LHA Division 7/8 Cup final
Pembroke 3 (A Schutte 2, K Ryan) Loreto 2 (G O’Flynn, E Flynn)
Pembroke V added to the club’s scintillating season on the junior front as they beat Loreto for a third time this season, helping them retain the division 7/8 cup title and add to their Division Seven league win.
Pembroke hit the ground running with Fiona Keenan’s powerful reverse shot well saved, drawing the best out of Kiera Ryan and Paula Cunniffe. When Loreto did break out of defence they found their way blocked by a fired-up Pembroke midfield. Their pressure paid off with Ash Schutte getting the first goal.
Katie Ryan stepped up from the Pembroke defence to convert a short corner for the second goal, 2-0 at half-time. With Loreto committing numbers forward, the Dublin 4 side countered to grab their third with fine individual skills from Linda O’Connell and Ella McGrane fittingly finished off again by Schutte to make it a convincing 3-0.
Loreto stormed back into contention with goals as Sarah Maher and Noreen O’Rioran became bigger influences while Emma Flynn was strong in midfield.
They got a goal back midway through the half from a well worked short corner that was slotted home by Gemma O’Flynn at the near post.
A few minutes later, Loreto were back to within one when a ball into the circle slipped through the Pembroke defence and fell to Flynn to score unchallenged from close range.
Loreto had the momentum and fought hard to find an equaliser but couldn’t find the goal to take the game to extra time as Pembroke landed their double.
LHA Women’s Division 9/10 Cup
Avoca 0 III Genesis V 0, Avoca win 4-2 on penalties
Esme Gallagher made three penalty stroke saves to help Avoca win the Division 9/10 Cup. In normal time, the Blackrock club had the best chance to win the game but Sarah Cullen slipped a stroke wide. But her side prevailed in the end 4-2 on penalties, adding to their division nine league success, making it back to back promotions.
LHA Women’s Division 11/12 Cup
Bray III 1 Botanic IV 1, Bray win 4-3 on penalties
Bray came from a goal down in normal time to tie up Botanic and eventually prevail on penalties to win the LHA division 11/12 cup title.
LHA Women’s Division 13/14 Cup
Tullamore II 0 Wicklow 5
Wicklow’s women claimed their first cup title since entering the Leinster leagues this year, running up an impressive 5-0 win over Tullamore, Sheenagh Walker got them up and running with the first goal before a corner goal deflected in. A reverse-stick finish a minute into the second half made it 3-0 before Tara Collins and Walker closed out the victory.