Seconds' fifth win in a row
Published 11/12/2013 | 05:20
DUNDALK seconds claimed their fifth successive victory with a hard fought win at Mill Road last Saturday.
The first half was a very stop start affair with neither side able to build any meaningful phases.
Nearing half time the teams were locked at 9-9, with Donal Clare slotting three kicks at goal for the home side, but in the last play of the half Enniscorthy hit the front when their centre cut back through some poor defence from the Dundalk forwards off a lineout. The ensuing conversion put them up 16-9 at half time.
With some harsh words from John McKevitt ringing in their ears Dundalk began the second half like a totally different team with the forwards imposing themselves on the game. Greg Whately led the charge, while Clare kicked accurately to space to gain territory.
Off one such kick the Enniscorthy winger was put under huge pressure and when the ball came out the back of the ruck, Whately was on hand dive over for a try. An excellent sideline conversion by Clare levelled matters at 16-16.
Dundalk continued to take the game to their opponents and once again a clever kick from Clare was allowed to bounce and fullback Robert Shields caught and offloaded to centre Kieran Lenehan to race over for try number two, which again Clare converted.
Enniscorthy came back at Dundalk but some outstanding defence over a long period of time eventually yielded a turnover and Dundalk cleared their lines.
Dundalk spent the final 15 minutes on the attack and increased their lead to ten when Clare slotted another penalty.
Dundalk attempted to chase down a bonus point try but had two efforts ruled out from Errol Boyle and Greg Whately each for forward passes.
A much improved second half performance from Dundalk and after defeat for league leaders Coolmine on Saturday the gap at the top of the Leinster Seconds League 1A stands at one point with five games to go. Dundalk resumes their campaign on January 4th away to Cill Dara at 1pm.
DUNDALK: Robert Shields, Stephen Murphy, Robert Williams, Kieran Lenehan, Errol Boyle, Donal Clare, Chris Brady, Darren McGuiness, Will Luaki, Connor Kane, Darren McConnon, Mark Rowntree, John McGahon, Greg Whately, Subs. Sean Arrowsmith, Dermot Laide, Diarmuid Sloane, Joe Olaoye.