Gorey U17s begin their Leinster League Campaign   23/10/2016

Gorey U17s begin their Leinster League Campaign

Gorey U17s welcomed Carlow to Clonattin as they kicked-off their much anticipated Leinster League campaign.

New coach Philip Doyle had experimented with various line-ups and tried a number of players in new positions in the run up to this competition from the large pool that makes up this talented panel.

Conditions were ideal with a bright sunny day greeting both teams.

Gorey immediately put the visitors under pressure as they pressed hard and pinned Carlow in their own 22. After just four minutes of play Carlow were penalised for holding on, which gave Oisín Fortune the opportunity to open the scoring with a well taken penalty.

Gorey 3     Carlow 0

Carlow tried to wrestle back control and were awarded a scrum after Gorey knocked-on. Despite having a much larger pack, Carlow were overturned by a strong tight Gorey scrum and Gorey’s outhalf Henry Kennedy kicked ahead to give Carlow a lineout just outside their 22. Having just been turned over in the first scrum of the game, the omens didn’t look good, as Tadhg O’Neill stole their lineout to feed the ball to scrum half Cillian Tomkins who went over for the first try of the game.

Gorey 8     Carlow 0

Carlow had a better spell after this but Gorey’s defence was rock solid and they tackled hard to prevent Carlow making any real progress.

Twenty minutes into the half, Carlow were penalised again for holding on and this time Gorey chose to run it. Good hands spread the ball out across the field, eventually finding No. 8 James Lawlor who went over in the corner, to leave a tricky conversion for Oisín Fortune, but he slotted it over in great style.

Gorey 15     Carlow 0

Carlow had a lot of ball in the next phases, but they just couldn’t get out of their half, as each and every Gorey player defended like their life depended on it.

Gorey’s scrum continued to prove too strong for Carlow and it was from another of these that flanker Robert Murphy gathered and made a strong run to offload to Martin O’Loughlin who then released the ball to Henry Kennedy for Gorey’s third try.

Gorey 22     Carlow 0

However, as the players ran to celebrate it became clear that Murphy’s efforts had resulted in a cut to his forehead, which ruled him out of the rest of the game. The strength in depth of this squad is such that Robert was replaced with a player of Alex Rothwell’s ability. A player that any team would be glad to have in their starting line-up.

On the half hour mark Seán Wafer made a great run to pass out to winger Paddy O’Hagan who held off several Carlow defenders and add his name to the list of try scorers.

Gorey 27     Carlow 0

---- HALF TIME ----

The second half began with Carlow having the benefit of the wind at their backs and they began the half well, pushing Gorey back into their own half and forcing them to defend.

However, a knock-on 10 minutes into the half forced a scrum and Gorey’s pack remained as solid as they had been throughout the first half and No. 8 James Lawlor picked the ball from the back of the scrum and made a great run before releasing the ball to Paddy O’Hagan for his second try of the game.

The resultant conversion kick was a thing of beauty, as Oisín Fortune continued his fine form with his boot.

Gorey 34     Carlow 0

Carlow continued to fight had, but they couldn’t break down Gorey’s defence.

Philip Doyle emptied the bench with every player getting a run and each performing well.

Ten minutes later Seán Wafer put in a grubber kick which he chased alongside a Carlow defender and it was anyone’s guess who would touch the ball down first, but an unexpected bobble allowed James Lawlor, who to his credit had followed up with a run, to gather the ball and touch down.

Gorey 39     Carlow 0

Carlow’s large pack continued to keep Gorey on their toes as they tried to punch holes in the defensive line. But the diminutive Darragh Canavan ripped a ball from one of the large Carlow props and made great ground.

On the half hour mark, replacement winger Flynn Donnelly displayed his blistering pace as he tore down his wing, leaving defenders in his wake, to score under the posts.

Gorey 46     Carlow 0

Just a few minutes later, Donnelly again picked up the ball, this time deep in his own half, to run the length of the pitch to score his second try again placing the ball under the posts.

Gorey 53     Carlow 0

The resulting kick-off was gathered by James Lawlor who ran the pitch handing off several defenders for a great individual try.

The full time whistle sounded as the conversion dropped over the bar.

Final Score -  Gorey 60     Carlow 0

The final score probably doesn’t do justice to Carlow’s efforts in this game, but Gorey were just too strong on this occasion and their defence impenetrable.

This was a great start to their Leinster campaign, but Gorey know there are tougher days ahead.


1.           Martin O’Loughlin

2.           Toby Falconer

3.           Niall Kenny

4.           Tadhg O’Neill

5.           Joseph Butler

6.           Frank Kavanagh

7.           Robert Murphy

8.           James Lawlor

9.           Cillian Tomkins

10.                Henry Kennedy

11.                Ryan Kinsella

12.                Adam Byrne

13.                Sean Wafer

14.                Patrick O’Hagan

15.                Oisín Fortune




16.                Darragh Canavan

17.                Rhys Slator

18.                Jack Ryan

19.                Alex Rothwell

20.                Mark Doyle

21.                Eoin Canavan

22.                Flynn Donnelly



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