Enniscorthy’s ladies first XI travelled to county Offaly on Saturday for a Leinster Division 6 game against their hosts, basement side Tullamore, and emerged with a ten goal margin of victory following a dominant performance.
In the first quarter, Enniscorthy focused on the right-wing putting immense pressure on the Tullamore defence. The front trio – Deané Lodewyks, May Wickham and Isabelle Walsh – looked dangerous from the outset and in the ninth minute Ciara Kelly set up Lodewyks for the opening goal of the game. The forwards continued to link up well with the second goal coming from a penalty corner scored by May Wickham soon after. Lodewyks got her second of the game to leave the visitors 3-0 up after the first quarter. Ciara Kelly set up Martha Dunne finished to leave four between the sides at half time.
Following the restart midfielders Rebecca Ogilvie, Ciara Kelly and Leah Kidd worked well to combine with the forwards and a number of goal chances were created. The second penalty corner of the game was won by Isabelle Walsh and successfully converted by Leah Chapman. Martha Dunne was putting tremendous pressure on the Tullamore defence and only a minute later scored the next goal. A creaking Tullamore defence then conceded two penalty corners in a row, resulting in a hat trick for Lodewyks.
Another penalty corner was won by Isabelle Walsh resulting in a great goal from Ciara Kelly. More great work from Walsh got her the final goal of the match. It was a good day out for the Enniscorthy defence and again Niamh Ogilvie Anna Flood Leah Chapman and Beibhinn O’Brien were rock solid. Norah McGinty remained untroubled in the Enniscorthy goal.
The backs recycled the ball very well setting up the midfield and forwards, and all players worked hard maintaining serious pressure on the Tullamore defence.
This emphatic win ensures that Enniscorthy remain at the top of Division 6, with a two-point lead over Our Lady’s on 22 points, with Genesis and Trinity College five points further back. Genesis travel to the Astro Active Centre on Saturday for what promises to be a tough test for captain Julie Watchorn’s side.
Squad: Norah McGinty, Beibhinn O’Brien, Leah Chapman, Anna Flood, Niamh Ogilvie, Isabelle Walsh, Ciara Kelly, Deané Lodewyks, Rebecca Ogilvie, May Wickham, Anna Flood, Martha Dunne