Enniscorthy started strongly with wings Eimear Doyle and Rebecca Leech causing the Newbridge defence all sorts of problems, and forcing the goalie to make a number of saves. The breakthrough came after five minutes when Martha Dunne was perfectly placed to slot home a cross by Doyle.
The midfield trio of Niamh Ogilve, Ciara Kelly, and Caoimhe Larkin were impressive in their control and distribution of the ball, ensuring that the pressure on the visitors was kept up, and giving Dunne the opportunity to take her second goal of the day. Her hatrick came shortly after when she pounced on a deflected ball following a strong Eimear Doyle shot from the right wing. Short corner practice paid off as pusher out Aoife Mahon neatly netted a return ball form Niamh Ogilvie to finish the scoring for the first half.
Enniscorthy started the second half as they finished the first with Coaimhe Larkin scoring at the far post from a Martha Dunne cross. Niamh Ogilvie added a further two goals with strong shots from the top of the circle during short corner routines. The scoring was finished off by Ciara Kelly with a strong shot from the top of the circle.
Enniscorthy’s domination of the game meant that defence of Anna Kavanagh, Lettie Hassett, Eabha Farrell, and Aoife Mahon were able to defend high up the pitch, and they dealt well with any attacks that came their way. In fact, such was their strength that fledgling goalkeeper Norah McGinty had only one save to make for the whole match.
The substitutes of Rioghna Hourihan, Emer Bowe, Gilly Phelan, and Ciara B Doyle also performed brilliantly, slotting seamlessly into their allotted positions despite the cold and the rain.
A semi final encounter with either Naas or Abbeyleix away on the 28th February looms and promises to be an exciting but a much tougher encounter.