Under-16s in control
Wicklow 26, Gorey 5: Wicklow U-16s continued their winning run with a convincing 26 points to five win over Gorey on Saturday.
Wicklow showed their intention from the off attacking the kick-off and making ground into the opposition 22 and but for a handling error would have been straight over the line.
The front five of Jason Byrne, Andrew Boyce, Neil Dickenson, Daniel O’Brien, and Killian Heraughty were immense pushing Gorey back on their own ball causing them all kinds of problems. Gorey cleared their line but Wicklow continued to pile on the pressure. Daniel Mannian was powerful with ball in hand. Andrew Conway was making great breaks in the centre as was his centre partner Ryan Donnelly.
Will O’Reilly put in some fantastic tackles. Judd Byrne was always first up to put pressure on the Gorey defence. Gorey were forced to kick everything and Kevin Wylie was magnificant under the high ball. He tore through the Gorey defence with his return runs always making ground.
Andrew Hanlon and David Armstrong were getting lots of ball to work with on the wings. Wicklow were guilty of over complicating moves which allowed Gorey to hold out and with their only visit to the Wicklow half Gorey scored the first try in the 22nd minute with the right wing popping up on the left creating the extra man.
Wicklow then took complete control of the game. From the kick-off Wicklow forced the turn over and Daniel Mannian made it over the line but was unable to ground the ball but he cleverly got the ball back to Ben Porter who scored and converted his own try.
Wicklow kept it simple and on the stroke of halftime Jason Byrne broke through three tackles to score.
At half-time Stephen Nother came on in place of Andrew Conway. Wicklow continued their running game moving the ball wide at every opportunity. Frankie Marron and Shane Byrne replaced Andrew Boyce and David Armstrong 15 minutes into the half.
Daniel Mannian was rewarded for his tireless running scoring following a sustained period of Wicklow pressure. Ben Porter again converted. Kevin Dunne then came for Neil Dickenson while Seán Reilly came on for Kevin Wylie and Vincent Gleeson replaced Daniel O’Brien.
Mark Higgins moved to full-back and with two minutes left on the clock he scored the try of the game, timing his move into the line to perfection and side stepping two tacklers to score under the posts. Ben Porter converted. Wicklow would like to wish Seán Dempsey a speedy recovery following his injury.