All roads led to Alcast Park on Sunday last where Enniscorthy played host to a Skerries side who had been in fine form the top of the league. It was expected to be a tight game on all known factors and it turned out exactly like that.
Skerries started well holding the ball and making some solid carries in the opening 15 minutes but Ennniscorthy’s defence held firm and they managed to turn the ball over and clear their lines time and time again. Eventually, the pressure told and Skerries were awarded a penalty which they duly converted. Enniscorthy had, by now, found their rhythm and after some excellent play by the forwards the back spun the ball wide and Adam Gethings sliced his way into the corner for the games opening try. Mich Farrell converted the extra and Enniscorthy led 7-3. Skerries then got over for a try which was converted just before half time leaving the score 10-7 at half time.
Enniscorthy re-grouped and refreshed after halftime put in some really hard work in the opening 15 minutes of the second half. Strong carries by the forwards allowed the back to get some front foot ball to launch attack after attack. Camped under the Skerries posts for near on five minutes Enniscorthy were awarded a penalty and chose to scrum it down. This was a confident move by the team and as a result of a dominant scrum Enniscorthy pushed Skerries back over the line and Liam Stamp touched down for the second try. Again Mick Farrell did the honours with the extra 2 points. Skerries responded with a penalty of their own leaving the game 14-13 to Enniscorthy with 20 minutes to go. This team don’t do things for the faint-hearted. A great tussle ensued for the last period with both teams having chances to snatch the points. Enniscorthy had to defend for the final 8 minutes and the sheer pressure, in the end, took its toll with Skerries getting a penalty in the final minutes which they put over the bar to take the spoils 16-14.
Although disappointing the young Enniscorthy team can hold their heads high after the performance. They are learning all the time and if they keep playing the fine brand of rugby we witnessed and training as hard as they do these games will begin to fall right for them. They will resume their league campaign with an away fixture against Wanderers on the 23rd November on the back pitch in the Aviva, in what should be a cracking game given the two sides tendencies to throw the ball around.
Squad: Andy Redmond, Jamie Barron, John Nolan, Ryan Cahill, Steven Hadley, Lee Tracey (C) Harry McCafferty, Liam Stamp, Conn Kavanagh Morris, Jack Kelly, Evan Kelly, Mick Farrell, Hughie O’Neill, Mich Condon, Adam Gethings, Conal Kavanagh, Pat Doyle, Jack Freeman, Bradley Collier, Ronan Doyle