Donal Doyle’s men have in the previous games this season taken time to settle into games and on more than one occasion have gone behind by a goal before they start playing to their ability. On Saturday they set themselves the task of playing from the whistle, and that they did. Just eight minutes into the game Enniscorthy opened the scoring when Durnan scored when a ball through from Medcalf gave the former time to get his shot away. Both sides were putting some good play together and were creating chances. The Enniscorthy midfield of Rynhart and the Chapman brothers were vital in intercepting a series of dangerous balls from the hosts before it was a threat to Hill and his goal. They were also key in their sides attack, one such example doubling Enniscorthy's lead. Glenn Chapman picked up a clearance ball, slotting the ball through to Dunne - who had just come on for the injured O’Sullivan. Dunne received the ball at the top of the Naas circle and his carefully placed strike sneaked inside the post out of the reach of the diving Naas keeper. English - although he didn’t have contact with the ball - was key in creating space for Dunne as he pulled his opposite number across the circle and away from the free Davidstown youngster. Just four minutes later Dunne doubled his tally when a quick re start was taken by Enniscorthy to Medcalf who made a run up the centre of the pitch before passing to Dunne who held up the ball in wait of support. Medcalf was on his shoulder and received the ball back before he reverse chipped the ball into the Naas circle for Dunne who from a tight angle slotted the ball past the 'keeper. Although three goals the better the visitors were on the attack and forcing the defence of Cooke, Simmons and the Rothwell cousins Ivan and Andrew to be alert and all were called up to make vital tackles and interceptions. Just before the break Hill was called upon when a quick break by Naas forced the Enniscorthy keeper into action.
Just one minute into the second half Naas pulled a goal back. The goal was created and scored by the visiting centre forward with a reverse stick shot flew past Hill . Naas continued to come back at the home side but the eleven on the pitch for Enniscorthy had different ideas. Doyle’s men stayed solid for the remainder of the half and saw the game out with a three one win.
Enniscorthy have a two-week break before their next outing when they welcome local rivals Wicklow to the Astro Active Centre on Saturday 17th February, for what promises to be a typically feisty encounter.
Squad: Graham Hill, Andrew Rothwell, David Simmons, Ivan Rothwell, Cory Cooke Glen Chapman, Roy Chapman, Seb Rynhart, Daithi Medcalf, William Durnan, James O'Sullivan, Jacob English & Charlie Dunne. Coach: Donal Doyle. Manager: Fraser Rothwell