No luck in Long­ford

Bray People - - SPORT -

WICKLOW 1ST XV trav­elled to Long­ford to take on one of the form sides in Le­in­ster League di­vi­sion 1B on their home patch. Wicklow were miss­ing a num­ber of reg­u­lars due to sus­pen­sion and in­jury but still fielded a strong side.

The game was played on a tight and mucky pitch with per­sis­tent rain through­out. Wicklow played with the wind in the first half .

Long­ford missed three penal­ties be­fore the fourth was suc­cess­ful. Wicklow had two long range penalty at­tempts which were nar­rowly wide.

Wicklow turned around at the break fac­ing into the wind,. They were dis­ap­pointed with their first half per­for­mance but still well in the game.

An early mis­take from a Gar­ry­owen gave Long­ford field po­si­tion . A se­ries of phases in the Wicklow 22 seemed to be well marshalled by the Wicklow de­fence but a pow­er­ful burst by the Long­ford out half Colm Glynn saw him burst through two at­tempted tack­les to score be­neath the posts. The sim­ple con­ver­sion was added and Long­ford lead 10 - 0.

There was still plenty of time left for Wicklow to get back into the game. They put in a much bet­ter shift in the sec­ond half but the con­di­tions and a res­o­lute Long­ford de­fence made it dif­fi­cult to get into a po­si­tion to score.

Wicklow dom­i­nated pro­ceed­ings for much of the sec­ond pe­riod but the scores would not come. They played some good rugby, but lit­tle er­rors saw them come un­done at cru­cial times. A costly penalty was con­ceded with fif­teen min­utes on the clock that meant Long­ford stretched their lead to 13 - 0. It also meant Wicklow needed to score a con­verted try or two penal­ties to se­cure a los­ing bonus point.

With ten min­utes to go Wicklow were camped on the Long­ford line for long pe­ri­ods but they just could not get the score de­spite be­ing held up over the line on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions.

The ul­ti­mate goal of pro­mo­tion to di­vi­sion 1A is still very at­tain­able. There is no room for er­ror and it is likely that Wicklow will have to win all five re­main­ing games to fin­ish sec­ond. Wicklow's main ri­vals Clon­dalkin come to Ash­town Lane next week­end for what is shap­ing up to be the big­gest game of the sea­son. A win against Clon­dalkin could move Wicklow back into sec­ond place and in pole po­si­tion to win the cov­eted play off spot for pro­mo­tion to di­vi­sion 1A. Kick off is at 1pm for the sec­onds and 2.30pm for the firsts.

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