Women’s Leinster Division One
Hermes 0 Railway Union 3 (Jean McDonnell, Kate McKenna, Isobel Joyce)
Railway Union went top of Leinster division with a deceptively emphatic victory over Hermes on the new pitch in St Andrew’s as their season continues to gather momentum while Hermes endure a tricky time.
The hosts enjoyed plenty of possession but chances were tough to come by as Railway showed a clinical edge and they led from start to finish. Jean McDonnell cracked home a corner switch in the second minute to give them the best possible start. Nikki Evans went close to doubling up before Aine Connery drew a strong save from Grace O’Flanagan.
Plenty of tough tackles were being put in by both sides as both knew the relevance of the tie, even at this early stage of the season, as having a big impact in the title race. Hermes did most of the pressing early in the second half, going close to levelling when Rachel Burke rounded O’Flanagan but was denied by the post with only a short corner to show for her efforts in the ensuing play.
Railway, though, moved further ahead when they capitalised on a Christine Quinlan slip on halfway to set up a four-on-one attack with Kate McKenna finishing the move off. Isobel Joyce made it three after some neat interplay down the left. An Audrey O’Flynn dropping overhead saw Gillian Pinder attempt an audacious lob but O’Flanagan got a good palm to the effort to keep her clean-sheet intact.
** For Deryck Vincent’s photos from the game, click here, Adrian Boehm’s photos can be seen below
Neville Cup, quarter-final: Weston 1 (Simon Pearson) UCD 3 (Shane O’Donoghue 3)
UCD became the third confirmed semi-finalist in the Neville Cup as Shane O’Donoghue’s first half hat-trick saw them over the line to face Glenanne in the final four. Simon Pearson and O’Donoghue exchanged goals in the first 20 minutes but the former Glens man added another pair in the three minutes leading up to the break to pull clear. UCD had chances to extend the lead but they were not required.