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Gorey grab late winning scores

Published 15/04/2014 | 05:30

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GOREY TRAVELLED to Clane on Saturday last to compete in the Leinster Under-17 Cup semi-final against midland rivals Mullingar. Gorey won the toss and decided to play against the breeze and a slight slope in the first-half.

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GOREY TRAVELLED to Clane on Saturday last to compete in the Leinster Under-17 Cup semi-final against midland rivals Mullingar. Gorey won the toss and decided to play against the breeze and a slight slope in the first-half.

Mullingar kicked off deep into the '22 and from the word go they put Gorey under massive pressure, keeping them in their own '22 for the first ten minutes. The pressure eventually told with Mullingar scoring a try, conversion and a penalty in quick succession to take a 10-0 lead. To make matters worse, Gorey got a yellow for a deliberate slap down which seemed a little harsh.

Gorey started to play their rugby after that, resulting in Mullingar giving away a number of penalties. Gorey opted for a line-out close to the Mullingar line. Ross Doyle, who was imperious all day in the line-out, took clean ball and a well-rehearsed maul was formed, inching its way forward towards the line until hooker Achiela Kinsella went over for Gorey's first try.

Gorey were back to 15 and started to take control with Adam Masterson and Lucas Stafford making hard yards setting up good ruck ball for the lively number nine, Arran Davies, to release his support players who with quick hands enabled captain Paul Boyle to barge over in the corner. At half-time it was Gorey 10, Mullingar 10.

Mullingar came out in the second-half with all guns blazing and scored a converted try in the first five minutes to put the Gorey lads on the back foot again, and they seemed to be taking control. The Gorey lads put their bodies on the line with full-back Jack Willoughby holding the defensive line with some crucial tackles.

Gorey put some width on the ball with the speedy Sam Kennedy breaking the gain line backed up by Conor Mangan and John Roche, resulting in a line-out on the Mullingar ten-metre line.

Gorey secured the ball and set a ruck close to the line with number eight Paul Boyle deciding to go through the ruck to score. Number ten Conor Butler slotted over the points to leave it 17-17.

Gorey fielded the kick-off and with a storming run from Dan Keogh, Jack O'Hagen and Stanley Hadden they found themselves in the Mullingar '22 but with a knock on, the game seemed like going to a replay.

The Gorey captain asked the front row of Bella, Achiela and Mark Hoare for one last effort and with a shout from Bella the scrum was stolen and number eight Boyle went over for his third try amid wild scenes from the sideline. Cian Hadden converted from a tight angle.

Mullingar kicked off but time was up and Gorey quickly kicked it out to end the game 24-17 winners. The final is being held in Donnybrook on May 5 at 4 p.m. with all support welcome.

Gorey: Bella, Achiela Kinsella, Daniel Keogh, Ross Doyle, Adam Masterson, Jack O'Hagen , Stanley Hadden, Paul Boyle (capt.), Arran Davies, Conor Butler, Sam Kennedy, John Roche, Lucas Stafford, Conor Mangan, Jack Willoughby, Cian Hadden, Mark Hoare, Michael Wafer, David Bailey, Luke Willoughby, Dale Rothwell, Conor Fitzpatrick, Daniel Sawyer, Lee McCabe.

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