Five-star Trinity make early impact in Leinster

Trinity made something of a statement of intent with a strong 5-0 opening day win in the women’s Leinster Division One to take the day one lead.

Glenanne's Jessie Meeke. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Glenanne’s Jessie Meeke. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Niamh Sweeney’s double along with goals from Ailish Long, Evie McCullough – back from an Erasmus stint – and Sophie Boucher put saw them give Our Lady’s a tough baptism since their promotion to the division.

They were among three winners from last season with Muckross succeeding by a single goal, courtesy of new arrival Natasha Twomey, against North Kildare.

Fiona Bradish’s double was enough for Old Alex to overcome Rathgar 2-0 to see three sides lead the way while the other two ties ended in 1-1 draws.

For Genesis, having lost both times to Glenanne last season, they will be encouraged by their 1-1 draw with the Tallaght side at St Raphaela’s.

Before the start of the match, there was a minute’s silence for the tragic loss of baby Meabh, daughter of Siobhan and JP Hannafin, long term Glenanne members.

The Stillorgan side survived an early corner and looked dangerous down the channels, using this route to create the chance for Caitriona Lavelle to open the scoring with a smart finish.

The lead didn’t last long, however, as Jessie Meeke reacted sharply to a penalty corner rebound for 1-1. Sorcha Cunningham denied another corner shot from Kate O’Connor early in the second half while, at the far end, Audrey Westlake was required to put in a crucial tackle to break up an attack, a key moment as both sides had to settle for a point.

At Newpark, Sarah Healy’s goal with seven minutes remaining saw Avoca pick up a draw against Corinthian, cancelling out Emma O’Brien’s effort for Corinthian.

Leinster Division One: Trinity 5 (N Sweeney 2, A Long, E McCullough, S Boucher) Our Lady’s 0; Genesis 1 (C Lavelle) Glenanne 1 (J Meeke); Rathgar 0 Old Alex 2 (F Bradish 2); Avoca 1 (S Healy) Corinthian 1 (E O’Brien); Muckross 1 (N Twomey) North Kildare 0

Women's Leinster Senior Div 1