Ash­bourne put in big team ef­fort to beat Gorey

Fingal Independent - - SPORT -

ASH­BOURNE have a top-of-thetable clash away to DLSP to look for­ward to next week­end af­ter the south Meath side over­came Gorey in last Satur­day’s back fix­ture.

The Wex­ford out­fit are seen by many as one of the league favourites, but right from the start Ash­bourne had the bit be­tween their teeth and good early pres­sure re­sulted in a penalty which Gavin Kennedy slot­ted be­tween the posts.

How­ever, from the kick-off pos­ses­sion went to Gorey and af­ter go­ing through 15 phases they even­tu­ally cre­ated an over­lap in the cor­ner to go over for an un­con­verted try.

Not long af­ter Ash­bourne cap­tain Kennedy was sin­binned and Gorey put the re­sult­ing penalty into touch in the 22 be­fore win­ning li­ne­out pos­ses­sion. From the set piece they put to­gether the maul and even­tu­ally rolled over the line for their sec­ond try, which again was not con­verted. That left the vis­i­tors trail­ing 10-3 on the halfhour mark, but com­ing up to the half-time break they hauled them­selves level.

Hav­ing won a penalty they kicked to the cor­ner and won the re­sult­ing li­ne­out. Now it was Ash­bourne’s turn to bring the maul into play, but this one was pulled down in full flight and the of­fence re­sulted in a yel­low card for Gorey.

Ash­bourne turned down the re­sult­ing shot at goal and went for a scrum and this re­sulted in a penalty try was con­verted by Kennedy, ty­ing up the score at 10-10.

Af­ter some good de­fence ini­tially from the restart a silly penalty was given away in mid­field and Gorey’s kicker made no mis­take to give his team a 13-10 lead.

But there was still time for an­other play be­fore half-time and Ash­bourne went back on the at­tack and from good turnover ball in the mid­dle of the field Jake Wall kicked the ball through to Gorey’s five-me­tre line. Si­mon Deevy and Wall put the Gorey de­fend­ers un­der pres­sure as they tried to res­cue the sit­u­a­tion and when the ball squirted out Kennedy pounced and touched down for an un­con­verted try which gave Ash­bourne a 15-13 ad­van­tage at the in­ter­val.

The sec­ond half started with the re­spec­tive de­fences rul­ing the game for the first 10 min­utes - un­til great work in the li­ne­out from Ash­bourne’s pack re­sulted in the vis­i­tors maul­ing into the Gorey 22.

The ball was fed to Donal Crotty who found Joey Sz­para hit­ting the line at a great an­gle to go in un­der the posts. Some­how the try wasn’t con­verted, but Ash­bourne’s lead now looked a bit more com­fort­able at 20-13.

Five min­utes later, though, the out­come was right back in the melt­ing pot when a mis­take from the vis­i­tors was pounced on and Gorey got over for their third try, which mer­ci­fully wasn’t con­verted.

Nev­er­the­less, with Sean Kent be­ing sin-binned in the af­ter­math of that score the mo­men­tum seemed to be with Gorey.

In the end it took a bit of class to se­cure vic­tory for Ash­bourne.

With the clock show­ing 75 min­utes played, the speedy Adam Martin scored a sen­sa­tional try with a solo run from his own half, beat­ing mul­ti­ple de­fend­ers and leav­ing them in his wake.

His ef­fort ef­fec­tively made sure of the win and also earned Ash­bourne a four-try bonus, with Kennedy adding the ex­tras to leave Gorey need­ing to score twice.

Over­all, there is still work to be done, but this was a great team ef­fort, with stand-out per­for­mances from Frank Kee­gan, Jake Wall, Deevy, Sz­para and Martin to­gether with the re­place­ments. Ash­bourne are now joint top of the ta­ble and meet fel­low ta­ble-top­pers De la Salle Palmer­ston this com­ing Satur­day, away from home.

ASH­BOURNE: Ben O’reilly, Scott Crowley, Jack O’brien, Adam Martin, Matt Crowley, Donal Crotty, Gavin Kennedy, Frank Kee­gan, Bren­dan Mee­han, Ciaran Roche, Sean Kent, Josef Sz­para, Si­mon Deevy, Sean Mckeon, Jake Wall Re­place­ments: James Mccaghy, Alan Wall, Jeff Ma­hon, Shane Bass, An­drew Gib­son.

DIV 1A TA­BLE

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