Alex corner routine earns hard won Pembroke draw

Leinster Division One
Old Alex 2 (Sally Campbell, Miah Phelan) Pembroke 2 (Caroline Hill, Rachel Scott)

Old Alex nabbed a pair of penalty corners to record a surprise point, denying Pembroke the full spoils as they were left to rue missed chances. It means they still move top of the table as a result but probably not by the volume they would have hoped.

Caroline Hill put them in front with a corner deflection inside five minutes and they were well on top in the possession stakes but Alex defended resolutely with Vanessa Winn and Leah Lenehan solid in the centre while Pamela Smithwick made a series of good stops.

And, from their first major break-out, they won a corner as Pembroke struggled to cope with Sally Campbell’s direct running from midfield. She struck an absolute bullet home from the ensuing set-piece for 1-1 at the break.

Old Alex's Vanessa Winn had a strong game in defence against Pembroke Pic: Adrian Boehm

Old Alex’s Vanessa Winn had a strong game in defence against Pembroke Pic: Adrian Boehm

Rachel Scott re-established the lead with a nice touch to Sarah Clarke’s pass 15 minutes into the second period. Erika Hinkson, a former Alex player, had a chance to kill off the tie but saw her penalty stroke shot hit the post.

Once again, they were pegged back from a corner, this time Miah Phelan hit from the top for a 2-2 scoreline. Pembroke bombarded the Alex circle from then on but they held on, including keeping out a final whistle corner, to record their third draw from four outings.

North Kildare 0 Glenanne 2 (Clare Shillington, Sarah Daly)
The scoreline may look complacent but frustration was just starting to set in for Kieran Bolger’s side as they were held at bay for long periods by North Kildare at The Maws despite setting a fast, high pace from the first whistle.

This led to an early opportunity from Marie Goulding which hit the outside of the post. Shortly followed by a short corner that only needed a tap in from the back post which was narrowly missed by Rachel O’Brien’s stick. It left the game scoreless at half-time.

The second half followed much the same pattern of play with Glenanne having the majority of possession and North Kildare attempting to break through the Glenanne defence to test Glenanne goalie Róisín O’Brien.

They compacted the centre, forcing Glenanne to attack down the wings but they were unable to capitalize at the final hurdle when the ball was centred. A series of cards, leading to Audrey McCormack’s yellow, sparked the game to life with Kildare having their best spell.

One shot was deflected in to the Glens’ goal by Saoirse O’Donoghue but, after a lengthy deliberation, the goal was ruled out for a third party obstruction. It served as a wake-up call and the Glens bounced back when Clare Shillington scored.

Paula Fitzpatrick changed it up and, instead of trying to work the ball around North Kildare’s sturdy defence, simply took the shot on goal. Shillington swiftly reacted to the goalie’s save and hit the rebound in to the goal.

Not long after, Sarah Daly gave Glenanne a cushion. Fitzpatrick was again key, pretending to pick up a cross from the right. This dragged all the defenders towards her and left Daly wide open on the top left hand side of the D. She turned on her reverse and hit the ball in to the bottom right corner of the goal to secure the win.

Trinity 2 (Laura Gibney, Sara Quill) Corinthian 0
A back to full strength Trinity got their first win of the season with Laura Gibney and former red Sara Quill bagging the goals. Corinthian showed a decent amount of endeavour early on and won a corner but, from there on, Trinity held sway for the most part with Carolyn Crampton only called on a couple of times. The win lifts the students four places into fifth.

Jacqui Potter Cup, first round: Hermes and Pembroke advanced to the second round of the Jacqui Potter Cup with wins over North Kildare and Corinthian, respectively. For Hermes, they were locked at half-time as Michelle Spillane and Caitriona McGilp exchanged goals but second half efforts from McGilp and Christine Quinlan sealed the deal.

Results: Corinthian 0 Pembroke 3; Hermes 3 (C McGilp 2, C Quinlan) North Kildare 1 (M Spillane)

Women's Leinster Senior Div 1