International class pays for Hermes

Women’s Leinster Division One
Glenanne 0 Hermes 5 (Aine Connery 2, Miriam Crowley 2, Lisa Jacob)

Hermes moved into the top four for the first time this season as they had too much firepower for Glenanne in Tallaght as Irish international trio Aine Connery (pictured), Miriam Crowley and Lisa Jacob were all on the mark. They found the going initially quite tough as Christine Barretto put in a series of big tackles as well as taking one Crowley effort off the line.

An exchange of corners at either end yielded no goal but Sinead Connery was providing serious drive down the right flank to up the ante before Hermes got the vital go-ahead goal in the 23rd minute, a sweetly worked move between Gillian Pinder and Jacob which the latter tapped in. Aine Connery crashed home through a packed circle for 2-0 at half-time before grabbing her second after the interval while Miriam Crowley scored two well-worked efforts for a second victory of the season.

UCD 6 (Deirdre Duke 2, Anna O’Flanagan, Rachel O’Reilly, Chloe Watkins, Niamh Atcheler) Pembroke 1 (Claire Mulcahy)
Three goals in each half saw UCD move back to the top of division one as they comfortably got the better of Pembroke. Anna O’Flanagan’s goal kept her clear at the top of the division’s goalscorers while Deirdre Duke is now second on the list as she grabbed a double to bring her total to five in all competitions. Coach Johnny Harte was left pleased with the opening two goals, his side’s quick interchanges eliminating the goalkeeper for simple finishes and from there it was plain sailing. Claire Mulcahy got her first goal for the club late on from a corner switch late on.

Three Rock Ladies 0 Loreto 1 (Niamh Small)
Niamh Small’s goal 17 minutes from time meant Three Rock Ladies’ strong defensive work was denied a point at Grange Road. She finished off after Cathy McKean set the move in motion and move the Beaufort side back up to second in the standings with their third win of the campaign. They were frustrated for long periods as they struggled for clear-cut chances with debutant goalkeeper Barbara Snow doing well while Louise Lehane was also on form to keep Nikki Symmons at bay while Anna Fabra was lively in midfield as Three Rock’s best chances came from a trio of penalty corners. With the rain making the water-based tough to whizz the ball around, Loreto – without Nicci Daly and Nikki Keegan – kept plugging away and got their reward as the closing stages began to loom.

Division Two results: Corinthian 3 (Sally Cory 2, Melissa O’Leary) Pembroke 4 (Louise Tollerton, Viv Fenton, Anna O’Grady, Joanna McDonnell); Railway Union 4 (Zara Delany 2, Karen Clarke, Mary O’Dwyer) Hermes 1 (Vicky Walsh); Newbridge 4 (Pamela Ryan, Jill Ennis, Susan Dempsey, Suzanne Walsh) UCD 1 (Caroline Hill)

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