ENNISCORTHY'S expertise at winning in Cup competitions came to the fore again on Saturday evening last when they qualified for the Irish Junior Cup semi-final with a fine 15-8 victory over the Ulster Junior Cup winners Donaghadee.
Enniscorthy struggled in the early stages of the first half, but the breakthrough came on the 26th minute when lock forward Sean Wall won a brilliant ball on the ground on his own 22, which scrum half Alan Jacob flashed out quickly to Ross Barbour who set left wing Ivan Jacob free.
The winger had full back Richard Dunne in support on the inside. The winger kept his head to score a brilliant individual try. Ivan Poole missed the conversion.
Two minutes later it got even better when scrum half Alan Jacob made a break down the middle of the pitch, Ronnie White took the ball on, and set Richard Dunne free.
The fullback was tackled three meters from the line and his superb off load allowed Ross Barbour to cross the line for the second try.
This time Ivan Poole was successful with the conversion. Centre Nigel Barker pulled a penalty back for the visitors just before half time and that left the home side leading 12-3 at halftime.
Although Enniscorthy dominated the second half territorially, they had just one score to show for their supremacy, an Ivan Poole penalty goal.
The visitors scored a consolation try through Gareth Gordon right at the death which came too late for them.
The Man of the Match award went to wing forward Mitchel Dalton who was all over the place and there was a fine performance from Timmy Morrissey who started his first match on the first team as the young man acquitted himself well at number 8.
Another young man Willie Dunne also impressed as did prop forward Paddy Waters. Enniscorthy's half backs Alan Jacob and Ivan Poole controlled the match with some excellent tactical work. All in all it was a fine win considering the long term injury issues that the club currently has.
The semi-final draw takes place tomorrow Wednesday and first out of the hat will have a home fixture. Kanturk (Cork), Clogher Valley (Ulster) Tullamore and Enniscorthy.
The semi-final will be played at the end of January.
Team; Paddy Waters, Luke Goff, Ciaran Murphy, Sean Wall, William Dunne, Mitchel Dalton, Ronnie White, Timmy Morrissey, Alan Jacob, Ivan Poole, Ivan Jacob, Damien McCabe, Ross Barbour ( Capt.), David O'Dwyer, Richard Dunne. Subs used: Fiacre Ryan, Robbie O'Connor