Saturday at the Astro Active Centre saw Enniscorthy’s ladies first eleven continue their winning streak as they beat Genesis III 6-0 in the second round of the Division 5 / 6 Cup.
The match began with an excellent display of attacking play by the Slaneysiders, May Wickham making a series of excellent baseline runs as a result of Ciara Kelly’s balls down to the corner causing trouble for the Genesis defence. Attacking play through the middle by Niamh Ogilvie and Laura Smith led to the first penalty corner of the match for the hosts. A rocket of a shot by Jessie Flood ensued but this effort was saved by the goalkeeper. Things were looking ominous for the Dubliners minutes later another when Enniscorthy won a second penalty corner. This time a short ball was pushed out to Niamh Ogilvie on the left who struck it to the bottom left-hand corner, giving Enniscorthy a 1-0 lead just three minutes into the half.
The Division 6 title contenders continued to make life difficult for Genesis; well-worked balls by Anna Flood, spreading the ball to each side of the pitch created space in the visitor’s defence, resulting in May Wickham finding herself with the ball in the circle. There was confusion amongst the Genesis defence but Wickham had only one thing on her mind, her shot was saved but she collected the rebound and this time she made no mistake, putting the ball into the top left corner after a deflection from a defender’s stick. Ennisccorthy led 2-0 at the end of the first quarter.
With the restart Genesis started to create chances of their own, winning a series of penalty corners but nothing the Enniscorthy defence couldn’t handle or beat goalkeeper Norah McGinty. At the other end, passing from captain Julie Watchorn from the hit out to Leah Chapman and Jessie Flood on either side of her allowed well-worked balls linking up well with Ciara Kelly and Aoife Mahon ensured good quality balls went into the Enniscorthy forward line. Enniscorthy were lucky not to score in this quarter after Rebecca Ogilvie’s shot was saved on the goal line and cleared away by the visiting defence. Some excellent, skillful attacking play from Isabelle Walsh, Deané Lodewyks and Irish trialist Leah Kidd ensured the pressure was kept on the Genesis defence.
Eight minutes into the third quarter it was Anna Flood who made it 3-0 after the ball was well worked by Leah Chapman and Aoife Mahon, passing it into the top of the circle where Flood slotted it to the bottom left corner
Finally, in the fourth quarter, there were goals galore for the Enniscorthy forward line as Isabelle Walsh, Lodewyks and Kelly all netted; Walsh with a cheeky goal, receiving the ball on the penalty spot before beating the keeper to calmly slot the ball into the corner. Lodewyks created a similar goal after a combination of passes from Ciara Kelly and Anna Flood created the gap in the Genesis defence; Niamh Ogilvie’s skillful baseline runs found Lodewyks to receive the ball in the circle before beating a defender and then striking a bullet of a shot to the back of the net. Finally, a contender for goal of the match by Ciara Kelly. Player of the match Anna Flood passed the ball to Kelly from a long corner onto the top of the circle, then taking the ball in and burying it into the bottom left.
A successful day for Enniscorthy who will play fellow Division 6 side Trinity III in the next round of the cup – in January – but a visit to Clontarf awaits on Saturday in the league.
Squad: Norah McGinty, Leah Chapman, Julie Watchorn, Laura Smith, Jessie Flood, Isabelle Walsh, Niamh Ogilvie, Ciara Kelly, Aoife Mahon, Anna Flood, May Wickham, Déane Lodewyks, Rebecca Ogilvie, Leah Kidd