O’Donoghue keeps Glens EYHL playoff chances alive

With five homes ties in their last six, Glenanne very much kept alive their challenge for one of the EYHL playoff places as Saoirse O’Donoghue’s double saw them clinch a 3-2 win over Avoca in women’s Leinster Division One.

At the end of the weekend, they lie in fifth place ahead of a series of games in Tallaght that will define their challenge after their success at Nerpark.

Saoirse O'Donoghue's corner double saw Glenanne see off Avoca. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Saoirse O’Donoghue’s corner double saw Glenanne see off Avoca. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Both sides showed they were well up for the game with chances going either way in the early stages. Avoca were the first to capitalise on their chances when they broke up the pitch, earning a corner that Ine Pavanello scored from.

The Glens were quick to even up the tie, winning a corner up the other end. They made the most of it with O’Donoghue dragging the ball low to beat Avoca’s keeper. And they turned the game around fully on the half-time whistle, O’Donoghue’s drag this time falling to Serena Rush who buried the rebound.

Avoca bounced early in the second half via Aideen McGuinness to make it 2-2. The visitors, though, were maintaining most of their possession with chances going wide and the home keeper making a number of good saves.

Glenanne’s possession finally paid off when O’Donoghue scored her second of the day with a drag going straight down the middle with nine minutes to go. They held on for the points to stay in touch with the leaders.

Loreto ended the weekend with seven points in the bank over their rivals at the top of the table though it was far from plain sailing for the Beaufort side. On Saturday, they dropped points for the first time in the campaign to a Trinity side that are riding the crest of a wave.

They shared a 2-2 draw at Santry with Sarah Quill and Sophie Marshall goals equalled by Ali Meeke and Jessica McGirr strikes. On Sunday, Loreto were kept at bay for long periods by North Kildare but Lizzie Colvin’s goal earned them a 1-0 win – it was also their 50th goal of the campaign.

It was frustration all round for North Kildare over the weekend. They were also undone by second placed Old Alex on Saturday with Lauren Kingston’s goal the divider in another 1-0 result. Indeed, Alex were indebted to Pamela Smithwick who made a penalty stroke save to earn the points.

Muckross stretched out a 5-2 win over Rathgar to move back up to third place in the table while Corinthian bounced back up to sixth ahead of Genesis thanks to their 3-0 win at St Raphaela’s on Saturday.

The reds added to that win with another strong win on Monday evening when they swept to a 3-1 win over Muckross, denting the Donnybrook side’s hopes of claiming one of the playoff places. Torrans got her third goal in as many days with Jessica McGrane making it two goals in two games.

Women’s Leinster Division One:
North Kildare 0 Old Alex 1 (L Kingston); Avoca 2 (A McGuinness, I Pavanello) Glenanne 3 (S O’Donoghue 2, S Rush) ; Trinity 2 (S Quill, S Marshall) Loreto 2 (A Meeke, J McGirr); Genesis 0 Corinthian 3 (S Torrans 2, J McGrane); Muckross 5 (N Daly 2, J Gilsenan, A Flynn, S Scott) Rathgar 2

Sunday: Loreto 1 (L Colvin) North Kildare 0
Monday: Corinthian 3 (E O’Brien, S Torrans, J McGrane) Muckross 1 (N Daly)

Women's Leinster Senior Div 1