Cup heartache for u16 girls
There was disappointment for Enniscorthy's under 16 girls following a titanic struggle in the prestigious Junior Jacqui Potter Cup on Sunday evening. Alan Smith's side traveled to Park Avenue to take on last year's runners-up Railway Union. The two sides finished level in ordinary time, Laura Smith netting from a penalty flick for the Slaneysiders. Extra time followed and it was the host side who emerged victorious on a 2-1 scoreline. Enniscorthy now have the Plate competition to look forward to.
It was another tough day at the office for the ladies third XI in the Sunday League. The side made the trip to Carlow but despite a goal from Catherine Oakes, Enniscorthy came out the wrong side of a 4-1 scoreline.
Enniscorthy's ladies second XI took on Suttonians' third XI – who began the day in third place - in Division 12 of the Leinster League on Saturday. Enniscorthy got off to a strong start, effectively pressing the visitor's hit outs. Great play from the back line of O’Muiri, Hatton, D’Alton and Hayes saw Enniscorthy clear the ball well when the Dublin side threatened, sending a series of effective passes to wingers Dempsey and Redmond. The hosts took the lead midway through the first half, Sweeney and Rochford linking well, with the latter claiming her first goal of the season. Suttonians responded strongly on the cusp of half time, equalising from a well-taken penalty corner.
The second half began as the first ended, with Suttonians on the ascendent, forcing a number of excellent saves from Medcalf in the Enniscorthy goal. The home side wrestled back momentum, midfield creating some great chances but the crucial final touch was missing. Instead it was Suttonians who struck again, converting midway through the second half from play. Once again Enniscorthy's midfield dug deep, but unfortunatey ran out of ideas and time, with Suttonians emerging 2-1 winners and moving up to second in the table. Next week sees Enniscorthy's second XI away to bottom side North Kildare and hoping to improve on their current tenth position .
Squad: Alice Medcalf, Roisin O’Muiri, Serena Hatton, Amy D’Alton, Julie Hayes, Laura Redmond, Eleanor Bolger, Megan Dempsey, Niamh Rochford, Elaine Hickey, Avril Buttle, Hannah Sweeney, Orlaith Breen, Muireann Nic Corcráin, Lillian Howlin
Rare home defeat for M1
After last weekend's loss to Weston Enniscorthy men's first XI were informed on Wednesday that the result was to be reversed due to the Dublin side fielding a illegal player. This piece of good fortune allowed them close the gap on table toppers Pembroke Wanderers IV ahead of the Dublin side's visit to the Astro Active Centre on Saturday.
A glance at the league table showed that the Dublin side have scored an average of over three goals a game so far this season, and from push back Pembroke were strong, putting considerable pressure on the Enniscorthy defence. The home side defended well and put their own pressure on the visitors in the early minutes of the game. Unfortunately after just five minutes the Slaneysiders lost their top goal scorer, James O’Sullivan. The former South East Wanderers and Wicklow player pulled up with a hamstring injury and had to be replaced by the youngster Charlie Dunne. Losing the experience of O’Sullivan was far from ideal, but the Wexford’s side young forwards have shown over the early stages of the season that they are more than capable of stepping up when needed. However, it was Pembroke who scored first, netting after fifteen minutes. Enniscorthy struck back less than 10 minutes later when Rynhart and Medcalf combined for Medcalf to score the equaliser after a penalty corner. On the stroke of half time the Dublin 4 side regained the lead despite the best efforts of captain Hill and some last-gasp goal line defending from Ivan Rothwell and Cooke.
Enniscorthy continued to dig deep throughout the second half with 'keeper Hill in goal making some excellent saves. Enniscorthy struggled to get time on the ball as the skilful Dubliners were continuing to put pressure on the opponents. Pembroke went on to score one more and make it 3-1 with 20 minutes to go. Despite their earlier superiority, the Dublin side found themselves defending for most of the last quarter but managed to see out the game as 3-1 winners.
Enniscorthy will again be at home this Saturday as they welcome struggling Suttonians to the Astro Active Centre.
Squad: Graham Hill, Andrew Rothwell, David Simmons, Ivan Rothwell, Cory Cooke, Glen Chapman, Roy Chapman, Daithi Medcalf, William Durnan, James O'Sullivan, Seb Rynhart, Ciaran O’Leary, Charlie Dunne & Jacob English
L1 continue climb up table
Enniscorthy ladies first XI took on Botanic's second XI at a cold, frosty Astro Active Centre on Saturday morning, with the home side looking to consolidate their position in the higher reaches of Division 7. The task was made more difficult due to the absence of Laura O Leary and Jessie Flood, arguably two of their most effective attacking options over the last number of weeks. On the plus side, Sonja Rynhart was welcomed back from injury, with coach Donal Doyle opting to start her from the bench against the Dublin side.
Enniscorthy started positively with the midfield of Bailey, Smith and Lett putting the opposition under pressure from the off. Good link up play with the forward trio of Sweeney, Flood and Rudd lead to a number of promising chances in and around the opposition circle. Sonja Rynhart was sprung from the bench 20 minutes in and almost immediately had an impact as her first act was a fiercely struck shot which passed just inches wide of Botanic's goal.
With preasure mounting Enniscorthy won a penalty corner and a preworked routine resulted in captain Leah Chapman claiming her third goal of season. The cathedral town side went in one-nil up at the break, just desserts for a half which saw Enniscorthy dominate possession.
Following the restart Botanic started to come into the game more, finally putting the Enniscorthy defence of Watchorn, Chapman, Wickham and Owen under some pressure.
Hannah Graham was introduced into midfield as the second half progressed and made a number of eye-catching runs down the right wing. Midway through the second half, Enniscorthy doubled their lead, following a move started and finished by Laura Smith.
Botanic grabbed one back with 4 minutes left on the clock but it was too little too late and the home team ran out deserved winners, moving up to second in the league, four points behind leaders UCD 5th .
Squad: Leah Chapman, May Wickham, Julie Watchorn, Katie Owen, Laura Smith, Laura Bailey, Marti Rudd, Anna Flood, Laura O'Leary, Olive Lett, Sonja Rynhart, Hannah Graham, Hannah Sweeney, Norah McGinty.
U14 girls remain unbeaten
Last Saturday saw Enniscorthy U14 Girls met a great challenge in Kilkenny in the second of the South East League games. While both teams had short corner chances within the first 15 minutes neither side were rewarded with a score. Kilkenny proved dominant with two further short corner chances and while consistent pressure was applied to a steadfast Enniscorthy defence they didn’t concede a score with Enniscorthy goalie Kate Freeman ensuring Kilkenny remained scoreless making a number of great saves.
Emerging from half time with no goals scored, Enniscorthy came out fighting and turned their game around putting Kilkenny on the back foot. Both sides put together a number of good moves, in particular a strong run by Leah Kidd finishing with Faye Codd going close. Enniscorthy created a number of other chances but just missing out on each occasion. Kilkenny fought back and both sides were forced to work hard. A penalty corner chance for Kilkenny on the final whistle proved fruitless. The game ended nil all, with a strong performance from the Enniscorthy girls was matched by a well-organised Kilkenny outfit.
Squad: Kate Freeman, Beibhinn O’Brien, Rebecca Doyle, Leah Jordan, Niamh Oglivie, Ellie Kehoe, Leah Kidd, Faye Codd, Amy Murphy, Rebecca Oglivie, Tara Somers, Eva Rothwell, Laura Sutton
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