The women’s Leinster Division One title race will rumble on for another week after Trinity’s 2-2 draw against Genesis while Muckross kept them honest with a 7-0 win over Avoca.
That result means the Marlborough Road club can still mathematically catch the students in though Trinity are very much in the box seat.
At Muckross Park, the win owed much to an amazing late run of goals with five coming in the closing 15 minutes. Before that, they took the lead from a short corner in the 23rd minute when Sophie Barnwell took a shot from the right hand side of the circle for Katie Ronan to deflect in on the back post.
A second arrived two minutes later from turnover ball. Nicci Daly found Yasmin Pratt in the circle who took a reverse shot that was saved by Avoca’s goalkeeper and Barnwell caught the rebound to make it 2-0.
The Blackrock side were reasonably in the tie at this stage with Molly Cole strong in defence while Caitlin Sheerin held the centre mid position receiving the ball in tight pockets and working with Susie Cannon on the attack. Siofra O’Brien showed loads of speed and threat up front.
It remained that way until late in the game. Pratt was instrumental in the third, her driven shot leading to a Katie Fitzgerald rebound. For the fourth, Barnwell’s corner strike fell to Daly who finished on her reverse.
In the last five minutes, Niamh Gowing scored three more goals – two from dribbling and pushing it past the goalie. The other was from a strike from Rachel Cuddy on the left hand side of the circle, with Gowing deflecting in.
At St Raphaela’s, Ailish Long gave Trinity an early lead only for goals from Aoife Henry and Laura Barrie to swap the lead around to 2-1 for Genesis. Long, though, earned a point to nudge Trinity just a little bit closer to the Leinster crown.
Both of the leading duo have their tickets to the playoffs in the bag but the third is still in the mix after Old Alex’s second loss in a row, falling 3-2 to Corinthian.
15-year-old Laura Motyer got the only goal of the first half before Sophie Roopnarinesingh equalised early in the second half. A pair of Lauren McGrane goals – the second an excellent effort – put the reds in the driving seat before Fiona Bradish got a consolation goal.
It keeps Glenanne interested in nicking third spot, even more so after their 3-2 win over Our Lady’s. The Tallaght side had trailed 2-0 to goals from Aoife Kelly and Karla Kennedy but a brace from Kate O’Connor and one from Hannah Morrin turned things around.
The Glens face a huge game against Old Alex next Saturday to try and force the playoff issue before they meet North Kildare in a back match on Sunday.
Neassa O’Malley’s single strike saw North Kildare defeat Rathgar 1-0 who, as a result, will finish in tenth place in the division. How potential relegation pans out remains to be seen with a Leinster side being either relegated or promoted to the EY Hockey League having a bearing.
Leinster Division One: Glenanne 3 (K O’Connor 2, H Morrin) Our Lady’s 2 (A Kelly, K Kennedy); Rathgar 0 North Kildare 1 (N O’Malley); Corinthian 3 (L McGrane 2, L Motyer) Old Alex 2 (S Roopnarinesingh, F Bradish); Genesis 2 (A Henry, L Barrie) Trinity 2 (A Long 2); Muckross 7 (N Gowing 3, K Ronan, K Fitzgerald, N Daly, S Barnwell) Avoca 0