Railway Union 0
With Storm Dennis howling and the rain lashing down, Gorey and Railway Union were out to prove that hockey girls are tough, no orange weather warning was going to hold them back!
The game got underway as Sarah Merrigan pushed back for Gorey. Railway, playing eleven outfield players, made a brief advance until Gorey found their groove and took control. Ailbhe Booth in the centre fed strong balls to Muireann Deegan on the left and Aislinn Buttle on the right. Robyn Swords and Odile Evans added pressure to each move keeping the ball in the Railway half. Several balls crossed the circle but with added wind speed they were tough to get on the of and shots went wide. Just before the end of the first quarter Ruth Evans found herself in the circle and lifted a beautiful shot into the top of the goal, one-nil to Gorey.
In the second quarter, Dennis unleashed his fury trying to blow teams, umpires, and goals off the pitch. Playing smart Gorey won several short corners but again the ball slipped wide. Lynne Copeland had one of the better chances of the quarter but it wasn’t to be!
After half time the pelting rain abated a fraction and within minutes Robyn got her name on the score sheet sweeping a lucky deflection off a Railway stick into the back of the goal. Gorey continued to dominate play keeping Railway pinned in their half. Vicky Hughes and Laura Griffin were both able to make runs from deep, finding themselves in the circle and condensing the play. Gorey were also unlucky not to be awarded a penalty stroke as a Railway player stopped the ball on the line with her foot.
In the final quarter, Railway began to tire and succumb to the elements. Two minutes in, a pass from Ruth to Lynne netted her first of the match and the flood gates opened. Heather O’Sullivan had a beautiful shot on goal but it bounced off the post and into the path of Aislinn Buttle who swept it in for goal number four. Lynne made it five when Heather flicked the ball through to her and once again she hit the target.
In what was, without doubt, the most miserable conditions of this season so far, Gorey showed their class and came away with the points. A huge word of praise must go to Railway for travelling down and to the umpires and supporters for braving the weather.
Team: Abi Nuzum, Bridget Kenny, Vicky Hughes, Ruth Evans, Laura Griffin, Robyn Swords, Ailbhe Booth, Odile Evans, Heather O’Sullivan, Aislinn Buttle, Lynne Copeland, Sarah Merrigan, Muireann Deegan.
Coach: Corrina Bailey
Goals: Ruth Evans, Robyn Swords, Lynne Copeland (2) and Aislinn Buttle