Alex slip as UCD, Loreto and Railway push on

Women’s Leinster Division One
UCD 2 (Nicola Gray, Hannah de Burgh-Whyte) Glenanne 1 (Claire Shillington)
In the absence of their international contingent, UCD scraped past Glenanne at Belfield to maintain their two-point lead over the rest of the division. Hannah de Burgh-Whyte’s powerful shot proved the winner when Kate Collins Smyth squared to her from the right of the circle.

The Glens started better and had more first half corners owing to a typically competitive performance which the students struggled with but they were stung against the run of play by Nicola Gray’s hammered penalty corner. Claire Shillington responded when a UCD corner broke down and three passes later Stella Davis was forced into a save but the returning Irish cricket international picked up the pieces.

Loreto 3 (Jessica McGirr, Nikki Keegan, Sarah Barnwell) Pembroke 0
Loreto moved up a place to third in the division following a reasonably comfortable success over Pembroke at Beaufort as teenager Jessica McGirr netted her first senior goal. She completed the win when she followed up a Cathy McKean shot which deflected her way. Earlier, Sarah Barnwell scored the only goal of the first half off the back of Ali Meeke and McKean’s good work. Nikki Keegan made it two with a stunning effort, cutting in from the right to shoot home on her reverse. It lifts Loreto above Old Alex in the standings and three points off top spot.

Old Alex 1 (Sarah Canning) Corinthian 1 (Carol Magowan)
Carol Magowan’s fortuitous equaliser handed Corinthian a handy, unexpected away point and left Old Alex rueing a dent in their title ambitions. It was a frustrating afternoon for the Milltown side who controlled play but saw the reds’ goal lead a charmed life while Siobhan Burke pulled off a number of good stops. Sarah Canning did open the scoring from a corner in the 15th minute but Magowan got the response a minute into the second half. She seemed more to be lining up a cross but her hit across goal took an Alex stick to redirect into their own goal. From there, Magowan in midfield and Sarah Walker posted strong resistance to Alex to grab the point from the day’s play.

Railway Union 4 (Jean McDonnell 2, Emer Lucey, Sinead Dooley) TRL 0
Jean McDonnell extended her seasonal tally to 13 to move three clear at the top of the Leinster goal-scoring charts as Railway eased to a second league victory in three days. She buried a corner switch while Emer Lucey was also on the mark at a set-piece. Sinead Dooley rebounded off a post for her first goal of the season while Sarah Hawkshaw impressed on her first team debut.

Sunday: Hermes 2 (Kerry McComish, Sadhbh Hoban-Logan) Trinity 0
Hermes were grateful to take the spoils from their key mid-table battle with Trinity to make sure they have the edge in the race for IHL places. They got on the board from the penalty spot in the seventh minute after Kerry McComish’s shot was saved on the line, batted away by the defender. Hermes followed up to score but play was the whistle had already gone for a stroke as the clearance was deemed dangerous and McComish scored against her former club. She had another chance from the spot after a foot on the line but Jessie Elliott picked this one to save but it was 2-0 when good play from Gillian Pinder and Lisa Jacob set up Sadhbh Hoban-Logan on the half hour. It moves Hermes three points ahead of Trinity, a vital wedge given the absence of their international contingent.

Jacqui Potter Cup and Irish Junior Cup
Old Alex and Railway Union completed the sides to play in the second round of the Jacqui Potter Cup as they chalked off wins over Three Rock Ladies and Newbridge. For Alex, Erika Hinkson set her side on course with two goals in the first 20 minutes before Sarah Canning – her third in three games – and Rebecca Coll completed a 4-1 win. TRL did get one back to record their first goal of the season when Julie Garvey netted against her former club. Alex will face a novel second round date when they meet their seconds.

For Railway, Sarah Hawkshaw went goal-crazy in just her second first team game when she netted four times. Kate Dillon, on her return from New York within the previous 24 hours, grabbed her first goal of the season while Isobel Joyce and Sinead Walsh rounded out a 7-0 win over Newbridge. Railway must now travel to North Kildare in round two.

In the Junior Cup, meanwhile, most of Leinster’s big guns advanced as Loreto did for Portadown with plenty to spare, Eimear McCarthy’s goal saw Pembroke beat last year’s finalists Lisnagarvey in Hillsborough while Hermes managed a 3-1 win at Queen’s University. With Railway Union and UCD assured of byes into Monday morning’s second round draw, it means there are seven Leinster entrants in the last 16.

Corinthian had a fine 3-0 win over UCC while Sarah Lochrin and Hannah Meredith were on the mark for Trinity as they endeavour to emulate their performance of last season in reaching the final four. Old Alex, though, were the big name to go out as they lost on penalty strokes against Catholic Institute.

First round results: Old Alex 4 (Erika Hinkson 2, Sarah Canning, Rebecca Coll) TRL 1 (Julie Garvey); Newbridge 0 Railway Union 7 (Sarah Hawkshaw 4, Isobel Joyce, Sinead Walsh, Kate Dillon)

Irish Junior Cup, round one results: Old Alex 3 Catholic Institute 3 (aet, Catholic Institute win 3-2 on penalty strokes); Ashton 1 Trinity 2 (S Lochrin, H Meredith); Loreto 8 (P Lyons 2, S Scott, W Byrne, C Barker, E Smith, S Doran, C Tipping) Portadown 1 (A Reid); Lisnagarvey 0 Pembroke Wanderers 1 (E McCarthy); Queens University 1 Hermes 3 (V Walsh 2, S Hoban Logan); Genesis 2 (A O’Loughlin, A Ryan) Dromore 2 (A Martin, N Murray) (aet, Dromore win 3-2 on penalty strokes); Ulster Elks 2 (S Lee, S Galbraith) Randalstown 3 (aet, golden goal); Armagh 1 Pegasus 1 (aet, Pegasus win 3-2 on penalty strokes); Corinthian 3 (S Cory, R Dooly, E Caulwell) UCC 0; Bandon 3 (R Murphy, L Buttimer, C McCarthy) Belfast Harlequins 2 (J Grimes, K Smiley); Cork C of I 2 (C Walsh, E Dobson) Lurgan 1 (E Mullen); Glenanne 1 (K O’Connor) Cork Harlequins 2 (J Chapple, M Collins)

Women's Leinster Senior Div 1