Scrappy win for holders
Enniscorthy, the holders of the cup, produced a very scrappy performance on Sunday to record a win over a very determined Cill Dara side.
Enniscorthy 22 Cill Dara 16
With a dry surface Enniscorthy were expected to press ahead but this did not materialise. They dominated large sections of the game but failed to register points on the scoreboard.
Cill Dara scored an early penalty through their out-half, Jack Ryan. Almost immediately afterwards from the kick, flanker Greg Jacob got possession and set up a ruck. Two swift passes late,r centre Killian Lett dived over for the try of the match.
Both Ivan Poole and Cill Dara's Jack Ryan swapped penalties before half-time to leave the score at 8-6 in favour of the hosts.
Enniscorthy had a big wind advantage in the second-half but failed to capitalise on this. Three minutes in they were awarded a penalty on the halfway line and chose the run the ball.
A looping pass was intercepted by the Cill Dara number 8 who ran in under the posts for a try. The conversion put the visitors ahead by five points
In fairness, Enniscorthy responded immediately and after securing the kick-off they put pressure on which eventually led to number 8 Timmy Morrissey crashing over in the right corner to level matters.
Ivan Poole kicked three further penalties to put the game safe, although near the end Cill Dara kicked a penalty to make it a six-point game.
The hosts comfortably saw out the remainder of the game well in the opposition territory.
Enniscorthy won't be happy with their performance but they did enough to win.
They face a much bigger prospect next weekend at the Ross Road with title challengers De La Salle Palmerston calling. A win is a must and they will have to improve substantially to achieve this.
That next league match is at home next Saturday at 3 p.m. Enniscorthy seconds , captained by John Daly, play at 1.30 p.m. and a win for them would secure the league title.
Enniscorthy: David Murphy, Paddy Waters, Seán Wall, Joe Bulmer, Greg Jacob, Brian Bolger, Timmy Morrissey, Evan Lett, Jack Kelly, David O'Dwyer, Ivan Poole, Killian Lett (capt.), Ivan Jacob, Ross Barbour. Subs. (all played) - Alan Jacob, Damien McCabe, Peadar O'Mahoney, Angelo Todisco, Tom Ryan.
Prior to the weekend's club action, a very important game will take place in Donnybrook today (Tuesday) when the St. Mary's C.B.S. (Enniscorthy) side lock horns with St. Conleth's of Newbridge in the McMullen Cup Senior schools final at 3 p.m.
The Enniscorthy lads defeated Coláiste Bhríde from Carnew in the semi-final some weeks ago and will entertain high hopes of adding this prestigious crown.