Com­pre­hen­sive win for Gorey sec­onds in Wick­low

New Ross Standard - - SPORT -

GOREY’S J2S trav­elled to Wick­low on Satur­day and came away with a com­pre­hen­sive win on a score of 37-7.

The score­line might sug­gest an easy game but it was any­thing but as Wick­low pro­vided stern op­po­si­tion for long pe­ri­ods. It took Gorey 25 min­utes to get on the score­sheet when Morne Kemp split the posts with a penalty.

Gorey kept up the pres­sure with good as­tute kick­ing from Cian Had­den. In the 35th minute Morne Kemp was just wide with an­other penalty at­tempt.

From the re-start, Michael Duke kicked back into the home ‘22. Gorey won the line-out and the sub­se­quent maul saw Morne Kemp burst through to touch down in the cor­ner.

Gorey were now grow­ing in con­fi­dence, and Stan­ley Had­den fin­ished off a flow­ing move to touch down just be­fore half-time. Kemp added the con­ver­sion to take the score to 15-0.

The sec­ond-half saw Gorey play­ing into the wind, and they did not take long in set­ting about ex­tend­ing their lead, with ex­cel­lent re­ten­tion tak­ing them deep into the home ‘22 .

A num­ber of phases later, Dy­lan Gre­gan touched down for an ex­cel­lent team try. Kemp added the con­ver­sion.

Wick­low re­sponded and when Gorey were pe­nalised they kicked to the cor­ner. Good ball re­ten­tion saw them maul over for a try, and Stephen Duffy con­verted with an ex­cel­lent kick from the side­line to leave the score at 22-7.

Gorey upped their game and a flow­ing move through the backs from deep in­side their own ‘22 saw Brian Brooks race over for an­other try, with Kemp adding the con­ver­sion.

Wick­low did rally and put some phases to­gether but could not break down a res­o­lute Gorey de­fence. The game was head­ing into the fi­nal min­utes and again some great team­work saw Michael Wafer race in to touch down, with an­other Kemp con­ver­sion leav­ing the fi­nal score at 36-7.

This young Gorey team stand joint top of the league with Ash­bourne and have a week off. Next up will be En­nis­cor­thy in Clonat­tin.

Gorey had some good per­for­mances, with Stan­ley Had­den, Michael Wafer and Dy­lan Gre­gan show­ing well in the for­wards. But on a hor­ri­ble day for run­ning rugby it was the backs of Gar­rett Bater, Morne Kemp and man of the match David O’Neill who kept the vic­tors on the front foot.

Gorey: W. Roth­well, L. Mol­loy, D. Gre­gan, M. Wafer, C. Reynolds, B. Ma­son, N. Cousins, S. Had­den, G. Bater, S. Had­den, C. O’Ke­effe, M. Kemp, D. O’Neill, B. Brooks, M. Duke, D. Sawyer, Z. Sin­nott, E. Buck­ley, S. Tomkins.

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