Gorey seconds pipped by Wicklow
Gorey J2S travelled to Wicklow on Sunday for their first game of 2015. Like their first team counterparts, both are in contention for the league and Gorey knew that a win was vital to keep them in contention.
The game was played in good conditions and the visitors were the first out of the blocks. After sustained pressure, from a line-out and maul, Fergal Bolger crashed over for the opening try for Clinton Furney to convert.
Wicklow responded and after a Gorey infringement Mark Donoghue kicked a penalty to reduce the score. Gorey responded well and went 10-3 up with a Clinton Furney penalty. The score remained like this until half-time.
The second-half saw Wicklow up their game and with 20 minutes gone they scored a try, with the ball moving through the backs for their full-back to cross for a try to reduce the score to 10-8.
Gorey were soon back on the attack and good pressure from their pack saw Wicklow penalised for Clinton Furney to kick between the posts. From the re-start Wicklow regained possession and after a number of phases crossed for their second try which drew the teams level. The conversion put two points between the teams and that was the way it stayed until the final whistle.
Gorey had some good performances in the pack with Fergal Bolger, James Freeney and Kenneth Rothwell the pick. Clinton Furney, Eddie Hughes and Seán Byrne were the best of the backs.
Next up for Gorey is a home game against Kilkenny next weekend with a 1 p.m. kick-off.
Team: T. Tomkins, F. Bolger, N. Rothwell, J. Freeney, C. Hennessy, K. Rothwell, E. Horan, J. Emery, R. Harrington, C. Furney, B. Brooks, E. Hughes, S. Byrne, S. Rafferty, C. Power, S. Carty, E. Warren, K. Rothwell, J. Condren, C. Owley.