Women’s Leinster Division One
Glenanne 1 (C Shillington) UCD 3 (E Carey, D Duke, C Watkins)
Despite a tough battle, UCD progressed to their second commanding victory of the new season to see off Glenanne at a very hot and dry Tallaght.
They did so despite seeing Roisin O’Brien save a first minute penalty stroke, diving low down to her right to deny Chloe Watkins. For the most part after that, UCD held most of the ball while the Glens had their moments on the break, winning a trio of corners on the counter-attack.
The students, though, did land a couple of good team goals, working the ball around the circle for Elaine Carey and Deirdre Duke to finish off at close range, building a 2-0 lead. Sarah Daly, meanwhile, drew a brilliant save from the UCD goalkeeper with a rasping drag-flick to keep it that way at the break.
Watkins extended the lead to three when she shot home a good reverse-stick effort from the top of the circle. The intensity did not drop despite the heat but a couple of injuries forced the Glens to rejig their side and they eventually got a goal back when Clare Shillington slotted home.
Corinthan 0 Loreto 6 (A Meeke 2, H Mulcahy 2, C Baker, S O’Loughlin)
Three goals in each half saw Loreto run up their first win of the season. Their younger brigade of Carly Baker, Hayley Mulcahy and Sarah O’Loughlin up front, along with Elena Tice and Jess McGirr in defence showed more composure than the previous week, albeit against a Corinthian team for whom Carol Magowan and Ailish Long were still missing.
The first goal arrived five minutes in. Good approach work from Nikki McConnell (nee Keegan) delivered a fine pass to the right post where Baker was on hand to score from close range for the second week running.
Seven minutes later, Ali Meeke made it 2-0 and Mulcahy made it three on 20 minutes when Lauren O’Leary threaded a gorgeous pass through from midfield to the forward who finished with aplomb.
Two minutes into the second half, McConnell again caused all sort of problems with another of her mazy runs leading to a corner from which Mulcahy was on target with a deft deflection from a fine switch move.
O’Loughlin got the fifth following more good play from McConnell, passing to Mulcahy who drew the keeper and unselfishly squared for her cousin to hammer into the empty net. Meeke got her second when she deflected a lovely drilled pass into the danger area by Jess McGirr with ten minutes to go.
Railway Union 0 Trinity 0
Honours even as Trinity once again caused plenty of problems for a Railway Union side that they had pushed all the way in last March’s Jacqui Potter Cup final.
On a warm, sunny afternoon at Park Avenue, the match started with great pace, as both sides worked hard to defend the end to end attacks. Railway won a number of corners but Trinity defended all attacks, Carolyn Crampton impressing, to keep a clean sheet.
Kate Dillon spurred for the home side and made some great advances into the D, ably assisted by Kate Lloyd, Zara Delany and Emer Clarke. But they could not break down a Trinity side who had a number of attacks of their own with a scoreless draw probably a fair result.
Hermes 8 (C McGilp 2, A Naughton 2, A O’Flynn, R Carrigan, S Loughran, S Patton) Old Alex 1 (M Phelan)
Hermes ran out convincing winners against Old Alex in St Andrew’s, winning 8-1 after a 3-0 half-time lead. With only 10 minutes on the clock, Eimear Horan’s cross found Caitriona McGilp free on the penalty spot, who calmly finished to put the home side 1-0 up.
Audrey O’Flynn scored a signature dragflick from Hermes’ second corner. McGilp, who looked threatening all day, put Sinead Loughran through one-on-one with Pam Smithwick and she finished excellently with a reverse flick into the corner.
Early in the second half, Old Alex pegged one back courtesy of Miah Phelan but thereafter it was all Hermes as Rose Carrigan came to the fore in midfield, first scoring a reverse and then putting McGilp through to deflect home to make it 5-1. The last three goals came from close range, Sarah Patton getting on the scoresheet and Aisling Naughton getting a brace on the back post
North Kildare 0 Pembroke 1 (Caroline Hill)
A Caroline Hill goal early in the second half saw Pembroke land their second 1-0 victory of the new season, grinding out the win. Both teams defended well in the first half with Pembroke having more circle entries.
North Kildare finished the half strongly though and had increased pressure just before half time but no goals came from the first 35 minutes. The only goal came, though, when a corner strike was saved by goalkeeper Maeve Weld – Kildare’s player of the match – but rebounded to Hill on the post who tapped it in.
It was tight for the rest of the game, both teams having chances, Pembroke running up a half dozen penalty corners while North Kildare endeavoured to put pressure on towards the end but Pembroke took the win. Another tough game for visitors to The Maws.