save.

From there the Slaneysiders dominated possession with accurate passing from the back line of Julie Watchorn, May Wickham, Katie Owen and Leah Chapman up to the midfield trio of Laura Bailey, Laura Smith and Marti Rudd.

Some quick two v. ones between Bailey and Smith saw the ball relentlessly passed up to Sonja Rynhart in the centre forward role, and she repeatedly found her wingers - Laura O'Leary on the right and Hannah Sweeney on the left.

Eventually Enniscorthy's persistence paid off and a penalty corner was awarded to them midway through the first-half. Pushed out by captain Leah Chapman to Rynhart on the top of the circle, the ball was switched to Laura Smith on the right for a powerful strike which hit the back board and put the 'Scorthy ladies in front.

The second-half started with renewed determination from the home side, and Enniscorthy were forced to defend in numbers. May Wickham, having her first start in centre back, cleared the ball to safety out wide and Katie Owen prevented their strong right-sided attacker from entering the circle.

Crash ball tactics by Old Alex's hit outs were repeatedly intercepted by a strong 'Scorthy press, and the Slaneysiders were able to counter-attack. There were fast runs by Ciara Murphy on the right, multiple crosses into the circle, and drama as penalty corners were awarded after brilliant play by Hannah Sweeney and Laura O'Leary, but Enniscorthy couldn't quite capitalise.

In a tense final ten minutes Old Alex upper a gear and 'Scorthy goalie Alice Medcalf was forced to make her first and only save which was quickly cleared away by Julie Watchorn.

Further drama ensued on the final whistle as a penalty corner was awarded to the home side for a foot inside the circle. Leah Chapman was able to clear the lines to leave the final score at 1-0 to Enniscorthy.

The next match is next Saturday, October 21, at home in the Astro Active Centre with a 12 noon tip-off against Corinthians' third XI.

Squad: Alice Medcalf, Leah Chapman, Julie Watchorn, Ciara Murphy, Hannah Sweeney, Laura O'Leary, May Wickham, Katie Owen, Sonja Rynhart, Marti Rudd, Laura Bailey, Laura Smith.

Enniscorthy women's second XI had more luck in their second game of the Division 12 Leinster League on Saturday, following their opening day defeat against Bray.

A quick-paced game against a young side from Skerries saw the Enniscorthy side take charge at once, keeping the ball near their end of the pitch. Midfielders Laura Redmond and Eleanor Bolger were adept at putting the north county Dublin side under pressure with swift movement of the ball up the field.

Bolger and Redmond dominated the midfield, outrunning the Skerries line-up.

Their performance made it possible for the back line to charge and press high, sending balls towards the semi-circle.

On the rare occasions when Skerries did break through, they were no match for the Slaneysiders' excellent defensive line-up. Hannah Graham proved herself repeatedly, showing exactly why she has been selected to play with the Senior team.

Pressing high, Graham defended the semi-circle alongside Alex Weston-Doyle, Róisín Ó Muirí and Saoirse Power. Ó Muirí was in top form as usual, rebounding balls away from goalkeeper Kim O'Connor.

Enniscorthy's best chance came in the second-half. Saoirse Power made a surging run to the semi-circle, clearing the ball to Redmond. Redmond linked again with Bolger, who cunningly switched the direction of play, taking the ball away from the centre and on to Megan Dempsey's stick.

Dempsey's shot on goal was cleared wide by the defence, earning Enniscorthy a long corner. Redmond's powerful shot sent the corner to Dempsey, who passed it on to Muireann Nic Corcráin. Nic Corcráin's shot on goal was saved by the Skerries goalkeeper. Hannah Graham caught it up before Skerries had a chance to clear their lines and passed to Bolger, who sent it to Dempsey, for her second shot on goal, but to no avail, and the match finished scoreless.

Squad: Mairéad Neville, Eleanor Bolger, Amy Dalton, Emer O'Doherty, Kim O'Connor, Saoirse Power, Laura Redmond, Hannah Graham, Muireann Nic Corcráin, Megan Dempsey, Alex Weston-Doyle.

Storm Ophelia held off for Sunday's game as Enniscorthy thirds took on Carlow firsts in a physical contest in the Sunday League.

Enniscorthy's best goal chance came in the first-half when Catherine Oakes' shot went wide after good build-up play involving Byrne, Kelly and Hickey.

Enniscorthy lost 3-0 but the side were lucky to have Redmond in goal as, without her efforts, this could have been a greater defeat for the hosts.

Squad: Irene Doyle, Suzanne Redmond, Linda Durnan, Joy Byrne, Lillian Howlin, Laura O'Leary, Catherine Oakes, Melanie Ní Dhuinn, Muireann Nic Corcráin, Róisín Bridges, Alice Kelly, Elaine Hickey, Mairéad Neville.

