From the moment the whistle blew, Enniscorthy dominated the field where they held strong possession from their half way line and up. The starting eleven was missing two usual starter backs, Laura Smith and Aine O’ Brien. Despite their absence, defenders Serena Hatton and Roisin O’ Muiri stepped up and both had an excellent game, creating a strong wall of defence. Jessie Flood, Leah Chapman and Marti Rudd put in a great effort in the middle of the field, working together to work the ball up to the forwards, making strong tackles and accurate passes and providing the crucial link between mid fields and forwards. Floods vision in midfield allowed her to provide her sister Anna with superb balls. Anna narrowly missing out on a goal, that just narrowly skimmed the corner of Carlow goal. The lengths that Enniscorthy have developed were further demonstrated through further goal opportunities, but that first goal was yet to be scored.
Sonja Rynhart made sure that Enniscorthy would exit the first half with the upper hand, scoring a fast paced goal from a short corner into the bottom left hand corner after 25 minutes. Enniscorthy had numerous attempts on goal from Chapman and Anna Flood, narrowly missing the target. The ladies star defender, Julie Watchorn went off injured in the first half, having gotten a nasty, fast paced ball to the face. The half time whistle sounded leaving the sore 1-0 to Enniscorthy.
Again in the second half, Enniscorthy were the side who had most possession. Both sides had good passages of play in the second half, Enniscorthy were however the more clinical side. Both Rynhart and Stephanie Kinsella made good attacks down the left and right wing, unlucky to have not secured a few more for the homeside. Enniscorthy were soon to rattle the net again as a beautiful ball across the circle from Olive Lett found Leah, who’s pace and alertness allowed her to lift the ball high into the net from a first touch sweep. The ladies were now determined to gain other goals which led them to soon obtain a third goal. A long ball down the line caught by Kinsella who sent the ball to the top of the circle where it was met by Olive Lett allowed her to strike on goal where winger Sonja got a touch to the ball to put it past the Carlow keeper. There were numerous shots on target from Leah and Anna throughout the game.
The match resulted in a victory for Enniscorthy 1st, the final score 3-0. The ladies will now turn their focus to their next match which will be held on the 12th February against Kilkenny.
Enniscorthy Squad: Fiona Rothwell, Julie Watchorn, Roisin O Muiri, Ruth Harrington, Katie Owen, Serena Hatton, Jessie Flood, Marti Rudd, Leah Chapman, Anna Flood, Olive Lett, Sonja Rynhart, Stephanie Kinsella, Laura O’Leary. Coach: Donal Doyle