Tough open­ing league en­counter for Ark­low

Wicklow People - - SPORT -


ARK­LOW’S un­der-14s wel­comed Tul­low to The Oval for the first game of the Le­in­ster League on Satur­day, with three pre­vi­ous en­coun­ters last sea­son Ark­low knew they were in for a tough bat­tle.

Ark­low started well from the kick off and with a scrum on Tul­low’s 22-me­tre line Ark­low were awarded a penalty for off­side, quick think­ing from Ernest Kackis took a quick tap and passed it to Gor­don Prestage who sprinted around the Tul­low de­fence and scored in the cor­ner.

Tul­low re­sponded well and started to re­lease their big ball car­rier’s at the Ark­low de­fence who strug­gled to deal with the Tul­low on­slaught, and Tul­low got their re­ward with a try to level the score.

Tul­low started to dom­i­nate the first half with some fine ruck­ing and pow­er­ful back play scor­ing three tries in quick suc­ces­sion.

Ark­low bat­tled hard and tried to ad­just to the pace of the game, but Tul­low man­aged to run in an­other two tries be­fore half time.

Ark­low started the sec­ond half much brighter and were now start­ing to re­pel the Tul­low at­tack with some fine tack­ling from the for­wards, Jake Mol­loy and Ernest kackis lead­ing the way putting pres­sure on Tul­low’s at­tack with Neal Hanna and Josh Robin­son putting in big tack­les off the rucks.

Ark­low started to grow into the game and with some fine ruck play the backs re­leased Gor­don Prestage who broke the Tul­low de­fence on the half way line to race un­der the posts to score his sec­ond try.

Tul­low came back on the at­tack again, but great work from Josh Robin­son to steal the ball anda clear­ance kick from Conor Healy re­sulted in Ernest Kackis chase and pres­sure to turn over the ball.

This turned de­fense into at­tack with a quick pass to Gor­don Prestage who out­paced the Tul­low de­fence again to run in un­der the posts for his third try.

Tul­low were in no mood to let Ark­low mount a come­back and with a com­bi­na­tion of some fine ruck­ing, great back play and clever kick­ing re­sulted in an­other two tries.

Ark­low had the fi­nal say again with some fine ruck­ing Gor­don Prestage re­leased Stu­art Bol­lard Troy to race down the wing and un­der the posts for the fi­nal try of the game.

Score: Tul­low 55, Ark­low 20.

Conor Healy, Stu­art Bol­lard Troy, Gor­don Prestage, Finn Scott, Harry Had­den, Neal Hanna, Ernest Kaukis, Archie Had­den, Char­lie Gra­ham, Jack Breen, Ethan Doyle, Jake Mol­loy, Tom Byrne, Char­lie O’Con­nor, Mark Con­front, Oisin For­tune, Eoin Scan­lon, Sean Carey, Micky Kinsella, Josh Robin­son, Ben Clancy.


Ark­low on the at­tack against Tul­low.

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