Monday 5 December 2016

Arklow turn on the style to end 12 years of hurt

Published 04/03/2016 | 02:30

Arklow captain Danny Clear is presented with the Collins Trophy by the former Leinster Branch president Kevin Fitzpatrick
Arklow captain Danny Clear is presented with the Collins Trophy by the former Leinster Branch president Kevin Fitzpatrick

Arklow hosted Clane on Sunday knowing a win would secure the league title and bring silverware back to the club for the first time in 12 years.

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The occasion seemed to get to the home side in the opening exchanges and Clane took an early lead with two penalties.

Arklow then focused and after some quick hands from the backs, centre Eddie Tobin crossed in the corner.

The difficult conversion was narrowly missed by Paddy Phelan. He made up for this shortly afterwards with a well taken penalty to give Arklow an 8-6 lead.

It wasn't long before Richard Murphy took on a ball at pace and burst through the Clane defence to score. Phelan converted to make it 15-6at the break.

After the restart, Murphy sent Willy Dillon over, with Phelan converting.

After some great work by the forwards scrum-half Mark Hynes darted over from a ruck.

Arklow now emptied the bench and the fresh legs soon paid off with Conor Rochford dragging three defenders over the line to score. Phelan converted to make it 36-6.

Clane never gave up and managed to score two tries of their own, including an excellent intercept try to leave the final score 36-18.

The final whistle was greeted with a huge cheer from the sizeable home crowd who applauded the team off the pitch before captain Danny Clear was presented with the Collins Trophy by the former Leinster Branch president Kevin Fitzpatrick.

Arklow have one league match left at home to Surgeons next Sunday and are also still in the Bank of Ireland Towns Plate competition and await Wicklow.

Irish Independent

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