Wick­low ham­mered by cham­pi­ons Cill Dara

Bray People - - Sport -

Wick­low 5, Cill Dara 51: Wick­low 1st faced the cur­rent Le­in­ster Cham­pi­ons in their first home en­counter in the Le­in­ster League at Ash­town Lane on Sun­day. The game was played in ex­cel­lent con­di­tions, on a dry sunny day with a stiff Northerly breeze. Wick­low played into the wind in the first half and were soon put un­der the cosh by this im­pres­sive side.

Led from the front by the im­pres­sive cap­tain Brian Cof­fey and cen­ter Paddy O’Fla­herty Wick­low tack­led ev­ery­thing that moved but it wasn’t long be­fore Cill Dara made the break through to score out wide on the right. Wick­lows cause wasn’t helped by the loss of player coach Ben Arm­strong af­ter 10 min­utes to in­jury.

Cill Dara played the game with power and pace and Wick­low had to pro­duce an im­mense ef­fort to keep them out. Wave af­ter wave of at­tack was re­pelled by the ag­gres­sive Wick­low de­fence in­clud­ing an in­cred­i­ble try sav­ing tackle by the out­stand­ing Paddy O’Fla­herty which saved a cer­tain score. Even­tu­ally the scores be­gan to come for the Kil­dare men who had built up a 26 – 0 lead at half time.

In the sec­ond half the on­slaught con­tin­ued but Wick­low came more and more into the game form an at­tack­ing point of view. They scored an ex­cel­lent try by Niall O Rourke fol­low­ing ex­cel­lent work by the backs. The con­ver­sion was missed but Wick­low were com­ing more and more into the game They were un­lucky not to score again mid way through the sec­ond half fol­low­ing out­stand­ing work by the pack. They looked cer­tain to score again when the scor­ing pass was in­ter­cepted and Cill Dara ran the length of the pitch to score again.

Wick­low con­tin­ued to bat­tle hard and in­tro­duced sev­eral subs in­clud­ing Eanna Killeen, An­thony Clarke & David Quinn. This was an­other very young Wick­low side tak­ing the field but they showed no fear of their big­ger and more ex­pe­ri­enced op­po­si­tion. On the day they were beaten by a bet­ter side but the can be pleased with the level of ef­fort and hard work that went into this per­for­mance.

Wick­low will know they have sev­eral ar­eas to im­prove how­ever this was a good per­for­mance on which this young squad will hope to build upon in the com­ing weeks.

Next week sees Wick­low firsts travel to Sk­er­ries for an­other chal­leng­ing Le­in­ster League out­ing. Sup­port wel­come.

The Wick­low 1st team who were beaten by Cill Dara on Sun­day.

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