A glance at the league table showed that the Dublin side have scored an average of over three goals a game so far this season, and from push back Pembroke were strong, putting considerable pressure on the Enniscorthy defence. The home side defended well and put their own pressure on the visitors in the early minutes of the game. Unfortunately after just five minutes the Slaneysiders lost their top goal scorer, James O’Sullivan. The former South East Wanderers and Wicklow player pulled up with a hamstring injury and had to be replaced by the youngster Charlie Dunne. Losing the experience of O’Sullivan was far from ideal, but the Wexford’s side young forwards have shown over the early stages of the season that they are more than capable of stepping up when needed. However, it was Pembroke who scored first, netting after fifteen minutes. Enniscorthy struck back less than 10 minutes later when Rynhart and Medcalf combined for Medcalf to score the equaliser after a penalty corner. On the stroke of half time the Dublin 4 side regained the lead despite the best efforts of captain Hill and some last-gasp goal line defending from Ivan Rothwell and Cooke.
Enniscorthy continued to dig deep throughout the second half with 'keeper Hill in goal making some excellent saves. Enniscorthy struggled to get time on the ball as the skilful Dubliners were continuing to put pressure on the opponents. Pembroke went on to score one more and make it 3-1 with 20 minutes to go. Despite their earlier superiority, the Dublin side found themselves defending for most of the last quarter but managed to see out the game as 3-1 winners.
Enniscorthy will again be at home this Saturday as they welcome struggling Suttonians to the Astro Active Centre.
Squad: Graham Hill, Andrew Rothwell, David Simmons, Ivan Rothwell, Cory Cooke, Glen Chapman, Roy Chapman, Daithi Medcalf, William Durnan, James O'Sullivan, Seb Rynhart, Ciaran O’Leary, Charlie Dunne & Jacob English