Women’s Leinster Division One
Pembroke 0 Loreto 0
Pembroke and Loreto played out a 0-0 tie from a very even tie. Underneath a deluge, the former started the stronger though getting high ball pace was tough to do given the conditions and made chances fleeting though both goalkeepers did make some decent saves.
Sorcha Clarke, Laura Gray and Erika Hinkson impressed for Pembroke and they won the corner count while Loreto finished stronger and had a goal correctly ruled out on referral due to a foot in the build-up.
The result leaves Pembroke in second place with Loreto, still unbeaten, in fourth place with a couple of games in hand.
Trinity 2 (S Quill, A Naughton) North Kildare 0
Trinity moved into the top half of the division with a 2-0 win over North Kildare, scoring both their goals in the first half with Cliodhna McCullough playing a key role in the win.
Ailish Naughton and Sara Quill got the goals for Trinity in spite of the absence of key performers Anna May Whelan (illness) and Niamh Sweeney (injury). They survived a spell of pressure early in the second half before winning out comfortably at a drenched Santry Avenue.
UCD 9 (N Evans 4, D Duke, G Pinder, E Beatty, C Watkins, A O’Flanagan) Glenanne 0
UCD’S imperious form in Leinster hockey’s women’s division one continues at breakneck speed as they ran up a 9-0 win over Glenanne in Belfield.
Nikki Evans had a hat trick before ten minutes had passed. The Glens battled hard for the remainder of the half, with Roisín O’Brien pulling off some excellent diving saves to deny the students. However, the international girls showed their ability to finish, netting two more goals before half time.
The second half wasn’t much different with four more goals with Deirdre Duke, Gillian Pinder, Emily Beatty, Chloe Watkins and Anna O’Flanagan all on the mark.
The result lifts them a point clear of second placed Pembroke – albeit with UCD having two games in hand – and in great shape, especially as two of their nearest rivals drew.
Railway Union 7 (E Smyth 3, K Dillon 3, S Dooley) Old Alex 0
Railway Union, meanwhile, completed their second win of the season as their international duo of Kate Dillon and Emma Smyth scored a hat trick each to see off Old Alex. It was one of the first times the two players have lined out together this term while Sinead Dooley has also been a sporadic presence due to injury and she nabbed the other goal.
Corinthian v Hermes, match abandoned due to waterlogged pitch
Division Two/Irish Junior Cup
Rathgar’s resurgent form continued in women’s division two as the newly promoted club made it four games unbeaten, beating the previously high-flying Railway Union with doubles from both Doireann de Paor and Evie McCullough.
In the Irish Junior Cup, meanwhile, Leinster clubs endured mixed fortunes. Reigning champions UCD II bowed out at the hands of Pegasus II with Leah Paul scoring twice in a 2-1 result.
Old Alex II prevailed in extra time of their tie with Greenfields; Muckross II and Pembroke II were 3-0 victors over Banbridge and Ulster Elks, respectively while Trinity II beat Corinthian 1-0 via Louise Madigan’s solo strike.
But Hermes let slip an early lead to fall 2-1 to Bandon at St Andrew’s while Glenanne lost in Cork to C of I on Sunday in a 4-3 thriller. It leaves six Leinster teams in the hat for round two of the competition.
Division Two: Rathgar 4 (Doireann de Paor 2, Evie McCullough 2) Railway Union 1 (N Heisterkamp)
Irish Junior Cup, first round: Ashton 0 Belfast Harlequins 0, Ashton win 4-3 on strokes; Lisnagarvey 5 (J Kirkwood 2, T Surgeon, L Wilson, F Jess) Lurgan 1 (L Currie); Pembroke 3 (E Thompson, J Brownlee, K Deverell) Ulster Elks 0; Banbridge 0 Muckross 3 (C O’Connor 2, J Cleary); Hermes 1 (S Delaney) Bandon 2 (J Kingston, R Desmond); Trinity 1 (L Madigan) Corinthian 0; UCD 1 (R Evans) Pegasus 2 (L Paul 2); UCC 0 Randalstown 0, Randalstown win on penalties; Old Alex 2 (L Simmington, R Hinkson) Greenfields 1, after extra time; Cork C of I 4 (A Collins, S Cronin, L Egan, C Fenton) Glenanne 3 (N McCarthy, S Aherne, T McGinley)