Pembroke move clear in division one; Genesis and Avoca set pace in div two

Pembroke scored their third 1-0 win in succession this season in the league to move into an early lead at the top of women’s Leinster division one in the absence of the IHL sides.

The Glens had played a part in denying Pembroke an IHL place last season in a lively 2-2 draw late in the season but the Dublin 4 side have bolstered significantly this season.

But the Glens are also a stronger proposition this time around with Clare Shillington providing a focal point for their attack and she combined well early on with Marie Goulding and Niamh Ward while Audrey McCormack returned to the side having missed the UCC cup win.

Clear chances, though, were few and far between with Pembroke taking the best of them when they turned over ball well up the pitch which Caroline Hill squared for Kylie Deverell to finish off at the back post.

Both sides could only muster further half chances in an incredibly close affair with Pembroke’s winning run going on.

Elsewhere, Old Alex and Trinity shared a 1-1 draw, Sally Campbell putting the Milltown side in the front before Sara Quill’s first goal for Trinity tied things up in the second half.

Corinthian, meanwhile, scored their first win of the season on Sunday when they beat North Kildare 2-0 in Kilcock, Sue Haslam and Sarah Murtagh getting the goals in a vital win.

In women’s division two, Genesis and Avoca lead the way following another set of impressive wins. For Avoca, they beat reigning Irish Junior Cup champions UCD II with Leinster underage representative Ellen Curran scoring twice in a 3-1, ensuring an excellent start for the Blackrock club since promotion.

They have three wins from three as do Genesis for whom Nikki Wallace and Rebecca Russell were on the mark while Mary Kavanagh took one off the line to preserve their clean sheet in a 2-0 win over Loreto II.

With last year’s champions, Pembroke II, held by Rathgar 0-0, it left the top pair two points clear of the pack after three rounds of matches. The result was Rathgar’s first point of the campaign, lifting them out of the bottom two.

Muckross got back on the winning trail with a 5-3 success against Hermes II as did Railway Union II against Old Alex II.

Women’s Leinster Division One
Pembroke 1 (K Deverell) Glenanne 0; Old Alex 1 (S Campbell) Trinity 1 (S Quill)
Sunday: North Kildare 0 Corinthian 2 (S Haslam, S Murtagh)

Leinster Division Two: Railway Union II 3 (A Heisterkamp, A Griffiths, N Telford) Old Alex II 0; Muckross 5 (L White 2, E Mathews, S Nolan, S Scott) Hermes 3 (S Grehan, A Harte, E Grehan); Loreto II 0 Genesis 2 (N Wallace, R Russell); Avoca 3 (E Curran 2, A Flynn) UCD II 1; Pembroke II 0 Rathgar 0

Women's Leinster Senior Div 1