The Portlaoise Ladies Hockey club racked up a spectacular score line on Saturday in their second game of the season.
The team recently transitioned from the Southeast region into Leinster and followed up last week’s 5-0 victory over Wicklow II with a ten-one win over Dublin based team, Botanic.
The Portlaoise Ladies demonstrated their dominance from the off. Fast paced ball distribution from Grainne Dunne in the centre created a break on the right side of the field and allowed Orla O’Dwyer through for the first goal of the game after only two minutes .
Only six minutes later, Grainne Dunne received a well weighted pass from Alison Harvey in the forwards putting Portlaoise 2-0 ahead. Botanic struggled with the onslaught of goals from Portlaoise and as the first half proceeded, Portlaoise racked up a further four goals before the half-time whistle.
Ailbhe Booth scored the third goal of the game after a breaking run through the middle of the field. This was followed up by a skilful deflection by Alison Harvey on the right post putting goal four past the keeper. Goal five came from Eimear Dunne after a sisterly assist around the last Botanic defender from Grainne Dunne. Just before the half time whistle, Alison Harvey made a solo run through the circle around the ‘keeper for her second goal of the game.
Portlaoise continued to dominate in the second half, although Botanic never conceded defeat and continued to take every opportunity to create and attack. However the defensive combination of Karen Fingleton in goal, Susan Fingleton in centre back, and Sandra Knowles as sweeper recycled Botanic’s attacking attempts, converting them into attacks for Portlaoise.
Two penalty corners resulted in a second and third goal for Ailbhe Booth putting Portlaoise 8-0 ahead early in the second half. This then became 9-0 when a well-positioned Orla O’Dwyer received a rebound from the ‘keeper and buried in the back of the goal for her second goal of the game.
Botanic continued to fight hard and were rewarded for this effort late in the second half as they managed to find a gap in the Portlaoise defence to get one on the scoreboard.
Portlaoise responded and before the final whistle, Mairead Ryan finished the scoring giving Portlaoise a very impressive 10-1 victory at the final whistle.
The next outing for the Portlaoise Ladies will take place in Kilkenny on Saturday, November 1 against Suttonians. The club are currently developing their squad and always welcome new players, including beginners, to their training sessions.
They have recently taken up a new training ground at the Abbeyleix GAA facilities for skills training on Wednesdays at 7.30pm and continue with fitness training at the rugby club in Togher on Mondays at 8pm.