Loreto bounced back from their disappointing exit from the Irish Senior Cup a week ago, by recording their biggest win of the season, 9-0 against North Kildare. They made light of being short their U-21 player Hayley Mulcahy and their three schoolgirls, excused for Leaving Cert Mock Exam studiesThey did, however, welcome back Aisling Campion who slotted into midfield, scoring one of the goals after a fine opportunist strike in the second half. Loreto led 4-0 at half time, courtesy of goals from Rachel Keegan (pc), Nikki Keegan, Niamh Small and an own goal.
The scoreline would have been worse for North Kildare but for a fine display by their best player, Alison Bell, in goal. Small added a second half hat trick to her earlier goal and Nikki Keegan was on the score sheet again in the second half also.
In division two, Laura Gibney fired two goals to help Trinity II win their first game of the season, seeing off Old Alex II 2-1 and increase their outside hopes of potentially avoiding the drop. They remain six points from safety with five games still to play but did double their goal tally for the season.
In the Irish Hockey Challenge, Botanic advanced to the semi-final with Laura McLean’s goal all that stood between them and Clonmel. They are joined in the final four by Clonakilty who have reached that stage of the competition for the first time while Gorey and Raphoe are also through.
Leinster Women’s Division One: North Kildare 0 Loreto 9 (N Small 4, N Keegan 2, R Keegan, A Campion, own goal)
Division Two: Trinity II 2 (Laura Gibney 2) Old Alex II 1 (Siobhan Scott Nielsen)
Irish Hockey Challenge: Clonmel 0 Botanic 1 (Lauren McLean); NUIG 0 Raphoe 3 (Sabrina Barnett, Wendy Bustard, Kirsty McKinney); Enniscorthy 1 (Jessie Flood) Clonakilty 2 (Freda Buttimer, Catherine McCarthy); Gorey 5 Wexford 3