The girls' third/fourth year (Under-16) side travelled to Bray on Sunday for their first competitive match of the season. The omens were good following a 3-0 midweek friendly away win against Waterford.

Once again the defence helped keep a clean sheet, this time in a 1-0 win, with the decisive goal coming from E. Farrell after the Wexford girls' first penalty corner. M. Dunne almost doubled the lead when a shot of hers went marginally wide from a second penalty corner.

Bray were full of threat also, winning three penalty corners in quick succession, but Enniscorthy held firm to claim all three points.

Squad: A. Medcalf, A. Kavanagh, L. Hassett, A. Harrington, S. Gillot, H. Neville, E. Farrell, E. Rogan, E. Bowe, M. Dunne, C. Larkin, A. Murphy, T. Somers, R. Oglivie.

The boys' Under-14 side were also in action on Sunday, coming out on top against Dublin giants Three Rock Rovers 1-0 thanks to a B. Walshe goal at the Astro Active Centre.

B. Smith was unlucky to be held goal-less despite some gallant efforts for the Enniscorthy side, in what was a fast-paced game.

Squad: A. Hill, W. Sutton, M. Rogan, D. Murphy, J. Tully, E. Williamson, B. Smith, M. Kelly, B. Redmond, N. Kehoe, D. Hendy, B. Walshe, M. Wallace.

GOREY RUGBY

Gorey 28, Ashbourne 12: The Gorey J2s were at home to Ashbourne recently and were looking to continue their good form from the previous week.

But Ashbourne started the brighter and but for some poor handling should have registered a least twice on the scoreboard.

The game remained scoreless until the final ten minutes, with Gorey suffering a sin-bin. Ashbourne duly capitalized and were finally rewarded with a well-deserved try which they converted.

Gorey fell further behind when again Ashbourne crossed for try number two to extend their lead to 12-0.

With minutes left on the clock until the break, Gorey finally put a number of phases together. Some strong running and good hands saw Shane O'Leary open Gorey's account for Cian Hadden to convert.

The second-half saw Gorey up their game significantly, with Alec Tucci and Tom Tomkins making some big carries. Gorey were now getting a foothold in the Ashbourne half and were soon to draw level when a scrum deep in the visitors' '22 saw Gorey move the ball through the hands for Paul O'Connor to go over and draw the sides level.

Cian Hadden put Gorey in front for the first time with the conversion. This was a lead Gorey were not going to surrender, and further pressure saw Killian Breen go in under the posts. Cian Hadden converted.

Gorey now had their tails up and, with Tom Jameson crossing for the bonus point, they had turned the game on its head to take all five points on a score of 28-12. 

Gorey, having struggled in the opening half, were full value for their win in the end, with Cian Hadden, Paul O'Connor and Robert Harrington the pick of the backs. Tom Jameson, Killian Breen and man of the match Ben Mason worked hard in the forwards. 

Gorey: R. Deering, F. Bolger, T. Tomkins, A. Tucci, T. Jameson, K. Breen, B. Mason, N. Rothwell, R. Harrington, C. Hadden, L. Willoughby, S. Sheehan, P. O'Connor, C. Hatton, J. Willoughby, S. Tomkins, R. Jones, L. Kinsella, Z. Sinnott, R. Finn.

Monkstown 20, Gorey 17: The Gorey J2 team travelled to Dublin hoping to extend their good run that has them in second place in the league.

After two good home wins in the previous two weeks, a much-depleted Gorey due to injuries and call-ups to the J1s started the game well, but failed to take advantage of one or two half chances.

From around the 15th minute, Monkstown took control as they scored the first of their three first-half tries.

Gorey struggled to put any meaningful phases together and two more tries for the home team saw them extend their lead to 17-0 at half-time.

But as they did in Boyne, the second-half saw Gorey up their game and they were duly rewarded for their efforts. Cian Hadden directed the play as Gorey began to get a foothold in the Monkstown half.

Good work by the pack eventually paid when Paul O'Connor finally crossed to open Gorey's account. Cian Hadden converted to leave ten between the sides.

Gorey kept the pressure up and Alex Tucci went over for the referee to disallow what looked like a perfect try in a let-off for the home team.

But Gorey kept the pressure up and when Cian Hadden saw space out on his left flank he kicked across field for Jack Willoughby to gather and go over for a cracking try to leave the score at 17-12.

Monkstown rallied, with a penalty putting two scores between the sides. But Gorey never gave up and pulled back another try in the dying minutes to leave three between the sides at the final whistle.

Gorey, having started slowly, will be disappointed with this result as they know they are capable of better and just need to bring more consistency when it's needed.

Richard Deering, Fergal Bolger and Tom Jameson were the pick of the forwards, with David O'Neill, Jack Willoughby, Paul O'Connor and man of the match Cian Hadden showing well in the backs.

