Saturday 21 April 2018

Gorey depart cup race


Tullow's Stephen Nolan is stopped in his tracks by two Enniscorthy tacklers.
Tullow's Stephen Nolan is stopped in his tracks by two Enniscorthy tacklers.

GOREY FIRSTS hosted Killkenny in the second round of the Towns Cup at Clonattin on Sunday last. In what was a closely-fought game, Kilkenny edged out the hosts 5-3 in a typical Towns Cup match where no quarter was asked or given.

The home side will be kicking themselves as the statistics will show they had the lion's share of possession and territory but could not turn that advantage into points against a very determined Kilkenny team. Gorey started the brighter and the much smaller pack proved well able to deal with their larger opponents.

The home team pressed deep into the Kilkenny '22 on a number of occasions but just could not find the opening to put a score on the board. Kilkenny work their way out of their half and a subtle box kick saw their winger collect to run in their only score.

Gorey were soon back on the attack and some big carries by Phil Horan and Adrian Copeland put Kilkenny on the back foot. Gorey were awarded a penalty and Clinton Furney kicked between the posts to leave the score at 5-3.

It is hard to believe that this was to be the final score as both teams traded penalty attempts with neither having any success. The secondhalf started with both sides defending very well with very little opportunity or space for either set of backs to express themselves.

Gorey moved the ball wide at every opportunity to number 13 John Mannion, but good Killkenny defending snuffed out this threat. The game moved into the last quarter with the home team in search of that elusive score that would make the difference.

Unfortunately for Gorey, time was not on their side and Kilkenny did just enough to advance into the next round. Gorey had some big performances with Michael Woods, Adrian Copeland and Phil Horan the pick of a hardworking forward unit. Matt Bater, Colin Pevoy and John Mannion were the pick of the backs.

Gorey have two games left in the league, with Athy at home in both firsts and seconds on Sunday next in the penultimate league fixtures. A ding-dong battle is definitely guaranteed.

The club will also host ladies' day with the proceeds going to breast cancer research. The club would like to thank the marvellous support at the cup match and hope to see you all again on Sunday next.

Gorey: C. Smith, B. O'connor, C. Hennessy, A. Copeland, P. Wafer (capt.), M. Woods, B. Horan, P. Horan, M. Bater, A. O'brien, K. Breen, C. Pevoy, J. Mannion, T. Martin, C. Furney, P. Furney, W. Pevoy, C. Owley, Gregorz, N. Cousins.