GOREY J1s AWAY TO DLSP - SAT 12/12   12/12/2015

Gorey travelled to DSLP, on Saturday last, for a crunch top of the table clash as second played third. Gorey were without a number of regulars, due to exams and injuries, but still managed to run the home team close. With the J2 game having been called off after torrential rain all morning it was doubtful if the J1 fixture would go ahead. With water lying on the pitch the referee decided to let the match proceed.

DSLP started the brighter and on the ninth minute opened the scoring with a penalty after the visitors were penalised at the breakdown. Five minutes later after some good work by their pack they added another penalty. Gorey came more into the game, as they adapted to the slippery conditions, and made good ground on a number of occasions only to be penalised as the DSLP line came into view. On thirty minutes Gorey's number six, William Earle, was sin binned and it was not long until the numerical advantage paid off as De La Salle scored a try to extend their lead to 13 - 0. That was the way it remained until halftime.

Gorey started the second half intent on reversing the deficit. With Jordan Aherne and Stephen Gardiner working hard, it was not long until the visitors were deep in the Salmo half. They were also now edging the scrums and remained camped on the home line. After repeated infringements by Salmo a penalty try was awarded for Aidan O Brien to convert. Both teams battled hard with the conditions, as the pitch was now deteriorating. But it was the home team who were to score next to extend their lead to 18 - 7. Good work from their backs saw them run in a try. But the never say die attitude of Gorey saw them reduce the deficit with a try by Matt Bater and converted by Clinton Furney to leave one score between the teams at 18 - 14. Gorey kept up the pressure but a again could not get the break to take the lead and with 2 minutes left on the clock scored another try to take the score to 23 - 14. It looked as if Gorey had also missed out on the bonus point but up popped Andrew Walshe to score a fine try, for Clinton Furney to convert, to leave two between the teams at 23 - 21 for Gorey to secure a very valuable bonus point.

Gorey had some big performances on the day with Matt Bater & Andrew Walshe the pick of the backs while Darragh Bellanova, Jordan Aherne and Stephen Gardiner performed well in the pack with the outstanding William Earle the man of the match.
The next game is home to Monkstown after the Christmas break.

Team - C. Allen F. Bolger D.Bellanova S Gardiner JP Redmond W. Earle A Copeland J P Ahern M Bater A O Brien S Byrne E. Walshe S O Leary G Bater A Walsh B O Connor J.Mulligan N. Cousins C.Power C. Furney


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