Wednesday 22 November 2017

Leinster Club News: Gorey fall just short in Flood Cup clash

Lauren Farrell in action
Lauren Farrell in action

Independent.ie Sportsdesk

Gorey senior ladies headed to Old Belvedere in the quarter-final of the Paul Flood Cup last weekend and came up just short in a 17-15 defeat.

Old Belvedere took the lead with a try which was quickly followed by a strong Gorey attack which led to Lorraine Gahan going over on the corner. This proved to be the story of the game with Belvedere taking the lead and Gorey returning the score.

Belvedere again went on the attack which despite some strong defensive work from Gorey, Belvedere crossed over the line. From the restart Gorey went on the attack after some strong carries from Susie Griffith and Valerie Conyard created space out wide which allowed Lorraine Gahan to cross over from out wide and her quick thinking allowing her to dot down under the posts unfortunately the conversion hit the post. After half-time Belvedere again went on the attack and after a lengthy pressure broke through the Gorey line and dotted down under the posts and took the conversion which would prove to be the vital score.

Again Gorey picked themselves up and went on the attack which resulted in some great carries from Denise Deering and Caoimhe Molloy which created a gap in the Belvedere defence line which allowed Eimear Hickey to cross over for the try which proved to be the last score of the game. Gorey went down to 14 as a result of a yellow card to Denise Deering but sterling defence work from Gorey held Belvedere up over the line on three occasions.

Gorey tried as then might could not get a foothold in the Belvedere half to launch an attack to try and take the lead and in the dying stages of the game the Belvedere defence held strong. The game finished 17-15 with Gorey able to hold their heads high after a great display and a great first season at a higher level.

'Knock take Cup

On a blustery Wednesday afternoon in Sutton, for the 11th year, Suttonians RFC played host to the Larry O'Reilly Cup.

Larry O'Reilly was a player, coach, and president of Suttonians who passed away 12 years ago, and in his memory, second-year students from rugby schools play for this magnificent trophy.

This year saw St Fintan's HS, Mountemple Comprehensive, Castleknock College, St Paul's Raheny, and holders St Patrick's Navan, competing and playing the game that the O'Reilly family would be proud of.

A strong Castleknock team won its first Larry O'Reilly Cup, playing an exciting, pacy brand of rugby.

Credit must be shown to all the other schools for their part in some very entertaining matches.

Aidan Kearney, Leinster Rugby CCRO and Suttonians would like to thank Rose O'Reilly, her daughter and granddaughter for representing the O'Reilly family on the day and to Rose, Larry's wife, for presenting the trophy to Castleknock College.

A big thank you also goes out to Shay Scanlon (past president), Willy Moran (president 2016/17) for their kind words and also to the coaches, players, and schools who participated.

For Information on playing rugby in Suttonians, please contact Aidan (suttoniansccro@leinsterrugby.ie) or just call into the club on any Sunday throughout the season to experience a family, fun and friendly atmosphere.

Irish Independent

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