Arklow make light work of heavy conditions
Arklow 13, Carlow 8: Arklow defeated Carlow by 13 points to eight in very difficult playing conditions at the weekend.
It was Carlow who started the scoring in the firsthalf with a penalty converted from in front of the posts after about ten minutes of play. Arklow started to get into the game more and more and missed some opportunities with poor ball handling and missed passes in the wet conditions, but were rewarded a few minutes later with a penalty which Micheal Kavanagh converted leaving the match tied at half-time at three points all.
It was all Arklow at the start of the second-half and the forwards began to take control of the game up front and were rewarded with a fine try from a forward drive which was scored by Tadhg O Scannail playing at wing-forward.
Kavanagh kicked the conversion from the touch line to leave Arklow in a commanding position at ten points to three.
Carlow started to expand their running game themselves in the last quarter and scored a try under the posts with about ten or fifteeen minutes to go. Amazingly, the conversion however was blocked down by Arklow’s front row player Albert Plunkett when the Carlow winger taking the conversion moved too slowly to take the kick and Carlow still were left two points behind the home side.
Arklow then converted another penalty to leave them 13 points to eight ahead which was the finishing score even though Carlow finished with a flourish, running the full length of the pitch only to be denied by the covering Arklow defence.
Next week’s match is against Gorey in the South East League and Arklow are hoping to have some more of their injured and missing players return in time for the start of their Leinster League Division 2 campaign which starts with a home tie against Longford on the 28th September with kick off at 3 p.m. - please come and support the team.