Wick­low firsts lose out to En­nis­cor­thy

Bray People - - Sport -

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.

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