Su­perb dis­play by sec­ond string

Bray People - - Sport -

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.

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