Kilkenny started the strongest and were immediately on the attack straight from the tip off putting pressure on Enniscorthy's goalie, Alice Medcalf, who made some magnificent saves to keep the opposition at bay. Susannah Doyle was a revelation playing out of position at sweeper. Although with Katie Sutton and Sophie Gillot working extremely hard to keep Kilkenny out, they eventually took a 1-0 lead. However this only seemed to galvanise the Enniscorthy side and with Laura Smith, Elaine Quigley and Aoife Mernagh coming into the game more, they combined brilliantly to set up Elaine Quigley for their first score. With both teams evenly matched the game swung from end to end. When Kilkenny scored a second goal, Enniscorthy were more pumped up to level it. With Hannah Sweeney, Eve Furlong and Orla May Cullehan being introduced, the first half finished 2-2 with Laura Smith combining with Emer Doyle to level the score.
The Enniscorthy girls came out fired up for the second half and with the introduction of Niamh Ogilvy, they took the game to their more experienced opponents and were awarded when they went ahead with Aoife Mernaghscoring a goal to make it 3-2. However, as expected Kilkenny came back at them to level the game 3-3. With 5 minutes to go and the game 3 a piece, Enniscorthy defended for their lives but after some sustained pressure by Kilkenny, they eventually scored the winning goal.
This was a magnificent performance by the Enniscorthy girls against a very experienced Kilkenny side. Coach Anne Shore was delighted with their performance and the future looks bright for this young team of players. Next week the girls travel to Naas to compete in a West Leinster league blitz.