Gorey J2’s narrowly lost out to Suttonians on a perfect day for rugby.
It was the visitors who set out their stall early and drew first blood after a number of phases took them into the Gorey 22 to cross for the opening try.
The Gorey response was swift with John Condren in his first game back crossing out wide. Both sides kept plugging away but it was the visitors who were next to score to take the score to 12 – 5. A Cian Hadden penalty and a Suttonians converted try ended the half on a score of 19 – 8.
The damage for Gorey was done in the opening stages of the second half as they were slow to get off the mark with Suttonians opening with two unanswered tries to leave the score at 33 – 8.
The next 15 minutes Gorey dominated territory but a sound visitors defence kept them at bay. Finally, the door opened and with less than ten minutes left on the clock, Jack Willoughby crossed for a try. A minute later John Condren crosses for his second try, with both converted by Hadden 33 22 Gorey had something to play for.
The clock was now against them but a Henry Kennedy try in the 80th minute reduced the margin to 33 – 27.
Gorey though beaten will be happy to have some old faces back in the team as they prepare for the Towns Cup.
J Mulligan R Gibney D Slator C Reynolds R Slator S Beasanson K Rothwell D Sawyer C Reynolds B Brooks S Hadden C Kennedy H Kennedy J Condren T Martin J Willoughby D Gardiner T Jameson J Furlong B Mason