Wick­low U-19s into third round

Bray People - - SPORT -

WICK­LOW UN­DER-19'S took on a much fan­cied Naas team at Ash­town Lane in the sec­ond round of the cup on Satur­day and showed just what a strong team they are with a 19 points to 10 vic­tory.

Wick­low opened the scor­ing with a penalty by Ben Porter when Naas were guilty of hands in the ruck. Wick­low were play­ing far the bet­ter rugby but three min­utes later they were se­verely pun­ished for their one and only lapse in con­cen­tra­tion when the Naas winger evaded some tack­les and touched down in the left cor­ner which their full back con­verted.

Wick­low set­tled again and put im­mense pres­sure on Naas but great de­fend­ing kept them out. Wick­low too had to ab­sorb great pres­sure. Kil­lian Her­aughty some­how took down the Naas winger when he was about to score a sec­ond try. Wick­low showed fan­tas­tic pa­tience and dis­ci­pline and with three min­utes left in the half Ben Porter scored an­other penalty to leave the bare min­i­mum be­tween the teams at half-time.

Naas ex­erted mas­sive pres­sure for the first ten min­utes of the sec­ond half and were re­warded with a penalty to put them four points ahead. Wick­low dug deep and time af­ter time pushed Naas back which un­set­tled them as they be­gan to give up penal­ties. Mark Hig­gins and Ben Porter gladly moved Wick­low down the lines and in the 18th minute of the half Ben Porter slot­ted over an­other penalty.

The Naas in­dis­ci­pline was killing them and Ben Porter gained the lead for Wick­low with an­other fine kick. Naas were rat­tled and when Kyle War­ren smashed his op­po­site num­ber caus­ing him to drop the ball, Al­varo Calle­jas picked up, out sprinted ev­ery­one and lit­er­ally flew in un­der the posts. Ben Porter con­verted. Then came the big test. Naas threw ev­ery­thing at Wick­low but their de­fence was fan­tas­tic com­ing up with big tackle af­ter big tackle, turn over af­ter turn over. There was no way they were go­ing to let Naas in. Wick­low fin­ished the game on the at­tack but did not com­plain when the ref­eree blew the fi­nal whis­tle.

Wick­low: Al­varo Calle­jas, Ja­son Byrne, Si­mon Dunne, Jamie O Boyle, Kil­lian O Ma­hony, Kil­lian Her­aughty, Neill Dick­en­son, Judd Byrne, Tom Downes, Mark Hig­gins, Karl Townsend Smith, Michael Doyle, Wayne Browne, Kevin Wylie, Ben Porter, Ben Man­gan, Andrew Boyce, Kyle War­ren, Gerry Mora Kelly, Barry Orr, Eoin O Sullivan, Shane Byrne. Else­where, the Un­der-13s fine run in the Le­in­ster League came to an end Satur­day with a 10-5 de­feat to Na­van in Port­laoise, de­spite a fine per­for­mance.

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