A confident 3-1 win over Muckross has seen Trinity eke out a one-point lead at the top of women’s Leinster Division one, seeing off a strong opponent to head the table.
The game was fast-paced from the start with Trinity having most of the possession. The Long sisters combined nicely to put Trinity ahead when Jenny made a run and gave a ball across the circle which was expertly slotted home by Ailish.
Shortly after, Trinity capitalised from a short corner to make it 2-0 with Jenny Long getting on the score sheet following some passes in the circle. Muckross were a lot more threatening in the second half and managed to make it 2-1 with 20 minutes to go via Jane GIlsenan.
However they failed to convert any more chances due to tight defending from Trinity’s Anna Boland and Aine Ryan.
With two minutes to go, Trinity were awarded a stroke which Niamh Sweeney placed in the bottom corner sealing the 3-1 win for Trinity. That makes it a full calendar year since Trinity last lost a league game and they aim to leep this record going when they meet North Kildare next.
Our Lady’s, meanwhile, ran up their first victory of the campaign in a firecracker of a tie, seeing off Avoca 5-4.
Avoca caught Our Lady’s cold in the first minute when Siofra O’Brien burst from her own half before firing home a low reverse shot into the goal.
They doubled the lead via O’Brien before Our Lady’s got one back as Karla Kennedy took a self-pass quickly to enter the circle before picking out Suzanne Mahony to make it 2-1.
The hosts, though, made it 3-1 from a corner at half-time from Rachel Boyce. Our Lady’s bounced back after the break when Sinead Kelly got them back into the game but Avoca took seven minutes to build a 4-2 advantage thanks to Claire Byrne’s goal.
Our Lady’s, however, produced a monumental fightback, pressing for the last 20 minutes. Ciara scallion and Kennedy scored in quick succession to bring the tie back to 4-4.
And then, with two minutes to go, Our Lady’s won a corner which Emma Kilbride hit from top and Sinead Kelly got a touch in front of goal to win the game.
Old Alex notched an important win over Genesis to end their unbeaten start to the campaign, Fiona Bradish and Sue O’Connor on the mark for the Milltown outfit.
After a trio of draws, Corinthian finally broke off the shackles and recorded a 4-2 win over Rathgar to rise to sixth place in the division.
Kathy Baker’s solo goal, meanwhile, saw North Kildare pick up their first win of the campaign, moving them into seventh place.
With the Irish Hockey Trophy on Saturday, round six of the league sees Rathgar meet Genesis on Wednesday evening before three games take place on Saturday.
North Kildare’s tie with Trinity has been switched to November 30.
Women’s Leinster Division One: Trinity 3 (A Long, J Long, N Sweeney) Muckross 1 (J Gilsenan); Avoca 4 (S O’Brien 2, R Boyce, C Byrne) Our Lady’s 5 (S Kelly 2, S Mahony, C Scallion, K Kennedy); Old Alex 2 (F Bradish, S O’Connor) Genesis 0; Rathgar 2 (E Porter, A O’Connor) Corinthian 4 (Amber Kinlan, Alanah Quinsey, Caoimhe Proud-Murphy, Lauren McGrane); North Kildare 1 (K Baker) Glenanne 0
Wednesday: Rathgar v Genesis, 8.15pm, High School
Saturday: Corinthian v Our Lady’s, 2.30pm, Whitechurch Park; Genesis v Muckross, 2.45pm, St Raphaela’s; Old Alex v Avoca, 3.15pm, Milltown