Wick­low bat­tle hard but Car­low take the spoils

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WICK­LOW en­ter­tained Car­low in the sec­ond round of the cup on Sun­day. From the off the Wick­low pack had the up­per­hand on their much big­ger op­po­nents. The Wick­low pack led by cap­tain Shane Car­roll tore into the Car­low pack.

Their tech­nique had Ja­son Byrne find­ing his jumpers Daniel O’Brien, Eoin O’Sul­li­van, and Jamie O’Boyle ev­ery time. Shane Byrne, Shane Car­roll, and Do­minic Sheehy had their men in the right place ev­ery time. Judd Byrne was a con­stant threat. This was giv­ing Tom Downes great ball and he flashed it to Ben Porter who had an­other out­stand­ing game.

An­drew Con­way made his usual bursts and was un­lucky not to score. Tier­nan Ver­bruggen was solid in de­fence and with his fast hands he set Wayne Browne and Ryan Don­nelly into at­tack. Gerry Mora Kelly was solid un­der the high ball and de­spite pres­sure re­turned very well ev­ery time. In the first half Car­low had no an­swer to the Wick­low pack who took four strikes against the head and were re­warded for their mas­sive work rate when Ja­son Byrne scored un­der the posts. Ben Porter con­verted to add to the penalty he scored ear­lier.

The Car­low backs were sharp and pun­ished the only mis­takes Wick­low made with two break away tries to leave the score 14 points to 10 at half time. Wick­low upped the pres­sure in the sec­ond half but the Car­low de­fence was res­o­lute and dis­ci­plined only giv­ing away one penalty which Ben Porter slot­ted over to set up a grand­stand fin­ish with the score now 14 points to 13.

Try as they might Wick­low could not get over the Car­low line. They then lost Ja­son Byrne through in­jury and de­spite a bro­ken nose An­drew Boyce had a great game in the front row. With five min­utes left Car­low broke from their 22 and scored un­der the posts and con­verted. Wick­low dug even deeper and Ben Porter scored wide on the left.

As the con­ver­sion shaved the post the ref blew the fi­nal whis­tle and all of Car­low breathed a mas­sive sigh of re­lief. This was some game of rugby and well done to both teams but Wick­low were un­lucky not to claim the scalp of the Le­in­ster fi­nal­ists.

Wick­low U15 SEL Gorey 25 Wick­low 14

It was a week­end of mixed for­tunes for the Wick­low Un­der 15 squad. On Thurs­day evening news fil­tered through that Athy could not fill our Le­in­ster League semi fi­nal fix­ture giv­ing Wick­low a walk-over into the Le­in­ster League fi­nal which will be played in late March against Na­van who are the North-East cham­pi­ons.

This news was met with mixed emo­tions as the clash with the mid­lands side was ea­gerly awaited. Then on Satur­day morn­ing in an early kick­off the squad suf­fered their first com­pet­i­tive de­feat of the sea­son in a hastily re-ar­ranged South East league match against a much im­proved Gorey in Clonat­tin.

Wick­low paid the price of a slow start al­low­ing Gorey in for twp sim­ple tries in the first 10 min­utes of the match. So Gorey were 10 points ahead be­fore Wick­low re­ally started to play. The vis­i­tors were justly re­warded on the 20 minute mark when out­half Shane Far­rar crossed for a try which he con­verted him­self to put Wick­low well back into the match at 7-10. How­ever, just be­fore half time Wick­low were de­liv­ered a dou­ble blow when first they lost Far­rar though in­jury and im­me­di­ately af­ter­wards and just on the stroke of half­time Gorey crossed for a third try putting 10 points be­tween the two sides at the break.

Wick­low played much bet­ter in the sec­ond half. Winger, Kurt Greene scored a well taken try af­ter gath­er­ing a chip ahead. Michael Nei­land con­verted. How­ever, all through the match when­ever Wick­low got within strik­ing dis­tance the home team were able to de­liver a fur­ther blow and this time it was the Gorey pack who pow­ered their way over the line for the decisive score.

Ja­son Byrne of Wick­low goes over for a try dur­ing the U-17 game against Car­low.

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