Ark­low start the sea­son on a winning note

Bray People - - Sport -

ARK­LOW STARTED their sea­son with a win at home against New Ross in sec­tion B of the South East League on Sun­day.

The first-half started slowly for the home side and they trailed the vis­i­tors 5-3 at half­time with only a penalty to show for their ef­forts con­verted by Mark Van Eas­beck.

The game picked up pace in the sec­ond-half and Ark­low be­gan to show their dom­i­nance and strength in the pack with some good run­ning and ball car­ry­ing from the back row in par­tic­u­lar with Dan Wyeth and Richard Mur­phy mak­ing some decisive breaks fol­lowed up by the sec­ond row pair­ing of Kurt Stein­beck and Mark O’Neill.

Pres­sure from the pack paid off with Ark­low pow­er­ing over from an op­po­si­tion li­ne­out on their five-me­tre line when Ai­dan Louth stole cleanly and put his brother and cap­tain of the Ark­low side John Louth through from the ruck that fol­lowed. This was con­verted from Van Eas­beck and Ark­low con­tin­ued to pour for­ward and pres­surise the New Ross de­fence.

Michael Ka­vanagh and Niall Walsh in the backs showed speed and flair and Ark­low were un­lucky not to get an­other try in the dy­ing mo­ments as they ran many penal­ties in the op­po­nents twenty two.

All in all Ark­low were happy with the win, al­though they will need to start stronger in the com­ing weeks and build up the mo­men­tum to the start of the Le­in­ster League.

Team: John Louth (Cap­tain), Tadhg O Scan­nail, Eoin Clancy, Kurt Stein­beck, Mark O Neill, Richard Mur­phy, Ai­dan Louth, Dan Wyeth, Mark Van Eas­beck, Michael Ka­vanagh, Ciaran McCarthy, Jon­nie But­ter­worth, Stafford Vig­ors, Niall Wal­she, Dara Ka­vanagh. Re­place­ments: Ciaran Kier­nan, Rob McCormack and Chris Hughes.

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