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Saturday 21 September 2019

Gorey young guns forge victories

The Gorey under-12 squad
The Gorey under-12 squad

Gorey under-12s welcomed Tullow to Clonattin on Saturday. Although there were some initial doubts as to whether the fixture would proceed due to overnight frost, a thaw set in early and we had perfect pitch and weather conditions come kick-off.

The lads played great rugby in the first-half and scored some fine tries after persistent pressure.

Fine back play from Adam Doyle, Shamey O'Hagan, Lee Cushe and Rian Fitzpatrick got Gorey's forwards into action, with Ewan Stephens, Rory Tubritt and Michal Kruczek to the fore near the Tullow try line.

A combined effort by Rory with big John Milne led to a try with Rory then getting in for one himself soon after.

Cathal Byrne also got in for a fine try after great support play to a Brian Cushe break.

The second-half was a different story, with Tullow coming much more into the game and their pressure leading to two tries.

Gorey found themselves on the back foot for the vast majority of the half, but just near the end a great break away by Shamey O'Hagan, and his brilliant pass to Brian Cushe, led to a fantastic run down the wing by Brian and a try to settle it.

Gorey will play Tullow in a return away fixture next week. Thanks to our parents for coming out in support on Saturday and providing refreshments also.

Meanwhile, Gorey Under-13s made it two wins from two in their Leinster League campaign with a hard-fought victory away to Wicklow.

Playing with the elements, Gorey led 21-7 at half-time through tries from Donnacha Cooke, Beau Willis and Seán O'Hagan.

Wicklow opened the second-half with two breakaway tries, but Gorey responded with a team try touched down by J.J. O'Neill.

Wicklow scored the final try of the game, making it a nervous last five minutes for Gorey. A try-saving tackle by Kevin Budeanu in injury time ensured Gorey held on for a 28-24 victory.

It was an excellent team performance from Gorey, with forwards Donnacha Cooke, J.J. O'Neill, Kyle McLaughlin and Owen Austin making big carries, defenders Alex Simpson, Callam Popplewell, Eoin Coleman and Jack Colclough tackling superbly, and Cian 'Patsy' Molloy converting his four kicks at goal, all from difficult angles.

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