Hermes II succeeded where no others have yet this term by managing to take a point off Pembroke II in women’s division two, doing so with a stunning comeback from 2-0 down last Saturday morning in Serpentine Avenue.
Sarah Patton and Helen Kilroy struck second half goals to end their winning streak in the league, one which ran to 12 games, and may give a faint ray of hope to Loreto II as the only side who can potentially overhaul the Dublin 4 side.Early on, Jane Brownlee picked out an unmarked Shona Doyle who made it 1-0 while Anna O’Neill rebounded from a narrow angle to extend the margin to two by half-time in Pembroke’s favour. But any sense that it would be plain sailing was ended Hermes started the second half in forceful fashion, Helen Kilroy flicking home from the spot three minutes after the break. Sarah Patton then scored a penalty corner rebound for land a 2-2 draw.
Pembroke, though, remain nine points clear of the pack with a game in hand – against ninth place Three Rock Ladies – and so look virtually assured of the league title with something to spare.
Catherine Murray’s single goal handed Loreto II their fourth win in succession to tighten their grip on a second place finish in the division as they saw off UCD II who slumped to their third successive loss.
Draw-masters Muckross ended up level at the end of a game for the seventh successive time, this time playing out a 0-0 draw with Trinity II, a side they also tied with earlier this season. It could still prove a useful outcome, though, as Genesis – the next best placed first team, fell 2-1 to Old Alex II.
That win has seen the Milltown club put five points between them and the relegation zone with Three Rock Ladies falling 2-0 to Railway Union II at Park Avenue. Much of next weekend’s action will be confined to this are of the table with Pembroke II, Railway II and UCD II all being afforded the weekend off due to their first team’s involvement in the Irish Senior Cup semi-finals.
As such, Three Rock and Trinity II face vital ties in their bid to avoid the drop with the latter potentially falling out of this tier on Saturday if they cannot land a win. But their oppositions, Muckross and Genesis, are also battling hard for points, meaning nothing will come easy. Old Alex II meet Hermes II in the other tie on the menu.
Women’s Leinster Division Two
Results: Pembroke II 2 (A O’Neill, S Doyle) Hermes II 2 (S Patton, H Kilroy); Muckross 0 Trinity II 0; Loreto II 1 (Catherine Murray) UCD II 0; Railway Union II 2 (Julie McHugh, Louisa Johnston) Three Rock Ladies 0; Genesis 1 (Katy Tanham) Old Alex II 2 (Sylvia Gilsenan, Lydia Tierney)
Division Two (Saturday): Three Rock Ladies v Muckross, 11am, Grange Road; Old Alex II v Hermes II, 12.45pm, Milltown; Trinity II v Genesis, 1pm, Wesley College
Women’s Irish Hockey Trophy, round three: NICS 6 (K Hayes, J Clarke, E Feeney, L Montgomery, W Bailie) Larne 7 (L Craig, M Finlay, L Snoddy 2, G Rennix, R Dalton, Z Purdy); NUIG 4 (L Thornton, F Timmins, T Melvin, H Jenkinson) Omagh 2 (L McCollum 2); Our Lady’s 1 North Down 1, North Down win 7-6 on penalties; Avoca 1 Cork C of I 4; Naas 3 Bandon 1; Ballymena 2 Monkstown 0; Dromore 1 (T Malcolmson) Rathgar 3 (D De Paor, N Levis, V Jones); Cookstown 2 Portadown 1
Quarter-final draw (March 8): Ballymena vs North Down; Cookstown vs Naas; Larne vs NUIG; Rathgar vs Cork C of I