On Saturday Enniskillen played title chasing Owls in horrendous weather conditions at Bawnacre Irvinestown. Very heavy rain left the pitch, although playable, very heavy.
Owls settled into their short quick passing game right from the whistle and caught the home team cold with three quick goals in the first 10 minutes. Although the experienced Owls girls played some lovely hockey in this period of the match, Enniskillen will be disappointed in all one of the goals.
The home team regrouped and came more into the game. Sharon Hutchinson, playing in a defensive midfield position, put in a terrific performance breaking up the play and intercepting passes to close down the space Owls enjoyed in the first minutes of the half. It remained 3-0 at half time.
The second half began in similar fashion to the first with Owls poaching a fourth goal via a couple of ricochets from an innocuous looking ball into the circle. Although disappointed with all of the goals Enniskillen continued to show their character right to the end and refused to let the heads drop. No more goals were conceded and in the final ten minutes of the match Enniskillen where unlucky not to score a goal of their own. A tough encounter for Enniskillen, who are integrating a lot of youth into the side, and on this occasion came up against a tough, more experienced title chasing team.
However, the experience gained from facing these good teams will only help in their hockey education.