Club round-up: Poole holds his nerve to stretch Enniscorthy lead
When Enniscorthy pipped Kilkenny in the Bank of Ireland Provincial Towns Cup final in April it was Ivan Poole who kicked the winning penalty minutes from the end.
And on Saturday last with ten minutes remaining away at a rain swept Foulkstown it was the Enniscorthy centre who again delivered the goods as his penalty was enough to steer his team to victory over Kilkenny to open up a 10-point lead at the top of Leinster League Division 1A.
The torrential rain that belted down in the south east forced second placed Gorey's home game in Clonattin against Monkstown to be abandoned early in the second half, while third placed De La Salle Palmerston where thrashed 48-10 away at Ashbourne.
Winger Hughie O'Neill opened the scoring early for Enniscorthy with a try in the third minute and along with Poole's conversion that was enough to get the visitors to the break 7-0 ahead.
The hosts levelled affairs midway through the second half before Enniscorthy demonstrated for the umpteenth time this season how resilient they can be late in the game as up stepped Poole to deliver the goods.
Gorey and Monkstown will resume hostilities at Clonattin on February 14.
Scrum half Gavin Kennedy bagged a hat trick of tries for Ashbourne as the home side leaped frogged De La Salle.
Leading 22-3 at half-time the Meath side never let up for the entire 80 minutes and No 8 Simon Deevy and flanker Mark Rooney both notched a pair of tries while centre Sean Kent managed one touchdown.
Clondalkin enjoyed a 40-16 home win over bottom side Suttonians that propelled the west Dubliners up to fifth place.
Winger Niall Nolan and full-back Chris Jebb scored the first-half tries for the home side as they battled to a narrow 16-13 interval lead.
But the game changed dramatically on a yellow card for the visitors soon after the resumption as the hosts were awarded a penalty try and then tries from winger Ali Collier and centre Matt Stapleton wrapped up the bonus point win.
Tomorrow Clondalkin travel to Enniscorthy while relegation-threatened Suttonians host Gorey.
Elsewhere, Kilkenny welcome Ashbourne to Foulkstown while Monkstown are at home at Sydney Parade in the Dublin derby against De La Salle Palmerston.
On Sunday Division 1B leaders Malahide host struggling Cill Dara at Estuary Road, Division 2A pacesetters Portlaoise are at home in Togher against bottom club Athboy, Division 2B table-toppers Roscrea are at home in Streamstown against neighbours Birr.
Arklow, who top Division 3, are away to Swords.