Sunday 19 May 2019

Full-blooded decider expected as Enniscorthy take on Wicklow

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The blue riband of the Leinster club rugby season takes place in Navan Rugby Club's grounds at Balreask Old on Sunday when holders and eight-time winners Enniscorthy lock horns with Wicklow who are bidding for their second ever title in the 94th Bank of Ireland Provincial Towns Cup Final. Stock photo
The blue riband of the Leinster club rugby season takes place in Navan Rugby Club's grounds at Balreask Old on Sunday when holders and eight-time winners Enniscorthy lock horns with Wicklow who are bidding for their second ever title in the 94th Bank of Ireland Provincial Towns Cup Final. Stock photo

Dermot O'Mahony

The blue riband of the Leinster club rugby season takes place in Navan Rugby Club's grounds at Balreask Old on Sunday when holders and eight-time winners Enniscorthy lock horns with Wicklow who are bidding for their second ever title in the 94th Bank of Ireland Provincial Towns Cup Final.

And the good news is that the final will be broadcast live on TV again this year with both eir Sport and FreeSport airing it at 4.0pm.

The final will be Enniscorthy's last game in a remarkable season in which they have lost only twice, once to Ashbourne in the All-Ireland Junior Cup final in January and earlier in their first Leinster League Division 1A game in September against Wicklow.

The Wexford club overcame that loss to totally dominate the league, winning the title with three games to spare. And they followed up with three impressive wins in the All-Ireland League Round Robin to gain promotion to the AIL next season.

Enniscorthy beat Skerries, Tullamore and Gorey to make it to Sunday's showdown while Wicklow had a narrow opening win in Tullow before beating Dundalk and Longford to reach the final.

This year's final is a repeat of the 2016 decider when Wicklow won their only previous crown with a 28-21 victory in Ashbourne just a week after Enniscorthy had suffered the pain of conceding a last-minute try to lose their AIL play-off in Sligo.

Sunday's game promises to be another full-blooded battle between two of the best teams in the province but there are still plenty of other finals to be played between now and the May Bank Holiday weekend.

Two U-20 cups are down for decision on Sunday when Old Wesley takes on St Mary's in the Purcell Cup final at Anglesea Road while Cill Dara and Clontarf's 2nd XV contest the Harry Gale Cup decider in MU Barnhall Rugby Club.

The Michael Dunne Cup Final (Provincial J4) is also on this Sunday with Co Carlow playing Ratoath in Newbridge while the Provincial Towns Plate Final is scheduled for Wednesday when Newbridge and Clondalkin clash in Naas.

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