Sec­onds go down to the ta­ble-top­pers

Enniscorthy Guardian - - SPORT -

ASH­BOURNE 25, GOREY 16: The Gorey J2s made the trip to Meath on Satur­day to take on league lead­ers Ash­bourne.

Gorey were look­ing to keep up their ex­cel­lent run of late and put a dent in the home team’s point ad­van­tage.

The hosts dom­i­nated the pro­ceed­ings in the open­ing half and raced into a big lead as Gorey strug­gled to quell the Ash­bourne at­tack.

Ash­bourne crossed for three tries, with two Cian Had­den penal­ties in re­ply leav­ing the half-time score at 21-6.

Gorey had the strong breeze at their back and within min­utes had re­duced the Ash­bourne lead with a fur­ther Had­den penalty.

In the sec­ond-half Gorey grew in con­fi­dence and worked their way into the Ash­bourne ‘22 more fre­quently.

A big carry from Lloyd Stephens took Gorey into the Ash­bourne half and, a num­ber of good phases later, the pres­sure fi­nally yielded a try when Lloyd Stephens went over.

Had­den added the ex­tra two points to close the gap and leave the score be­tween the sides at 22-16.

But it was as near as Gorey were to get as a fur­ther penalty from the home team put the game be­yond them.

Gorey had some good per­for­mances in the backs, with Gareth Bater, David O’Neill and Robert Har­ring­ton the pick. Lloyd Stephens, Wil­lie Roth­well and Cameron Reynolds showed well in the for­wards.

Gorey: W. Roth­well, L. Mol­loy, D. Sawyer, L. Stephens, C. Reynolds, N. Cousins, E. Walsh, B. Ma­son, G. Bater, S. Had­den, A. O’Brien, E. Buck­ley, D. O’Neill, R. Har­ring­ton, B. Brooks, R. Brooks, G. Bater, J. Mul­li­gan, R. Deer­ing, J. Wil­loughby, Z. Sin­nott.

Jay­den Kenny (Bree) re­ceiv­ing his Star Award from John Joe Doyle.

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