Wicklow girls enjoy successful journey down to Gorey

Published 06/02/2013 | 16:00

Wicklow's U-15's were down the road in Gorey for their second match of their Leinster league last week.

Conditions were bright, mild and very windy, but the surface underfoot were very boggy.

The game kicked off with Wicklow choosing to play with the strong wind in the first half.

Gorey took control of the ball early in the first half but despite their territorial advantage it was Wicklow who slightly against the run of play scored the first try with a flowing back move that was finished in the corner which in the blustery conditions meant that the conversion was missed.

Gorey came back strongly at Wicklow and soon equalised. An entertaining first half drew to a close with Wicklow attacking the Gorey line but strong defence from the Wexford girls kept them at bay.

The teams turned at half time five points a piece. Gorey, who were now playing with the strong wind at their backs, kicked long from the restart but quick hands and a ball distributed wide sent Wicklow's flying winger in for a try under the posts.

This was duly converted and was followed shortly afterwards by another wonderful effort from deep in their own 22 to give the Garden County girls a seemingly unassailable lead 17-5 with only 10 minutes remaining. But the Gorey girls were made of stronger stuff and staged a spirited fight back to score two tries, one converted in quick succession to tie the game at 17-17 with just two minutes left on the clock.

The momentum was certainly with the Gorey girls at this stage. Wicklow kicked off and an unlucky knock on by Gorey gave Wicklow the ball in midfield where a back move off the scrum produced a wonderful converted try by bursting through the central defensive cover.

This was rapidly followed by a ball thrown wide from the restart where a dash down the right wing for another converted to leave the Wicklow girls with a welcome if slightly flattering 31-17 score line.

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