Battling Arklow U-13s fall short as New Ross pull away in thrilling opener
Arklow RFC U-13s got their season underway on Saturday with a match against New Ross at the Oval in Arklow.
New Ross settled quickly and a break from a scrum saw them throw the ball wide and run down the wing for the first try.
From the kick off Arklow got possession and moved up the field with some very good play. However a turnover resulted in another break from New Ross who scored their second try on 15 minutes.
The next ten minutes belonged to the Arklow team and after winning a lineout, they punched through the New Ross defence and went over for their first try.
Arklow regained possession and moved back into the New Ross 22 and after some great passing and rucking went over but unfortunately the score it was disallowed because of a knock-on.
Arklow won the next scrum and then crossed for a much deserved second try. As a result the sides went in level at the break.
The second half started the same way as the first and New Ross went over for two tries in quick succession.
The Arklow boys, however, never gave up and kept running at the New Ross defence but just never got the break they were looking for.
Substitutions were made and every player put in a huge effort but it was no to be on this occasion and New Ross ran in a final try just at the end of normal time.
The final score was Arklow 10 New Ross 30. The team and coaching staff would like to thank all the parents and supporters who provided high levels of encouragement and motivation from the side line.
Arklow U-13s- James Furlong, Ryan Hallam, Sean Kelly, Evan Doyle, Ethan Allen, Nojus Macelevicius, Chris Mitchell, Paddy O Gorman, Kealan Delaney, John Moran, Evan Fogarty, Ryan Byrne, Darragh O Murchu, Finn Kinsella, Evan Molloy, Brandon Hanlon, Jonathan Collins, William Byrne, Tiernan McDonald, Derrick Stephenson.