Enniscorthy’s ladies seconds took on league leaders Portrane on a Sunday that turned from sunshine to hailstones and back again, as Storm Ciara battered the country.
Portrane made a quickfire start, earning two penalty corners in the first ten minutes. The match was then interrupted by a downpour of hail, which seemed to interrupt the host’s flow, as Enniscorthy took advantage in the early stages of the second quarter, a super run up the wing by Amy Murphy finding Lisa Freyne, who scored her twelfth goal of the season.
The lead didn’t last long, though, as towards the end of the quarter Portrane struck back with a goal from a penalty corner.
In the third quarter, there was end to end play with multiple penalty corners for both sides. For Enniscorthy, Aine O’Brien and Kelly Robinson, in particular, worked hard to keep Portrane at bay, making a number of crucial clearances, while goalkeeper Kate Freeman was also called into action on a number of occasions.
In the last quarter, there was plenty of attacking endeavour without success from Enniscorthy’s Martha Dunne, Laura Sutton and Amy Murphy, but a battling team performance secured the point and third place in the table.
Squad: Kate Freeman, Amy Dalton, Kelly Robinson, Aine O’Brien, Ailbhe Harrington, Megan Dempsey, Eleanor Bolger, Alice Kelly, Caoimhe Larkin, Laura Redmond, Martha Dunne, Amy Murphy, Laura Sutton, Lisa Freyne.
It was a difficult weekend for the ladies seconds but four points from a possible six was an excellent outcome despite the shortened recovery time. Saturday had seen the side travel to Dublin to take on a struggling Avoca side in Division 11.
Lisa Freyne added to her already impressive goal tally for the season when opening the scoring, Martha Dunne finding the striker with a pinpoint pass early in the proceedings.
However, the hosts remained well in contention throughout, Meghan Dempsey and Áine O’Brien being called on occasion to head off some dangerous play from Avoca.
It took an impressive solo effort from Martha Dunne in the last quarter to settle matters, Enniscorthy winning on a 2-0 scoreline.
Squad: Dervla Walsh, Kate Freeman, Caoimhe Larkin, Amy Dalton, Aine O’Brien, Eleanor Bolger, Meghan Dempsey, Laura Redmond, Martha Dunne, Amy Murphy, Lisa Freyne, Laura Sutton.