|| Under 14 South East League Semi final
Kilkenny 29 Enniscorthy 7
Kilkenny Under 14s bounced back quickly from a disappointing Cup semi final defeat only 4 days earlier with a fine home win against Enniscorthy to book their place in the South East league final. A raft of injuries to key players, including both regular half backs, gave a great opportunity to test the depth of Kilkenny’s squad and none of the starting team or replacements were found wanting on the night.
Kilkenny took the game to the visitors right from the start and, after only 4 minutes, No. 8 Noel Whelan was popping up at outside centre to race over for a try. Hugh Corkery who came up from the Under 13s for the night, and had a fine game at out half converted the score. Ten minutes later and Whelan was in the thick of things again, winning a line out 30 metres out and sending props Gareth Graham and Mark Carrigan charging forward. Centre William Spencer then got hold of the ball and stepped and wriggled his way over the line.
Second row Finn Connolly started the next try-scoring move with a powerful burst that was halted illegally. Kilkenny opted to take a line out from which they called a well-rehearsed move that saw open side Aiden McDonald held up only inches from the line. Second row Daniel O’Connor arrived quickly and dived over in the right corner to leave Kilkenny winning by 17 points to 0 at half time.
Kilkenny scored two more tries in the second half to one consolation score for Enniscorthy. Right wing Michael Ryan got both of Kilkenny’s scores, cutting inside his marker for the first one and racing outside him for the second. Corkery was very unlucky to see his conversion attempt for the second try, from almost on the touchline, come back off the post.
Although the score line was quite emphatic this was a bruising, hard fought game with Kilkenny taking home sore bodies for their defensive efforts, none more so than centre Lyndon Brannigan who tackled brilliantly all game.
Squad: Sean Bateman, Mark Carrigan, Ben Devlin, Gareth Graham, Daniel O’Connor(No. 4), Finn Connolly, Brendan McSorley, Aiden McDonald, Noel Whelan, Paddy Ryan, Hugh Corkery, William Spencer, Lyndon Brannigan, Michael Ryan, Jay Leahy, Daniel O’Connor (No. 15), Luke Hassan, Daniel Rafter, Marcus Stapleton, Joe Connolly
Niall McDermott, 6th April, 2011