Monday 18 February 2019

Impressive win at Donnybrook puts Enniscorthy on brink of title

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All that's needed for Enniscorthy to claim the Eddie Egan Cup, the Division 1A trophy, is to pick up one point in their remaining three games or Gorey to drop one point. (Stock picture)
All that's needed for Enniscorthy to claim the Eddie Egan Cup, the Division 1A trophy, is to pick up one point in their remaining three games or Gorey to drop one point. (Stock picture)

Dermot O'Mahony

Enniscorthy are on the cusp of winning their second Leinster League Division 1A title. Following last weekend's results, the Wexford club is a massive 15 points clear of their nearest challengers and there are only three games remaining.

Enniscorthy secured a maximum haul of five points in beating Bective Rangers 31-7 away at Donnybrook, while second-placed Gorey lost 30-17 at in-form Kilkenny and third-placed Wicklow were beaten 19-12 away in Drogheda against bottom side Boyne.

All that's needed for Enniscorthy to claim the Eddie Egan Cup, the Division 1A trophy, is to pick up one point in their remaining three games or Gorey to drop one point.

Last Saturday at Energia Park, Enniscorthy came flying out of the traps with flank forward Luke Cummins barging over for the opening try followed quickly by winger David O'Dwyer touching down in the left corner for a rapid-fire pair of scores inside the opening seven minutes.

They had to wait until five minutes before half-time for winger Ivan Jacob to add a third five-pointer as they led 17-0 at half-time.

It was midway through the second period before the bonus try was added, this time replacement scrum-half Billy Wickham dotting down while centre Daniel Pim completed the scoring with their fifth try before Bective got over for a consolation with the last play.

Kilkenny won for the fifth time in their last six games to continue their ascent from the bottom of the table in early November up to fourth place currently which, if they stay there, would qualify them for the All-Ireland Junior Cup.

At Foulkstown, the home side led 17-5 at half-time courtesy of prop forward Simon O'Shea's early try and another scored by centre Podge Mahon just before the interval.

Tries in the last ten minutes scored by Mahon and flanker Jason Connolly ensured the win and the four-try bonus point for Kilkenny.

Boyne scored all 19 points in the first half as they pulled off the day's biggest shock at Shamrock Lodge with winger Joe Sweeney scoring their only try.

Irish Independent

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