Throughout the first half, some fantastic midfield play from the Flood sisters, Jessie and Anna, made things very difficult for the Boyne defence. Forward, Emma Kidd,was in devastating form, racking up three goals in quick succession, including a stunning raised sweep, which the Boyne keeper had no chance of stopping. Boyne looked threatening at times, attacking mostly down the left wing, but the defensive trio of Katie Owen, Emily Boyne and Ruth Harrington remained calm and collected and eliminated these threats, often setting up counter attacks and offensive opportunities. The score at half time was 4-0 to the ‘scorthy girls.
Half time saw three changes made, with Grace Mernagh, Emily Daly and Sophie McCabe joining the field of play. More offensive tactics were employed, with the defensive players maintaining a higher line on the pitch and participating more in the attacking play. This proved effective and the girls won a short corner. The ball was passed out straight to the top of the circle where it was stopped by Jessie Flood and slipped left to her sister, Anna, who didn’t hesitate in tucking the ball into the bottom right hand corner.
A momentary lapse in concentration, combined with the high defensive line, left Enniscorthy scrambling back against a Boyne counter attack. The away team capitalised on a 3v1 situation and scored. Despite this ‘scorthy maintained their composure and struck back with a goal from Grace Mernagh. With 10 minutes remaining, a clash of heads stopped play as both sides assessed the damage. Jessie Flood took a knock to the head and a substitution was made. A Boyne foot in the D won Enniscorthy another short corner and referee, Roy Chapman, informed the girls that this was the last play of the game. The familiar call of “everybody up” rang out as the ‘scorthy girls prepared to take full advantage of the game’s dying moments. Anna Flood stepped up to the plate and hammered home a stunning shot, closing out the game with the sound of the ball hitting the backboard. The game ended Enniscorthy-7, Boyne-1.
Thanks to Fiona Kidd and Irene Doyle for travelling up and coaching us to such a great win, and to Roy Chapman for reffing. Well done to all the girls involved, the hard work and determination every single one of them showed contributed masses to this great win. A huge team effort ensured a day out in the cold was definitely worth it. Onwards and upwards to our next match and our next win.