With two games behind the men’s first XI they found themselves on the road again last weekend (October 7th) as they made the trip up to Naas Sports Centre. Donal Doyle’s men were in good spirits after last week's win over Three Rock Rovers.
Enniscorthy travelled with almost a full squad to choose from- just missing forward Edmundas Luikimas . Unfortunately for the visitors, Naas were first to strike and opened the scoring following a penalty corner with less than five minutes on the clock. The home side doubled their lead just minutes later, finishing the ball to the roof of Graham Hill's net. Despite this calamitous start, Enniscorthy refused to panic. Durnan made a number of promising runs up the right wing and was on occasion the victim of some borderline challenges as the Naas defence struggled to cope with the youngster. The home defence continued to get physical with the Enniscorthy forwards, who, to their credit, refused to be intimidated by the. The grit and determination of Enniscorthy shone through when central midfielder Daithi Medcalf - with some great skill and precision - pulled the ball away from his marker and with a beautifully struck reverse stick shot got his side on the score board. After three goals in the opening twelve minutes, the remainder of the half saw multiple chances but no more goals, despite James O’Sullivan coming agonisingly close for Enniscorthy when his shot hit the post.
The second half started with Enniscorthy having the better opening chances. Donal Doyle’s men were awarded a penalty corner, and O’Sullivan with a powerful shot struck the backboard for his fourth goal of the season. Naas came back hard at Enniscorthy, and late on Hill had to be at his best when a loose pass meant he found himself in a one-v-one situation; with his experience and superior reactions he dealt with Naas threat, enabling Enniscorthy to counter- attack. The match, however, finished 2-2 with Enniscorthy comfortably in the top half of the league.
The division four side will return home this coming Saturday for an outing against north county Dublin side Skerries.
Squad: Graham Hill, Andrew Rothwell, Clive Rothwell, David Simmons, Ivan Rothwell, Glen Chapman, Roy Chapman, Daithi Medcalf, Cory Cooke, William Durnan, James O'Sullivan, Cian Hogan, Ciaran O'Leary & Jacob English
See match photos here