Club round-up: O'Dwyer sets Enniscorthy on way to cup glory
Published 12/02/2016 | 02:30
Enniscorthy won the Ulster Bank All-Ireland Junior Cup for the second time in three seasons when they beat Instonians 23-7 at Ashbourne on Saturday, while there were also big wins in Division 1A of the Leinster League for both Kilkenny and Monkstown.
The basis for Enniscorthy's victory lay in their proficiency for crossing the try-line as they had to defend for long periods, especially in the opening half when the Belfast club had the benefit of the strong breeze.
The breakthrough try came before the interval when winger David O'Dwyer crossed the whitewash to put Enniscorthy 5-0 ahead at half-time.
Within minutes of the resumption that lead was doubled when lock forward Joe Bulmer touched down for a try and although out-half Ivan Poole missed his second conversion he atoned moments later with a successful penalty goal that stretched the lead to 13 points five minutes into the second half.
The northerners scored a try just before the hour mark but the county Wexford club quickly regained control when flanker Greg Jacob scored his side's third try almost straight from the restart.
The All-Ireland victory was sealed for Enniscorthy soon after when winger Ivan Jacob dotted down for the game's final score and the celebrations were able to begin early for the Leinster League leaders.
Suttonians were relegated from Division 1A on Saturday when they lost 26-7 at home in Station Road to Kilkenny and the four tries bagged by the Noresiders have to all intents and purposes ensured their status in the province's top tier for another season.
Second-row forward Liam Phelan opened the scoring for the visitors before two further touchdowns from centres Philly Walsh and Padraic Mahon put them 19-0 ahead at half-time.
Mahon ensured that Kilkenny returned home with maximum points with his team's fourth try early in the second half and despite conceding a try soon after the visitors were able to withstand all that Suttonians could throw at them for the remainder of the game.
Clondalkin are now firm favourites to play in the relegation play-off at the end of the campaign after losing 20-10 away at Sydney Parade to Monkstown, and the west Dubliners now trail the Dublin 4 club by three points.
No 8 Kieran Moloney touched down for a try from a pushover scrum for the hosts that along with the reliable boot of winger Joe D'Arcy helped them into a 13-0 half-time lead.
Centre Mick Nevin touched down for the home side in the second half to ensure that Monkstown, despite the concession of a late try, leapfrogged their visitors up to sixth place.
On Sunday there are a couple of catch-up games in Division 1A, with second-placed Gorey at home in Clonattin against Monkstown, while Kilkenny welcome fourth-placed Ashbourne to Foulkstown.
Co Carlow revived their promotion hopes in Division 2A with a 37-3 win at home in Oak Park against sixth-placed New Ross, and Arklow extended their lead in Division 3 to seven points when they beat Ardee 22-6 at home in the Oval.