Pembroke I and II move step closer to achieving targets

Women’s Leinster Division One
While their rivals were pursuing their Irish Hockey League ambitions, Pembroke took advantage in Leinster’s division one to return to the top four with a 3-1 win over Glenanne.

In a lively start, they took the lead from Sarah Clarke short corner strike. The Glens came back into the game with some great link up play down the wings resulting in a short when was slotted home on the post Rachel O’Brien.

The game quietened down somewhat after that up to half time, ending 1-1. Glenanne won a corner within seconds of the start of the second half but were unable to convert as the game swung end to end with both teams creating some excellent chances.

Pembroke's Eanna Horan scored a key goal against Glenanne Pic: Adrian Boehm

Pembroke’s Eanna Horan scored a key goal against Glenanne Pic: Adrian Boehm

The deadlock was broken from a crash ball through to Eanna Horan at the top of the circle who got a shot away and scored. And Sorcha Clarke killed off the tie in the final minute with some good stick skills in the circle to finish off.

Old Alex look set to finish sixth after they shaded their battle with Trinity 2-1 at Santry while Corinthian and North Kildare look set to finish in ninth and tenth place respectively after they shared a 2-2 draw at Whitechurch Park.

On Sunday, Railway Union moved into a share of the lead with a comfortable win over Corinthian. They were 4-0 up at half-time with Hannah de Burgh Whyte starting off the scoring from a corner. Zara Delany got a solo second before Anna Heisterkamp added another couple before the break.

Sarah Canning slid in number five and Nina Heisterkamp won the ball to slot the final goal. It moves them level with Hermes with three rounds of matches to go, starting with Pembroke next Saturday.

Saturday: Glenanne 1 (R O’Brien) Pembroke 3 (Sarah Clarke, E Horan, Sorcha Clarke); Trinity 1 Old Alex 2 (B Hopkins, C Vorster); Corinthian 2 (S Torrans, J Burns) North Kildare 2 (N O’Malley, K Baker)
Sunday: Railway Union 6 (A Heisterkamp 2, H de Burgh Whyte, N Heisterkamp, S Canning, Z Delany) Corinthian 0

Division Two
Pembroke II moved another confident step closer to retaining women’s division two with a comprehensive 7-0 win over Hermes II with Jane Brownlee netting a hat trick.

It keeps them six points clear of Muckross with four games remaining in the league. The Donnybrook side shaded their tie with Genesis 2-1 with Lucianne White and Sarah Cooney on the mark to close in on being the top rated first team in the division.

Their hold on second place also strengthened by virtue of the 0-0 draw between Railway Union II and Avoca who now lie third and fourth, respectively, as of Sunday evening.

UCD II stay in fifth place with a 2-0 win over Old Alex II with Jennifer Anderson and Claire Foley scoring the goals.

Rathgar drew 1-1 with Loreto II, pegged back after Laura Binions had given them an early lead. Loreto got their equaliser through former Irish international Cathy McKean from a corner.

On Sunday, Old Alex II got their second win of the season when they beat Loreto II 2-0 with Sylvia Gilsenan scoring both.

Alex put on the pressure from the start, forcing three short corners but the Loreto defence stood strong. Loreto had a chance to go one up when Ciara Vincent turned on to her open side and pulled on it at the top of the D. She saw her shot go wide. Alex scored their first midway through the second half and again with about 10 minutes to go to close out the win.

Leinster’s interest in the Irish Hockey Challenge ended, meanwhile, with Botanic bowing out of the competition at the quarter-final phase to Coleraine 2-1. Clonmel, Wexford and NUIG complete the final four line-up.

Saturday: UCD II 2 (J Anderson, C Foley) Old Alex II 0; Genesis 1 (A Henry) Muckross 2 (L White, S Cooney); Loreto II 1 (C McKean) Rathgar 1 (L Binions)
Sunday: Loreto II 0 Old Alex II 2 (S Gilsenan 2); Pembroke II 7 (J Brownlee 3, A O’Neill 2, E Thompson, S Craig) Hermes II 0; Railway Union II 0 Avoca 0

Irish Hockey Challenge, quarter-finals: Gorey 0 Clonmel 5 (J Stokes 2, A Deely 2, B Ryan); Athlone 0 Wexford 4 (M Lambert 3, E Corley); Blackrock 0 NUIG 1; Coleraine 2 (C-A Agnes) Botanic 1 (I Kelly)

Women's Leinster Senior Div 1