Dublin North 0
Gorey travelled the familiar road of the N11 to take on Dublin North in the Division 11/12/13 Cup Semi-final.
Gorey took push back and applied pressure from the off. Gorey were first to settle. With their fair share of the possession Gorey worked the ball up both wings through Robyn Swords, Ruth Evans, Nicola Ryan and Muireann Deegan.
The wet tough conditions didnt help trading frees in midfield. From a sideline ball, Gorey entered the circle and won the first of two penalty corners. Gorey’s set play saw Robyn Swords push out to Sarah Merrigan who slipped the ball to winger Nicola Ryan who opened the scoring for Gorey (0-1).
As conditions deteriorated, the pitch became slippy forcing substitutions for both sides. Odile Evans and Sabhdh Corcoran replaced Corrina Bailey and Muireann Deegan. Gorey’s defense worked hard not to concede a penalty corner in the first half.
Dublin North started the second half with huge determination to retain posession and force Gorey to make a mistake. They were awarded a penalty corner for a foul just inside the 23. Gorey’s defense of Bridget Kenny, Vicky Hughes, Gillian Bailey, Ailbhe Booth and Fiona Mythen set up. Dublin North attempted a direct shot but Ailbhe Booth blocked. The difficult deflection came towards goal where Gorey’s keeper, Fiona Mythen diverted wide for a long corner. Dublin North took aim however Gorey’s Fiona Mythen saved once more. Gorey’s defense dealt with the second corner quickly and held firm. Bridget Kenny took the hit out quickly finding Rachael McSweeney on the wing. Rachael found Ailbhe Booth who in turn found Muireann Deegan. Muireann was unlucky not to add to the tally when Dublin North’s keeper saved. The resulting long corner went narrowly wide. Dublin North took their hit out, Sarah Merrigan was quickest to re-act and intercepted the ball driving straight at goal only Dublin’s keeper to beat. Sarah pushed the ball left doubling Gorey’s lead (0-2).
Gorey go through to the Cup Final where they meet Kilkenny 2, next weekend they take on Rathgar 4 in their next League match.
Team: Fiona Mythen (Capt), Vicky Hughes, Bridget Kenny, Gillian Bailey, Carrina Bailey, Odile Evans, Nicola Ryan (1), Ailbhe Booth, Robyn Swords, Ruth Evans, Sarah Merrigan (1), Muireann Deegan, Rachael McSweeney. Sabhdh Corcoran.