Galway Hockey Club 2nds:
Sarah McGrath (GK), Emer O’Connell, Kate Henry, Rachael Dillon, Emma Dillon, Amy Keenan, Eabha Mannion, Ella Kitt, Zara Greenan, Katie Grealis, Eabha Durkin, Orlaith O’Laughlin, Ciara Dunne
NUIG Hockey Club 2nds:
Anna O’Donoghue (GK), Rionaga Lynch, Sally Ann O’Malley, Anna Boyer, Laura Aurley, Amy Rossiter, Eadsin Kennray, Lillian Mathews, Alison Moore, Niamh O’Haherty, Maeve Hurson, Lesley Ann O’Flynn
On a stormy day filled with apocalyptic hailstorms, it was the side from NUIG that emerged victorious in 2-0 win over the 2nd team of the Galway Hockey Club.
The Galway girls gave a really good account of themselves but were unable to take the chances that were presented to them. The NUIG team on the other hand were clinical in front of goal and that proved to be the difference.
It was an end to end game from the get-go as both teams were unable to establish any sort of dominance. This was a game that highlighted the defensive prowess of both sides as attacks were constantly being cut out.
A failed attack was the pattern emerging for much of the game but right around the 28th minute, that narrative was flipped on its head. Lillian Mathews of NUIG got into the penalty box after some good dribbling and sent in a hopeful ball across the box.
The Galway defence did not deal with the threat and Alison Moore snuck in to give the college the lead. It was a couple of minutes after that we had the first hail induced stoppage in play.
The girls were forced to come off the field as the ground turned into a sea of white due to the amount of hail. It felt like we were in a salt flat, such was the volume of hail raining down from the sky.
After half time, it appeared that Galway had found their attacking groove once again as they kept building attacks that threatened the NUIG defence. But any sort of momentum that they had built up was undone by another indecisive period in their own penalty box.
NUIG doubled their lead as Lesley Ann O’Flynn pounced on a bouncing ball to strike past the Galway goalkeeper. After this, the wind was taken out of the Galway sails as they looked a little deflated.
But the drama off the pitch was not over as we had the second hailstorm of the day which resulted in another stoppage in play. Once action resumed, Galway did all they could to get a goal but the NUIG defence held firm to see off the game.
Right before the final whistle, there was an unfortunate incident as Orlaith O’Loughlin of Galway was struck in the eye and she left the field requiring stitches. Galway coach Ollie O’Connor summed the match nicely as he said, “We kept turning over the ball over on too many occasions and we will be looking to rectify that in the next game.”