Enniscorthy Ladies 1st team were back in action against Suttonians in their first game of 2019. The Division 7 table toppers made the lengthy journey to Sutton Park School for what turned out to be a testing, tense game against hosts Suttonians.
The first half of the game saw possession switching back and forth between the two teams, both trying to settle into some sort of rhythm following the Christmas break. Enniscorthy adapted quickest, linking passes between the defence and midfield. The forward trio of May Wickham, Izzy Walsh and Sonja Rynhart worked tirelessly creating runs for the midfield pack to play the ball into. The Slaneysiders won 5 penalty corners on the trot, but unfortunately , the Suttonians defence held strong to keep the score 0-0. However, the visitors didn’t have it all their own way, with Suttonians liable to make quick breaks and troubling the Enniscorthy defence. The away side held strong, outletting the ball with smart passes up both lines by defenders Susannah Doyle and Hannah Graham, while both Leah Chapman and Jessie Flood were creating space and giving options on hit outs. After an intense first half of hockey the score remained 0-0.
The second half began with a very fired up Suttonians team. However, Enniscorthy kept their cool and continued to play some lovely hockey. A passage of 2V1 play between defenders Hannah Graham and Laura Smith resulted in a near goal for the Slaneysiders, unfortunately with the whistle being blown just before the ball hit the back board, while yet another penalty corner for Enniscorthy resulted in a near miss. Suttonians continued to press hard, with visiting captain Julie Watchorn making some crucial tackles to keep the away side out of trouble. A disallowed goal from Suttonians gave the league leaders a boost of life, realizing they would need to give a bit more to get the win. The Slaneysiders were troubling the Suttonians defence once again with a 1 on 1 between the ‘keeper and forward Izzy Walsh, but the home netminder had the measure of Walsh. It wasn’t long, though, before a break up the left hand side by Aoife Mahon, and a cross into the circle by Walsh resulted in a breakthrough goal from debutant Amy Murphy. That goal, midway through the second half, was enough to seal the win for the Wexford side.
Saturday sees the team on the road again as they travel to Dublin 4 and a meeting with Railway Union.
Squad: Norah McGinty, Julie Watchorn, Laura Smith, Susanna Doyle, Hannah Graham, Leah Chapman, Jessie Flood, Aoife Mahon, May Wickham, Sonja Rynhart, Isabelle Walsh, Amy Murphy.