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Sunday 17 December 2017

Seconds edge verdict in pulsating away tie

Gorey 13 Dundalk 12

The Gorey J2 team travelled to Dundalk on Saturday and came away with four precious points after a pulsating game that saw them edge out the home team on a score of 13-12.

This was as good a J2 game as one might see with both teams playing to a very high standard.

Despite a much better start than usual, Gorey were down 9-0 as half-time approached. Dundalk landed three penalties and were full value as they had played some excellent rugby but could not breach a resolute Gorey defence.

The second-half saw the visitors up their game with half-backs Seamus Tomkins and Conor Butler taking control as they marshalled their team.

Gorey opened their account seven minutes in with a Cian Hadden penalty.

They were now putting some good phases together and again arrived in the home '22.

Consistent retention of the ball finally saw Conor Butler cross to leave one between the sides. Gorey had the bit between their teeth and as they grew in confidence they were winning the exchanges all over the park.

This finally paid off when they again arrived in the home '22 after some excellent work.

A number of carries sucked in the home defence, and the ever-alert Conor Butler spotted the space out wide.

From one side of the pitch he landed the ball just on the home line for Cian Hadden to touch down for an excellent try.

This put Gorey in front for the first time on a score of 13-9, but within minutes Dundalk had reduced that lead to one with a penalty.

With 20 minutes left both sides had their moments but the visitors stood strong and came away with the victory after a fantastic game.

Gorey had some excellent performances with Ben Mason, Eoin Walsh and Ken Rothwell the pick of the forwards.

The backs really shone in this game, with Conor Hatton, David O'Neill and man of the match Conor Butler outstanding.

Gorey are away to Ashbourne next week and will be hoping to build on the momentum gained from this impressive victory.

It made up slightly for the heavy defeat endured by the firsts at the same venue.

Gorey: W. Rothwell, E. Walsh, R. Jones, L. Kinsella, R. Tuck, S. Hadden, B. Mason, K. Rothwell, S. Tomkins, C. Butler, C. Harrington, P. O'Connor, D. O'Neill, B. Andrease, C. Hadden, B. Doyle, R. Roche, S. Besanson, C. Murphy, W. O Morchoe.

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