Arklow fail to register score
Gorey 26, Arklow 0: By this stage of the season Arklow should have a settled side, but due to injuries and other commitments not all of last year’s team is back in harness.
This means having to bring on some young players sooner than desired, and play others in unaccustomed positions.
Such was the case in this match when an inexperienced Arklow side met with a very professional Gorey team looking to win trophies this season.
The game started with Arklow applying pressure in and around the Gorey 22 and looking the slightly better side.
After ten minutes Arklow lost field position and were slowly driven back to their own 22 and with some professional play by the Gorey midfield that opened Arklow several times in the next twenty minutes scoring four tries and a penalty. This was the style right up to the end of the firsthalf.
Arklow showed some signs of improvement in the second-half, starting to put more pressure on the Gorey defence and when they had Gorey in trouble with a series of forward attacks but changed the attack point when the line was with in their sight and the forwards were inching their way towards the try line.
Gorey did not wilt under the pressure and again their professionalism came through by not allowing Arklow to cross their line instead they started confidently running the ball from all over the pitch and secured two further tries.
Arklow lost their direction, and only for some brave tackling and good fortune they might well have lost by a greater margin.
These sides meet again in the Leinster League in two weeks time and Arklow will need to try and get back to full strength and spend some time on a game plan that suits their abilities.