Saturday saw Enniscorthy’s ladies 2nd XI take on Bray 5ths away in their opening game in Division 11 of the Leinster League. From the get-go, Enniscorthy pressed high and had some good attacking moments. For most of the first quarter, the Slaneysiders had most of the possession, with Niamh Rochford making an excellent pass to Dervla Walsh who had an unlucky miss.
In the second quarter, Bray pressed hard and although Enniscorthy had a number of penalty corners, it was the home side who claimed the opening score from play via Rebecca Wall.
Enniscorthy pressed hard soon after, with a number of opportunities in the circle involving Sutton to Dunne with a close wide.
Shortly before half time, Bray converted once again from play, with Caoimhe Guilfoyle doubling the lead. However, the work rate from the away side never slowed down, with Enniscorthy earning a number of penalty corners and almost converting.
In the third quarter, the defensive line of D’alton, Bolger, Power and Creed held the Bray side and brought the ball up towards the attacking end, where a wonder-goal came from Lisa Frayne as the ball came down the line from Rochford to make the score 2-1.
Throughout the fourth quarter, the game gained momentum and there was a quick turnover. The Scorthy side were eager to level the play but it was the Bray side who secured the win from a penalty corner, with ‘keeper Ciara Parnell unlucky not to save from a Deirdre Keogh strike.
The game ended 3-1 with a strong performance throughout from Enniscorthy in their season opener. Next weekend sees the Slaneysiders take on Portrane 2nds at the Astro Active Centre where they will hope to put their season back on track.
Squad: Alice Kelly, Eleanor Bolger, Ciara Parnell, Amy Dalton, Ellen Creed, Ailhe Harrington, Laura Redmond, Lisa Frayne, Martha Dunne, Megan Dempsey, Saoirse Power, Laura Sutton, ervla Walsh, Niamh Rochford
Enniscorthy’s men’s second eleven made the long journey to Donabate on Saturday afternoon to take on hosts Portrane in Division 6. The north county Dublin side emerged on top on a 3-1 scoreline. The hosts were three goals up after the third quarter, with Jack Tully getting a late consolation goal for Enniscorthy.
Squad: Glen Rothwell, David Mulligan, Jack Doran, Edmundas Liuikimas, Nigel Bailey, Niall Maguire, Jack Tully, Graeme Chapman, Seamus McAllister, Chris St. Clair Johnson, Billy James, Earl Smith. Manager Fraser Rothwell