DUNDALK's slide down the Leinster League Division 1A table continued on Saturday as Enniscorthy leapfrogged Ene Fa'atau's side with a 14-point win at a cold and wet Mill Road.
Dundalk started well when a big tackle by Mike Bently helped turn over possession from the kick-off, setting the tone for a promising opening 15 minutes from the home side.
However, despite some concetered pressure Dundalk only had an Ultan Murphy penalty - for an Enniscorthy offside - to show for their early dominance.
On 15 minutes the visitors were caught offside again, but this time the kick was missed and from the ensuing kick-off Enniscorthy were awarded a penalty just outside Dundalk's 22, which they duly converted to make level matters.
The Wexford men posted the game's first try minutes later when their strong running fullback broke through the Dundalk defence, before offloading to his winger for a simple score. The conversion wasn't so easy and luckily for Dundalk the effort sailed wide.
A strong push from a 5-metre scrum saw Enniscorthy awarded a penalty try and this time the extras were added to make it 15-3 ahead on 30 minutes.
Dundalk weren't going to lie down and launched strong attack just before half time as Mike Bently, Greg Whately and Jonathan Grey gained vital yards before a switch move between Ene Fa'atau and Campbell found McNally running a superb line to score under the posts.
That closed the gap to 15-10 at the interval, and the next score was always going to be crucial. Unfortunately for the hosts it went Enniscorthy's way as a number of phases eventually paid dividends with the visitor's second row crashing over for a converted try.
Dundalk closed the gap with a penalty, but this was swiftly cancelled out by Enniscorthy at the other end to leave the hosts trailing by 22-13 on 64 minutes.
From the kick off Dundalk won another penalty and the referee finally issued Enniscorthy's second row a yellow card to send him to the sin bin for 10 minutes.
Dundalk took advantage and closed the gap again with another penalty for hands in the ruck which Murphy converted.
However, Enniscorthy were always dangerous on the counter and a strong break by their centre saw them increase their lead to 3216 with 10 minutes left on the clock.
To their credit Dundalk fought back well and number-six Mike Bently forced his way through for a try to reduce the arrears to nine points.
With time running out Dundalk went looking for at least a losing bonus point a Enniscorthy turned over possession well under pressure and broke away to add another try and seal a deserved victory.
Dundalk will be hoping to bounce back when they begin their Towns Cup campaign next Sunday away to Gorey at 2pm.