UCD scrape past Trinity in student showdown

Women’s Leinster Division One
Saturday: UCD 4 (E Carey, S Twomey, C Foley, L Ewart) Trinity College 2 (E McErlean, A Whelan)

UCD survived a big Trinity performance to record their first Leinster league win since December 6 as they showed the more efficient edge against a Trinity side who had the better of decent parts of the tie but could not convert more chances.

UCD went 2-0 up in the first 20 minutes of the game. The first was scored by Elaine Carey who got a deflection on a ball that was crashed into the circle by Millie O’Donnell. Anna Roopnarinesingh won a corner for the second which was emphatically put away by Leah Ewart.

Trinity got back into the game with a goal from Anna-May Whelan who was a threat all game and her side were level five minutes before half time with a neatly worked corner that was finished by Emma McErlean.

But they could not push on in terms of goals despite a strong start to the second half and they were stung when a quickly taken free just outside the circle found its way to Sara Twomey who finished well into the bottom right corner.

Trinity pressed thereafter and UCD defended in numbers, Sarah Greene clearing off the line in one instance, before the game was put beyond doubt in the last minute when good work from Roopnarinesingh and Carey was finished off by Claire Foley.

Speaking afterwards, Trinity coach Gavin Bourke describing the scoreline as “very flattering for UCD” and said the inverse scoreline would not have been out of place after a fine showing from his side.

Railway Union 4 (Z Delany, H de Burgh Whyte, S Hawkshaw, A Heisterkamp) North Kildare 0
Railway Union scored twice in each half to strengthen their second place in the division and keep in touch with leaders Hermes. Zara Delany got a fine first, breaking the line on a press before rushing forward and shooting past Maeve Weld from the top of the circle.

Hannah de Burgh Whyte got her first league goal of the season before half time from a corner switch for a 2-0 half-time lead in a game when 15-year-olds Lily Lloyd and Grace McLoughlin made their first team debuts.

North Kildare enjoyed their best spell in the early phases of the second half, making some good moves down the flanks, but they could not create any clear sights of goal to test Grace O’Flanagan. The third goal saw Kate McKenna pick out Sarah Hawkshaw who drifted inside two tacklers before crashing home from the left side of the circle.

Anna Heisterkamp – another schoolgirl – completed the win when de Burgh Whyte’s quick free was drilled to the back post and drew a calm finish.

UCD's Sarah Twomey scores the key third goal against Trinity Pic: Adrian Boehm

UCD’s Sarah Twomey scores the key third goal against Trinity Pic: Adrian Boehm

Glenanne 1 (J Rynne) Loreto 2 (S Evans, H Mulcahy)
Hayley Mulcahy’s final quarter goal saw Loreto end their three-game winless run, nicking a 2-1 win in Tallaght to move into a share of fourth place. The tie started with pressure coming from both sides and several chances at each end. Even without Lizzie Colvin, Ali Meeke and Nicci Daly, Loreto proved a strong and fast outfit which the Glens managed to hold until the 12th minute.

After a fumble around the penalty spot, the ball fell to Sarah Evans who slotted home to put the Rathfarnham girls one up. Both teams continued to test their opponents, with great defensive play by the Glens back four.

The Tallaght side were rewarded for their determination on the 33rd minute with a short corner. A crash ball from Jen Rynne, which took a deflection off a Loreto player, found the net just before the half time whistle. Both teams were unlucky not to convert from a handful of corners throughout the second half.

On the 55th minute, a crash ball from Hannah Matthews found Hayley Mulcahy in the circle, who deflected the shot from close range to. Despite several chances which Glenanne created for themselves, the score line remained the same.

Old Alex 0 Hermes 1 (C McGilp)
Caitriona McGilp’s early goal proved just enough to keep the Hermes unbeaten run going though in truth this could have been a cake-walk had they taken even a portion of their chances.

McGilp was on hand to volley home at the right post for the potential winner. It came in a first half that saw eight penalty corner chances go a begging as Pam Smithwick had a fine game and she duly denied Aisling Naughton and Sinead Loughran who had a plethora of chances between them.

Naughton did get around Smithwick one time but saw her shot cleared off the line by Laura Noble in the second half. She also stung the right pad of the goalkeeper as Hermes interplay was enough to unlock the door numerous times but the conversion was lacking. Nonetheless, they stay three points clear of Railway Union who now look to be the only side able to deny them a first title since 2010/11.

Hermes' Caitriona McGilp and Aisling Naughton celebrate Pic: Deryck Vincent (click image for more)

Hermes’ Caitriona McGilp and Aisling Naughton celebrate Pic: Deryck Vincent (click image for more)

Corinthian v Pembroke, off due to frozen pitch

Sunday: Old Alex 0 Glenanne 0
With both teams playing 24 hours earlier and coming off close-knit but fruitless games, each were out to get points on the board. The earliest chances fell to the Glens with a corner and some great saves from the Alex keeper Pam Smithwick off an Audrey McCormack shot.

Played at a good tempo, Alex made some good runs through the centre while the Glens preferred to use the channels as their choice of attack with Clare Shillington having some excellent pick-ups from sweeper Kate O’Connor and driving into the circle.

Both teams had periods of dominance but excellent defensive play curtailed either getting ahead. Alex had a corner towards the end of the half with a lovely disguise pass from the top just going wide of the left post. The second half started off in the same fashion as the first with both teams pushing hard, the Glens press caused problems for Alex and Glens managed to turn over a number of ball from this.

Alex earned further corners, switching right first but this was mopped up by the defence and then a disguise shot from the top was read perfectly, keeping the scoreline blank.

Women's Leinster Senior Div 1