The Slaneysiders had an advantage when the game begun as Glenanne were unable to field a full team of eleven players. Enniscorthy were quick to use their advantage and pressed high and put the Dubliners under pressure. The deadlock was broken when right back Andrew Rothwell gathered the ball from a Glenanne clearance, he worked his way into the circle, beating two defenders and from a tight angle slotted the ball between the keepers legs. Enniscorthy gained a number of short corners during the game and took their chances. Roy Chapman scored from one with a reverse shot when he pulled it to his left and fired it into the back of the net. Shortly after this sweeper Simmons gained space inside the Glenanne circle and superbly scored Enniscorthy’s third of the game, again this goal was from a short corner. The Slaneysiders weren’t finished scoring from short corners though, Medcalf, the teenaged midfielder got a touch to redirect Roy Chapman’s wide bound rocket on to the target with a reflex deflection. Glenanne themselves gained a short corner and took their chance. With a straight shot from the top of the circle, keeper Hill was blind sighted and was unable to stop the thundering shot. The half time whistle blew with the score at 4-1.
In the second half, Glenanne, who were having trouble getting passed the midfield of Roy Chapman, Medcalf and Glenn Chapman tried a new tactic of bypassing the solid players with aerials. Although on most occasions Enniscorthy’s defence of Ivan Rothwell, Vietch, Simmons and Andrew Rothwell dealt with the threat, Glenanne were causing trouble for Enniscorthy. An aerial assisted the Dubliners in scoring their second of the game. This early goal in the second half refocused Donal Doyle’ men’s and they went on to score two more goals. Roy Chapman doubled his tally with another reverse shot and Liukimas got on the scoreboard with a beautiful flick over the charging Glenanne keeper. The game finished 6-2 to Enniscorthy and three more points for the table toppers.
With the top of the league tight, every result counts, shortly after the game word come through that both Wicklow and Monkstown had drawn their games giving Enniscorthy a little more breathing space at the top of the league. This coming Saturday the Wexford men will travel to Rathdown School to take on Monkstown.
Enniscorthy Squad: Graham Hill; Andrew Rothwell; David Simmons; Martyn Vietch; Ivan Rothwell; Daithi Medcalf; Glenn Chapman; Roy Chapman; Jason Rothwell; Edmundas Liukimas; William Durnan; Cory Cooke; Cian Hogan. Coach: Donal Doyle. Manager: Fraser Rothwell.