King returns as Hermes deny Trin

Women’s Div One:
Trinity 1 (Katie Grehan) Hermes 2 (Aine Connery, Gillian Pinder)

Without five internationals, Hermes were made to work hard for their three points in Santry as Nikki King made a return to the goalkeeper’s smock for the first time since the 2006/7 season.

With Emma Gray CPP-tied, Yvonne Kenny returning to Cork and Laura Cassin breaking her wrist, King was brought back into the fold. The highly decorated goalkeeper saw a reasonable amount of action in front of her but few shots in anger.

At the far end, it took just six minutes for Aine Connery to snatch an interception and score one-on-one past Jessie Elliott.

Trinity adopted a more aggressive approach than a day earlier against Loreto with Maebh Horan moving into midfield and former Hermes woman Liane Costello tried out at sweeper.

It gave them more scope to attack but Deirdre Duke almost capitalised on the extra space when she snuck in to the circle but was denied by the post.

Katie Grehan, though, got the students back level just before the short whistle after a corner did not go quite to plan, causing a hullabaloo around the flick spot.

But Hermes eventually got the points ahead of a dogged Trin as Gillian Pinder finished off a corner second phase after Elliott saved Kerry McComish’s initial shot ten minutes from time.

Pinder and Duke were making their first appearances of the league season during their Leaving Cert year as they play the role of stand-ins when the club’s international contingent are tied up.

Women's Leinster Senior Div 1