Enniscorthy’s men’s first XI travelled to Dublin on Saturday to take on Corinthians in Division 4, in what was expected to be a tight contest as before the game both teams sat joint top of the league table.
Enniscorthy travelled to the game missing regulars Ivan Rothwell (defender) and Aodhan O’Leary (midfield,) so second’s regular Niall Maguire and under 16 player Jack Tully were called up.
The game started and it was Enniscorthy who were in control with some very astute play and passing. The four in midfield worked hard and created a lot of chances for Charlie Dunne and Leo Durnan, the latter particularly giving everything in this game. Dunne was unlucky not to have a goal or two in the first half, hitting the target several times and making the keeper work hard to go in at half time scoreless. The Enniscorthy defence were able to deal with any of the attacks that came their way.
Seb Rynhart – who moved into midfield for the second half – worked hard throughout and created a number of chances. For all their possession, it was only midway through the second half when Enniscorthy got their breakthrough; winning a penalty corner, the ball was pushed out to William Durnan on the edge of the circle who swept it towards goal for Rynhart to get a deflection. One-nil to Enniscorthy. After this Corinthians put the squeeze on the visitors and got a foothold in the Enniscorthy circle, winning a penalty corner of their own from which they equalised. Enniscorthy were unfazed; from the tip-off they put the pressure on the home team, and with some good work from Ben Doyle, Jack Tully and William Durnan in midfield, Seb Rynhart received the ball at the top of the circle and put a shot across the keeper down low to the right – and scored. Enniscorthy hung on to the lead for the remaining three minutes, one which pushes them three points clear at the top of the table, Corinthians slipping to third.
Enniscorthy have two league games left before the Christmas break; next up are seventh-placed North Kildare at home in the Astro Active Centre on Saturday.
Squad: Graham Hill, David Simmons, Andrew Rothwell, Niall Maguire, Seb Rynhart, William Durnan, Cian Hogan, Ben Doyle, Jack Tully, Charlie Dunne, Leo Durnan