Glenanne closed in on the top three in the women’s Leinster Division One with their fourth win in their last five outings as they got the better of Rathgar 3-0 on Saturday afternoon.
The results lifts them to 14 points, one off third place Muckross after seven rounds of matches. The win was initially built around their speed on the attack, benefiting first off when Kate O’Connor mopped up an attack before throwing a quick aerial.It set Audrey McCormack free before she quickly transferred to Aoife Dalton. She moved the ball on to SJ Kelly on the baseline who gave a swift cross to Rachel O’Brien on the back post to net the opening goal.
The Glens followed up with a series of corners that were all defended – the third clipping an attacker’s foot before hitting the backboard – but the second goal arrived from another well-worked team move.
McCormack took a free outside the circle, passed the ball to Jessie Meeke who gave a quick pass back pass to Saoirse O’Donoughue in front of goal. The ball found SJ Kelly on the back post to take it across the line; 2-0 at half time.
In the second half, Rathgar were well organised and created attacking opportunities, drawing Niamh Ward and O’Connor into making timely interventions. From that base, they were able to move 3-0 up when O’Connor banged home a corner via a deflection – the set piece was won by Marie Goulding’s efforts.
Old Alex continued their good run with a six successive win, this time seeing off Muckross 3-1 to move into second place on their own ahead of the Donnybrook club. Rebecca Evans got them up and running from a breakaway move before Freya McDermott doubled up.
Anna Roopnarinesingh extended the lead to 3-0 with six minutes to go from a rebound before Katie Ronan got Muckross on the board late in the game.
Genesis nabbed their second win of the season with a 1-0 success against North Kildare, Siobhan Collins scoring the only goal on a day when the Kildare goalkeeper Jade Arundell had a hugely impressive game between the posts.
Loreto continued their imperious form with a 2-0 win over Corinthian with Ali Meeke and Niamh Small on the mark. It was their seventh win in succession.
Leinster Division One: Loreto 2 (A Meeke, N Small) Corinthian 0; Rathgar 0 Glenanne 3 (R O’Brien, SJ Kelly, K O’Connor); Old Alex 3 (R Evans, F McDermott, A Roopnarinesingh) Muckross 1 (K Ronan); Genesis 1 (S Collins) North Kildare 0