Corinthian retain division one status

Corinthian assured their place in women’s Leinster division one next season as they put in an assured performance to beat Glenanne 2-0 in Tallaght last Saturday, rendering North Kildare’s final day 1-0 defeat to Old Alex moot in the final reckoning.

With just one point between the sides going into their final games of the campaign, Corinthian were vulnerable to be overhauled by Kildare on the final day of the season but they did come out with a performance to ease those worries.

Corinthian's Niamh Sweeney sealed her side's win over Glenanne Pic: Adrian Boehm

Corinthian’s Niamh Sweeney sealed her side’s win over Glenanne Pic: Adrian Boehm

From a relatively even first half, Corinthian shaded the first half corner count but no goals accrued with minimal chances. Kate O’Connor took the best of them off the line, denying Jenny Long’s drag-flick. In the second half, their need was the greater with Jenny Long’s probing runs from right back a feature while Sara Quill also went close. And they hit the front midway through the half when Ailish Long auto-passed and dribbled past a line of defenders before unleashing a reverse-stick shot.

Glenanne came back into the game after the goal and had a few circle entries including hitting the post. The game was done and dusted, however, then they intercepted a hit out and Niamh Sweeney scored with a shot from the top into the side netting.

That came with about ten minutes to go and it was fairly comfortable from there on in. It left North Kildare unable to get back into the mix in their game later in the day and they fell 1-0 to Alex courtesy of a 40th minute Shirley McCay goal.

It aided Alex’s bid to retain Irish Hockey League status. If Pembroke drop any points in their remaining two games, then the fifth IHL berth will go to Alex. For North Kildare, they must wait and see how division two pans out in the coming weeks with Muckross and Genesis in the mix for a playoff place.

Hermes confirmed they will finish second in the league following their 2-0 win over Loreto, building up for the Irish Hockey League with a strong performance. Laura Pinder put the Booterstown club in front off the back of Megan Tennant-Humphreys’ smart free in the 18th minute.

Aine Connery was a thorn in their side for much of the game and drew a superb save from Louisa Healy before the break before firing home the second goal of the game in the second period.

Women’s Leinster Division One: Old Alex 1 (Shirley McCay) North Kildare 0; Glenanne 0 Corinthian 2 (Ailish Long, Niamh Sweeney); Loreto 0 Hermes 2 (Aine Connery, Laura Pinder)

Women's Leinster Senior Div 1