Dundalk set for a scrap for sur­vival

LE­IN­STER LEAGUE DI­VI­SION 1A

The Argus - - SPORT -

DUNDALK will be fac­ing a scrap for sur­vival in the new year fol­low­ing an­other de­feat to league lead­ers En­nis­cor­thy on Satur­day.

They pushed the Wex­ford out­fit hard but the vis­i­tors pro­duced a strong third quar­ter to se­cure vic­tory.

They started well with cen­tre Daniel Pim and wing Ivan Ja­cob mak­ing good ground up the right. The ball was then spread left to wing David O’Dwyer who crashed over in the cor­ner.

Im­me­di­ately af­ter this score a loose kick out of de­fence had En­nis­cor­thy scram­bling. They held out but did con­cede a penalty which was con­verted by Paddy Reilly.

The vis­i­tors con­tin­ued to press and Ivan Poole out-ran the home de­fence to pick up just short of the line and dive over for a for­tu­nate try which he con­verted.

Ten min­utes later, Dundalk’s most in­flu­en­tial player, out-half Sam Web­ber, made a great break in open play.

He even­tu­ally trans­ferred to debu­tante right winger Ro­nan Greene who scored an ex­cel­lent try in the cor­ner. This left the score at 12-8 to the vis­i­tors at the break.

Poole kicked a long-range penalty on 50 min­utes and an­other one five min­utes later to put En­nis­cor­thy ten points clear.

With the Dundalk pack tir­ing, the vis­i­tors be­gan to spread the ball and ex­ploit the wide ar­eas.

On 65 min­utes they moved the ball swiftly from the scrum. Full-back Richie Dunne en­tered the line at speed and found wing Ivan Ja­cob with a bril­liant pass.

Ja­cob had work to do but with pace he beat his man on the out­side and sprinted in from 30 me­tres to score a won­der­ful try, which Poole con­verted.

Five min­utes later En­nis­cor­thy scored a sim­i­lar try but this time they moved the ball from right to left for David O’Dwyer to score his sec­ond in the left cor­ner.

Poole con­verted from the touch­line to put his team 21 points clear, 32-11.

Dundalk, how­ever, never gave up and scored two late tries which put a bet­ter look on the score­board.

Paddy Reilly crossed for the first try and added the ex­tras be­fore Greene raced in for his sec­ond try.

DUNDALK: Conor Wil­liams, Jonathan Gray, Robert Far­rell, John Smith, Ben Mor­timer, Enda Mur­phy, Alis­tar McCor­mack, Tier­nan Gon­nelly, Mike Walls, Sam We­ber, Lau­rence Steen, Derek Wil­liams, Paddy Reilly, Ro­nan Greene, Robert Wil­liams. Reps: Zac Con­lon, Greg Whately, Conor Hen­nessy, Ciarán Len­non, Óisín Duff.

EN­NIS­COR­THY: James Doyle, An­gelo Todisco, Paddy Wa­ters, Liam Stamp, Tom Ryan, Luke Cum­mins, Timmy Mor­ris­sey, Nick Doyle, Arthur Dunne, Ivan Poole, David O’Dwyer, Kil­lian Lett, Daniel Pim, Ivan Ja­cob, Richard Dunne. Subs: David Mur­phy for J. Doyle, Brian Bol­ger for Cum­mins, Billy Wick­ham for A. Dunne, Conal Ka­vanagh for Wa­ters, Jack Kelly.

Ro­nan Greene, Dundalk gets in his chal­lenge on En­nis­cor­thy’s Dave O’Dwyer, while above right Alis­ter McCor­mack, gets in a strong chal­lenge on En­nis­cor­thy’s An­gela Todisco.

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