Women’s Div One:
Pembroke 1 (Sarah Clarke) UCD 2 (Chloe Watkins, Rachel Burke)
In the game of the day, Chloe Watkins was the stand-out performer as UCD’s league defences were breached for the first time but their perfect record remains after four rounds of matches. They just shaded it but a strong Pembroke finish threatened to take a late point. Watkins was the first on the mark, finishing off an excellent team move as they countered down the right wing, working the ball to the Irish international and she finished with a controlled flick into the corner.
Pembroke had enjoyed the better of the early part of the second half but were knocked on their heals when a beautifully worked corner move was completed by Rachel Burke, sliding to deflect a reverse effort into the top corner.
Sarah Clarke pulled one back with ten minutes to go, clattering the top of the backboard with a corner smash but they were unable to get back on terms as UCD held possession in the closing minutes to wind down the clock. Kelly Scott pulled off a couple of good saves on the day while Leigh Pelow’s disguised passes from the back created plenty of danger.
But it was Watkins, starting in midfield and then moving up front, who shone brightest with a fine all-round performance for the students.
Trinity 0 Loreto 4 (Cathy McKean 2, Niamh Small 2)
Cathy McKean struck her eighth and ninth goals of the season as Loreto’s greater experience showed in Santry this afternoon. She opened the scoring with a reverse-stick effort from the flick spot to start the scoring. Niamh Small added the second – another scorer in each league game to date – after a neat passing move to make it 2-0 at the break, a position kept afloat as Mary Harkin saved brilliantly from Rachel Scott’s close-range effort.
Scott, along with Katie Grehan, were central figures to Trinity’s efforts to frustrate the Beaufort visitors, playing on the counter. But they were drawn out over time and Loreto struck again when McKean found the space to go through one-on-one with Jessie Elliott to score before Small finished off a goal-mouth scramble to make it five consecutive wins in all competitions to date for Loreto.
Bray 0 Old Alex 4 (Sarah Gleeson 2, Becca Coll, Rachel Griffith)
Sarah Gleeson’s double sandwiched efforts from former Trinity and St Andrew’s pair Becca Coll and Rachel Griffith to lift Alex to third place overnight as they raced into a 3-0 lead inside half an hour. Gleeson scored her first in the 12th minute when she completed a baseline pull-back before Coll made it 2-0.
Rachel Griffith added a stylish third on the half-hour, taking the ball at the to-left of the circle with her back to goal, spinning beautifully to crack home. Gleeson bagged her second midway through the second half as Bray enjoyed their best period but the game was beyond reach.
Corinthian 0 Railway Union 9 (Alex Speers 2, Emma Smyth 2, Kate Lloyd 2, Sinead Dooley, Jean McDonnell, Julia O’Halloran)
The biggest win of the day, Railway reclaimed two places in the league standings to move into fifth place as they remain one of four teams still with 100pc records. Sinead Dooley scored her third goal in seven days while Irish underage international Kate Lloyd got a double to match seniors Alex Speers and Emma Smyth as Railway were too strong for the reds who stay at the foot of the table.
** Adrian Boehm’s photos from Pembroke vs UCD