Sec­onds con­tinue good start with hard-fought victory

Bray People - - Sport -

Wick­low 9, En­nis­cor­thy 3: Wick­low’s 2nd XV recorded their sec­ond suc­ces­sive win against a tough En­nis­cor­thy sec­onds at Ash­town Lane on Sun­day. Hav­ing ham­mered a weak­ened Rath­drum side the pre­vi­ous week by over 75 points to nil Wick­low were keen to con­tinue their good start to the sea­son.

The squad on the day was one of the youngest se­nior sides ever to start for Wick­low. En­nis­cor­thy were a far more ex­pe­ri­enced and big­ger side but that did not de­ter the Wick­low lads who tore into them right from the start. The game was played in swel­ter­ing con­di­tions which prob­a­bly suited the younger more mo­bile Wick­low side.

The pack were un­der pres­sure right from the off with the big En­nis­cor­thy eight phys­i­cally stronger at scrum time. Wick­low led by fly­ing open side Brian Sillery tack­led their hearts out and dis­rupted En­nis­cor­thy at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity. The front row of David Quinn, Eanna Killeen and An­thony Clarke were prom­i­nent in the loose as was Paul Hodgkin­son who played very well in his first sen- ior start for Wick­low. The backs were mar­challed by Chris McWil­liams and vet­eran Paddy Downey who kept the op­po­si­tion think­ing at all times.

In a tight game, try scor­ing op­por- tu­ni­ties were few and far be­tween. Even­tu­ally Wick­low’s pres­sure de­fence paid off and En­nis­cor­thy con­ceded a penalty close in which was con­verted by Paddy Downey. En­nis­cor­thy re­sponded well with a penalty of their own.

The score re­mained at 3-3 un­til mid­way through the sec­ond-half when Downey added a sec­ond penalty fol­low­ing ex­cel­lent work by Liam Byrne and Paul Hodgkin­son. Wick­low led 6-3 and were de­ter­mined not to con­cede an­other score. Wick­low re­mained on top for the fi­nal ten min­utes and were re­warded with a penalty out wide which was con­verted by the ex­cel­lent Paddy Downey to leave the fi­nal score at 9-3 to Wick­low.

This is a side that fea­tures many play­ers that will go on to rep­re­sent Wick­low at first team level for years to come. They have guts and en­thu­si­asm and all they need is a lit­tle ex­pe­ri­ence to reach the next level.

An­other in­ter­est­ing point to note is that all 16 play­ers in the squad in­clud­ing the four play­ers over 30 are prod­ucts of the youths sys­tem in Wick­low RFC.

With sev­eral more ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers yet to come back into the squad this tal­ented bunch of play­ers could en­joy a fruit­ful sea­son.

Wick­low sec­onds in a scrum against En­nis­cor­thy

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