The Wexford men travelled to Santry minus two vital representatives of their defence- PJ Pierce (work commitments) and Mick Jordan (injury)- and the makeshift back four of Fraser and Ivan Rothwell, Andrew Rothwell and Greg Hawkins was ruthlessly exposed inside two minutes by the league leaders. An attack down Enniscorthy's right swiftly broke into the visiting side's semi-circle and the resulting shot found a gap between goalkeeper Luke Doyle- guarding his near post- and midfielder Costello who had worked back to the opposite post.
The students quickly doubled their lead as forays into the opposition half by the Wexford side were closed down quickly tough tackling meant Enniscorthy had little time to get comfortable on the ball. This time Trinity fired in from the left, beating Doyle who had advanced off his line and a despairing dive from Costello.
After this explosive start Enniscorthy worked their way back into proceedings- though perhaps the hosts had subconsciously taken the foot off the pedal. Alan Smith in central midfield worked hard to link up defence and attack, and Fraser Rothwell made a number of moves deep into the student's half. In the forward department Robbie Walshe managed to create a number of short corners, but Andrew Rothwell was finding the unfamiliar water- based surface tricky to deal with on his push-outs.
With the scoreline reading 2-0 to the hosts at the break, the Wexford side faced an uphill battle to get any sort of result. Trinity oozed confidence throughout, and refused to panic as Enniscorthy tried to fight their way back into the game. In both attack and defence they were able to commit numbers, and a large panel afforded them the luxury of frequent rest periods for their players. Still, Enniscorthy battled hard; Niall Maguire and Andrew Rothwell both produced several barnstorming runs; Luke Doyle showed signs of developing into a talented 'keeper; and John McWey was tireless in his efforts. At the back Hawkins and Ivan Rothwell put in a series of decisive tackles, breaking up wave after wave of attacks.
Across the team, though, energy levels began to drop and this, perhaps, is where the fault for the third and fourth goals lay. A mis-clearence by Fraser Rothwell only found a Trinity player, whose goal-bound shot was stopped by the foot of Costello, resulting in a penalty flick. The fourth arrived following a series of passes which split the Wexford men open, culminating in a shot which gave Doyle little chance.
Enniscorthy tried hard to get a goal back- Walshe and Smith proving particularly adept in the attack, while Niall Maguire put the ball over the bar with just minutes remaining- but to no avail. The hosts ran out deserved winners- but perhaps the scoreline does not exactly reflect the closeness of the encounter.
Squad: Luke Doyle; Greg Hawkins; Ivan Rothwell; Fraser Rothwell; Andrew Rothwell; Alan Smith; Kieran Costello; Niall MAguire; Robbie Walshe; Rory Maguire; William Durnan; John McWey; Jack Redmond.