Enniscorthy remain top of table
Enniscrothy continued their unbeaten run in Leinster League Division 1A with a crucial win over the second-placed Dublin outfit on a wet and slippy pitch at Kilternan Park on Saturday.
DLSP 14 Enniscrothy 21
This now puts the Wexford men five points clear at the top of the table after six games.
Luckily for both teams the rain eased off just before the game. Enniscorthy started brightly enough and went ahead after ten minutes with a penalty from out-half Ivan Poole.
De La Salle responded quickly with a fortunate try under the posts when full-back Ross Barbour slipped on the greasy surface and failed to catch a high ball.
However, the visitors came back and, after sustained pressure by the pack, scrum-half Evan Lett cleverly spotted a gap on the left and sprinted over from five metres. Enniscorthy were now ahead 8-7.
However, De La Salle enjoyed their best spell of the game from then until the end of the first-half. Their big number 8 broke off the back of a scrum and evaded two poor tackles to barge over under the posts.
The conversion put them 14-8 ahead at the break. In truth, they would have been further ahead but for two missed penalty kicks.
Enniscorthy started the second-half with purpose and when Ivan Poole kicked a penalty after five minutes they were back in the game.
Despite all their dominance they failed to score again until ten minutes from time.
Poole had missed two previous chances but nailed a vital kick from out wide to level matters with less than ten minutes left.
The big De La Salle began to tire from the constant pressure and the visitors could scent victory.
Hugh O'Neill, now on the right wing, fielded a high kick on his 22-metre line. He passed inside to Ross Barbour who raced to the halfway line and then passed back to O'Neill who outsprinted all the cover to score under the posts. Poole's conversion sealed the victory, and Enniscorthy comfortably held out until the final whistle.
The foundation for this win was the performance from the pack where Greg Jacob, Joe Bulmer and in particular Timmy Morrissey excelled.
The backs looked on top for most of the match as centres Killian Lett and Hugh O'Neill always looked threatening.
Enniscorthy have shown their pedigree with this win and are now serious contenders for the Leinster League title.
Their next game is at home in the All-Ireland Junior Cup quarter-final to Ashbourne on Saturday at 2.30 p.m. in the Ross Road.
Team: Angelo Todisco, Davy Murphy, Paddy Waters, Johnny Leech, Joe Bulmer, Tom Ryan, Greg Jacob, Timmy Morrissey, Evan Lett, Ivan Poole, David O'Dwyer, Hugh O'Neill, Killian Lett (capt.), Ivan Jacob, Ross Barbour. Subs. - Damien McCabe for I. Jacob (60),Peadar O'Mahoney for Ryan (65), John Daly for Leech (65), James Ruth, Jack Kelly.