Wednesday 16 October 2019

Enniscorthy occupy premier top spot

Enniscorthy remain at the top of the premier division after a Leinster League Division 1A victory over Kilkenny at the Ross Road on Saturday.

Kilkenny led 8-0 at half-time but a solid second-half display when they scored 21 points earned the home side a deserved victory.

Kilkenny were the better side in the first-half when Enniscorthy made too many mistakes and gave away too many penalties at the breakdown. The visitors kicked an early penalty.

They scored a try on the half-hour when right wing Ivan Jacob fumbled a high kick on the try line and the Kilkenny winger pounced on the ball for the touchdown.

With the number of penalty chances, Kilkenny should have been further ahead at half-time.

Enniscorthy came out a different team in the second-half.

With the introduction of Paddy Waters in the front row and leadership from flanker Greg Jacob, the pack dominated throughout the second period.

With the pack now on top, Ivan Poole pulled the strings at out-half and steered the home side to victory with a super display.

With constant pressure the penalties came and when Poole converted his third after 15 minutes Enniscorthy went ahead. Five minutes later he scored an excellent try when he jinked his way over under the posts for a wonderful individual effort which he converted.

With ten minutes to go right wing Ivan Jacob raced in from 20 metres to score an excellent try.

Enniscorthy pressed until the very end but did not score again. They will be happy with the way they turned around the game in the second-half.

Paddy Waters, Greg Jacob and Joe Bulmer stood out in the pack, with Evan Lett and Ross Barbour putting in excellent displays in the backs. The star man though was Ivan Poole.

Enniscorthy's next game is at home to Dromore in the All-Ireland Junior Cup on Saturday week, October 24.

Team: James Doyle, Davy Murphy, Angelo Todisco, Tomás Stamp, Joe Bulmer, Tom Ryan, Greg Jacob, Timmy Morrissey, Evan Lett, Ivan Poole, Killian Lett (capt.), Daniel Pim, David O'Dwyer, Ross Barbour. Subs. - Jack Kelly, John Clare, John Howe, Paddy Waters, Damien McCabe.

The Enniscorthy rugby report published in last week's edition was submitted by the club P.R.O.

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