Kai Gahan's side went into their final match of the Leinster B division unbeaten, knowing a win or a draw would suffice to secure league victory. Her charges took control of the contest early on, Charlie Dunne opening the scoring with a reverse stick shot after just three minutes after good work by Pearse Rogan and Ronan O'Leary. Five minutes later the lead was doubled as Rogan and O'Leary combined to make the scoreline 2-0 in favour of the home side, and despite dominating possession the Enniscorthy men were unable to extend their lead before the interval.
The second half was one-way traffic as the hosts upped the pressure on the Newbridge goal. Seb Rynhart made it 3-0 after intercepting a wayward pass out of defence before netting following a one-on-one with the Newbridge goalkeeper. He grabbed his second on 35 minutes when Dunne brought the ball into the semi-circle, passing dangerously close to the goal, and Rynhart made the most of the opportunity.
Dunne produced a near carbon-copy of his first goal on 37 minutes to put four goals between the sides, and Rogan bagged his second of the afternoon three minutes later from a penalty corner. Rynhart claimed the short corner after deflecting the ball off a Newbridge foot; Rogan received the push-back and hammered the ball into the backboard.
The seventh arrived via a piece of magic from Gavin Cousins. Rogan in possession passed the ball to the edge of the semi-circle, where it was received by Cousins; his single touch nudged the ball over two Newbridge sticks into the path of Rynhart, who shot into the bottom right.
While the goalscorers could justifiably claim the limelight, Sunday's success was based on a strong performance throughout the squad. Goalkeeper and captain Glenn Rothwell was left with little to do as his defenders- Andrew Stewart, Jack Doran, Harry Somers, Ronan O'Leary, Samuel Veitch and Rynhart- worked tirelessly to keep Newbridge at bay. In midfield the aggression of Gavin Cousins was instrumental in unsettling the visitors, who also had to contend with the skill of Rogan and the industry of Alex Symes and John Sutton. Up front Evan Jacob worked tirelessly all afternoon, seeking out his teammates with a flurry of crosses from the right, and Leo Durnan and Conor O'Brien battled hard to prevent Newbridge clearing their lines.
After their fine league win, cup action beckons for Enniscorthy, who host Dublin giants Monkstown (competing in upper reaches of the Leinster A division) on March 20th in what promises to be a challenging encounter.
Enniscorthy Squad: G Rothwell; S Rynhart; A Stewart; J Doran; H Somers; R O'Leary; G Cousins; S Veitch; J Sutton; E Jacob; C Dunne; C O'Brien; L Durnan; A Symes; P Rogan