Sec­onds close the gap on Ash­bourne

Enniscorthy Guardian - - SPORT -

EN­NIS­COR­THY 21 ASH­BOURNE 8

EN­NIS­COR­THY SEC­ONDS dusted them­selves off af­ter the Christ­mas break with a re­ally hard­fought win again top of the ta­ble Ash­bourne on Satur­day.

With Ash­bounre ly­ing five points ahead at the top prior to kick-off, this was sim­ply a must-win game for En­nis­cor­thy.

Right from the off Ash­bourne were show­ing no signs of rusti­ness from the Christ­mas break, with some strong car­ries and good work.

How­ever, af­ter 20 min­utes all they had to show for their ef­forts was a 3-0 lead as En­nis­cor­thy’s de­fence held firm.

En­nis­cor­thy started to get their atrack­ing game go­ing and were re­warded with a kick­able penalty on 35 min­utes. Out-half Jack Kelly made no mis­take, to go in level at 3-3 at half-time.

En­nis­cor­thy started the sec­ond-half like men pos­sessed, and a com­bi­na­tion of strong car­ry­ing from the for­wards and some qual­ity passes from the back meant Billy Wick­ham was re­warded for per­sis­tence as he scooted over the line.

Not con­tent with the 8-3 lead, En­nis­cor­thy went over again, with Jim White cap­ping a fine come­back per­for­mance with a crack­ing in­di­vid­ual try, tak­ing the ball on his own ten-me­tre line and pow­er­ing over in the cor­ner.

En­nis­cor­thy were well and truly on top now and, with ex­cel­lent car­ry­ing by Murt Ke­hoe and Alan Ja­cob, it was only a mat­ter of time be­fore they crossed the line again.

Luke Cum­mins went over to add the third try for En­nis­cor­thy, with out-half Jack Kelly kick­ing the con­ver­sion.

Ash­bourne got a con­so­la­tion try as the game ticked to­wards in­jury time to leave the fi­nal score 21-8 to En­nis­cor­thy.

It was a great team per­for­mance by En­nis­cor­thy, with all play­ers re­ally putting them­selves about and giv­ing it ev­ery­thing af­ter a two-week break.

En­nis­cor­thy play Bec­tive Rangers next week and will be full of con­fi­dence af­ter the per­for­mance last week­end.

Team: Murt Ke­hoe, Jamie Bar­ron (capt.), Conal Ka­vanagh, Oisín Cullen, Stephen Hadley, Alan Ja­cob, Luke Cum­mins, Jim White, Billy Wick­ham, Jack Kelly, Mel Doyle, Ro­nan Doyle, Hughie O’Neill, Adam Gethings, David Shore. Subs. (all used) - Tom Far­rar, Andy Red­mond, Fi­acre Ryan, Bren­dan Kear­ney, Evan Kelly.

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