Women’s Leinster Division One
UCD’s perfect record in Leinster women’s division one after Hermes staged a superb second half comeback to snatch a 4-4 draw in the tie of the season to date at Belfield.
Sinead Loughran and Caitriona McGilp were the late heroines, grabbing late goals to reel in the scoreline after they trailed 4-2 in the game of the season thus far.
It was the second time the Booterstown side had come from two down to draw level after Katie Mullan netted an early penalty stroke and Emily Beatty had made it 2-0.
But McGilp’s first of the day and a brave effort from Aisling Naughton – both former UCD players – got it back to all square by the 32nd minute only for Deirdre Duke to reassert the students advantage.
Mullan subsequently made it 4-2 when she swept home from a narrow angle to the left of goal from a corner. Hermes, though, have been a free-scoring entity this term and they bounced back with two late goals to earn a draw.
UCD remain top of the table but they have now been joined on 16 points by Railway Union who produced a great performance to get one over on Loreto.
Nicci Daly was back in town to help the Beaufort side, using the English league’s winter break where she plays with Holcombe to get in a game, and she duly wreaked havoc with some dazzling runs.
Railway, though, hit the front early when Georgina Spillane broke the line at the head of a press to intercept, laying the ball off to Kate Lloyd who roofed on her reverse.
It was end to end throughout though and a Daly run in the 11th minute unlocked the door for Sarah O’Loughlin to equalise. The winning goal, though, came at the far end as Sarah Canning’s sweep was turned in by Kate Dillon from a corner for a 2-1 half-time lead.
The second half was high paced with both sides looking to play the game at pace, making for tense and exciting fare but no further goals accrued, allowing Railway to jump above Loreto in the standings after the latter’s first defeat of the season.
Glenanne earned a share of the spoils late in the game with a Sarah Daly stroke to earn a 1-1 draw against Trinity in Tallaght on Saturday afternoon. A well-contested first half ended scoreless with both sides leaving few attackers unmarked.
The second half was similarly tight-knit with Jen Rynne making some dangerous incursion down the right hand side and into the circle while Trinity hit the post and eventually broke the deadlock from one of their five penalty corners, Sarah Quill scoring her fifth of the season.
A series of corners went a begging for the Glens but, after a good save from Carolyn Crampton, the ball spun on to a foot on the line. Daly duly converted from the spot for the leveller and a share of the points.
At Serpentine Avenue, Caroline Hill scored the only goal about 15 minutes into the game as Pembroke recorded their fourth 1-0 result of the season, getting the better of Corinthian.
She finished off after some nice work along the baseline. Pembroke had most of the ball and Corinthian’s goalkeeper Siobhan Burke made some good saves.
The reds were dangerous on the counter and their best chance was from their only corner of the game but Sorcha Clarke was outstanding for Pembroke while Rachel Scott was strong in midfield.
Old Alex’s fine showing this season continued – especially in light of the turnover of players in the off season – as they snatched a 3-2 win at North Kildare to move back up into sixth place in the table.
South African Lenthea Kamffer scored her first goal since arriving in Dublin for Alex, Sally Campbell and Leanne Ryan also on the mark with Aideen Griffin and Sarah O’Neill’s efforts not enough to get Kildare off the mark for the season.
Women’s Leinster Division One
Saturday: North Kildare 2 (S O’Neill, A Griffin) Old Alex 3 (S Campbell, L Kamffer, L Ryan); Glenanne 1 (S Daly) Trinity 1 (S Quill); Pembroke 1 (C Hill) Corinthian 0
Sunday: UCD 4 (K Mullan 2, E Beatty, D Duke) Hermes 4 (C McGilp 2, A Naughton, S Loughran); Loreto 1 (S O’Loughlin) Railway Union 2 (K Lloyd, K Dillon)