After beating Kilkenny in the first round of the Walters Cup last weekend, the Enniscorthy hockey men took on Wicklow in the Quarter Final of the Leinster region cup. A sunny, fresh morning last Saturday in the Astro Active Centre in Enniscorthy saw what has become a tough derby game. With Wicklow succeeding in the previous encounter of the teams only two weeks ago when the sides met in the league, the Wexford side, sponsored by Pure Oil, were on a mission to make amends for the one nil loss.
Both sides started strong, and the garden county men pushed forward putting the home side’s defence under early pressure but Graham Hill’s defence of David Simmons, Clive Rothwell, Ivan Rothwell and Andrew Rothwell were up to the task and dealt with the attacks from James O’Sullivan and his fellow Wicklow forwards. The Slaneysiders played some of the best hockey of the game in the first half as they passed the ball around the pitch well and linked up with balls down both wings to Liam Jowett and Jason Rothwell. The experience of centre mid player Alan Smith stood to Enniscorthy as he controlled the ball and the home sides attack with his usual unfaltering play. The cathedral towns coaching team of Donal Doyle and Fraser Rothwell had their men working well and the first goal of the game came for them after 30 minutes. Andrew Rothwell won the ball back in midfield, and sent the ball down the wing and pulled the opposition wide. The ball made its way to the left side of the pitch. A pass across the visitors circle set up perfectly for the level headed Glenn Chapman to strike the ball into the back of the Wicklow net with one of this trademark power shots. With the advantage to the visitors, Enniscorthy were happy at the break to be one nil up.
Fraser Rothwell and captain Hill’s half time team talk was positive, but, the home side knew too well that Wicklow would come back and attack, using some of their talented players such as Murray, Nuzum and O’Sullivan.
As the second half started, the crowd in Bellefield grew and played a vital role in giving the men of Wexford that extra push to fight right to the end. Wicklow came out very strong in the second half and forced the Enniscorthy defence, which now included the experience of PJ Pierce, to be on their toes. Pierce was in flying form as he disrupted the strong attacks down the right hand side. With balls being fired across the home sides circle, Andrew and Clive were always at the ready to clear the lines. David Simmons, who was playing with exceptional form, stuck to Wicklow’s O’Sullivan, and made some vital tackles throughout the game. The second goal of the game came as Enniscorthy’s Jason Rothwell sent the ball across to Liam Jowett, ready and waiting to pounce and put the ball into the right corner of the goal, to the delight of the huge crowd out on this sunny morning. The visitors continued to push forward, with Enniscorthy continuing to defend strongly. Fraser’s men reverted to more defensive game plans as with only 10 minutes to go they wanted to see the game out with a win and a clean sheet. However, Wicklow never gave up and scored a consolation goal through James O’Sullivan with about three minutes to goal. John McWey and Niall Maguire kept the ball high up the pitch, as far away from Hill’s goal line, as Enniscorthy saw out the game two goals to one.
It was a complete team performance that called for some dogged defence and determination and the Slaneyside men were deserved winners. Next up for the men will be St. Brendan’s Phoenix Park in the Semi Final of the Walters Cup this coming weekend as they go in search of silverware.
Enniscorthy Squad: Graham Hill; Clive Rothwell; David Simmons; Ivan Rothwell; Andrew Rothwell; Glenn Chapman; Alan Smith; Daithi Medcalf; Liam Jowett; Roy Chapman; Jason Rothwell; John McWey; Niall Maguire; PJ Pierce; Jacob English. Coach: Donal Doyle; Manager: Fraser Rothwell
The final weekend of Leinster’s Divisions 5 league for the 1st team men of Enniscorthy Hockey Club saw them also playing two games, similarly to their second team.
Their first game took place on Saturday as they travelled to East Glendalough School where they took on Wicklow 1st in what has become an always-entertaining local derby game. This occasion was no different as the teams went head to head with both teams starting strong with a fast paced game. Wicklow scored the only goal of the game about 15 minutes into the game. The visitors came close to scoring an equalizer with a shot from Roy Chapman that sailed just over the cross bar. The game ended with the home side winning 1-0.
Enniscorthy determined to make up for loosing against Wicklow on Saturday were ready for the visiting Avoca in their final game of the league that took place on Sunday last. Again both teams started strong, however, on this occasion Enniscorthy were playing much better than they had against Wicklow and chances for both teams were plentiful but the defence on both side were able to deal with the attacks of their opposition. The home side came close to scoring, in particular shots from John McWey and Roy Chapman. The ball was moved well by both sides and troubled each other but it stayed goalless at half time. It was mid way through the second half before the deadlock was broken when a ball across the home sides circle was met by a Avoca stick that sent the ball out of reach of ‘keeper Graham Hill. Enniscorthy pushed forward and came close to scoring an equaliser but were unable to get it passed the Avoca ‘keeper. It all ended with an improved performance from Enniscorthy but with an Avoca win.
Enniscorthy Squad: Graham Hill; Clive Rothwell; Martyn Veitch; Andrew Rothwell; Keith Ogilvie; Glenn Chapman; Daithi Medcalf; David Simmons; Roy Chapman; Liam Jowett; Edmundas Liukimas; John McWey; Niall Maguire; Jason Rothwell; Jonathon Rothwell. Coach: Donal Doyle; Manager: Fraser Rothwell
The final weekend of Leinster’s Divisions 7 league for the 2nd team men of Enniscorthy Hockey Club saw them playing two games.
First up was a Friday night trip for the second team as they travelled to Dublin to D4’s Serpentine Avenue to take on Pembroke Wanderers. In what was a great performance by the South East men saw them come home with all three points in a 3-1 win. Enniscorthy’s three goals came from Rory Maguire and Eamon Sweeney from play and the third from Mick Jordan from a short corner. Pembroke didn’t give up and scored their goal from a short corner in the second half.
Saturday saw Enniscorthy second men’s team make another trip to Dublin, this time to take on St. James Gate. The previous meetings of both sides saw a close game with St. James Gate winning with a result of 1-0. In this encounter the home side come out victorious in a 2-1 game. Rory Maguire scored the Wexford men’s only goal, in what was almost a carbon copy of his goal from Friday night against Pembroke Wanderer’s.
Enniscorthy seconds team had a great first season and shows with some great results and in a team that has experience and youth, the future is bright for our hockey club.
Enniscorthy Squad: Luke Doyle; Ivan Rothwell; PJ Pierce; Mick Jordan; David Mulligan; Jonathon Rothwell; Alan Smith; Jack Redmond; Eamon Sweeney; William Durnan; Ciaran O’Leary; Jacob English; Andrew Rothwell; Jason Rothwell; Rory Maguire; Seamus McAllister, Coach: Fraser Rothwell
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