Wicklow overwhelm Wexford
RUGBY SOUTH EAST LEINSTER LEAGUE
Wicklow 37, Wexford 15: Wicklow’s 1st XV recorded an emphatic win over Wexford Wanderers in their second outing of the season in the South East Leinster League.
Fielding an inexperienced side, Wicklow started very slowly and conceded two early scores. They were shocked to find themselves 12-0 down after five minutes. Wicklow gradually began to wear down the Wexford defence and continuously attacked from well inside their own half. The breakthrough came on 15 minutes when some excellent running saw Wicklow’s Paddy O’Flaherty in for a well taken try.
A superb try by the in form Allen Byrne brought the scores to 12-12. The second half was one-way traffic all the way as Wicklow opened up the Wexford defence with some excellent running rugby.
Allen Byrne and Paddy O’Flaherty added another try each. Marc Gerety crashed over in the corner following some good work by the pack and hooker Brian Coffey drove over from close to the line for a well taken score. Allen Byrne was denied his hat-trick when he was taken out by a high tackle with the line at his mercy. The referee awarded a penalty try which was converted by Niall O’Rourke.
Wicklow’s forwards, driven on by scrum-half Dermot O’Rourke, competed well throughout with Ben Armstrong, Mark Gerety and Paddy Jameson performing strongly.
Outstanding line-out work from Brian Coffey and Stuart Donohue provided a steady flow of ball to the backline all day. The Wicklow backs tore Wexford apart with some sparkling play, led by Allen Byrne and Paddy O’Flaherty.
Another pleasing aspect of this performance was the aggressive defence from the likes of Russell Andrew and John Kearney amongst others.
Wicklow can be pleased that the young players they are bringing through like David Quinn, John Watchhorn, Brian Sillery, Niall O’Rourke and Eanna Killeen are showing real promise.
Wicklow will know they have much sterner tests to come however this was a good performance to build upon. Next week they face Portlaoise at home in a friendly
Wicklow on the attack against Wexford