Women’s Leinster Division One – day one round-up
Chris Tyrell began his reign as Trinity coach with a 3-1 win over Corinthian at Whitechurch Park to make a confident early statement. In an initially scrappy game, Sophie Marshall got the students up and running with a goal in the first five minutes.
They were grateful, though, to Carolyn Crampton who made a couple of good saves to keep the narrow lead in tact as Corinthian looked dangerous on the break.
Just before half time, Rachel O’Brien and Sara Quill combined to set up Ailish Long to score on her debut against her former club. A few minutes later Niamh Sweeney – another former red – scored to leave it 3-0 at half time.
In the second half, Trinity pushed on but could not find another breakthrough with Quill seeing the pick of the chances well saved. Corinthian did get one back via a fine individual goal from Jessica McGrane, cutting in from the left and finishing from the top of the D, pegging the final score back to 3-1..
It was a heated start to the season between Glenanne and North Kildare in Tallaght, with the weather not only to blame. The two teams started strong, testing both sets of defence.
A misplaced pass in the Glenanne backline created a scoring opportunity for the Kilcock side, which was quickly converted.
Before half-time, Kate O’Connor equalised for the girls in green, slotting home a second phase short-corner. Trojan work from Glenanne saw them control possession in the second half but, despite numerous circle-entries and several short corners, the Tallaght side failed to convert, leaving the score line 1-1.
Loreto won a closely fought battle with a new look Old Alex 2-1 with Sarah Evans and Lizzie Colvin scoring the goals. Fiona Bradish, one of eight additions to the Alex line-up, scored on debut for the Milltown club.
She joined the club from Hermes while the other additions are Leanne Ryan (Slough, England), Tiffaney Ellis (UCD), Lauren Kingston (Dundee University) and Hannah McDermott (Indiana University) while Leah Lenehan is back from her travels while Louise McCollum and Pia Diepman will have greater availability after their Leaving Certs.
Nicci Daly made an instant impact with a goal for Muckross in her first game in a 2-1 win over Avoca. Genesis also were 2-1 winners, seeing off Rathgar at St Raphaela’s with Joanne Lavery and Sarah Larkin on the mark.
Women’s Leinster Division One: Corinthian 1 (J McGrane) Trinity 3 (S Marshall, A Long, N Sweeney); Glenanne 1 (K O’Connor) North Kildare 1 (E Ryan-Doyle); Genesis 2 (J Lavery, S Larkin) Rathgar 1 (A O’Connor); Loreto 2 (S Evans, L Colvin) Old Alex 1 (F Bradish); Avoca 1 (A Horgan) Muckross 2 (N Daly, S Barnwell)