Im­proved per­for­mance but Ark­low lose to Gorey


Bray People - - Sport -

Gorey 26, Ark­low 13: Ark­low started well in the flood­lit game on Fri­day evening, but af­ter just five min­utes con­ceded a soft try from the base of an Ark­low scrum when they turned over pos­ses­sion to Gorey from about 30 me­ters out.

Gorey had the sup­port play­ers and crossed the line near the cor­ner flag this try was un­con­verted.

Ark­low went to the at­tack and due to a num­ber of knock-ons by Gorey and good for­ward play Ark­low, Ark­low were camped in the Gorey end of the field and pressed the try line time and again.

Af­ter winning good ball in the Gorey 22, Ark­low started to ruck and maul to­wards the try line and crossed the line to score a great for­ward try sim­i­lar to re­cent matches. The con­ver­sion was well kicked.

The score­line did not flat­ter Ark­low who con- tin­ued to press and were awarded a penalty which was con­verted from a dif­fi­cult an­gle.

Half time came with Ark­low do­ing well all over the pitch the score was re­flec­tive of the game. Ark­low 10 points Gorey 5 points.

The sec­ond half started with Ark­low hold­ing Gorey away from the dan­ger ar­eas and looked to be in con­trol.

Then the pro­fes­sion­al­ism of the Gorey side showed through when they went the length of the pitch mov­ing the ball from side to side un­til they ran in the try.

Now Gorey were in the as­cen­dant and the ran at Ark­low from all over the field. The speed of the Gorey mid­field was too much for Ark­low to han­dle and an­other try was con­ceded af­ter 32 min­utes of the sec­ond half which was con­verted.

The fu­ture looked bleak, but Ark­low were not giv­ing up without a fight and scored a love- ly drop goal af­ter Ark­low had pressed Gorey’s 22. The score now looked health­ier for Ark­low and a bonus point was a pos­si­bil­ity.

For the fi­nal five min­utes Ark­low had Gorey on their try line for a se­ries of rucks and mauls which looked like they might get a score. How­ever, the ref­eree awarded Gorey a penalty from their own try line, and as for­tune favours the brave, they ran the ball the length of the field with Ark low’s des­per­ately tackling de­fend­ers try­ing to catch the run­ners.

But the speed of the Gorey backs and their sup­port was just too much for a re­treat­ing Ark­low team.

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