Saturday 10 December 2016

Walsh bags hat-trick as Gorey turn on style

Published 05/02/2016 | 02:30

Gorey managed a string of tries
Gorey managed a string of tries

After last week's heroics in the league against neighbours Enniscorthy, Gorey had the small matter of the first round of the Bank of Ireland Provincial Towns Cup against Dundalk (seconds).

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Gorey began with a stiff wind behind them but it initially seemed to be a hindrance for them, with passes going astray and a general lack of cohesion.

But the home team were first out of the blocks when, in the tenth minute, centre Matt Bater crossed for the opening try. Within a minute of this Jordan Aherne was showed a red card. This seemed to lift the visitors as they threw everything they had at Gorey for the next 25 minutes.

Gorey were struggling, but just before half-time Eoin Walsh settled the nerves as he crossed for the second try. Stephen Horan converted to make it 12-0 at the break.

The second half saw the home team up their game as captain JP Redmond led from the front and Walsh powered over for Gorey's third try.

On 55 minutes Walsh turned up again to complete his hat-trick, cutting in from the wing and showing a clean pair of heels to the Dundalk defence.

Further tries from Redmond and Stephen Gardiner saw Gorey close out the game on a score of 36-0.

All credit must go to this young Dundalk team as they never gave up until the final whistle.

Redmond and Daragh Bellanova were the pick of the forwards with Matt Bater and Walsh showing well in the backs.

Gorey J1s have no match until Sunday week when they are at home to Monkstown in the postponed League game. The J2s are away to De La Salle next Saturday with their first round Cup match v Enniscorthy on Sunday week.

The second round of the Bank of Ireland Provincial Towns Cup saw Gorey draw local rivals New Ross and that game will be played on February 21 in Clonattin.

Gorey: R Deering, F Bolger, D Bellanova, S Gardiner, A Copeland, W Earl, JP Redmond, J P Ahern, G Bater, P De Barra, S O'Leary, M Bater, E Walsh, A Walsh, S Horan, B O Connor, C Allen, D Carroll, S Byrne, C Power.

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