Enniscorthy made seven changes to the starting team for their trip to Limerick in the All Ireland Junior Cup last Saturday. After 35 minutes when Richmond scored their third try to put them 18-5 ahead Enniscorthy looked in trouble. Despite an early try from out half Jack Kelly when he swooped on a dropped pass and ran in from 25 metres, the visitors did not settle into this game until after the interval.
The home side opened the scoring with a penalty kick after 15 mins. The came Jack Kelly’s try. However, Richmond struck back with a well taken try from their scrum half. Ten minutes later their right winger scored an excellent try in the corner. It got worse for the visitors on 35 minutes as they failed to field a high kick down the right flank and their right winger scored in the same corner after hacking on the dropped ball. Just on half time when Enniscorthy did manage to retain the ball for a sustained period they were awarded a penalty under the posts and opted for a scrum. The ball was spread wide for right winger Ivan Jacob to score in the corner. This left the score at 18-10 for Richmond at the interval.
Enniscorthy came out a different team in the second half with a bit more structure to their play. Their discipline though let them down at times conceding a number of penalties particularly at the break down. After mounting pressure from their set piece centre Killian Lett raced over to score under the posts for Jack Kelly to convert. Enniscorthy’s scrum and line out worked well all day and was the foundation for their eventual victory.
The home side became more ragged as the game wore on and they were comprehensively outplayed for most of the second half. An Ivan Poole penalty on 60 mins put Enniscorthy ahead and when Jack Kelly dotted down on the left wing after some slick passing through the backs victory looked assured. With 5 mins to go lock Tomas Stamp made a great run down the middle before transferring to Ivan Jacob, when tackled he offloaded to scrum half Arthur Dunne who raced over under the posts. Ivan Poole’s conversion brought Enniscorthy’s score to 32 points.
After the game coach Kieran Hurrell singled out the performances in the pack of Luke Cummins, Paddy Waters and Tomas Stamp. He was pleased with the showings from all the new comers. Some tight calls on selection will have to be made for their Leinster League outing against Boyne next Saturday at the Ross Road.
James Doyle (Pat Doyle 65 mins), Murt Kehoe (Davy Murphy H/T), Paddy Waters, Tomas Stamp, Liam Stamp (Timmy Morrissey H/T), Tom Ryan (Capt), Luke Cummins, Nick Doyle, Alan Jacob (Arthur Dunne 30 mins), Jack Kelly, David Shore (Ivan Poole 50 mins), Killian Lett, Daniel Pim, Ivan Jacob, Michael Farrell.