Delany grabs late draw for Railway as Loreto go fourth

Loreto nudged their way into fourth place in the women’s EY Hockey League but were denied all three points at Beaufort in their refixed tie as Railway Union nicked a late draw for the second league game running.

The visitors started at a frantic pace with Sarah Canning directing traffic through the middle. Loreto had to dig deep in defence with Hannah Mathews in inspired form, continually nullifying Railway attacks.

Zara Delany scored a late equaliser against her former club. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Zara Delany scored a late equaliser against her former club. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Ali Meeke’s work rate and endeavour in the centre soon gave Loreto a foothold in game and they ended the first quarter the stronger. Sinead Dooley’s endeavours won the game’s first corner which Louisa Healy saved well. At the far end, Grace O’Flanagan dealt comfortably with what came her way to see the first half end scoreless.

That changed after the break as Loreto started to get the upper hand with some lovely interchanges between Meeke, Nikki Keegan and Hayley Mulcahy. And they went in front from a corner when the two McDermott sisters worked a nice set piece and Hannah turned in the ball at the near post from Freya’s pass.

It left Railway to push for an equaliser in the final quarter and they penned Loreto back. They eventually got their equaliser with Zara Delany getting the final touch amid a goal-mouth scramble to pick up a 1-1 draw. The result puts Loreto into fourth ahead of Ards on goal difference with Railway a point back in sixth place.

In Leinster Division One, meanwhile, Glenanne moved into third place thanks to a 3-1 win over Genesis in a game brought forward from December 17 with Kate O’Connor, Audrey McCormack and Sarah-Jane Kelly scoring the goals.

On Monday, Our Lady’s recorded their second win of the campaign, succeeding in front of goal where many had struggled. Previously, North Kildare had let in just two goals in six games but the Terenure side ran up a 4-2 win to move up a notch in the table.

Karla Kennedy opened the scoring with a driving run from outside the 23 into the D before slotting home. It remained that way into the second half when Suzanne O’Mahony striking first time into the bottom left of the goal.

Sinead Kelly set up the third, showing some great ball control to beat a couple of players and then found Grace Jones to finish off.

North Kildare were quick to react and got one back via Emilie Ryan-Doyle from an attack down the right flank, sweeping in from a baseline pull-back. Our Lady’s scored a similar goal a few minutes later via Ciara Scallion to restore the three-goal wedge. Hannah Adams got a touch to a crash ball for a late North Kildare second.

Women’ EYHL
Wednesday: Loreto 1 (H McDermott) Railway Union 1 (Z Delany)

Leinster Division One
Monday: Our Lady’s 4 (K Kennedy, S O’Mahony, G Jones, C Scallion) North Kildare 2 (E Ryan-Doyle, H Adams)
Wednesday: Glenanne 3 (K O’Connor, A Westlake, S-J Kelly) Genesis 1 (R Mahon)

Women's Leinster Senior Div 1