Enniscorthy stay top

Bangor RFC 15
Enniscorthy TFC 14

Enniscorthy suffered their first defeat in the league since last October when they went down by a single point away to Bangor last Saturday. Despite this loss they still remain on top of the division. They met a very fired up Bangor side who seemed determined to atone for their big loss in Enniscorthy before Christmas.

Bangor got off to a good start with their out half kicking a penalty after 8 minutes. Five minutes an error by Enniscorthy spilling the ball in a tackle gave the Ulster men a scoring opportunity which they took. Their big pack mauled over from 10 metres. Their conversion made the score 10-0. A Ben Kidd penalty cut the deficit after 25 mins. Unfortunately, he had to go off with an ankle injury shortly afterwards.

As Enniscorthy came more into the game Ivan Poole kicked a further penalty but with only a few minutes remaining in the half, Bangor struck again with a well-taken try in the left corner. They were good value for their 15-6 lead at the interval.

Enniscorthy, however, came more into the game in the second half aided by a stiff breeze blowing into the left corner. Influential No 8 Timmy Morrissey had to retire after 50 minutes with a groin strain. They had plenty of possession but at times gave up the ball too easily. The backs were finding difficult to gain ground due to a stout Bangor defence. Ivan Poole kicked another penalty after 55 mins.

Flanker Nick Doyle moved to inside centre and this helped. He made a lot of ground down the left side but still the Bangor defence held firm. With the clock running down the visitors continued to press with big drives from Niall Parker and Liam Stamp. After a number of phases, the ball was spread wide and lock Tomas Stamp dived over to score. Ivan Poole’s difficult conversion to win the game just drifted wide in the breeze.

Enniscorthy stay top of the table

Coach Declan O’ Brien said after the game “Bangor are a big physical side and were probably hungrier today. We have no complaints as we just did not do enough in the first half. We have had a number of injuries recently and this doesn’t help. Having said that I thought our subs, in particular, Liam (Stamp) and Niall (Parker) played very well when they came on.”

Enniscorthy’s next game in the league is at home to City of Derry on Saturday week 25th Jan.

Angelo Todisco, Davy Murphy, Paddy Waters, Tomas Stamp, Tom Ryan (Capt), Nick Doyle, Brian Bolger, Timmy Morrissey, Billy Wickham, Ivan Poole, Arthur Dunne, Hugh O’ Neill, Daniel Pim, Richard Dunne, Ben Kidd.

Subs: Cian Wickham (B Kidd 30 mins}, Liam Stamp (T Morrissey 50 mins), Niall Parker (C Wickham 65 mins), Andrew Redmond, Ryan Cahill.

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