Wanderers claim big scalp
Wexford Wanderers' first XV travelled to Gorey on Sunday for a derby clash in the opening round of the Provincial Towns Plate.
The Wanderers side which recently lifted the Division 3 title qualified for the Plate after a narrow 29-21 loss to New Ross in the opening round of the Provincial Towns Cup.
Gorey, who played this season in Division 1B, managed to narrowly beat Mullingar 17-16 to qualify for the second round of the Towns Cup before succumbing to Division 1A side Clondalkin 22-15.
In a keenly-anticipated derby, Wanderers were first out of the blocks with a penalty after eight minutes which the ever-reliable Colm O Corcora slotted over for a narrow lead. Twenty minutes later O Corcora managed to skip over the line to get the opening try of the contest which remained unconverted.
Just before the break Gorey kicked a penalty to narrow the margin to 8-3 at the interval after a balanced opening period where both sides sought to impose themselves on the game.
In the second period O Corcora added another two penalties in the opening ten minutes to increase the score and keep Wanderers nudging further in front before Gorey managed to score an unconverted try midway through the period.
However, Wanderers and the reliable O Corcora kept at the task in hand and increased the scoring almost from the re-start with a further two penalties to cancel out Gorey's try. Despite some intense play in the closing minutes, Wanderers managed to resist the onslaught and hold out for the win on a final scoreline of 20-8.
The next round sees Wanderers travel to Mullingar on April 5 to face the Division 2A side which was narrowly beaten in the Cup by Gorey.
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Team: John Rowe, Richie Morris, Steve Roche, Tom Brennan, John Turner, Mark Rowe, Conor Fenlon, Killian Joyce, Michael Bolger, Maurice Logue, Tom Barry, Colm O Corcora, Josh Healy, Corey Carty, Paul Gannon. Subs. - Stuart Ryan, Kevin Roche, Pádraic O Tuairisg, Dara Peyton, Mark Whelan.