No stopping Enniskerry
Facile win over Newtown
ENNISKERRY 4-17 NEWTOWN 0-10
THE final round of the Philip Doyle Junior B Football Championship saw Enniskerry and Newtown face each other in what was a must win match for both clubs with the home side needing at least a draw to qualify for the knockout stages while the Magpies needed a win to keep their championship hopes alive.
In the end it was the home side who emerged victorious with a 19-point winning margin in a game that was played in excellent conditions at Enniskerry on Thursday evening last and which sees the Enniskerry men face Tinahely in the quarter-finals of the competition.
Having sufferd a first-round defeat by Avoca the north Wicklow side have bounced back to display their old form which paved the way for this latest victory thanks to an excellent all-round team performance.
Enniskerry showed they were well up for the occasion when David Barton opened the scoring with a goal after three minutes.
Newtown reacted very well with two quick points in reply from wing back Aaron Toner and veteran Wayne Hamilton to reduce the deficit to 1-0 to 0-2 after six minutes.
Enniskerry took the game to their opponents once more and they went on to score four unanswered points from the boots of Anto O’Neill Alan King, Brendan Barton and Colm Nolan.
Again, Newtown retaliated commendably. Two poor wides were followed by a point each from Justin Owens and Oisin Greenan which saw the score read 1- 4 to 0-4 at the of the first quarter.
The pre-match favourites upped the tempo and continued to be dominate in most sectors which saw them convert their dominance into scores with Anto O’Neill and Gavin Barton adding a point each.
However, the real killer blows arrived when Enniskerry struck for two goals in the space of four minutes from top scorer Brendan Barton and Anto O’Neill to end the game as a contest.
Enniskerry would add four more points before half-time while Newtown could register points from Barry Davis (free) and Michael Hefferan to leave it 3-10 to 0-6 at the break.
On resumption of play the Barton brothers continue to cause havoc in the Newtown defence and added a point each much to the delight of the home supporters.
The next eight minutes saw few scores, but the much hungrier home side continue to pile on the pressure and were rewarded with two points from Gavin Barton (one free) and a Rhys Hope major to leave Enniskerry leading by 4-13 to 0-6.
The remainder of the game saw Paudie Byrne’ side go through the motions of completing the game with Brendan Barton adding two points while Gavin Barton and substitute Jack Conroy added one each to complete the home side’s scoring.
A late rally by the challengers saw them fire over four points but there was no stopping Enniskerry who will now take on Tinahely in the quarter-finals.
Scorers Enniskerry: Brendan Barton 2-7, Gavin Barton 0-6, Rhys Hope 1-1, Anto O’Neill 1-1, Jack Conroy 0-1, Colm Nolan 0-1.
Newtown: Barry Davis 0-2 (2f), Aaron Toner 0-1, Wayne Hamilton 0-1, Justin Owens 0-1, Stuart Sinnott 0-1, Ciaran McGuirl 0-1, Sean Odlum 0-1, Michael Heffernan 0-1, Ian Farrell 0-1.