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Dundalk 2nds win tight encounter against Gorey

Dundalk 2nds 11-8 Gorey 2nds

Gavin McLaughlin

Reporter:

Gavin McLaughlin

Dundalk 2nds win tight encounter against Gorey

Dundalk RFC’s Chris McGeady in action on Saturday afternoon for the 2nds verus Gorey RFC. Picture: Ciaran Culligan

Dundalk 2nds opened 2017 match with a tight victory over Gore at the Mill Road last Saturday.

The hosts went into the game looking for revenge after Gorey secured a last minute win in the corresponding game in Wexford earlier in the season.

Gorey started the game on the attack and it wasn’t long before they kicked a penalty to take the lead. Soon after, another penalty attempt from the visitors went wide.

Dundalk tried to play the ball within the Gorey half and were unlucky not to score. However, a lost ball on the counter attack led to a Dundalk player heading for the sin bin after the Gorey out half was tripped.

They kept it tight after that with out half Ray McCabe leading the backline and making a number of half breaks to keep the Gorey defence under pressure. Darragh Conroy then kicked a penalty for Dundalk to reduce the deficit.

Dundalk had another player sent to the sin-bin after conceding a number of penalties and Gorey put some good phases together and good handling in their backline ended with their winger going over for a try to put them 8-3 up at half-time.

The second-half started well for Dundalk with Darragh Conroy kicking another penalty and the Mill Road men continued to run great phases. An impressive break from Tiernan Gonnelly saw him spread the ball wide but Dundalk were unlucky to lose the ball on the attack again.

It looked like it was just a matter of time before Dundalk would go over for a try and, with time running out, some good lineout play led to a scrum on the five-metre line which ended with Robert Farrell picked out by Gonnelly to score and put Dundalk 11-8 up with 10 minutes left in the game.

Gorey worked hard to chase the game in the Dundalk half but the hosts handled the threat well and were relieved to see Gorey miss a penalty with the last kick of the game.

Dundalk travel to Malahide on Saturday. The Dublin side are top of the league and have only lost once so far - against Dundalk in Mill Road last October.

DUNDALK 2NDS: Zac Bolton, Conor Williams, Robert Farrell, Robin McGee, Conor Kane, Diarmuid Sloan, John McGahon, Tiernan Gonnelly, Simon Byrne, Ray McCabe, Paddy Duffy, Chris McGeady, Darragh Conroy, Craig Colgan, Andrew Williams. Subs: John Kerr, Brian Crosby, Mark Pepper, David McGee, Robert Shields, Danny O’Hagan.