Wicklow U-18s turn on the style in Enniscorthy
Wicklow 51, Enniscorthy 10: Wicklow travelled to Enniscorthy on Saturday and took on the league leaders in their own patch and came away convincing winners.
This was Wicklow’s sternest test to date and approached this game with the right attitude, starting well Wicklow took the game to the home side from the kickoff and despite Enniscorthy’s good early defence, John Jenkinson found a way through to open the scoring with a well taken try.
Wicklow’s pack gradually got on top in this game and Niall Hardy capitalised and a poor throw in by the home side to score Wicklow’s second try.
Enniscorthy came back strongly at this stage and their out-half landed a penalty to put them back in touch.
Wicklow’s front row of Timmy O’Donovan, Shaun O’Brien and Stephen Roberts were in good form and were well backed up by John Campbell and Liam Gaffney who continues to improve.
Wicklow’s third try showed good hands by the back line for David Acres to join and send Ben Armstrong over for a good try. Defensively Wicklow were good with great tackling by Stephen Roberts, John Campbell, Garrett Kinane and Ben Doyle.
From a ruck just inside his own half Charlie Butterworth picked the ball and ran through the home defence to score the try of the match. Timmy O’Donovan converted. Just before halftime Enniscorthy scored their only try when they secured ball from a lineout and moved the ball for the centre to score near the posts. Half-time score was 22-10.
In the second-half Wicklow upped their game and with the former forwards gaining primary ball and Wicklow’s half backs of Dennis Higgins and Simon Breen supplying quality ball for the backs, the pace of the game increased.
Ben Doyle ran in two tries, one after very good work down the right wing by Lorcan Cullen and the other cutting through the home defence to score under the posts. Kyle Warren and Pádraig Naughton continued the good work of the forwards when they came on.
Shaun O’Brien capped a good days work scoring two tries. The first out wide and the second from a pop pass back inside by Dennis Higgins. Seán Doyle and Aaron Keogh both did well when they came on as did James Kilgannon at full-back and Roland Vilcuks on the wing. John Campbell had another fine performance and scored a good supporting try.
Team captain, Niall Hardy, as well as having his usual solid game raised the bar for everyone with his commitment and leadership on the weekend. Niall is another quality player emerging from this squad of lads.
This was a good performance by Wicklow who are progressing nicely and now have to play New Ross away where a victory would see them finish top of the South Leinster League and put them in a primary position for the play-offs. Special mention should be given to Eddie Downes and Niall Hardy for their inclusion to the Irish Youth’s Squad. Well done lads.
Wicklow panel: D. Acres, S. Doyle, R. Hurley, L. Gaffney, J. Jenkinson, G. Kinnane, N. Hardy. L. Cullen, J. Kilgannon, K. Warren, D. Heraughty, S. Breen, S. Roberts, K. O’Mahony, J. Clarke, J. Campbell, D. Higgins, B. Armstrong, P. Naughton, C. Butterworth, E. Downes, S. O’Brien, T. O’Donovan, S. DuMoulin, J. Flood, R. Hurley, B. Doyle, A. Keogh, R. Vilcuks.