Enniscorthy close in on dream ticket to AIL after fine win over Clonmel
Enniscorthy are within touching distance of reaching the All-Ireland League for the first time following their demolition of Munster champions Clonmel last Saturday, while the following afternoon Wicklow made it through to the Bank of Ireland Provincial Towns Cup Final with victory over Longford in Naas.
Lansdowne 2nd XV made it a J1 league and cup double when Will Faye scored a 78th-minute try to break the deadlock in the Metropolitan Cup Final at Energia Park as they beat Old Wesley 18-13.
There was ample consolation for Old Wesley over the weekend, however, as the club's 3rd and 4th XVs won the Albert O'Connell and Moran Cups against Terenure College (30-22) and Greystones (32-7) respectively, while their 5th XV edged past Old Belvedere 15-14 in Anglesea Road to win the Metro League Division 6 final.
Tallaght's winning margin was the same in the Metro League Division 7 final as they travelled to Kilbogget Park to squeeze past Seapoint 13-12 and Athy were crowned Metro League Division 8 champions after they beat visitors Bective Rangers 15-10 at the Showgrounds.
Enniscorthy beat Clonmel 46-5 at home in Ross Road in the second game of the AIL Round Robin but after conceding a first-minute try and struggling to contain the visitors in the opening quarter of an hour, it was hard to imagine the total dominance that ensued.
Out-half Ivan Poole settled the home side's nerves with a penalty before hooker Davy Murphy and winger Dave O'Dwyer scored tries to ease Enniscorthy into a 13-5 half-time lead.
The floodgates opened in the second half with Ivan Jacob adding two tries to ensure the bonus point, while full-back Richard Dunne added a fifth touchdown before Murphy completed the scoring.
With nine points from two outings to date, Enniscorthy are primed to win the AIL Round Robin tomorrow when they travel to Connemara knowing that a win or even picking up two points will realise their dream.
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