Naughton shoots Hermes to Leinster women’s title

Leinster Division One
Saturday: Glenanne 2 (J Rynne 2) North Kildare 1 (A Griffen)

Jennifer Rynne’s double saw Glenanne land their third win of the campaign, getting the better of North Kildare at Glenanne Park. After an early scare, the Glens began to dominate and scored from one of a string of corners with Rynne calmly sweeping home.

And she put her side 2-0 up when centre back Aoife Dalton pushed forward before playing a great reverse pass to Marie Goulding. It led to a corner that Kate O’Connor passed to Rynne to push in at the far post.

North Kildare were back in the tie from a corner of their own as Aideen Griffen coolly slotted into the bottom corner from the centre of the circle. And, despite a flurry of cards late in the game, Glenanne held on for the win.
They complete their campaign in midweek against Railway Union while North Kildare will have a keen interest in the LHA meeting where next season’s plans for the Leinster leagues will be laide out.

Pembroke 3 (E Hinkson, E Horan, M Horan) Old Alex 0
Pembroke are set for a return to the Irish Hockey League after Keith Crawford’s side nailed down a top four place with a 3-0 win over Old Alex, their second biggest win of the campaign. Eanna Horan gave them the lead early on when she finished off good approach work from Rachel O’Brien.

Erika Hinkson dragged home number two before half-time and Maebh Horan completed the win from another corner on the left switch. They duly closed out the tie without conceding to lift the side to a potential third place finish.

Corinthian 0 Trinity 4 (A Burke 3, C Lavelle)
After a couple of frustrating, close-run league ties in recent times for Trinity, they cut loose with a 4-0 win to close out the season. It was 1-0 at half-time before a quickfire spell of three goals in seven minutes in the second half saw the students ease home with Aoife Burke netting a hat trick while Caitriona Lavelle got the other.

Sunday: Hermes 2 (A Naughton 2) Loreto 0
Aisling Naughton’s double saw Hermes win back the Leinster league title, ticking off trophy one of a still possible quadruple as they got the better of Loreto 2-0 – the only side to have beaten them since September – at St Andrew’s. In a well-contested battle, Loreto saw a couple of corners denied in the first half while Hermes had an early effort chalked off before Naughton gave her side a 25th minute lead.

Sinead Loughran came close to nicking a second from a Christine Quinlan cross while Loreto again went very close to a leveller as they pushed forward in the closing minutes. But the game was won when Naughton broke forward inside the closing two minutes, rounded Ruth Murphy on the right and slotted the ball in on her backhand to the jubilation of her club mates.

The Hermes side that won the Leinster women's division one title with a 2-0 win over Loreto Pic: Adrian Boehm

The Hermes side that won the Leinster women’s division one title with a 2-0 win over Loreto Pic: Adrian Boehm

The result means Loreto finish outside the IHL places, a frustrating outcome as it looks more than likely that they will have beaten the league champions from all four provinces at different stages this season but ended up in fifth place overall in Leinster, showing the current strength in the province.

Railway Union 1 (K Lloyd) UCD 2 (Sarah Robinson, tbc)
With IHL tickets confirmed, UCD over-turned a first half deficit to beat Railway Union at Park Avenue. Kate Lloyd had given the hosts the lead at the break before Sarah Robinson equalised in the second half before UCD snagged the winner with 14 minutes to go. UCD end the season in second place and can look to a registration error or their 0-0 loss at North Kildare as two moments that denied them yet another title.

Women's Leinster Senior Div 1