Trinity beat their nearest rivals Muckross to move within touching distance of the women’s Leinster Division One title, winning out 3-1 on Marlborough Road to go seven points clear with four games to go.
The students started the game on the attack, showing their intention from the off as they won a short corner from energetic pressing from Ailish Long within the first two minutes.The first goal came halfway through the half from Niamh Sweeney with a rebound from a corner on her reverse. Muckross threatened the Trinity goal with efforts from Sophie Barnwell and Nicci Daly.
The second half saw Muckross slot a well-struck corner into the bottom left corner via Lisa Mulcahy. Trinity increased their intensity with Cliona McCullough intercepting a hit out in the Muckross circle and finishing in superb fashion.
Trinity capitalised on this lead with Sweeney slotting goal number three with five minutes remaining on the clock. Muckross continued to create chances but the Trinity defence, led by Jenny Long, kept them at bay.
The win means Trinity now need two wins from their four remaining ties to land the league. They are also mathematically certain of being involved in the EY Champions Trophy playoffs.
Old Alex moved into a share of second place with a 2-0 win over Genesis thanks to Fiona Bradish and Sylvia O’Mahoney goals. It moves them level on points with Muckross with both sides looking well set for the playoffs, too, barring a late push from either Glenanne or North Kildare.
Our Lady’s, meanwhile, recorded their third win of the league with a 3-1 success against the previously in-form Avoca.
The Blackrock side edged the first 20 minutes, creating some really good chances and seeing one effort cleared off the line. Niamh Mahon, in the Our Lady’s goal, made some top saves in the process.
The Terenure side had some good counter attacks through Ciara Scallion and Sinead Kelly but the first half drew a blank.
The second half started well for Our Lady’s, getting the breakthrough after six minutes with Karla Kennedy getting on the score sheet. The second came from Kelly taking a quick free and driving into the D on the right side and found Suzanne O’Mahony on the penalty spot to hit first time to score.
That seemed to wake Avoca up and put Our Lady’s under pressure. It paid off with Avoca making it 2-1 via Claire Byrne. The Blackrock side had a few corners and could have gone level but for some strong defending from Paula Dennehy and Susan Kelly.
And they got their breathing space when Sinead Kelly scored a superb individual goal.
Lauren McGrane scored twice for Corinthian as they saw off Rathgar 4-0 to move up to seventh place in the table.
Leinster Division One, Saturday: Glenanne v North Kildare – postponed; Muckross 1 (L Mulcahy) Trinity 3 (N Sweeney 2, C McCullough); Our Lady’s 3 (S Mahony, K Kennedy, S Kelly) Avoca 1 (C Byrne); Corinthian 4 (L McGrane 2, A Quinsey, E O’Brien) Rathgar 0; Genesis 0 Old Alex 2 (F Bradish, S O’Mahoney)