Wick­low U-18s turn on the style in En­nis­cor­thy

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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.

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