Hockey- Enniscorthy L1 go 12 points clear

Enniscorthy’s ladies 1st XI made the lengthy journey on Saturday morning to play Skerries 2nds in Division 7 of the Leinster league.

It was a slow start for the Slaneysiders, finding it hard to connect their passes together. After settling down however they began troubling the Skerries defence on numerous occasions. The forward trio of Sonja Rynhart, and debutantes Faye Codd and Eimear Doyle were making great runs out wide, giving the midfielders plenty of good options. After 8 minutes of better play from Enniscorthy, a penalty corner was won. After a scuffle at the top of the circle , Enniscorthy finally got the ball into the back of the net with a tap in on the back post from Laura Smith. Enniscorthy continued piling the pressure on the Skerries defence, with another goal coming straight after from Nancy Dunphy. The Slaneysiders were starting to get into their stride with Ciara Kelly making some great defence-splitting passes. Another penalty corner was won for the visitors, with captain Julie Watchorn making it 3-0. Central midfielder Niamh Ogilvie was opening up the Skerries defence with some lovely individual skill making chances for the forwards.  Eimear Doyle was next on the scoresheet with a beautiful push into the bottom right hand corner. 

After a lapse in concentration in the Slaneysiders defensive line, Skerries capitalizsed scoring their first goal of the game, only the second game this season in which the Enniscorthy goal has been breached. Enniscorthy, though, responded well, with Ciara Kelly slotting home another goal. The league leaders continued to move the ball well with some deft passages of play between left back Aoife Mahon and Sonja Rynhart. Niamh Ogilvie slotted home another goal after some beautiful interplay up the right hand side of the pitch between May Wickham and Ciara Kelly, leaving the half time score Enniscorthy 6 Skerries 1.

After the restart player of the match Faye Codd showed off her striking skills with another goal. However, this seemed to kick start the Skerries team , with some serious pressure being put on the Enniscorthy defence. After four successive penalty corners to the home team, the north county Dublin outfit finally got a second goal with a volley past the visiting defence and into the net. The Slaneysiders didn’t let this slow them down, with a final goal coming from Niamh Ogilvie after a fantastically worked short corner routine.

Enniscorthy now hold a 12-point lead at the summit of Division 7, with Dublin sides Muckross and Clontarf on fifteen and fourteen points respectively. This weekend sees Division 8 side Weston travel to the Astro Active Centre in the second round of the Division 7/8 Cup.

Enniscorthy Squad: Norah McGinty, Julie Watchorn, Laura Smith, Aoife Mahon, May Wickham, Niamh Ogilvie, Ciara Kelly, Nancy Dunphy, Sonja Rynhart, Faye Codd, Eimear Doyle, Tara Somers, Hannah Sweeney, Caoimhe Larkin  

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