Wicklow firsts lose out to Enniscorthy
Enniscorthy 16, Wicklow 0: Wicklow 1sts travelled to Enniscorthy in the latest round of the Leinster League.
RUGBY This was a rescheduled fixture from the previous week when the game was called off due to a frozen pitch. The game was played on a sticky pitch on a bitterly cold day with a strong breeze.
Enniscorthy started the brighter and worked their way into Wicklow territory from the kick-off. They were soon rewarded with a penalty to give them a 3-0 lead. Wicklow came back strongly and soon had the Wexford men under pressure. Wicklow spent the next 20 minutes camped in Enniscorthy territory but failed to make the breakthrough, despite several penalty kicks at goal. Wicklow came close to scoring on several occasions but the final pass didn’t go to hand.
Enniscorthy ended the half on the attack and were rewarded with a penalty-kick on the stroke of half-time. This was converted by the Enniscorthy out-half Ivan Poole and the led 6-0 at the break.
The second-half was a lively affair with plenty of attacking rugby. Wicklow put together several periods of excellent attacking rugby but each time they failed to capitalize.
Too often players found themselves isolated and possession was turned over. One such turnover led to the game’s first try when a Wicklow surge was turned over and Enniscorthy ran the length of the pitch to score. The conversion was missed but Wicklow trailed 11-0.
A second try followed soon after a mix-up in the Wicklow backs led to Ivan Poole bursting through to score. This was to prove to be the games final score. Wicklow will be disappointed that they turned over too much good possession.
The scrum was under pressure all day which meant the quality of the ball from the set-piece wasn’t as clean as it should have been. Best for Wicklow on the day were Simon Norton who made several barnstorming runs, John McSherry and Stuart Donohue. Wicklow take a welcome break next weekend before resuming the Leinster League in the New Year.
Wicklow: Paddy Jameson, Brian Coffey, Paul Hodgkinson, Simon Norton, Ben Armstrong, Ronan Connolly, John McSherry, Stuart Donoghue, Robert Hopkins, Brian Clarke, Steve Copeland Gary Duffy, Paddy O’Flaherty, Allen Byrne, Russel Andrew, Gary Duffy. Reps. - Niall Higgins, David Quinn, Eanna Kileen.