Sunday 15 September 2019

Enniscorthy reach AIL for first time with convincing Connemara win

Club notes

Enniscorthy will play in the All Ireland League for the first time next season having gained promotion to Division 2C following their 27-0 win in Connemara last Saturday in the AIL Round Robin. Stock photo
Enniscorthy will play in the All Ireland League for the first time next season having gained promotion to Division 2C following their 27-0 win in Connemara last Saturday in the AIL Round Robin. Stock photo

Dermot O'Mahony

Enniscorthy will play in the All Ireland League for the first time next season having gained promotion to Division 2C following their 27-0 win in Connemara last Saturday in the AIL Round Robin.

They will replace Thomond after the Limerick city club were relegated, ending 19 years in the upper echelons of Irish club rugby.

Thomond didn't go down without a fight as they inflicted the proverbial sting of the dying wasp on Seapoint, their 26-22 success condemning the Dubliners to a home play-off with Clonmel tomorrow week as they fight for their AIL lives.

Enniscorthy's elevation has a positive knock-on effect in the Leinster League as all four divisional play-off winners will now play in the higher tiers next season: Bective Rangers retain their place in Division 1A, Cill Dara and Balbriggan are promoted to Division 1B and 2A respectively, while Garda stay in Division 2B.

Hoping

The divisional play-off losers will be hoping that Seapoint beat Clonmel so they can also play in their respective higher levels next season; thus Longford, Coolmine, Railway Union and Roscrea will be their biggest cheerleaders in eight days' time.

Enniscorthy travelled to Clifden on Saturday secure in the knowledge that two points would ensure promotion to the AIL.

The Wexford club dominated possession and they were rewarded with tries by scrum-half Arthur Dunne and centre Killian Lett inside the opening quarter.

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Full-back Richard Dunne scored another try on 30 minutes and just before the break Lett crashed over again to secure the bonus point.

Even though kicking into the wind proved futile when unsuccessfully attempting all four conversions, a 20-0 half-time lead proved impregnable.

Centre Daniel Pim scored the only try of the second half which out-half Ivan Poole converted before the Wexford club were able to celebrate a wonderful achievement.

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