Superb display by second string
WICKLOW SECONDS Wicklow 2nd 19, Cill Dara 18: Wicklow 2nd team put in a superb performance against bigger and stronger opposition to come away with their third win of the season. Up against a huge pack and well organized side Wicklow pulled out all the stops to overcome an 11 point deficit and secure a precious win.
Wicklow were under pressure right from the off as they struggled to contain a strong Cill Dara eight. Cill Dara opted to play with a strong breeze in the first half and were soon rewarded with a penalty which they converted to make it 3-0. They doubled this advantage with a second penalty soon after to make it 6-0.
The game looked to be going the way of the Kildare men when they scored the first try of the game to give them an 11-0 lead. Wicklow responded well. An excellent break by Chris Sillery was followed by surging runs from Paul Hodgekinson and Eanna Kileen. The ball was spun wide to Brian Sillery who crossed for an excellent score. The conversion was added and the lead was down to 11-7.
Shortly afterwards a searing break by Paddy Downy from 50 yards saw the Ashford man crash over to score a superb try. The conversion was added and Wicklow led 14-11.
A shell shocked Cill Dara couldn’t believe it. Wicklow had Cill Dara under considerable pressure late in the game when a kick was charged down which led to a breakaway score to Cill Dara under the posts. The conversion was added and Wicklow trailed 18-14 with minutes remaining. They surged back up the park with David Doyle, Killian Jameson and Andrew Murphy taking the ball on at real pace. Cill Dara were at sixes and sevens as Wicklow surged forward. Eventually the ball was spun wide for Man of the match Michael McNamara to beat his man and crash over for the winning score.
This was a fantastic win for a brave Wicklow side. They played with unbelievable heart from start to finish and thoroughly deserved a great win. Best for Wicklow on a day when all 15 were outstanding were Paul Hodgkinson, James Jenkinson, Brian Sillery and Chris Sillery.