Enniscorthy’s backs were against the wall for a considerable portion of the opening half of the game as the Dublin side put considerable pressure on their visitors. Weston came out with all guns firing , Enniscorthy relying on Roy Chapman and Ivan Rothwell making vital tackles to stop Weston’s attacks. Throughout the first half the Lucan- based side were awarded numerous penalty corners, which for the most part Enniscorthy's defence were equal to. Unfortunately, after Hill's initial save the Weston attackers were first to gain the ball and scored with a rebound shot. Enniscorthy slowly getting a foot hold in the game and making more of an impact on the flow of the game. Rynhart who know had moved into midfield was as always making a nuisance of himself and managed on more than one occasion to steal the ball off Weston players. Durnan and Rynhart linked up well for a quick free quick to cause the Dubliners trouble, but unfortunately an infringement put a stop to their attack. The game continued to ebb and flow as both sides were getting chances to cause each other issues. As the first half ended it was clear to see although Enniscorthy were getting chances, Weston were in control of the game and it would require a big effort from Enniscorthy to get themselves back in the match.
Six minutes into the second half Weston doubled their lead. Durnan went close to getting his side back into it when he made a threatening run into the Weston circle using some impressive 3D skills, he gaining his side a penalty corner. The resulting shot by O’Sullivan went narrowly wide. However, Enniscorthy came right back at Weston and O’Sullivan made up for his previous miss. Enniscorthy’s tails were up and Andrew Rothwell made a break up the right wing and put a threatening ball into the circle for O’Sullivan, but nothing was to come from this attempt. Two minutes later Weston had re established their two-goal lead. Doyle’s men were not down and out as they returned it to a one-goal lead to Weston when Rynhart scored Enniscorthy’s second goal. As the clock ticked down both sides had their chances, but. time was to run out on the visitors as the game finished 3-2 to the Dublin side.
Donal Doyle’s men will have to learn from this encounter to help them improve as they set their eyes back on league action when they take on fourth – placed Naas on Saturday 3rd February.
Squad: Graham Hill, Andrew Rothwell, David Simmons, Ivan Rothwell, Cory Cooke Glen Chapman, Roy Chapman, Daithi Medcalf, William Durnan, James O'Sullivan, Seb Rynhart, Charlie Dunne & Jacob English