Lights go out on Old Alex and Muckross table-topper

Old Alex and Muckross’s top-table clash was thrust into darkness at Marlborough Road on Thursday evening with seven minutes to go with floodlight failure calling a halt to the tie.

Alex were leading 1-0 at the time courtesy of a Lisa Jacob goal but, as per the LHA rule 3.4 and 3.7, it looks likely the game will have to be replayed in full at a later date.

Corinthian and Our Lady’s continued their excellent starts to the season on Wednesday evening amid a busy midweek schedule.

For the latter, Our Lady’s won 2-1 to record their third win from four games. Glenanne had started off the better of the two teams and got their reward in the 12th minute after some good pressure.

Terenure started to get a foothold in the game midway in the first half and got a few corners in quick succession. Sinead Kelly got the game level from a drag flick in the 25th minute.

Terenure enjoyed more of the ball in the second half but Glenanne looked dangerous on the counter-attack. Aoife Kelly gave Terenure the lead after a loose ball fell to her on the back post for the winner.

Corinthian were 5-0 winners over Rathgar, Lauren McGrane and Hannah McKay netting in the first half before Jessica McGrane netted twice in the second half with another from Amber Kinlan.

Speaking afterwards, Reds coach Ralph Billings said of the win: “I was very happy with the second half performance. The first was a bit frantic but we put our corners away.

“They were the first few corners we had scored all season so I am delighted with the way it finished.

Looking back on the season to date, Billings is happy with how the campaign is going, picking up three wins in a row that has set them up for some big showdowns in the coming weeks.

“We will keep pushing with the two big ones of Old Alex and Muckross on the way. We were a bit nervous for our first game [against Avoca]; new coach, new style and that kind of stuff and left with a draw. We have dominated each game since and we are feeling good and excited for the rest of the season.

“We have some brilliant players coming through with a couple involved in the interpros and some younger ones again so we are excited to see what happens next. Our minimum goal has to be IHL2; we will push for IHL1.”

Avoca and North Kildare will hope to close the gap to the top five – who have formed a five-point buffer at this stage – when they play in Saturday’s only Division One game with all the others brought forward.

Elsewhere, UCD’s reign as the top women’s university side will be put to a serious test this weekend as they are unable to draw on many of their regular stars for the intervarsities in Grange Road.

Miles Warren will only be able to call on Lena Tice of his regular defensive line-up with a number unavailable or ineligible while Bethany Barr and Anna Richardson are also unavailable.

It means they will have to delve into their wider panel for a tricky opening group that features University of Ulster – whom they beat in last year’s final 6-1 – and UCC.

At full strength, UCD beat the Cork side 4-1 in a tricky Irish Senior Cup tie, netting twice in the last four minutes. With the Belfielders shy a number of experienced heads, their group game could be even closer.

The other group in the Chilean Cup features a resurgent Trinity who have made a decent start to elevated life in the EY Hockey League. They have had extra coaching support from Olympians Kyle Good and David Fitzgerald which has paid dividends in the last 12 months and will hope to carry that through to their dates with DIT and Queens.

The top two in each group advance to the semi-finals while the bottom two go into a relegation pool. In the Chilean Plate, NUI Galway, Maynooth, DCU, UL, RCSI and Cork IT will be battling for promotion.

Women’s Leinster Division One
Wednesday: Glenanne 1 Our Lady’s 2 (S Kelly, A Kelly); Rathgar 0 Corinthian 5 (J McGrane 2, L McGrane, A Kinlan, H McKay)
Thursday: Muckross 0 Old Alex 1 (L Jacob) – game abandoned seven minutes early due to floodlight failure
Saturday: North Kildare v Avoca, 4pm, The Maws

Women's Leinster Senior Div 1