City of Derry RFC 17
Enniscorthy RFC 43
Enniscorthy’s long journey to Derry last weekend for their fourth away game in the AIL was an unqualified success.
On a dry blustery day they gave a vintage display of fast open rugby that produced seven quality tries. This was very much a team effort. In the pack, Tom Ryan led from the front all day and in the back- row flanker Brian Bolger produced a Man of the Match performance. Out-half Ivan Poole pulled the strings in the in-form backline.
Their first try came after 7 mins when flanker Brian Bolger broke off the back of a line out, three quick passes later found lock Tomas Stamp who barged over under the posts. Ivan Poole converted. Midway through the half scrum-half Arthur Dunne broke down the blindside before he offloaded to his brother Richard whose pace took him to the 22-metre line. He passed inside to wing Ivan Jacob who touched down under the posts. Ivan Poole converted.
Derry were awarded a penalty and this was converted by their out half Alex Mc Donnell to leave the half time score at 14-3 in favour of the Wexford men.
Enniscorthy continued to dominate up front and ten minutes after the interval the visitors scored again from a line out maul when hooker Davy Murphy touched down. On the hour wing, David O’ Dwyer, scored their fourth and bonus point try after centre Hugh O’ Neill made good ground. Ivan Poole again converted. From the kickoff, Derry responded with a try of their own when out Mc Donnell scored under the posts.
Enniscorthy immediately went up the other end and scored an excellent try from a penalty line out. The ball was moved quickly across the backline and David O’ Dwyer scored again in the corner. Enniscorthy were now 31-10 ahead. They scored 2 more tries through Ben Kidd and Arthur Dunne to round off an emphatic performance. The final whistle sounded after Kidd’s conversion.
Enniscorthy have consolidated their position at the top of the table with 33 pts two points of Skerries, They continue their AIL campaign at home next Saturday 14th December in the Ross Road against Bangor at 2.30pm.
Angelo Todisco, Davy Murphy, MJ Doyle, Tomas Stamp, Tom Ryan (Capt), Nick Doyle, Brian Bolger, Timmy Morrissey, Arthur Dunne, Ivan Poole, David O’ Dwyer, Hugh O’ Neill, Daniel Pim, Ivan Jacob, Richard Dunne.
Subs: Paddy Waters (A Todisco H/T), Billy Wickham (I Jacob 50 mins), Ben Kidd (H O’ Neill 65 mins), Liam Stamp (T Stamp 65 mins), Andrew Redmond ( D Murphy 70 mins)