The Wexford men started off strong and were putting pressure on the visitors, but it wasn’t all one sided as the defence of Andrew Rothwell, Ivan Rothwell, Vietch and Simmons were called upon on more than one occasion to keep their lines clear. The Slaneysiders put some strong passages of play together up both wings to Jowett and Durnan causing the visitors issues. Jowett came close to opening the scoring when he rounded the keeper but from a very tight angle was unable to find the backboard. Enniscorthy kept the Dublin side on the move as they played the ball around the pitch trying to wear down their opponents and in search of a gap in their defence. Young Rogan came on for his debut for the 1st side, it was clear from his first touch he was well up to the challenge that lay ahead of him and will be one to watch in the future of the club. The ball spent extended periods in the circle of Brendan’s with Liukimas and Jason Rothwell having attempts saved, but Enniscorthy’s had to settle for 0-0 at half time.
Coach Doyle’s side were putting in a solid shift and were on the front foot, but were unable to break the deadlock. The start of the second half saw a number of changes for Enniscorthy, Clive Rothwell took to the field for the first time this year for the first mens team. With Clive's introduction, Andrew Rothwell moved up the pitch to midfield as he joined up with the ever strong Chapman brothers, Glenn and Roy. Enniscorthy scored their first and only goal of the game after a number of attempt were cleared but the debutant Rogan scored a beautiful goal when from a tight angle he managed to chip the ball over the keeper and across the all important goal line. Definitely not a bad way to start your time with the senior team. The home side kept pushing up both wings with Jason Rothwell and Roy Chapman linking up well and putting some dangerous balls into Brendan’s circle but were unable to find a team mates stick. A quick break down the right hand side by the Dubliners saw them gain a short corner right at the death of the game. With the last roll of the dice St Brendan’s scored on the second attempt as Hill made a great save from the first shot but the short corner defence were unable to clear the danger and it was all square. There was no time for Enniscorthy to get back up the pitch as it finished 1-1.
Doyle’s men gave it 110% but will learn a lot from this result and bring that into their next game as they switch focus to their game against Avoca this coming Saturday.
Enniscorthy Squad: Graham Hill; Andrew Rothwell; David Simmons; Martyn Vietch; Ivan Rothwell; Daithi Medcalf; Glenn Chapman; Roy Chapman; Liam Jowett; Edmundas Liukimas; William Durnan; Jason Rothwell; Clive Rothwell; Pearse Rogan. Coach: Donal Doyle. Manager: Fraser Rothwell.