Saturday 3 December 2016

Arrows run a-muck in Arklow

Published 12/02/2016 | 02:30

Arklow U-18s Arrows
Arklow U-18s Arrows

Arklow U-18s Arrows played Carlow in the Leinster League on Saturday.

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On a very heavy pitch both teams tried to play open rugby and attempted to run the ball from every opportunity, which despite the heavy pitch made it a good game to watch.

Arklow opened the scoring from a Carlow mistake from a lineout and Emily Slater was quickest to react and pounced on the loose ball to score. Laura Rice kicked the difficult conversion bringing it 7-0.

Carlow to their credit came into the game and their ball retention was fantastic and only strong tackling from the Arklow team kept them at bay.

A loose pass from Carlow was picked up by Emma Furlong and she chased her own kick to get the try.

At half-time it was 12-0 to Arklow.

Carlow started the second half on the front foot and exerted a lot of pressure on Arklow and sure enough the pressure paid off when the Carlow winger beat two players to score under the posts.

The conversion was good bringing the score 12-7 to Arklow. The Arklow response was quick and a long kick by Furlong was kept in play by Aine Quirke, who kicked it in field where Furlong won the chase for the touchdown - 17-7 Arklow.

The pace of the game dropped significantly after that as both teams were out on their feet from their heroic efforts.

It was a credit to both teams in the sporting manner that this game was played every player on both sides gave 100pc.

Irish Independent

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