The Wexford side started the brighter, and Rory Maguire netted after less than five minutes. Navan, though, worked their way back into the game, helped by Enniscorthy being slow to clear the ball out of defence. Eventually the pressure told, and the Badgers grabbed an equaliser. A fast break down the right caught the Enniscorthy defence off guard, and the goal-bound shot beat the on-rushing Luke Doyle and defender Ivan Rothwell.
Despite the goal, Navan failed to press further and the game swung back in the visitor's favour, Robbie Walshe looking dangerous on his frequent forays into the opposing 23. Enniscorthy were guilty, though, of wasting several chances as support for centre-forward Walshe was slow to materialise. Finally, though, the experienced attacker broke the deadlock, taking the ball down the right wing- fellow attacker Maguire stretching the defence- then cutting inside and beating the home 'keeper at the near post. Sweeper Mick Jordan then made it 3-1 following an ambitious run downfield, scooping the ball over the Navan goaltender and into the roof of the net.
After the interval, Enniscorthy produced a dominant display but were unable to get a fourth goal. Medcalf at central midfield was full of verve, linking up well with Redmond on the right on frequent drives into the Navan half. At the back, Pierce and Jordan were more than a match for the host's attack; the latter proving particularly adept at setting up Enniscorthy's advances upfield. It was the Meath side, though, who scored the only goal of the second half following a well-worked short corner move, finding a gap between the advancing Costello and Rothwell.
Enniscorthy Squad: Luke Doyle; Ivan Rothwell; Mick Jordan; PJ Pierce; Mark Jowett; Kieran Costello; Daithí Medcalf; David Medcalf; Jack Redmond; Robbie Walshe; Rory Maguire; Nick Peare; Conor Tull.