After an opening day thumping in Enniscorthy, the O’Sullivan racked up a big win of their own on Wednesday night.
The game had rather a confusing start. A crash on the M50 meant Skerries were delayed, and arrived in three separate convoys. When four players had arrived, they said that was their lot and we started with a bye on board 5 – but ten minutes later, a fifth board turned up anyway, and the match quickly reverted to a five-board game. For our part, after a bit of a lesson in Wexford, it was encouraging to hear one or two of our opponents asking how to write down the capture move on the scoresheet!
The game got underway and produced a couple of quick wins. Des Carroll – on his non-subbing debut – won, as did Frank Kelly, making his competitive debut. Ben on 5 had been in a bit of trouble, but wangled his way out nicely to win. Declan also won – all within the first 90 minutes or so. That just left Liam, who was a piece up on board 1, though his opponent was (quite rightly) gamely battling away. In the end, though, Liam picked up a second piece and then an exchange, and a 5-0 win was confirmed. Not a bad turnaround!