Un­der-16s in con­trol

Bray People - - Bray Sport -

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.

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