Railway hoping to close gap on runaway Hermes

First versus second in the women’s EY Hockey League as Railway Union will look to start making inroads in Hermes six point lead at the top of the table going into the winter break.

Hermes have been simply breathtaking in the opening half of the season and a win over their nearest rivals will ensure they will have at least a nine point gap over the field until the league returns in February.

Hermes beat Railway 3-2 in their first meeting this season. Pic: Deryck Vincent

Hermes beat Railway 3-2 in their first meeting this season. Pic: Deryck Vincent

They will have to break down a Railway defence that hasn’t conceded in their last three outings but will hope they can find the cutting edge that deserted them a week ago against Pembroke in a 0-0 draw.

UCD face Pembroke in another Dublin derby that is important to their playoff hopes. Both are currently on 13 points in a congested mid-table. The students won the first meeting of the sides 5-2 to start a run of three wins from their last four that has lifted them up the table.

Katie Mullan and Aisling Naughton were the twin threats that day while Deirdre Duke has found form with three goals in her last two games, making her someone Stella Davis will need to be on form to keep out.

UCC face Cork Harlequins in an important southern derby with the students needing a result to close the gap on eighth place to try and avoid a relegation playoff. Pegasus will hope to their run of four wins from five games when they travel to Galway to play Greenfields.

The Jacqui Potter Cup first round ties continue on Saturday after Genesis became the first side to make it into the second round with a 2-0 win over Corinthian.

Glenanne will hope to repeat last weekend’s win over Old Alex in one of the eye-catching ties.

Women’s EY Hockey League: Hermes v Railway Union, 1pm, Booterstown; UCC v Cork Harlequins, 1pm, The Mardyke; UCD v Pembroke, 1pm, Belfield; Greenfields v Pegasus, 2.20pm, Dangan

Jacqui Potter Cup, first round
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Saturday: North Kildare v Trinity, 1.30pm, The Maws; Our Lady’s v Three Rock Ladies, 1.30pm, Terenure; YMCA v UCD II, 2.15pm, Wesley; Avoca v Loreto, 2.30pm, Newpark; Glenanne v Old Alex, 2.45pm, Glenanne Park; Muckross v Old Alex II, 3pm, Muckross Park

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