Ark­low put up brave show­ing in de­feat to New­bridge

Bray People - - GENERAL SPORT -

ARK­LOW WERE never out­classed by their Divi­sion 2 op­po­nents in this sec­ond round Pro­vin­cial Towns Cup match played in Dublin in or­der to fa­cil­i­tate peo­ple go­ing to the evening in­ter­na­tional.

New­bridge were the bet­ter side over the full 80 min­utes of this en­er­getic tie. New­bridge must have ex­pected an easy win as they won a lot of ball in the first 20 min­utes but man­aged to spill it or were tack­led well by the Ark­low back­line and back­row.

We had to wait al­most 22 min­utes for the first score by New­bridge, a penalty from in­side the Ark­low 22-me­tre area. Hav­ing given away the penalty Ark­low be­gan to claw their way into the New­bridge half and oc­ca­sion­ally into the New­bridge dan­ger area and Mark Van Es­beck put over a cool penalty to even the score.

A missed penalty kick to touch al­lowed New­bridge to counter-at­tack the Ark­low try line, the New­bridge winger pro­duced a good grub­ber kick to score a nice try fol­low­ing up his own kick. The con­ver­sion was missed.

Eight points to three but Ark­low were not giv­ing an inch and made life un­com­fort­able for New­bridge un­til near the end of the first half when New­bridge were awarded an­other penalty which was kicked to lead eleven points to three at half-time.

The sec­ond half started well for New­bridge, run­ning in a try, which they failed to con­vert but were mov­ing the score­board along ef­fi­ciently. Ark­low were not lack­ing in com­mit­ment, but kept plug­ging away at New­bridge time af­ter time.

Ark­low were in­side the New­bridge 22 but could not man­age to cross the white line had they been able to score this end re­sult may have been a lit­tle dif­fer­ent. Late in the half New­bridge broke from their own 22 and ran the all the way to score an­other fine try by a very speedy winger mak­ing the score 21-3.

New­bridge ran in a fur­ther try be­fore Ark­low scored a very good try to end this match on a high. Ark­low played ex­tremely well through­out this game and need not be too de­spon­dent with the fi­nal re­sult.

Heart and courage is not al­ways enough to win a match, but over the course of this sea­son it has shown how this team has pro­gressed by fin­ish­ing strongly.

Next week Ark­low re­turn to the league with the third match in the se­ries against Rath­drum.

By now we know each other too well so it has the po­ten­tial to be a haz­ard for Ark­low, so be­cause we won the pre­vi­ous en­gage­ments the scores were nar­row­ing and pre­vi­ous re­sults mean ab­so­lutely noth­ing.

Ark­low beware of over­con­fi­dence and com­pla­cency.

Ark­low panel: John Louth, Char­lie Louth, Tommy God­kin, Stephen Snell, Gar­ret Dunne, Ian Hart, Ross Vig­ors, Tom McDon­ald, Ai­dan Louth, Mark O’Neill, Mark Van Es­beck, Dean McCor­mack, Rob McCor­mack, Shane Nalty (Capt.), John Fur­long, Stephen Con­si­dine, Dan Squibb, Lee Ho­ran, Phillip O’Leary, Michael Fur­long.

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