Wicklow hammered by champions Cill Dara
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.