Wicklow win a thriller

Bray People - - SPORT -

THE Wicklow and En­nis­cor­thy un­der-14s served up a 12-try thriller at Ross Road in great con­di­tions for rugby last week­end. A much changed Wicklow side took to the field for their first en­counter of the sea­son. Af­ter a ten­ta­tive start, Wicklow took the lead with an early penalty from James Curry.

This was soon fol­lowed by some great work in de­fense and a break­away try from Alex Dunne down the wing putting the Wicklow boys 0-10 up.

En­nis­cor­thy re­sponded with a well taken try to close the gap. Fol­low­ing the restart Wicklow went on the at­tack and were re­warded with a penalty 10 me­ters out quickly taken by Liam De­laney who drove over the line.

En­nis­cor­thy soon re­sponded with a try of their own leav­ing the score at 21-15.

A well worked move with no 8 Kieran Arm­strong pop­ping the ball to an on­com­ing James Curry cut­ting sharply through the de­fense nar­rowed the gap to 21-20.

Fol­low­ing the break, mo­men­tum moved to the home team who were awarded a penalty at a ruck re­sult­ing in a try. This was quickly fol­lowed by an­other try af­ter a lapse in con­cen­tra­tion putting Scor­thy 35-20 ahead.

Down but not out, the Wicklow boys fought back and af­ter some fine work from the for­wards with an at­tack­ing scrum, the ball moved wide al­low­ing Luke Joynt to cut through the de­fense for a well taken try con­verted by James Curry to bring it to 35-27.

’Scor­thy struck back from the restart to ex­tend their lead to 40-27 with six min­utes re­main­ing. Fresh legs from the Wicklow bench added a new im­pe­tus and the for­wards took the ball on, cul­mi­nat­ing in Jake Mitchell pierc­ing a packed de­fence un­der the posts with ex­tras added, 40-34.

Wicklow went im­me­di­ately on the at­tack af­ter the restart and worked the ball up field grind­ing out the yards. The ball went quickly through the hands to reach Luke Joynt who spot­ted a gap and raced through far right of the posts clos­ing the gap to a point. With sec­onds left on the clock, up stepped James Curry to take the kick. En­nis­cor­thy 40, Wicklow 41.

Ac­tion from the Wicklow v En­nis­cor­thy clash at Ross Road.

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