After their Leinster Minor Cup defeat to Enniscorthy, the Dubliners made the long trip to Slaneyside for this league encounter with revenge in mind. It was the hosts, however, who started the brighter. Just two minutes had elapsed when Enniscorthy were awarded a penalty flick by umpire David Howard. Cup hero Clive Rothwell trekked up from defence but his effort was confidently saved by David Harkin.
Despite this setback, Enniscorthy refused to be deterred and maintained pressure on the red's goal. Niall Maguire on the left wing and Jason Rothwell on the right were making threatening forays into their opponents 25. The Corinthians defence, though, were able to cope well with the home attack in open play. The answer for Fraser Rothwell's men came in the form of short corners. Their previous meeting had seen Corinthians score from one such set play- the Wexford team's only concession in league or cup this season. On this occasion the home team returned the favour. A short corner push out by Jonathon Rothwell was swiftly returned to him in a pre-rehearsed move, waiting close to goal. Turning quickly, he slipped the ball into the back of the net.
Corinthians went in search of an equaliser and the ensuing pressure resulted in two short corners. Their momentum faltered, however, when a clearance from Enniscorthy's Keith Ogilvie resulted in an injury to one of his opponents, resulting in a halt being called to the match for several minutes. The home team took the opportunity to regroup, and saw out the rest of the half with ease.
After the break the hosts began strongly but manager Fraser Rothwell will be concerned with what followed. The balance of the game swung in Corinthians favour as Enniscorthy lost cohesion. Clearances from the home defence were being swiftly returned by the visitors; a mix of luck and strong tackling kept the reds at bay. The process would then begin anew, and there were several nervous moments for the hardy home support who had braved the elements.
A rare foray into the Corinthian’s half brought victory for Enniscorthy, Roy Chapman firing in with just over fifteen minutes to go. The result leaves the Enniscorthy men top of the table, with a tricky away match at Dublin giants Pembroke Wanderers next on the agenda. Sports writers often reflect that the mark of a good team is one where it carves out a win despite playing badly. If so, perhaps we are seeing the emergence of such an outfit.
Squad: Graham Hill; Rory Maguire; Robbie Walshe; Jonathon Rothwell; Chris St. Clair- Johnson; Jason Rothwell; Roy Chapman; Cathal Ó Suilleabháin; Niall Maguire; Robbie Kavanagh; John Casey; Andrew Rothwell; Keith Ogilvie; Clive Rothwell; Kieran Costello.