3 wins and 4 losses so all in all not a great day for the club but it's only a game at the end of the day, a game we all love but was put into perspective with the tragic news about Forbes from Wicklow HC. On behalf of the club I want to pass on our deepest sympathy to Wicklow hockey club and his family
Fingal 1-9 YM 1s
Report to follow. Another 3 points but the gulf in class in division 1 between a few teams is evident to see. Surely poses the question of an EYHL 2 league. Big test comes up next week v Corinthians and it will show how the side is shaping up. Massive game for the lads and the club
Corinthians 8 - 3 YM 2s
It was another hard day for the 2s. With the 1s, 2s and 3s games clashing another youthful team took to the field stretched for numbers and a coach. The game could not have started worse and we found ourselves down 2-0 within the first 15. Another 2 went in before halftime and the game looked to be gone. A brief glimmer of hope appeared as Uilliam Blythman scraped a Ben O'Grady drag flick over the line but were responded by 2 more Corinthians goals. Cian Evers got himself 2 consolation goals as the game ended 8-3.
YM 3s 4-0 Corinthians
The men's 3s went up against a very young Corinthians 3s side and from the start there was only going to be one winner as YM dominated possession, winning numerous corners and creating lots of chances. Jason Milne tapping in a short corner switch on 15 minutes broke the dead lock and that's how it remained well into the second half. A lack lustre performance really for the majority of the game , it was made easier with two more short corner goals , another switch to Jason Milne for his second and Charlie grabbing a brace also with a good move from open play and dragging another one home late on from a corner. Injuries stacking up aswell, much stiffer tests to come but another 3 points that keeps us up with the pace setters in division 3
YM 4s 2-4 Wicklow
4s had a tough fixture against a good Wicklow side. 4s were on top early but were caught twice on the break and were down 2-0 after 25mins. Another one was concede just before half time.
After the break the 4s upped their game and got one back through Jason off a dessy corner routine. 4s pushed on and got another from a nice deflection from Jim Jam off a Johnny Blain cross. Unfortunately The ball fell nicely for Wicklow as we looked for equaliser and the slammed it home from top D. 4-2 loss final score
Enniscorthy 2 – YM 5ths 3
Last week’s game was postponed so this was only the second outing of the season for the 5ths. There was a welcome return to the squad of Samuel Nourse after injury which brought the colts contingent to 5. We positioned them to mark/terrorise the danger men of the Enniscorthy squad - with memories of a narrow and undeserved defeat at this venue last year front of mind.
The strategy paid early dividends with Nourse slotting home after only 4 minutes. Sustained pressure in attack had Enniscorthy on the back foot from the tip off and we were 1 nil up before they had time to know what hit them. We further pressed home the advantage less than 5 minutes later with Nourse again on the scoresheet with a second assist from Alex Wall following interplay between Ashmore and Duckett up the right. Enniscorthy didn’t have an answer to the YM youths’ pace and ball skills. There was very little counter attack from Enniscorthy in the first 20 minutes with any incursion into the circle well martialled by Brislane, Stanley and Nolan in defence. With Chats barking orders from the position of sweeper the shape was holding well and Jim was rarely troubled between the posts.
We went into half time 2-0 up and the debate was about how to keep the lead. Next goal was going to be critical but despite several incursions into the circle early in the second half we didn’t convert with their goalie making several great saves from an attack led by Ashmore, Kennelly, Wall and Reeves-Smyth, with the shape of play being controlled by Nourse.
A lapse in marking at the back saw Enniscorthy pull back a goal on a counter attack. A nervy 10 minutes followed which saw us under sustained pressure. Our threat in attack was always there however and we got a third after neat interplay between Alex Wall and Nourse – a hatrick for the U16 with a hat-trick of assists from Alex Wall.
Enniscorthy piled on the pressure egged on by home support and managed to pull back another with 7 minutes on the clock. We coped well however keeping play in their half and grinding out the minutes. Within the last 3 minutes a break from Enniscorthy got them into our circle to find the feet of yours truly. A short in the last 2 minutes brought back bitter memories of last year when about 5 shorts were awarded in succession to get them a winner. Fortunately I managed to block the shot running 1 and the pressure was relieved. We saw out the game winning 3-2 and putting 3 points on the board.
MOTM – S Nourse for the hat-trick. Special mention to the travelling colts – Nourse, Wall, Stanley, Duckett and Kennelly – and also to Puff for umpiring (eventually!)
YM L1s 1-6 railway (Molony)
Saturday match didn't go as planned, railway aggressive from the start with a full press, despite good linked up passing to score goal and a few stand out saves from Hil, railways counter attack was too strong on the day. Looking forward to facing them them in the second half of the season and putting the game behind us and moving on to next week
YM L2s 1-3 Monkstown
Ladies 2's lined out against tough competition of the newly amalgamated Monkstown and Hermes ladies team. Things got off to a great start going 1-0 up mid way through the first half as a result of great team work. Unfortunately the experienced team then woke up in the 2nd half and one of their players went on to score 3 quick goals!! Not the result we were looking for and lots to work on for the season ahead but great team work and spirit shown!