Gorey seconds go down to Wicklow
The Gorey J2 team travelled to Wicklow on Saturday for their Leinster League tie. On a cracking day for a game, with a light breeze blowing up the pitch, Gorey started well and for the opening ten minutes camped in the Wicklow half and were unlucky not to score on a couple of occasions.
A Clinton Furney penalty was a small reward for such territorial advantage. Wicklow finally got their hands on the ball and quick passing through their backs saw them score a fortuitous try in the corner after a hiccup in the Gorey defence.
Wicklow again were back on the attack and were soon awarded a penalty which they scored. For the next ten minutes Gorey put on the pressure but could not break down a good home defence. With minutes left until half-time, Wicklow broke out and scored a cracking try as they moved the ball at pace through their forwards and backs.
The second-half saw Gorey apply some early pressure. Both sides were moving the ball well, with their defences keeping their lines intact.
Gorey were first to score and the architect of the try was Jack Cleary as went on a mazy run, weaving his way through the Wicklow defence. He was stopped just inside the Wicklow '22, and the support arrived for the ball to be spun out wide for Eoin Walsh to take it on for a reverse pass to the supporting Fergal Bolger who went over to take the score to 15-8.
This try was worthy of the try of the season but unfortunately it was to be Gorey's last score. The game was now opening up and not to be outdone, another try of immense quality was scored by Wicklow as similar strong running by them saw them touch down in the corner.
This really broke the hearts of Gorey as it put two scores between the teams. A further Wicklow try saw them extend their lead to run out comfortable winners in the end.
Despite this loss Gorey showed well as this is a very strong Wicklow team. Some good performances came from Colin French, Conor Owley and Ciarán Hennessy in the forwards, with Eoin Walsh, Jack Cleary and Clement Power the pick of an improving back line.
Team: N. Rothwell, C. Owley, T. Tomkins, C. Hennessy, J. Reynolds, D. Redmond, K. Breen, C. French, R. Harrington, C. Furney, S. Rafferty, E. Walsh, C. Power, J. Cleary, S. O'Leary, F. Bolger, G. Mullins, A. Kelly, E. Hughes, G. Mullins, K. Rothwell.