Gorey J2’s first home game of the season saw them entertain Ashbourne at Clonattin on Saturday last.

After their loss away to Dundalk last week they were determined to get their season back on track.

Gorey started brightly and some good play took them into the visitors 22. But Ashbourne defended well and relieved the danger with some good kicks.

On the 20th minute Gorey were awarded a penalty. Cian Hadden kicked to the corner. From the resulting line out Gorey set and mauled over for Liam Molloy to touch down for his first try at senior level. Hadden added the conversion.

Minutes later Hadden extended Gorey’s lead when he added a penalty.

On the 35th minute Ashbourne worked their way into the Gorey 22 with some strong running by their backs. They moved the ball wide and when Cathal Scannal touched down it was no more than they deserved as they were threatening for long periods of the opening half. Ben Mahon added the conversion.

10 - 7 was how it was at the break.

The second half saw Gorey up their effort and for long periods kept Ashbourne deep in their half, unfortunately without adding further points.

On the 63th minute after sustained pressure Gorey finally extended their lead when Cian Hadden landed a penalty after Ashbourne were penalised.

Gorey continued to press hard but Ashbourne proved hard to breakdown

13 7 was how it finished after an entertaining game between two well matched teams.

Gorey had some big performances with Liam Molloy, Stanley Hadden, Eoin Walsh and Captain Will Rothwell showing well in the forwards. Robbie Brooks Cian Hadden and Arron Davies were the pick of the backs.

The J2’s will be at Bective Rangers next Saturday kick off is 1.30 pm.


W Rothwell Capt.

L Molloy

R Deering

C Reynolds

K Rothwell

E Walsh

N Cousins

S Hadden

A O’Brien

C Hadden

C O’Keefe

P O’Connor

J Willoughby

T Martin

R Brooks

D Sawyer

A Davies

L Kinsella

D Brohan


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