Trinity’s position as EYHL playoff contenders will be given a severe examination on Saturday in women’s Leinster Division One as the latest side to try and break Loreto’s perfect run of form in the province.
The students are in a rich seam of results, themselves, with six wins in succession in Leinster to rise up the ranks to sit in third place and on the fringes of the playoff places. The top two automatically go into the end of season EYHL promotion playoffs while the third side will have a playoff tie with Ulster’s third place finisher to try and get to that next phase.
The latest of Trinity’s good results came against Glenanne last Saturday with Sophie Marshall, Cliona McCullough, Lauren Thomas and Niamh Sweeney – with her fourth goal in two games – landing them a 4-2 success against one of their near rivals.
It is quite a turnaround, the six successive results coming after a series of four games without a win in the autumn. Loreto, though, will be a different animal and they augmented their lead to the top of the table on Wednesday evening with a 4-0 win over Glenanne.
They led by one at half-time with Hannah Matthews ending the game with two goals – one from the penalty spot – to go with goals from Ali Meeke and Niamh Small. Hannah McLoughlin has been another player to impress hugely this season, the schoolgirl coming into the side this season and was one of their top performers last weekend against UCD in the Senior Cup.
Old Alex will look to keep their hand in the mix when they travel to North Kildare, looking to build on last week’s 7-1 win over Rathgar which brought a hat trick for Rebecca Evans.
Muckross will hope for slip-ups from the rivals above them to move back into the top three place that they occupied for so long. They host Rathgar who are desperate to try and get their first win of the campaign.
Glenanne will look to close up the gap to the top three once again from their trip to Avoca on Saturday. The Newpark side will be bouyed, though, by their 2-0 win over Clontarf to reach the final four of the Irish Hockey Trophy thanks to goals from Susie Cannon and Shelley Richardson.
Genesis, under the coaching of Lisa Jacob, extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to six matches with a 2-2 draw against Muckross last weekend and face Corinthian on Saturday in what is probably a playoff to see who will finish in sixth place such is the distance between them and the top five and bottom three.
Leinster Division One
Last Saturday: Muckross 2 (M Jennings, K Ronan) Genesis 2 (A Henry, S Larkin); Trinity 4 (S Marshall, N Sweeney, C McCullough, L Thomas) Glenanne 2 (K O’Connor, J Rynne); Rathgar 1 (O Smith) Old Alex 7 (R Evans 3, F McDermott 2, S Gilsenan, L McCollum)
Wednesday: Loreto 4 (H Matthews 2, A Meeke, N Small) Glenanne 0
Saturday fixtures: North Kildare v Old Alex, 12.15pm, The Maws; Avoca v Glenanne, 2.30pm, Newpark; Trinity v Loreto, 2.30pm, Santry Avenue; Genesis v Corinthian, 4.30pm, St Raphaela’s; Muckross v Rathgar, 4.30pm, Muckross Park