Sunday 17 November 2019

Spoils shared in rugby league clash

Enniscorthy 16 Boyne 16

Enniscorthy and Boyne shared the points in a highly entertaining and competitive Leinster League Division 1A game in Drogheda last Saturday.

The result leaves Enniscorthy within three points of the leaders Ashbourne with three matches to go.

Enniscorthy played with a strong breeze in the first-half. The pitch was playable although very soft in the middle.

Ivan Poole kicked two penalties in the first ten minutes to put the visitors six ahead. After that Boyne had most of the possession and, despite the wind, a good bit of territory, but their only reward from this period of dominance was a penalty on 25 minutes.

Enniscorthy hit back soon after and, with their scrum dominant, they put serious pressure on the Boyne line. They chose to scrum rather than kick and on the third scrum Arthur Dunne fed Killian Lett five metres out. He crashed over under the posts.

Poole converted to leave the score 13-3 at the interval. The big question, 'was it enough', had to be answered as they now had to turn around and face the wind.

The second-half was a cracker with the Enniscorthy pack putting in one of their best displays of the season. They dominated for most of the half but the strong breeze and a yellow card (Paddy Waters for hands in the ruck) caught them in the finish.

Ivan Poole kicked a penalty five minutes after the interval to extend their lead. The Boyne number 8 then kicked two long-range penalties to set up a grandstand finish.

With time running out they hacked the ball 50 metres and put pressure on the Enniscorthy line. They moved the ball swiftly from a scrum and their centre raced in from 15 metres. The try was converted to level the scores.

In extra-time Enniscorthy continued to press and were awarded two penalties, but with the wind they had to kick to touch. Despite the pressure they failed to score.

A draw was probably the fairest result. The pack put in a huge shift all afternoon with big displays from Paddy Waters, Glen Deacon and Tom Ryan.

Killian Lett at out-half played the conditions very well and made some big carries. He was well supported by the rest of the backs, in particular centres Dan Pim and Ivan Poole.

Next week is a free week for the team, with the seconds playing in the cup at home to Clane.

Enniscorthy: Angelo Todisco, David Murphy, Paddy Waters, John Daly, Glen Deacon, Tom Ryan, Jim White, Nick Doyle, Arthur Dunne, Killian Lett, David O'Dwyer, Ivan Poole (capt.), Daniel Pim, Ivan Jacob, Ross Barbour. Subs. - Timmy Morrissey for Daly (50), Hugh O'Neill for Barbour (65), Anthony White for Waters (65 to 75), David Shore, Tom Farrar.

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