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  J2: South East League. Sunday, 25/11/12

Kilkenny                08
Enniscorthy          07        

by Padraic Treacy

Enniscorthy were denied a victory on Sunday in this South East League clash in Foulkstown as Kilkenny pulled off one of the greatest steals of all time by beating their opponents by a single point in the dying minutes of the game.

The game played in atrocious conditions was stopped for nearly 30 minutes in the first half following an injury to winger Mick Meany who unfortunately broke his leg in a tackle. As the rain poured down and the ambulance crew tended to the injured Meany, the game resumed with players from both sides continuing rather nervously however, the first half ended scoreless.

Kilkenny opened the scoring on 51 minutes with a fine kick from outhalf, Gerry Callanan who read the crosswind perfectly. The heavy and greasy ball denied Kilkenny a few chances at tries and Kilkenny were without doubt the more inventive and attacking team. The game continued with neither side conceding an inch until the 63rd minute when Enniscorthy broke through the Kilkenny defensive line and touched down under the posts to score a try which was duly converted.

Kilkenny hearts sank but spurred on by their coach Nigel Daly, they managed to revive themselves. In the 79th minute their sheer tenacity paid dividends as full-back, Alan O’Donovan expertly avoided going into touch and slid into the corner to score the game-stealing try. Callanan’s conversion attempt was very close but just drifted wide of the posts and the final whistle blew leaving the score line 8-7 to the hosts.

The dreadful weather conditions denied the spectators who had braved the elements to cheer on their team, any chance of a free-flowing game. However a number of players did delight their expectations namely Leon Madigan who’s tackling was exemplary, Ronan O’Donoghue’s strength and experience made a huge difference to the forwards on his introduction in the second half and the front row pairing of Martin Leahy and Eddie Brennan worked tirelessly in the loose. The team members and supporters would like to wish the injured Mick Meany a speedy recovery and look forward to him pulling on the Kilkenny jersey in the near future.

Kilkenny Seconds are also in Leinster League action on Sunday when they take on Malahide. Kick off in Malahide is 12.30pm.

Kilkenny Seconds: - Alan O’Donovan, Mick Meany, Ger Flood, Vinnie O’Shea, Shane Raftery, Gerry Callanan, Richard Harper, Ray Pembroke, Leon Madigan, James Blanchfield, Simon O’Shea, Emmet Carey, Darren Bawle, Emmet Lynch, Wayne Kavanagh.
Subs: - Eddie Brennan, Martin Leahy, Ronan O’Donoghue, Tom Massey, Victor Harper, Kieran Ormonde.