Ark­low suf­fer heavy de­feat in En­nis­cor­thy

Bray People - - Sport -

En­nis­cor­thy 49, Ark­low 18: Ark­low started the stronger in their sec­ond game in the South East League play­ing away to En­nis­cor­thy, but they could not main­tain the mo­men­tum dur­ing the sec­ond-half.

Michael Ka­vanagh, Ark­low’s out-half kicked two penal­ties in the open­ing half which left Ark­low trail­ing by seven points to six at half-time.

Hav­ing proved their strength up front, Ark­low will kick them­selves for the missed chances they threw away in the first-half and it was against the run of play that En­nis­cor­thy got a break­away try to leave them one point up at the in­ter­val.

On one of the few hot Sum- mer’s days, En­nis­cor­thy started to open it up in the sec­ond-half and with some fine run­ning from their cen­tres, wingers and full­back, Ark­low’s de­fence fell to pieces al­low­ing six more tries past them in the sec­ond-half that were all con­verted. The first line of de­fence did not make the cru­cial tack­les as some in­juries and re­place­ments had to be in­tro­duced.

Ark­low did score two tries of their own with one cross kick from Ka­vanagh which Rob McCormack gath­ered on the wing and scored in the cor­ner and an­other one from John Louth fol­low­ing some good for­ward ruck­ing.

There were also some good breaks by Richard Mur­phy, Mark O’Neill and Ben Di­a­per in the sec­ond-half and Ark­low must now con­cen­trate on the pos­i­tives, look to shore up their de­fence and in­crease fit­ness lev­els be­fore the end of the month when they start their Le­in­ster League Divi­sion 2 cam­paign.

Ark­low: Al­bert Plun­kett, John Louth, Ciarán Kier­nan, Mark O’Neill, Joe Bul­mer, Ai­dan Louth, Kurt Stein­back, Richard Mur­phy, Stafford Vig­ors, Michael Ka­vanagh, Ciarán McCarthy, John­nie But­ter­worth, Rob McCormack, Niall Walsh, Dara Ka­vanagh. Re­place­ments: Eoin Clancy, Leigh Ho­ran, Jamie Kennedy, Ben Di­a­per, Barry Mur­phy.

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