Cle­ment pow­ers to win

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GOREY BEC­TIVE RANGERS

CLE­MENT POWER crossed for two cru­cial tries in an ex­cel­lent Le­in­ster League Di­vi­sion 1A game at Don­ny­brook.

With three wins from three, Gorey moved into pole position in the ta­ble af­ter this away win at Bec­tive Rangers.

This was an­other one of those games where Gorey had to work hard to se­cure a vic­tory that took a while to come as Bec­tive Rangers never gave up, and with a bit of luck of their own it might have se­cured a dif­fer­ent out­come.

Gorey were first to score with a James Nolan penalty af­ter eight min­utes when Bec­tive in­fringed at the break­down.

Bec­tive re­sponded with some good in­ter-play and moved into the vis­i­tors’ ‘22 to se­cure a penalty to draw the sides level.

On the 20th minute Gorey were re­duced to 14 with a yel­low card. Dur­ing those ten min­utes they man­aged to cur­tail Bec­tive and, bet­ter still, se­cure a cru­cial score when Tom Jameson fin­ished off a move in the cor­ner.

James Nolan was just wide with the con­ver­sion at­tempt.

The Bec­tive re­sponse was swift and clin­i­cal. Some ex­cel­lent work from their pack saw them move the ball wide to split the Gorey mid­field de­fence to run in an ex­cel­lent try. The con­ver­sion put them into the lead (10-8).

Gorey soaked up fur­ther pres­sure and Bec­tive could have ex­tended their lead but, with the line in front of them, they some­how man­aged to knock on.

The first quar­ter of the sec­ond-half was nip and tuck but slowly Gorey were be­gin­ning to shade the ex­changes. A James Nolan penalty put them into the lead.

Bec­tive re­sponded well, but when Gorey de­fended a num­ber of five-me­tre scrums they sud­denly found them­selves in at­tack mode.

Gorey off-loaded the bench with Eoin Walsh, Stan­ley Had­den and Richard Deer­ing in the fray.

Gorey were now grow­ing in con­fi­dence and con­sis­tent waves of at­tacks saw them even­tu­ally move the ball wide for Cle­ment Power to go over in the cor­ner to ex­tend their lead to 16-10 as the teams went into the last quar­ter.

An­other James Nolan penalty saw Gorey stretch that lead to put two scores be­tween the teams.

Bec­tive tried but strug­gled to break down a res­o­lute Gorey de­fence, and with nine min­utes to go a yel­low card put paid to any chance of a re­vival.

Gorey fin­ished the stronger and again, af­ter a tremen­dous run by winger Joe Naughton, an­other con­certed at­tack saw that man Power cross for his sec­ond try to leave 14 be­tween the sides as the game drew to a close.

This was a tremen­dous team ef­fort from one to 22, with Joe Naughton, James Nolan and Cle­ment Power the pick of the backs.

The for­wards were not found want­ing ei­ther with Jor­dan Ah­ern, Tom Jameson, cap­tain Stephen Gar­diner and man of the match Ciarán Allen work­ing hard.

The next game up for Gorey is a home fix­ture with Kilkenny on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 13, with kick-off at 3 p.m.

Gorey: K. Browne, E. Batham, C. Allen, S. Gar­diner (capt.), T. Jami­son, K. Breen, E. Ho­ran, J. Ah­ern, A. O’Brien, S. Duke, J. Naughton, J. Nolan, J. Roth­well, C. Power, R. Har­ring­ton, E. Walsh, S. Had­den, L. Mol­loy, R. Deer­ing, R. Brooks.

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