Gorey J2s work hard for their victory
GOREY 19 KILKENNY 06
Gorey J2’s travelled to Kilkenny and ran out winners in a keenly contested match in the Leinster Seconds League Division 1A last Saturday.
Gorey had to work hard for their victory as the home team fought right up to the final whistle.
The first half was a fractious affair with Gorey shading the penalty count with three Cian Hadden penalties to two for Kilkenny the only scores.
The second half saw Gorey edge the territory and the exchanges with a Lloyd Stephens try edging the visitors into a two score lead at 14 – 6.
Kilkenny never gave up but Gorey kept up the pressure and when Jack Willoughby crossed for a fine individual try in the closing minutes to stretch Gorey’s lead to 19 – 6 it was probably a true reflection of events.
Gorey had some good performances with Jack Willoughby, Colm O’Keefe and Lloyd Stephens showing well.
GOREY; W. Rothwell, B. O’Connor, D. Gregan, L. Kinsella, L. Stephens, K. Rothwell, E. Walshe, D. Saywer, S. Tomkins, C. Hadden, C. O’Keefe, C. Power, H. Kennedy, J. Willoughby, G. Bater, B. Doyle, W. O’Morchoe, P. O’Connor, S. Kinane.
The J2s have no game next weekend due to the first round of the Provincial Towns Cup taking place.
Gorey empty handed in this clash
Gorey were away to Kilkenny last Saturday in the Leinster League Division 1A and after a hard fought game came home empty handed after a game that provided end-to-end rugby from the start.
It was the home team who set out their stall early and it was not long until they crossed for the opening score when from a scrum that Gorey looked to have edged the resulting play saw Simon O’Shea go over for a try. Joe Manuel added the conversion.
The Gorey response was quick and within minutes Stephen Horan darted over after good play from the pack.
Kilkenny’s Joe Manuel added a penalty when Gorey were penalised in front of their posts.
With 10 minutes left in the half Kilkenny added a further try when Podge Mahon crossed. Joe Manuel added the extras to take Kilkenny out to 17 – 5. That was the way it stayed until halftime.
After the break Gorey came out with all guns blazing and phase after phase saw them lay siege to the home 22.
But the Kilkenny defence was not for yielding as they stood up for almost 20 minutes of non-stop pressure with Steven Horan eventually getting over in the corner to leave the score at 17 – 10.
Gorey were back in the game but Kilkenny lifted their game again and a brilliant individual try from Jason Connolly saw them extend their lead to 22 – 10, quickly followed by a Joe Manuel penalty.
This was a sucker punch for Gorey as they had worked so hard to get back into the game.
Gorey did manage to reduce the lead again when after some good work Darragh Bellanova crossed under the posts. Stephen Duke added the conversion.
But it was as near as Gorey were to get as Kilkenny added the bonus point in the final play when a slick move off a lineout saw Podge Mahon race in for a try and the bonus point.
Gorey can have no complaints as on the day Kilkenny more than deserved their win.
GOREY; D. Bellanova, E. Badham, K. Browne, S. Gardiner (Capt.) E. Horan, K. Breen, B. Mason, D. O’Leary, S. Horan, M. Duke, R. Harrington, J. Nolan, J. Rothwell, A. Walsh, S. Duke, T. Jameson, E. Walsh, J. Naughton, L. Stephens, B. O’Connor.
Gorey now turn their attention to the Towns Cup as they welcome Portlaoise to Clonattin next Sunday kick off is at 2.30 pm.