Poole points way
Enniscorthy below par but still triumph
Published 14/01/2017 | 00:00
It is generally acclaimed that the merit of a good team is seen when they play badly but still can win a game.
Enniscorthy 19 Kilkenny 15
Well, Enniscorthy certainly proved that on Saturday when they had to dig deep to edge out a narrow victory against a gallant Kilkenny team in Division 1A of the Leinster League.
The visitors are second from bottom of the league and fighting for their lives. They played liked that on Saturday too and earned a very creditable losing bonus point.
Enniscorthy played like a team that were short of ideas which is unusual. They looked rusty plus they squandered a number of scoring chances because of their ponderous approach.
They were also punished for conceding far too many penalties which almost cost them the win. Kilkenny's out-half, Jake McDonald, kicked two superb penalties to put them 6-0 in front.
Enniscorthy did have a lot of possession but were very sloppy and they were finding it difficult to break down Kilkenny's stubborn defence.
Enniscorthy eventually registered their opening score ten minutes from the interval after Hughie O'Neill had been yellow-carded. A sweet back move was started by Ivan Poole who swiftly passed the ball to Ross Barbour, and his long pass to Ivan Jacob was excellent. The right wing did well to stay in play and he almost won the race to score.
Enniscorthy were awarded a scrum from the resulting play and they drove the Kilkenny forwards back, and as the scrum collapsed from the resulting drive a penalty try was awarded under the posts.
Ivan Poole kicked the easy conversion to put the home team in front at last. They were now finally playing with purpose and they almost scored again, but Ross Barbour's pass was too strong for Ivan Jacob to gather with the line at his mercy.
However, McDonald kicked a further penalty to leave the score at 10-9 at the interval.
Enniscorthy brought on Paddy Waters, Killian Lett and Greg Jacob at half-time and things did improve. Kilkenny were under a lot of pressure in that second-half but their defending was resolute and Enniscorthy, now looking for tries, made far too many errors.
Ivan Poole stretched the lead to 13-9 but Kilkenny just would not go away, and McDonald kicked another fine penalty from the touchline to make it 13-12.
Enniscorthy botched another good scoring opportunity after a super Killian Lett run, and from the resulting turnover McDonald put Kilkenny back in front (15-13).
Enniscorthy were now getting very edgy but Poole steadied nerves with another fine kick to put the home side back in front. He was to add another three-pointer just before the end to secure the win.
The leaders, Malahide, had a bonus point win and have now stretched their lead over Enniscorthy at the top to four points.
Enniscorthy will certainly be looking for a big improvement this weekend as they face a tough away trip to D.L.S.P.
Team: Anthony White, Davy Murphy, Angelo Todisco, John Daly, Tomás Stamp, Joe Bulmer, Tom Ryan, Nick Doyle, Arthur Dunne, Ivan Poole, Ivan Jacob, Ross Barbour, Danny Pim, Hughie O'Neill, David O'Dwyer. Subs. used - Paddy Waters, James Doyle, Greg Jacob, Killian Lett, Evan Lett.
Enniscorthy 24, Kilkenny 0: Enniscorthy's seconds team recorded a fine 24-point win over Kilkenny. They were leading 10-nil at half-time.
Jim White scored a fine try from 40 metres out after he blitzed the visitors' defence to touch down under the posts. Jack Kelly added the conversion and he also kicked a penalty just before the break.
Jim White added another try early in the second-half, and Fiacre Ryan also got in on the act before the end when he touched down. Kelly added both conversions.
Team: James Doyle, James Ruth, John Nolan, Cathal Mernagh, William Dunne, Lee Treacy, Greg Jacob, Adam Coppen, Evan Lett, Jack Kelly, Tom O'Toole, Shane Dalton, Ronan Doyle, Jim White, Fiacre Ryan. Subs. used - Ben Doyle, Tim Bowler, Ronnie White, Tom Farrer, Jamie Barron.