Enniscorthy's first game was against a very strong Carlow team. Straight from the off Enniscorthy's defence was put under immense pressure. Katie Sutton, Elaine Quigley and Sophie Gillot were strong in the tackle and focused on their defensive duties. As the game went on Enniscorthy's mid field began to create some chances at the opposite end of the pitch with Susannah Doyle, Laura Smith, Emer Doyle and Aoife Mernagh working really well together. Enniscorthy began to take the game to their opponents and with the introduction of Aoife Mahon, Enniscorthy began to create some brilliant chances for forward, Hannah Sweeney. Enniscorthy were unlucky not to convert these chances and the game ended in a credible 0-0 draw.
In the second game Enniscorthy took on a very impressive and skilled Newbridge side, with all their players involved not only in club hockey but also schools hockey in Leinster. Newbridge raced into an early 2-0 lead. However, after some positional changes in the Enniscorthy ranks, with all nine players involved greatly, Enniscorthy began to turn the tide.When Elaine Quigley in defence moved a quick ball to mid-fielder Laura Smith, she iEnnisn turn fed the very skilful Hannah Sweeney to score our first goal of the tournament. With Enniscorthy on top in the second half and all the girls passing, moving and communicating brilliantly, Newbridge were very lucky to hold onto a 2-1 win.
Buoyed by their performance against Newbridge, the Enniscorthy girls then took on Abbeyleix in their final game. They quickly raced into a three nil lead with Susannah Doyle, Aoife Mahon, Hannah Sweeney, Aoife Mernagh and Emer Doyle all magnificent in attack. With the exertions of the previous two games the Enniscorthy girls began to tire. However, with Elaine Quigley, Sophie Gillot, Katie Sutton and Laura Smith working very hard in defence, the girls held out in a magnificent 3-2 victory. Overall they finished third out of a tournament of six teams and it is a great performance because most of the opposition players are also playing schools hockey. The girls proved they could mix it with the very best.
Over the next few weeks the girls have a very busy programme of games with next up being against Kilkenny on Saturday at home in the South East League.