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Thursday 29 September 2016

Shannon holds his nerve to get Gorey over the line

Published 23/09/2016 | 02:30

Gorey get full marks for endeavour in their win over DLSP
Gorey get full marks for endeavour in their win over DLSP

Gorey got their second season in Division 1A off to a winning start when they overcame a strong DLSP side in Clonattin last Saturday.

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DLSP started the brighter as their bigger and more experience pack took the game to the home team.

However as they attacked, a Gorey turnover, deep in their half, released the backs and quick hands saw the elusive Nevil Copeland race down the field to put hooker Barry O'Connor in for the opening try. David Shannon was narrowly wide with the conversion.

As half-time arrived Gorey just about deserved their 5-0 lead.

The second half saw Gorey again on the front foot in the early exchanges. As in the first half both defences were proving hard to break down as it took until the 68 minute for the next score, when Gorey crossed for a try, with David Shannon touching down and converting to make it 12-0.

This seemed to spur DLSP and they crossed the line to reduce Gorey's lead to 12-5. Within minutes they were to draw level, after a cracking try from their centre, who raced in under the posts.

The game was heading for a draw, but Gorey were awarded a penalty with two minutes left on the clock and David Shannon split the posts to put them back in front.

In a tense game the home team get full marks for endeavour as they never gave up and move on to an away fixture in Monkstown next week.

It is hard to pick out individuals in such a game but Barry O'Connor, Mark and Ben Horan were the pick of the pack with Nevil Copeland and David Shannon showing well in the backs.

Gorey team - 1. Will Kearney 2. Barry O Connor 3. Darragh Bellanova 4. Adam Masterson 5. Alex Bond 6. Donnacha Carroll 7. Ben Horan 8. Mark Whelan 9. Gareth Bater 10. Josh Thomas 11. Nevil Copeland 12. Matt Bater 13. Gary Rynhart 14. Andrew Walshe 15. David Shannon. Replacements: Will Rothwell, Eddie Horan, Heino Gaiser, Stephen Horan, Eoin Walsh.

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