Gorey Ladies win the Cup on Saturday

Gorey     1

Kilkenny 0

Saturday last saw Gorey travel to Dublin for the Leinster Hockey Finals weekend.
Gorey took on Kilkenny 2 in the Divisional Cup Final. Gorey and Kilkenny are League Champions in their respective Divisions so it was shaping up as a cracking match.
Kilkenny won the toss and opted for push back. Starting well, Kilkenny won the first penalty corner of the game. Gorey’s defense, Vicky Hughes, Bridget Kenny, Gillian Bailey and Ruth Evan’s dealt with the attack very well. Gorey’s keeper, Fiona Mythen cleared the ball out left for a sideline ball. Robyn Swords won possession for Gorey and travelled up the wing entering the circle for the first time.

Gorey won their first penalty corner. Robyn pushed out to Sarah Merrigan who slipped the ball left where Nicola took a shot. Kilkenny’s keeper saved, deflecting the ball into Sarah Merrigan’s path, who was unlucky not to open the scoring. Gorey’s Ailbhe Booth also went close but her shot went narrowly wide.

Kilkenny and Gorey kept up the high intensity for the remainder of the half.
Gorey restarted, worked the ball up the right side, Corrina Bailey, Nicola Ryan, Ailbhe Booth and Muireann Deegan traded passes. Gorey held strong and began to settle, applying pressure, and winning more ball in midfield.

A stick tackle from Kilkenny gave Gorey a free just outside the 23. Quickly taken, Sarah Merrigan found Muireann Deegan out wide. Muireann passed the ball across the goal and winger, Zoe Kenny, took aim finally breaking the deadlock (0-1).

Kilkenny regrouped upping their game. Gorey’s defensive line of Vicky Hughes, Gillian Bailey, Bridget Kenny and Ruth Evans worked hard to control the pace of the game. Kilkenny’s intensity was rewarded with a brace of penalty corners. The Two shots on target were saved by Gorey’s keeper, Fiona Mythen, diverting the ball wide for long corners as Kilkenny could not capitalise.

Gorey made changes with Odile Evans, Rachael McSweeney and Corrina Bailey coming on. Corrina Bailey was unlucky to be carded a few minutes later as she was deemed to be too close to a Kilkenny free, paying the price. Down to 10, Gorey’s backline tightened up and absorbed the increased tension. Gorey were able to work the ball out from the back to their forwards allowing Muireann Deegan, Sarah Merrigan, Ailbhe Booth and Rachael McSweeney to take some shots on goal.

As the final whistle blew, it meant Gorey’s Captain, Fiona Mythen would raise the Silverware, sealing the Double for 2019.
Team: Fiona Mythen (Capt), Vicky Hughes, Bridget Kenny, Gillian Bailey, Ruth Evans, Nicola Ryan, Ailbhe Booth, Robyn Swords, Muireann Deegan, Sarah Merrigan, Zoe Kenny (1), Corrina Bailey, Odile Evans, Rachael McSweeney, Sabhdh Corcoran.

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