Women’s Leinster Division One
Level on points at the end of last season, Glenanne and Trinity were once again inseparable in Leinster’s Division One in Tallaght in an end-to-end battle that ended in a 2-2 tie.
Trinity came out the stronger, forcing errors in the Glenanne defence, and winning a couple of early penalty corners. The second of which was scored when Long slipped it passed Róisín O’Brien in the Glenanne goal.
Glens started to settle into the game and saw more of the possession later in the first half. They got back on terms when they earned a couple of corners. The first was well saved off the line by the Trinity post woman but from their second set piece, Saoirse O’Donoghue’s drag flick was expertly deflected by Audrey McCormack into the Trinity net for 1-1.
Trinity retook the lead almost immediately through an excellent deflection from Ailish Naughton to a Niamh Sweeney ball across the face of goal, making for a 2-1 half-time lead.
The second half was a more fragmented affair for both teams with Cliona McCullough and McCormack having a good battle in midfield.
The Tallaght side had much of the possession while Trinity looked dangerous on the break. It wasn’t until halfway through the half when a well worked passing move between midfield and the forward line allowed Glenanne’s Marie Goulding to slot home and tie up the game at two a piece.
Trinity claimed in vain for the goal to be chalked off for what they felt was a foot in build-up. Both sides had their moments to win the tie down the stretch with Trinity finishing with a flurry of corners as Anna-May Whelan’s surging runs and Sophie Marshall’s trickery up front causing problems.
A Cliona McCullough effort of the crossbar was the closest they came to going ahead again while Glenanne continued to look dangerous at the other end as both sides felt they could have won the tie.
Elsewhere, Sarah Torrans’ solo goal earned Corinthian their first win of the season to record their first win of the season, edging out Avoca 1-0.
Loreto ran up a 6-0 win at North Kildare with Hayley Mulcahy firing a hat trick to put them top of the table on goal difference after two rounds of matches.
They are level with Muckross for whom Katie Fitzgerald got the only goal of the game against Genesis at St Raphaela’s.
Old Alex showed their potential with a 4-0 win over Rathgar with their new brigade doing the damage. Fiona Bradish, recently arrived from Hermes, struck twice while Leanne Ryan, back from England, and Lauren Kingston – after a spell at Dundee – were also on the mark.
Women’s Leinster Division One: Genesis 0 Muckross 1 (K Fitzgerald); Glenanne 2 (A McCormack 2) Trinity 2 (J Long, A Naughton); Old Alex 4 (F Bradish 2, L Ryan, L Kingston) Rathgar 0; North Kildare 0 Loreto 6 (H Mulcahy 3, L Colvin, N McConnell, N Small); Avoca 0 Corinthian 1 (S Torrans)