Enniscorthy firsts 2, Portlaoise 0: Enniscorthy firsts felt the pressure to perform in the recent game against Portlaoise, having had their confidence dented by recent losses. In spite of enjoying the bulk of possession in the first-half, 'Scorthy were unlucky not to capitalise on several occasions.
However, as the game progressed, the Slaneysiders came out of their shell. The home side piled on the pressure by passing the ball and working the space more effectively. The killer instinct finally kicked in and the tables turned in their favour when attacker Lisa Frayne was handed a golden pass to give her team a desperately-needed lift with the first goal.
The team's dented confidence was further remedied by substitute, Gráinne Roche, who snatched at her hardearned opportunity and fired home a second goal. The result, if not the performance, will boost team confidence for forthcoming games in the new year.
Enniscorthy seconds 2, Gorey firsts 3: Enniscorthy seconds clashed with local rivals, Gorey, in their league encounter. A bravely-fought battle by the underdogs provided the spectators with an entertaining and tension-filled performance.
Captain, Molly Boyne, put in a superb display, whilst Gráinne Roche, Emma Kidd and Deirdre Kehoe were notable for their flawless exhibition of style and flair. Deirdre Kehoe was aggressive in attack, registering an impressive two goals. Gorey, however, proved their worth to come out eventual winners by a narrow margin.
Cill Dara 15, Enniscorthy 15: Enniscorthy came away with a draw after a lacklustre performance at The Curragh in the recent Leinster League Division 1A tie. A last-minute try by left winger Ivan Jacob which was converted by Ivan Poole sealed the draw.
Enniscorthy started well enough and scored an excellent try when debutant scrum-half Evan Lett broke down the left side before transferring to Seán Wall who made great ground and then flipped the ball to Ivan Jacob who raced over from five yards.
Cill Dara responded quickly. Enniscorthy butchered a clear try-scoring opportunity when centre Damien McCabe's pass was intercepted and the Cill Dara full-back swept up the field, supported by his pack which eventually forced their way over for a try in the right corner. The score stayed at 5-5 until half-time.
Unforced errors by the visitors gave Cill Dara territorial advantage for most of the second-half and eventually they capitalised with a penalty kick and a converted try leaving them deservedly ahead by 15-5 going into the last ten minutes.
Enniscorthy, although still making a lot of mistakes, never gave up and when Ivan Poole scored a penalty kick with seven minutes left they knew they had a chance. In the last play of the game, Ivan Jacob picked up a loose ball and made ground down the right wing. He then kicked infield where there was space, collected the ball again and crashed over under the posts. Poole converted for the visitors to secure an unlikely draw.
Team: Ciarán Murphy, Luke Goff, Paddy Waters, Declan O'Brien, Jonathon Leech, Naoise Dunbar, Mitchel Dalton, Seán Wall, Evan Lett, Ivan Poole, Ivan Jacob, Damien McCabe, Ross Barbour, Fiacre Ryan, Richard Dunne. Subs. - Luke Cummins for Leech (60), David O'Dwyer for Ryan (65), also Pat Doyle, Angelo Tusco, David Shore.
SLANEY OLYMPIC A.C.
Tincurry was the venue on Sunday last for the county Senior cross-country championship hosted by Slaney Olympic. Although a cold day with a biting wind, it remained dry for the women's 3k and the sun even made an appearance for the men's 10k race.
Catherine Murphy was first of the Slaney women, finishing in third place and securing a bronze team medal along with Siobhán O'Shea and Martina O'Sullivan.
The men's race saw a sprint finish for second and third position. Slaney's Kevin Murphy was just pipped at the post, finishing in third place, and leading the men's team to a silver medal.
Thanks to everyone who helped in making it a great sporting day, and to Jim Kehoe for the land.
Women's results: Catherine Murphy, 20.02; Siobhán O'Shea, 23.36; Martina O'Sullivan, 24.13; Sabina Sweeney, 24.19; Michelle Doyle, 25.00; Kelly Long, 25.29; Mag Dunphy, 25.56. The team finished in third place (3rd, 11th, 13th).
Men's results: Kevin Murphy, 35.54; Jason O'Connor, 36.04; Martin Monaghan, 36.36; Dave Barron, 36.40; Jim Stafford, 37.35; John Foley, 39.53; Fergus Murphy, 40.36; Eoin Keane, 41.38; Mick Morrissey, 41.44; John Roban, 42.00; Paul Browne, 42.08; James Delaney, 42.29; Bobby Redmond, 42.34; Billy Reck, 43.13; Stephen Tyrell, 43.57; John O'Connor, 46.00; Paul Murphy, 46.18. The team took silver (3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 10th, 19th).
The club winter league takes place over the five Wednesdays in January commencing on the 2nd at 7 p.m. The distance is 3k, registration is at the car park behind the Riverside Hotel at 6.15 p.m. Starting at the bus stop at St. Senan's hospital and finishing at the end of the Prom, it'll be a great start to January.
Club training continues Tuesdays and Thursdays in
Bellefield from 6.30 to 7.30 p.m. and Sundays from the Abbey Square at 8.30 a.m. New members are always welcome. Contact Mag on 087-6366905, Jason (087-1216233), or any club member.
Dates for your diary: December 26, John Corrigan Memorial run/walk, Oylegate to Enniscorthy in aid of Cottage Autism Network. The walk starts at 11 a.m. with the run at 11.30 a.m. from Oylegate, with transport from Abbey Square. For sponsorship cards contact Donnie (087-7806048) or Jason (0871216233).
January 2, 2013 - club winter league (further details on www.slaneyolympic.com).
Menapians were one of the very few athletics clubs in the country to receive some funding from the Capital Sports Grant Scheme. The club got a grant of €10,000.
This money will be used to develop the club over the next couple of years, and will be spent on much-needed athletic equipment, such as hurdles, javelins, starting blocks etc., etc. Hopefully Menapians will now start getting this type of funding on a more regular basis, and eventually we will aquire our own venue, especially as we have almost 200 members and are one of the biggest clubs in Leinster.
On the competition front, Menapians still hold a slender lead in the inter-club cross-country. We have three more meets left after Christmas and are hopeful of getting even more youngsters out to compete in this very good competition. This league has been attracting huge numbers and is certainly one of the best things to happen in County Wexford athletics over the last 30 years.
Middle distance races are very tough for children, with the national and Leinster distances at cross-country being way too long. The organisers of this event seem to have got this one spot on, with all of the youngsters finishing every race. Well done to Tom Hogan for coming up with the idea in the first place. Certainly our club has found a few good middle distance runners from this competition.
All Menapians athletes are training very hard and are now getting ready for the upcoming indoors in the new year. The next local competition for children is the county cross-country relays which take place in Kilmore on January 6. The age groups are Under-10s, Under-12s and Under-14s.
There will be training on for all Juveniles over the Christmas holidays on the track in Rosslare. Check out our website or contact Jimmy or Catherine for times and dates.
Indoor sessions will resume again in January, and check out the website for times.
Registration fees are now due for the 2013 season. If you're not registered you are not insured, and therefore you cannot compete for the club in any competition.
Anyone interested in joining Menapians can contact Ann on 086-3819198 or Shane on 087-9955505.