Wick­low U-18s top the South Le­in­ster League


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Wick­low 27, New Ross 3: Wick­low trav­elled to New Ross on Sun­day last and de­feated the home side in a hard-fought en­counter.

New Ross had to win this game in or­der to qual­ify for the quar­ter-fi­nals of this Le­in­ster League com­pe­ti­tion and as is their custom they threw it up to the Wick­low side.

The first-half was a dour af­fair, with the home side adopt­ing a ten-man game at­ti­tude, re­ly­ing on their for­wards and the strong boot of their out-half to push Wick­low back on the de­fence.

In­deed it was Wick­low’s ill dis­ci­pline that gave New Ross the op­por­tu­nity to go ahead on two oc­ca­sions but both at­tempts were off tar­get.

Wick­low grad­u­ally got to grips with the New Ross for­wards.

Wick­low’s scrum was solid with the front row of Stephen Roberts, Shaun O’Brien and Ed­die Downes set­ting the stan­dard and be­ing well backed up by John Jenk­in­son and Niall Hardy.

Wick­low got con­trol of the scrums and af­ter a shaky start got their line-out work­ing and it was from a line out af­ter a good kick by Si­mon Breen that Wick­low scored their first try when Shaun O’Brien came off the end of a maul to score.

Great work by Ben Arm­strong and Char­lie But­ter­worth had led to Wick­low get­ting a foothold in the New Ross 22.

Wick­low failed to clear their lines af­ter the restart and let New Ross back into the game with a soft penalty.

With the half-time score 5-3 Wick­low knew they had to pick the pace of the game up. New Ross adopted the same tac­tics with big kicks down field but Wick­low’s back line of David Acres, James Kil­gan­non and Seán Doyle all did their job well catch­ing and clear­ing at any signs of dan­ger.

Wick­low moved the ball at ev­ery chance and it was from a good move by the Wick­low backs in­volv­ing Ben Doyle, Ray Hur­ley and Gar­rett Ki­nane which saw Gar­rett cross the line for Wick­low’s sec­ond try.

Wick­low kept the pace on and when they were awarded a penalty a quick tap by Den­nis Hig­gins fed John Jenk­in­son who sent John Camp­bell in for the first of his three tries.

New Ross kept com­ing back at Wick­low. Wick­low half backs of Den­nis Hig­gins and Si­mon Breen con­tin­ued to de­velop and both put in nice kicks to re­lieve the pres­sure and it was from one of th­ese kicks, well chased up by David Acres which saw Wick­low win a li­ne­out.

Great work by Wick­low for­wards Niall Hardy, Liam Gaffney and com­pany saw John Camp­bell get the touch down for Wick­low’s fourth try. Shaun O’Brien con­verted. Timmy O’Dono­van, Kyle War­ren and Jamie Clarke all came on and in­deed all con­trib­uted to Wick­low’s best try.

A good tackle by Timmy O’Dono­van led to a line out which Niall Hardy won. Wick- low moved the ball across the line.

Good work by Char­lie But­ter­worth and Liam Gaffney saw Ben Doyle send John Camp­bell in for his third try and Wick­low’s fifth.

Wick­low’s per­for­mance in the sec­ond-half was much im­proved and now move into the knock­out stage of the Le­in­ster League where they have a home draw and the likely op­po­nents are Tul­lam­ore.

This fix­ture will not be till the new year and it is hoped to have the South East fi­nal be­fore Christ­mas.

Panel: D. Acres, S. Doyle, R. Hur­ley, L. Gaffney, J. Jenk­in­son, G. Kin­nane, N. Hardy, L. Cullen, J. Kil­gan­non, K. War­ren, D. Her­aughty, S. Breen, S. Roberts, K. O’Ma­hony, J. Clarke, J. Camp­bell, D. Hig­gins B. Arm­strong, P. Naughton, C. But­ter­worth, E. Downes, S. O’Brien, T. O’Dono­van, S. DuMoulin, J. Flood, R. Hur­ley, B. Doyle, A. Keogh, R. Vil­cuks.

Shane Gill on the break for Wick­low U-11s, sup­ported by Stephen Acres.

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