Women's Division One: Week Six results

Railway Union 1 (Emer Dolan) Loreto 1 (Cathy McKean)

Railway Union conceded their first goal of the season on Saturday in their 1-1 draw with Loreto but will still come away the happiest as they came through a grueling schedule relatively unscathed.

Seven points from three games against the other title contenders has seen them create a four-point wedge between themselves and the chasing pack with their next three matches likely to yield three wins as they host the bottom three – Bray, Corinthian and Trinity – in their next outings. With either Hermes or Loreto losing points in next week’s highlight match, Railway’s titles chance could take another boost.

Emer Dolan opened the scoring two minutes into the second half but Cathy McKean leveled matters just six minutes later, the first time Helen Stevenson has had to pick the ball out of the net since joining the club at the start of the season.

Hermes 0 UCD 0
Neither Hermes nor UCD could close the gap on Railway at St Andrew’s. The pair played out a lively 0-0 draw but it was the hosts who were disappointed not to claim the result, failing to convert any of their eight penalty corners.

UCD’s progression under Mary Logue continues as they maintain their bid to crack Leinster’s top four and remain in a tie for third place with Hermes.

Old Alex 2 (Sylvia O’Mahony, Laura McCoy) Pembroke Wanderers 1 (Alice Ward)
Old Alex moved into contention for an Irish Hockey League place, moving into fifth place in a surprise result against Pembroke. Sylvia O’Mahony’s goal was cancelled out by Alice Ward’s strike but Laura McCoy struck the winner with 15 minutes to go.

Alex’s third win of the season has seen them up to ten points and right in the middle of a very congealed mid-table. Four points separate second from seventh. A win next week over UCD would see Alex breach the top three.

Pembroke, meanwhile, have stumbled on hard times of late after an encouraging start to the season with a revamped squad, losing for the second week running, though teenager Alice Ward got her first senior league goal.

Glenanne 3 (K O’Connor 2, D Tiernan) Trinity 1 (Danielle Costigan)

Trinity are now firmly rooted to the bottom of the division one table with their sixth loss on the spin and Corinthian’s draw, adding to their woes with a 3-1 loss to Glenanne. The newly-promoted side, meanwhile, are now well clear of the relegation zone and are in touching distance of the IHL qualifying spots.

Bray 2 (Linda O’Neill, Claire Brock) Corinthian 2 (Lyndsey Watson, E Caulwell)

Corinthian picked up their first point of the season with a spirited 2-2 draw against Bray and coach Scott Crombie felt afterwards that if his side can reproduce that level of performance, combined with a bit of luck, they could pick up a first win when they face Trinity next week.

Former Irish international Linda O’Neill and Claire Brock got the goals for the Wicklow side, but ex-Trinity player Lyndsey Watson got the crucial goal for Corinthian to tie the game up.

* Pictures courtesy of Deryck Vincent

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