Gorey: R. Deering, F. Bolger, N. Rothwell, T. Jameson, L. Kinsella, A. Tucci, B. Horan, B. Mason, S. Tomkins, C. Hadden, J. Willoughby, S. Sheehan, P. O'Connor, D. O'Neill, B. Doyle, Z. Sinnott, C. O'Keeffe, S. Kinane, P.J. Barnes.

Gorey 15, Wicklow 14: The Gorey Under-13 team hosted Wicklow on Wednesday night under lights in the South-East league.

This was the first time playing under lights for both teams and they truly delivered an exciting game.

Wicklow got off to the better start, winning a scrum on Gorey's ten-metre line. Their number 8 picked from the base of the scrum and ran through Gorey's defence to score a try under posts which Wicklow converted.

From the re-start Gorey gained possession in Wicklow's half. Great play from Aidan O'Gara and Tom Fanning saw Gorey win a penalty on the '22, with Tom Stokes successfully kicking to reduce the deficit.

Gorey continued to put Wicklow under pressure and from this they won a turnover ball. Neil Byrne gathered and ran 30 yards to score a try to leave Gorey leading 8-7 at half-time.

Wicklow started the second-half strongly, pinning Gorey back in their own half. Great defensive work from Alex Cousins, Tomás Furlong and Michael Kinsella kept Wicklow from scoring.

With seven minutes left Wicklow were awarded a penalty. A quick tap and go caught Gorey off guard, with Wicklow's number 8 scoring a try that was converted.

From the re-start Gorey won possession and built several phases of play. From a line-out Gorey moved the ball wide and Dan Doyle cut through the Wicklow defence, only to be held up short of the line.

With time up Gorey were awarded a penalty. Ross Higgins took a quick tap and moved the ball to Neil Byrne who cut through the Wicklow defence for a great try. Tom Stokes converted for Gorey to win by a point.

Gorey 53, Kilkenny 14: The first away match for the Gorey Under-17s was against Kilkenny on Saturday.

For ten minutes the sides went toe to toe, with Gorey eventually breaking the deadlock, and from then on the game went Gorey's way.

Kilkenny would not roll over and Gorey had to work hard to keep the scoreboard ticking over.

Gorey's focus and energy sometimes went missing and Kilkenny always exploited those lapses in concentration, bursting through and breaking tackles. Gorey worked hard and came through comfortably to make it two wins from two in their Leinster League campaign.

Gorey: S. Doran, D. Cooke (try), G. Murray, E. Young, O. Austin, J. Colclough (try), A. Rothwell (try), M. Boyle (two tries), M. Doyle, G. Sanchez (try), R. Kinsella, C. Popplewell, A. Byrne, E. Canavan, O. Fortune (three tries and four conversions), G. Lande, G. Slattery, M. Kennedy, R. Slator, M. O'Loughlin, J.J. O'Neill, J. Tallon, B. O'Leary.

A big well done to the team. They play Portloaise at Clonattin this Saturday, so please support your local rugby club.

NEW ROSS RUGBY

Naas 50, New Ross 19: The New Ross Under-17 team hosted Naas in the Leinster League on Saturday. This was their biggest test and, while there might have been a foregone conclusion that Naas would walk this game, this was dismissed.

The first-half was a one-sided contest with Naas having a lot of possession and punishing New Ross, clocking up seven tries and four conversions.

There were some outstanding performances by Naas number 10 Adam Keating and Keelan Burke at number 12.

Half-time was welcomed with open arms with New Ross down 43-0. The second-half whistle blew and there was a new intent with New Ross. They spent long spells in the Naas '22 and broke the deadlock in the 55th minute with a try by Daniel Behan.

Naas replied with a converted try seven minutes later. New Ross held tough through some fantastic defensive work by Adam Monahan, David Adegbesan and Seán Ryan.

New Ross grew in stature and piled pressure on Naas with fast hands from centres Seán Kinsella and Daniel Behan and outstanding rucking from Luke Lindell and Seán Ryan which resulted in a well-deserved try by Bryan Culleton, assisted by a raging run by Ryan that made it all happen. It was beautifully converted by James White, under very difficult wind conditions.

New Ross never dropped their heads.The workrate continued from New Ross and particularly Ciarán Prendergast, James Dunleavy, Xavier Rooney, Vova Murphy, Billy O'Neill and Dermot Clancy.

In the dying minutes Seán Walsh, who marshalled the wing throughout, successfully made his mark with a well-deserved try. Again a well-struck conversion by James White gave New Ross a final tally of 19 points.

Well done to all players Adam Monahan, David Adegbesan, Dermot Clancy, Seán Ryan, James Dunleavy, Bryan Culleton (capt.), Ciarán Prendergast, Luke Lindell, James White, Seán Kinsella, Daniel Behan, Seán Walsh, Vova Murphy, Billy O'Neill, Kyle Sinnott, Daniel Ryan.

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