Enniscorthy take advantage of Gorey slip-up to rise to summit
The remaining unbeaten record in the Leinster League Division 1A went by the wayside on Saturday when leaders Gorey lost 17-15 away to Boyne and were replaced at the summit by Enniscorthy who travelled to Kilkenny and beat their bottom-of-the-table hosts 36-24.
And tomorrow the All-Ireland Junior Cup takes centre stage as holders Ashbourne begin the defence of their crown, leading a four-strong Leinster challenge that also includes Enniscorthy, Dundalk and Wicklow.
On Saturday last Kilkenny struck first at home in Foulkstown with a pair of early tries but second-quarter touchdowns by out-half Ivan Poole and centre Killian Lett ensured the teams were level 14-14 at the interval.
While the home side scored an early try shortly after the restart, it was the visitors who soon wrestled control as they ran in three tries through Lett for his second, winger David O'Dwyer and flank forward Tom Ryan to secure a four-try bonus point before the hosts grabbed a similar bonus point with a late try.
Streak After losing their opening game Enniscorthy have now won four on the trot as they move to the top of Division 1A on 19 points, one clear of Gorey and Wicklow while Bective Rangers are a further three points back in fourth place.
After their own four-game winning streak to open their campaign, Gorey tasted defeat for the first time on Saturday when going under to an injury-time penalty goal in Shamrock Lodge kicked by winger Michael Briscoe as the Drogheda club snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.
The teams had traded tries in the first half with centres Rory Hennessy and Adam Brodigan touching down for the hosts while the visitors crossed the whitewash via No 8 Jordan Ahern and winger Joe Naughton, a missed conversion leaving Boyne 14-12 up at the break.
Centre James Nolan kicked a penalty goal early in the second half and that looked like it was going to be enough for Gorey until Briscoe's dramatic late intervention.
Wicklow maintained their title challenge with a hard-fought 22-17 win in Ashbourne. Full-back Ben Porter's try just before the interval was the key score in the first half as Wicklow went to the break narrowly ahead 8-5.