Naughton strike hands Hermes’ symmetrical comeback

Women’s Leinster Division One
Hermes 1 (A Naughton) Pembroke 0

Aisling Naughton’s second half goal saw Hermes exact symmetrical revenge over Pembroke for their opening day of the season defeat on the same scoreline in the return fixture. It remains their one blemish to date in all competitions as they jumped above Pembroke in the standings with two games in hand.

Naughton combined superbly with Sinead Loughran down the left hand side, attacking at pace with an exchange of passes on the left before Naughton went on to finish.

Pembroke had opened the stronger of the two sides for the first 20 minutes in a game of few chances with Hermes looking to sit deep and counter. The pick of them came from corners but they could not convert as Eanna Horan and Rachel O’Brien impressed.

Anna O'Flanagan scored five times for UCD against North Kildare Pic: Adrian Boehm

Anna O’Flanagan scored five times for UCD against North Kildare Pic: Adrian Boehm

Christine Quinlan, meanwhile, was particularly strong at the back and they pushed on as time wore on, eventually getting their reward 15 minutes after the break.

Trinity 1 (S Quill) Railway Union 2 (S Canning 2)
Railway Union came from a goal down to eventually break down a tight and well-disciplined Trinity defence to keep their improved form going in spite of the absence of Kate Dillon, Sinead Dooley, Grace O’Flanagan and Cecelia Joyce.

Sarah Canning won it with set-piece goals in the second half, the latter a penalty stroke. Trinity went ahead before the break from a corner, finished off by Sarah Quill and duly held on to the lead until the break with Anna May Whelan in dynamic form in midfield while Carolyn Crampton made a string of saves.

But she was unable to stop Canning’s sweep from the top for a corner to level early in the second half. Railway duly had a lovely attack down the right via Emma Smyth and Emer Clarke. Smyth rounded the goalkeeper only to see her shot hit a foot on the line.

A corner was originally given before a consultation led to the decision being upgraded and, despite the delay, Canning held her nerve to convert the winner.

UCD 9 (A O’Flanagan 5, E Carey, C Foley, S Twomey, N Evans) North Kildare 0
Anna O’Flanagan’s quintet of goals extended her lead at the top of the Leinster goalscorers charts as UCD recorded a 9-0 win to maintain their 100pc record while North Kildare have yet to manage a point, the scoreline indicative of the two sides respective seasons to date.

Loreto 3 (N McConnell, C Baker, L O’Leary) Corinthian 0
Loreto continued their unbeaten start to the campaign with a comfortable 3-0 win at Beaufort over Corinthian. An early strike from Nikki McConnell in the eighth minute was augmented by Carly Baker’s finish on the half hour. Lauren O’Leary made sure of the points from the host’s sixth corner with five minutes to go.

Glenanne 0 Old Alex 0
Draw-masters Old Alex recored their fourth share of the spoils this term to stay in seventh place in the standings while the Glens move up a slot after this scoreless draw.

The tie started off at a high intensity, both teams pushing forward, Alex having a shot saved off the line within the first five minutes. The Glens then picked themselves up, attacking down the wings. A couple of great saves by both keepers meant the score was nil all at half time.

The second half saw the Glens push forwards but failing to convert while Alex counter-attacked but found Kate O’Connor picking up any stray balls coming through. Pamela Smithwick made a great save to a Saoirse O’Donoghue drag-flick with a couple minutes to go to ensure the stalemate.

Jacqui Potter Cup, second round:
Anna Heisterkamp’s silver goal winner saw Railway Union II advance to the quarter-finals of the Jacqui Potter Cup as they saw off Pembroke II 2-1. Emer Lucey and Alice Ward exchanged goals earlier in the tie to see the game go the distance.

UCD II’s tie with Avoca went even further, Jane O’Brien and Hayley Sarratt sharing the goals to see the game 1-1 at full-time. The students prevailed 2-0 in the shoot-out to advance to the next round.

Early goals from Caitriona McGilp and Christine Quinlan set Hermes up for a comfortable win over Rathgar as they made their class count in a 6-0 win. Aisling Naughton would later add another couple to bring her personal tally to three for the weekend.

Glenanne also advanced with a 3-1 win over Loreto II. After advancing to the ISC quarter finals last weekend, the Glens continued their fine cup form in the Jacqui Potter Cup, starting the bright of the two sides.

From an early short corner that produced a good save from Mary Harkin in goal, the rebound fell kindly for Jen Rynne who calmly swept the ball into the back of the goal. In the second half, the Glens turned up the tempo and doubled their advantage when Kate O’Connor buried her shot from top D in a well worked short corner.

Following sustained pressure on the Loreto defence, the Tallaght side got a third when Marie Goulding fed Claire Shillington the ball deep inside the Loreto circle for a tidy finish to put the game out of reach.

Loreto did manage to pull one back with 10 minutes to go. Ciara Vincent charged down the left wing and passed to Aideen McGuinness who hammered home from close range to ensure a 3-1 scoreline.

Results: UCD II 1 (J O’Brien) Avoca 1 (H Sarratt), UCD win on penalties; Railway Union II 2 (E Lucey, A Heisterkamp) Pembroke II 1 (A Ward), after extra time; Hermes 6 (C Quinlan 2, A Naughton 2, R Carrigan, C McGilp) Rathgar 0; Glenanne 3 (J Rynne, K O’Connor, K Shillington) Loreto II 1 (A McGuinness)

Women's Leinster Senior Div 1