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Wrfc v Gorey

Wicklows Senior men took on Gorey at Ashtown Lane on Sunday in the penultimate round of the Leinster League. Wicklows lengthy injury list has begun to shorten and two strong squads took the field to take on the Wexford men. The games were played in difficult conditions with driving rain and a strong wind which was in favour of the away side in the first half.


 

Wicklow started well and absorbed the Gorey pressure for the opening half an hour. Gorey were camped in the Wicklow 22 for long periods but aggressive and organised Wicklow defence frustrated the Wexford men time and time again.
Approaching half time Wicklow did well to work their way into Gorey territory. A penalty was kicked to the corner and a good lineout secured possession. A powerful maul brought them withing inches of the line and a series of pick and drives battered the Gorey line. Eventually the ball was moved wide and a clever basketball pass by Billy Ngawini put full back Stephen Duffy over the in the corner for a fine team try. The conversion was impossible and Wicklow led 5 – 0 approaching the break.
Wicklow turned around at half time in a seemingly strong position with a five point lead and a strong wind at their backs. The heavens opened at half time and the torrential downpour made the difficult conditions impossible. To their credit both sides gave it everything in what was a hard fought game with no quarter asked or given.
Gorey worked their way into Wicklow territory and got over for a try after a pick and drive off a line out. The seemingly easy conversion was missed and the scores were level at 5 – 5.
Both sides had their opportunities but it was Gorey who scored next with a deserved penalty five minutes from time. The Wexford men led by 5 – 8. With the clock running down Wicklow threw everything at Gorey in an effort to secure what would have been a morale boosting win. Despite everything they could not get the break through and our near neighbours came away with the points.

This was a good performance by Wicklow who are keen to get back to winning ways ahead of an assault on the Cup. There were eye catching performances from the two young second rows Sam Porter and Jack McGrath and the excellent Dylan Byrne on the flank. The lineout functioned smoothly considering the horrendous conditions and they looked defensively sound. The win would have been nice but there were lots of positives to take from the game and things are starting to fall into place ahead of the start of the Provincial Towns Cup which kicks off against Cill Dara on March 1st.

The Wicklow seconds fielded one of their strongest line ups for the year and they showed what they could do against a Gorey side that had beaten them comfortably at the start of the season. Leading 5 – 0 in the early stages Wicklow stretched their lead with a good try by Winger Adam Quinn.  Quinn was soon in again after a magical break by the mercurial Conor Vize. The conversion from Ben Armstrong made it 17 – 0. Wicklows fourth try came from Aidan Kearney Jr to leave the final score at 22 – 7. This was an excellent morale boosting performance ahead of the big local derby against our nearest neighbours Rathdrum in the first round of the seconds cup in March.

1sts
Neil Dickenson, Jack McKenna, Eddie Downes ,Jack McGrath, Sam Porter,  Liam Gaffney, Michael Doyle, Dylan Byrne,  Mark Higgins, Niall Earls, Ben Porter, Shane Farrar,Billy Ngawini, Alex Porter,  Stephen Duffy. Denis Higgins, Eanna Killeen, Dave Nicholson, George Naoupu,
 2nds
Stephen Swan, Dave Nicholson Mark Cullen, John Jenkinson Andrew O’Boyle, Tom Maguire, Conor Vize, Hugo Wojnar, Denis Higgns Cormac Fenton, Cian Reynolds, Ben Armstrong, Aidan Kearney, James McCall, Adam Quinn, Seamus O’Brien, Eanna Kileen, Conor Lincoln, Niall Higgins

 
 

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