Lead at top of Division extended by extra point
ENNISCORTHY EXTENDED their lead at the top of the AIL Division 2C to five points as they convincingly beat Bruff away on Saturday.
Although they scored six tries, they were made fight all the way by a very combative Limerick outfit. This was a highly entertaining match played under ideal conditions.
Bruff had the better of matters early on and their full-back, Paul Collins, kicked a penalty to put them ahead.
Soon later Ivan Jacob struck with the first of his four tries. Flanker James Doyle was the instigator with some excellent inter-play between him and the winger. Out-half Ivan Poole converted from the right touchline.
The hosts replied with a try from their pack via a line-out maul. Collins – who didn’t miss a kick all day – converted the try and kicked a further penalty to put Bruff 13-7 ahead.
Near the end of the first-half, Jacob scored a brilliant try when he entered the line 25 metres out to race over. Poole’s conversion put Enniscorthy ahead.
Just on half-time, centre Nick Doyle made a break inside his own half, and James Doyle was up in support.
After some excellent passing between them and Ivan Jacob, the winger took on the defence on the outside to score a brilliant try in the right corner.
This left the half-time score at 19-13 to the visitors.
Soon after the break Jacob capped a memorable day for him when he scored his fourth try. Full-back Richard Dunne caught a high ball in midfield and made great ground to the ’22 where he passed to Jacob, who raced in for the bonus point try.
Soon after Ivan Poole broke through to release scrum-half Arthur Dunne who touched down in the right corner.
Bruff looked to be out of sight at this stage but they fought back and scored another try from a maul in the corner.
When Richard Dunne scored the visitors’ final try after some great work from James Doyle, the win was finally sealed.
In injury time Bruff scored their third try to narrow the gap to eleven points.
Overall, this was a much-improved performance from Enniscorthy. In addition to the man of the match Jacob, they had a number of big performers. James Doyle was outstanding at number 6, with both Nick Doyle and Richard Dunne producing impressive displays in attack.
Next Saturday Enniscorthy are at home in Alcast Park when they play third-placed Bangor at 2.30 p.m.
Team: Angelo Todisco, Davie Murphy, M.J. Doyle, David Farrell, Tomás Stamp (capt.), James Doyle, Liam Stamp, Niall Parker, Arthur Dunne, Ivan Poole, Ivan Jacob, Daniel Pim, Nick Doyle, David O’Dwyer, Richard Dunne. Subs. - Jamie Barron, Shane Lynch, Brian Bolger, Conor Byrne, Ben Kidd.