Thursday 19 September 2019

Enniscorthy tighten grip with dominant performance

Enniscorthy have tightened their grip atop Division 1A of the Leinster League as their lead at the summit has now been extended to nine points following their 32-23 bonus-point win in Dundalk. Stock image
Enniscorthy have tightened their grip atop Division 1A of the Leinster League as their lead at the summit has now been extended to nine points following their 32-23 bonus-point win in Dundalk. Stock image

Dermot O'Mahony

Enniscorthy have tightened their grip atop Division 1A of the Leinster League as their lead at the summit has now been extended to nine points following their 32-23 bonus-point win in Dundalk.

The Wexford club racked up its eight win on the bounce, having lost its opener, and with five games remaining, is in a strong position to win a second Division 1A title in four seasons and thus set up another shot at gaining AIL status having lost out last time in a play-off in Sligo.

Runners-up twice in the intervening two seasons, Enniscorthy appear to be on a mission of restitution as they are now sweeping all before them including running in four tries in a dominant win in Dundalk last weekend.

First-half tries scored by winger Dave O'Dwyer and out-half Ivan Poole helped the visitors into a 12-8 interval lead and after the break winger Ivan Jacob added another before O'Dwyer sealed the win and the bonus point with his second try.

Second-placed Gorey lost ground when they were held to a 12-12 draw away in Milltown House against Ashbourne and now must look for help elsewhere if they hope to turn the tables on their neighbours to pick up a first ever Division 1A Leinster League title.

Wicklow are a point further back in third place after their 29-14 bonus-point win against Kilkenny, a result that ended the Marble City side's three-game winning streak.

The home side led 19-14 at the break after a rollercoaster first half in which winger Simon Breen, No 8 Charlie Butterworth and out-half Niall Earls scored tries for the hosts who went on to secure the bonus behind replacement winger Jack Dunne's touchdown.

The winners of the remaining game were Bective Rangers whose 20-12 victory in Energia Park against bottom side Boyne eased the Dublin 4 club clear of the relegation play-off zone.

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