- Result: Galwegians Firsts 0 - Enniscorthy 44
- Venue: Crowley Park on Sat Jan 14th 2023
- Competition: AIL Division 2B
On Saturday the Blues traveled to Alcast Park hoping to finally put some distance between themselves and the Wexford men in the All-Ireland League Division 2B, but Enniscorthy had other plans as they went in search of their first win of the season.
Enniscorthy out-half Jack Kelly put his side on the scoreboard early on making no mistakes with a penalty giving the home side the lead 3-0.
Nick Doyle followed up shortly after with an intercept try, reading a Galwegians set play to snatch possession and touch down under the posts. Kelly on target once again, the visitors trailing by ten with twelve minutes on the clock.
Enniscorthy continued to pile on the pressure, a forward led phase of attacks which saw Angelo Todisco cross the whitewash to increase the home sides lead to 15, the conversion going astray this time round.
Moments later the Pim brothers linked up to add another try to further hurt the Galway men Kelly pulling the conversion wide.
Galwegians were handed a lifeline with Tomás Stamp being binned for an off-the-ball incident, but Enniscorthy held strong, and the Blues were unable to capitalise against 14 men. The score 22-0 at halftime.
With everything going wrong for Galwegians, Enniscorthy continued to flourish with Todisco wasting no time to bag himself another just ten minutes into the second half from a pick-and-go.
M.J. Doyle was keen to get himself on the scoreboard following his front-row partner to cross the line in a similar manner.
Sebastian Pim went on to score the next two tries for Enniscorthy his last a well-worked backs and forwards move saw him touch down on the 80th minute to close out his account with a hattrick.
In all a day not to remember for the boys in the Blue but Galwegians Assistant Coach Shane O Brien has stayed positive despite the disappointing result, “Last week was a tough one to take. Especially after the form we showed before the Christmas break. We didn’t assert ourselves on the game both with and without the ball. We are looking for a backlash this week against a strong Wanderers team. Training this week was intense and we need to bring that for 80 minutes on Saturday if we are to get the result we want.”
Galwegians will face Wanderers this Saturday in Crowley Park, with the hopes of getting their first win of 2023.
Ciarán Ó Flaithearta