Ward fires Pembroke II six points clear

Alice Ward got the only goal to help Pembroke II moved six points clear at the top of women’s Leinster division two as they got the better of their closest rivals prior to the weekend, Muckross.

Pembroke's Alice Ward

Pembroke’s Alice Ward

Railway Union II moved into second place on goal difference from Muckross, putting pressure on league leaders Pembroke.

Lily Lloyd, younger sister of Kate Lloyd, turned 15 last week and scored in her senior debut for Railway with a powerful rebound after the first shot was saved by the Hermes II keeper.

Railway proved too strong for Hermes and were 3-0 up at half time with spectacular goals from the Heisterkamp sisters, Nina opening the scoring while her older sister Anna got a brace.

Nikita Telford was on the mark twice too, while Karen Morrissey showed her diversity with a powerful drag flick from a well executed corner. Hermes looked dangerous on the break but Railway’s strong defence led by in-form Sarah McDonald kept them at bay.

Old Alex II got their first win of the season when schoolgirl Chloe Harrison and Anya Bowers on the mark outdoing Laura Barrie’s effort for Genesis with a 2-1 win. It lifts them off the bottom of the table.

The battle between fourth and seventh place is covered by just a single point. UCD II remain on terms with Rathgar after Holly Rankin and Caroline Goulding exchanged goals while Avoca, in fourth, fell 2-1 to Loreto II.

Women’s Leinster Division Two: Pembroke II 1 (A Ward) Muckross 0; UCD II 1 (H Rankin) Rathgar 1 (C Goulding); Avoca 1 (A-M Cullen) Loreto II 2 (P Lyons, K Geoghegan); Old Alex II 2 (A Bowers, C Harrison) Genesis 1 (L Barrie); Hermes II 0 Railway Union II 7 (N Telford 2, A Heisterkamp 2, N Heisterkamp, L Lloyd, K Morrissey)

Women's Leinster Senior Div 2