Wicklow under-19s too strong
WICKLOW TOOK a giant leap into the Leinster Cup semi-final with an emphatic victory over neighbours Rathdrum.
Wicklow were in total control from the off and in the seventh minute winger Gerry Mora Kelly took a great position to finish off a fine Wicklow move. Ben Porter converted.
Two minutes later Michael Doyle blocked down an attempted Rathdrum clearance to score the second try with Porter again converting. In the 11th minute Alvaro Callejas broke through some tackles and sprinted under the posts. Porter converted. In the 16th minute Mark Higgins danced through the Rathdrum defence to score allowing another successful kick by Porter.
In the 25th minute Jason Byrne scored from a penalty move with Porter converting. In the 29th minute Porter made a strong run to score and convert his try. In the last minute of the half Jason Byrne scored his second try.
Gavin Cox, Andrew Boyce, Kyle Warren, Simon Dunne all came on at halftime and normal service continued. In the 40th minute Judd Byrne scored under the posts. In the 49th minute Kyle Warren was lethal from five metres. In the 50th minute Kevin Wylie scored. A minute later Ben Mangan got on the scoresheet. Two minutes later Jason Byrne got his hat-trick. A minute later the game ended with Simon Dunne scoring. Porter again coverted all six tries in the second half. Wicklow now face Gorey in the semi-final.
Wicklow: Alvaro Callejas, Jason Byrne, Neill Dickenson,Killian Heraughty, Killian O’Mahony, Michael Doyle, Judd Byrne, Mark Higgins, Ben Porter, Karl Townsend Smith, Ben Mangan, Wayne Browne, Gerry Mora Kelly, Kevin Wylie, Andrew Boyce,Gavin Cox, Simon Dunne, Kyle Warren.
In other action, Wicklow U-16s defeated a spirited Skerries side 17-15 in the Leinster Schools and Youth Cup. They now face Navan at Ashtown Lane next Sunday at 1130.
The U-14s, boosted by a number of the U-13s squad, took on Mullingar at Ashtown Lane in the Leinster Schools and Youth Cup. With a terrific performance in a great game, they were just two points short at 17-19 with six minutes to go. Unfortunately, Mullingar finished the stronger with a converted try in the closing minutes.