Women’s Division One:
Hermes 4 (Gillian Pinder, Aine Connery, Deirdre Duke, Christine Quinlan) Trinity 0
Hermes pushed their noses back in front as they ended Trinity’s season in emphatic style, breaking down a dogged defensive performance to assert their title claims. Gillian Pinder’s corner goal was the only strike of the first half before Chloe Watkins set up Aine Connery to make it 2-0.
Anna O’Flanagan chalked up another assist as she played in Deirdre Duke (pictured) before Christine Quinlan score from a corner move. Hermes have a trip to Bray before facing Railway on the final day of the season. Railway are three points back but with a game in hand, though they must also travel to Bray as well as face UCD.
Loreto 4 (Hannah Matthews, Nicci Daly, Wendy Byrne, Catriona Tipping) Pembroke 2 (Aoife Sherriff, Rachel McKeon)
Only a minor miracle can keep Loreto in the hunt for the title but they kept on plugging to earn the spoils against Pembroke at Beaufort this afternoon. In a rip-roaring opening, Hannah Matthews scored a corner; Aoife Sherriff, early in her return from lengthy injury, netted from a switch-move and Nicci Daly fired in a cracker after a stunning Cathy McKean through pass – all inside the first ten minutes.
Wendy Byrne made it 3-1 midway through the second half before a brilliant Rachel McKeon strike from the edge of the circle bounced in off the inside of the post to make it 3-2 as the game entered the closing stages. Catriona Tipping, though, scored from close range to take all three points from a very entertaining fixture.
Loreto were this time without Niamh Small, Lizzie Colvin and Nikki Symmons due to extensive involvement over the previous two days for Ireland against Germany’s U-21s. The Irish won their training match on Saturday 3-0 with Audrey O’Flynn scoring two drag-flicks and Roisin Flinn also on target.