Leinster Women’s Division One
Railway Union 3 (Jean McDonnell 3) Corinthian 0
Jean McDonnell (pictured, left) crashed in her second hat-trick of the season to hand Railway their fifth consecutive league win in their bid to retain the division one title.
For the sharp-shooter, she has now amassed 10 goals in five league games this season. Her first came with the last touch of a frustrating first half for the Park Avenue hosts as Corinthian set up a strong defensive wall with Susie Geoffroy and Sophie Blennerhassett, for the most part, keeping Railway outside the five-metre line.
But, after Patricia O’Dwyer, Emer Dillon and Emma Smyth had speculative pot-shots go wide and Cecelia Joyce deflecting wide from close range, McDonnell finally broke the deadlock with a shin-high piledriver that took a touch off a defensive stick at Railway’s fourth corner.
She potted a simple second moments after the break from Hannah de Burgh-Whyte’s long corner before a crisp hit from Railway’s fifth penalty corner made it 3-0. The reds remained compact to the end in the face of some serious pace, though a single chance of note from their only corner was the sum of their attacking threat as Railway hit one of their higher gears.