Women’s Division One
Hermes 4 (Aine Connery 2, Sadhbh Hoban-Logan, Sarah Patton) UCD 0
Hermes reduced UCD’s lead at the top of women’s Leinster division one with a comprehensive victory at St Andrew’s, built on a stunning early trio of goals against a threadbare UCD.
Aine Connery scored twice in the first few minutes before Sadhbh Hoban-Logan extended the margin with precious little time gone. Connery’s first was a neat reverse-stick finish and she then got a deflection to the influential Eimear Horan’s ball in for 2-0.
Hoban-Logan took an auto-pass and lifted in deftly to put her side well ahead at the break. Connery missed out on a hat-trick in the second half when she took too long to wind up a free shot and also could not touch in a sharp chances after Sarah Patton and Sinead McCarthy’s quick hands in the circle.
UCD’s Sam Willis, meanwhile, saw her effort come back off the post with their best chance, meaning 15-year-old Elizabeth Murphy kept a clean sheet for Hermes. And the Booterstown side closed out the win with Patton’s smart finish as Horan’s bouncing pass into the circle was turned her way by Hoban-Logan. Patton applied a clever touch to find the backboard.
In addition to being without their six internationals, the students were also shy Orla Macken, Leah Ewart and Lauren McGrane while Aisling Naughton has stepped away from the panel following her call-up to the Irish women’s rugby sevens panel.
Loreto 3 (Hayley Mulcahy 2, Hannah Matthews) Old Alex 2 (Emma Russell 2)
Loreto picked up a vital win over Old Alex as they came from a goal down to win 3-2 in spite of Emma Russell’s brace at Beaufort. She got them in front early on with a neat deflection past Louis Healy in a strong opening salvo. Loreto bounced back, though, and were on terms when Niamh Small shovelled the ball to Hayley Mulcahy for the first of her two goals on the day.
Carolyn Crampton blocked another couple of efforts but could not stop a third from a corner when Hannah Matthews shot home on the reverse for 2-1 on the half hour. Mulcahy extended the lead early in the second half when she followed up a Crampton save to rifle home a rebound. Russell though made it close once more when she netted five minutes before the end but too late for Alex to force an equaliser.
Pembroke 1 (Hayley O’Donnell) North Kildare 0
Hayley O’Donnell’s sweep-shot 15 minutes from time helped put Pembroke back into the top five at the expense of Old Alex as they denied North Kildare a first point of the season. It was not a game for the purists as Pembroke sat half court while Kildare attempted to take the direct route with crash balls from the back while staying compact themselves.
Jilly Collins had the best of the first half chances but Ali Bell stood firm in the face of her deflection. Maebh Horan also caused problems with her direct running endeavouring to make something happen but, other than that, corners were always likely to provide their best chance to score. After Rachel O’Brien and Kylie Deverell had gone close, O’Donnell swept home from a set piece to win it.
Railway Union 4 (Jean McDonnell, Alex Speers, Louisa Johnston, Emma Smyth) Corinthian 0
Railway Union remain in fourth place in the league but, following their win over Corinthian, will certainly be encouraged by the result at St Andrew’s to feel they are still in with an outside title shout. They led almost from the outset as Alex Speers’ great run ended with a slip right to Emma Smyth on the penalty spot to finish off. After a string of chances, Speers made it 2-0 as Jean McDonnell’s cross picked out the Irish skipper for a simple tap-in.
Former Trinity woman Louisa Johnston got her first goal for the club’s first team in her second game when she pounced on a corner rebound with her reverse. McDonnell closed out the scoring from the top of the circle, marauding forward from left back.