Report by Margot Hughes
Arklow Geraldines Ballymoney Junior Ladies travelled to Enniskerry on Thursday 9th April to contest this junior league tie. The opening half was a very evenly fought contest with both sides looking sharp and taking their chances as they came. Enniskerry opened the scoring with a point from Sophie Nolan in the first minute of play. Katie Furlong levelled matters with a point for AGB in the third minute and put them in the lead with a second in the fifth. Róisín O’Reilly added two points for the Arklow side and Orla Hayes added another in the eleventh minute. Enniskerry having wasted several chances scored their second point in the eighteenth minute and added a further five in the remaining twelve minutes to finish the half with seven well taken points. Katie Furlong was in top form for AGB and added a further 1-1 to see AGB into the break with a two point lead on a score line of 1-6 to 0-7.
Enniskerry really found their rhythm in the second half and played as a unit, running at the Arklow backs and breaching the visitors’ defence time and again, only this time they converted the majority of their chances to add 3-13 to their opening balance. Despite the heroic efforts of the AGB back line they could not stem the relentless tide of attacks. Katie Furlong added two further points for AGB and Doirrean O’Reilly, having made some fine saves in the AGB goal in the opening half, added a point from the wing forward position.
This AGB side is very much a team in transition and newcomers Angelika Pyciak, Katie Hurley, Clodagh Healy, Katie Hawthorn and Méadbh O’Connor will have learned much from this encounter. There were strong displays from Becky Hayden, Emer Curran, Róisín O’Reilly, Emily Mitchell, Lisa Keegan and Orla Hayes but best for AGB on the day were at opposite ends of the field, Doirrean O’Reilly between the posts and Katie Furlong in the full forward position.
Enniskerry were convincing winners on a score line of 3-20 to 1-9. They played effectively and efficiently as a unit and were consistent throughout the fifty minutes played. There were particularly strong displays from Orla Kearns, Emer Ryan, Ailish Kelly, Sophie Nolan, Tara Costello and Helen Kirwan but on the whole, the combined strength of the fifteen won out on the day.
Enniskerry: Heather Blackbyrne, Christina Grier, Naomi Kiernan, Rebecca Drew, Emer Ryan, Carol Kavanagh, Aisling Driver, Ailish Kelly, Tara Costello, Jenny McGrath, Helen Kirwan, Sophie Nolan, Lyndsey Hipwell, Orla Kearns, Shauna Kearns, Laura Shanahan, Tara Mullins.
AGB: Doirrean O’Reilly, Ger Galvin, Marsha McKay, Becky Hayden, Angelika Pyciak, Katie Hurley, Clodagh Healy, Katie Hawthorn, Méadbh O’Connor, Emer Curran, Róisín O’Reilly, Emily Mitchell, Lisa Keegan, Orla Hayes, Michelle Scanlon, Claire Murray, Aisling Appleby, Katie Furlong, Mairéad Hurley, Aoife O’Reilly, Aoife Murphy.