Ark­low fail to reg­is­ter score

Bray People - - Sport -

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.

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