Women’s Leinster Division One
Old Alex 1 (Lauren Kingston) Corinthian 0
Lauren Kingston’s second goal of the season proved vital for Old Alex as they recorded their third win of the season, getting the better of Corinthian in Milltown.
She netted early in the second half off the back of Shirley McCay’s weaving run down and reverse-stick cross down the left flank. It handed them the result from an even enough tie with plenty of new faces about. Alannah Carragher impressed as she was handed her first start between the posts for the reds while Louise McCollum and Abbie Russell made debuts for Alex.
Initially, it was Corinthian was started the better with Ailbhe Marsh’s baseline run causing a frantic melee in front of goal the most dangerous chance. After the opening 20 minutes, Alex developed a stronger foothold and felt they had two decent shouts for penalty strokes waved away in a scoreless first half.
Niamh Sweeney fired one over for the reds before Alex nabbed what proved to be the winner as Corinthian had a goal chalked off. A foul for a foot on halfway was not initially blown and, as the Alex defence hesitated, Georgina Fagan broke into the circle and her cross was turned home by a defender.
A consultation, though, saw the effort disallowed. Corinthian, though, were competitive throughout with Jenny Long’s overheads to set in motion attacks a strong feature while Sophie Blennerhassett also shone.
Glenanne 0 Hermes 1 (Audrey O’Flynn)
Audrey O’Flynn’s sixth minute goal proved the only difference between Hermes and Glenanne in Tallaght as the hosts made life difficult once again for the Booterstown side in a bruising encounter. They found their numbers cut after Aine Connery took a head injury on Thursday against Corinthian while Sara Twomey and Christine Quinlan were also out.
Those issues were added to when Eimear Horan went off in the 20th minute of a tense and well contested game. After Hermes strong start, Glenanne built up some momentum, especially when Sinead McCarthy was sin-binned with Audrey McCormack joining the attack well from an initial compact half court setup, keeping Hermes at bay.
It meant that the visitors, who held more of the ball, were always on edge with a narrow lead but ended up with their fifth successive win to be the form side in the division. They rose to a season high of fourth by the end of the day’s play.
Pembroke 1 (Rachel O’Reilly) Railway Union 3 (Emer Lucey, Kate Lloyd, Kate Dillon)
Railway won the Dublin 4 derby with a strong win over the emerging force of Pembroke, building a 3-0 lead before shipping one late in the day. Emer Lucey’s penalty corner strike put them ahead before Kate Lloyd finished on her backhand after a great team move.
Kate Dillon then added the third from the penalty spot. Rachel O’Reilly got one back, finishing off after a melee in front of goal for her first goal for her new club.
North Kildare 1 (Kate Hurley) UCD 5 (Nikki Evans, Katie Mullan, Deirdre Duke, Emily Beatty, Aisling Naughton)
UCD maintained their place atop the division with a 5-1 win at The Maws with four of their internationals on the mark, setting up their date with Loreto next weekend nicely.
North Kildare made life difficult for them, though, as Kate Hurley’s corner goal, following a one-two with Cara Precious, had them well in the mix at 2-1 in the 50th minute before the students turned on the style to pull clear in the last quarter.
Loreto 5 (Sarah Clarke 2, Hannah Matthews, Niamh Small, Hayley Mulcahy) Trinity 0
Loreto put together a composed performance to stay within two points of top spot, benefiting from a flying start. Hannah Matthews put them 1-0 up inside five minutes from the penalty spot before Niamh Small scored a cracker from play. Hayley Mulcahy made it three with scarcely a quarter hour and while Trinity did play some nice stuff thereafter, a pair of Sarah Clarke corner bullets in the second half extended the lead out to five.