Women’s EY Hockey League – day two round-up
Trinity 2 (E Markey, S Campbell) Pembroke Wanderers 1 (E Horan)
Trinity claimed their first win ever in the EY Hockey League thanks to a battling 2-1 win over Pembroke at Santry Avenue as first half goals from Erika Markey and Sally Campbell proved vital.
After some cagey opening stages, Pembroke looked dangerous early on with Erica Hinkson causing problems but tough defence from Avril Dooley-O’Carroll limited the chances.
The game came alive in the second quarter with Rachel Burns firing a warning shot and her side took the lead on the counter through Markey, reacting quickest to a parried shot.
Sally Campbell then reacted quickest to a corner drag-flick to make it 2-0 at the break, an advantage kept in place by Carolyn Crampton.
Pembroke got back in the tie when former Trinity player Eanna Horan scored a well-worked corner goal and they threw everything at the students in the closing phases. Crampton and Clodagh Fullston made key interventions, including from a last minute corner to retain their narrow advantage and their hold on all the points.
Cork Harlequins 1 (N Carroll) Pegasus 1 (Alex Speers)
Cork Harlequins and Pegasus backed up their opening day wins with a well-contested draw at Farmer’s Cross, Naomi Carroll’s 60th minute goal canceling out Alex Speers’ second-half effort.
The first half was short on clear chances with defences on top, Pegasus winning two corners which Quins dealt with while Emily O’Leary went closest for the hosts.
Pegs again won two corners in the third quarter with Speers rebounding from one of them to give her side the lead. But Carroll replied in kind in the closing quarter to make it 1-1 in a physical tie, leaving both on four points at the end of the weekend.
Ards 1 (C Brown) Railway Union 1 (K Lloyd)
Both Ards and Railway Union ended the weekend unbeaten with the Londonderry Park hosts adding to their opening day win while Railway have two draws from two outings.
Railway had the edge in a scoreless first half but were unable to make their pressure count but they did move ahead in the second half when Kate Lloyd converted a corner, her first goal since returning from Belgium. Chloe Brown, however, struck back for her second goal in two games when she rounded the Railway goalkeeper to slot home. Ards did earn a corner on the final whistle but were unable to convert, leaving it as a 1-1 tie.
UCD 6 (S Clarke, O Patton, E Russell, A Richardson, D Duke, A Russell) Belfast Harlequins 1 (Z Wilson)
UCD bounced back from their first defeat in 20 games, producing a devastating performance to beat Belfast Harlequins with a half-dozen goals to their name.
After a tight, goal-less first quarter, UCD blew the game right open in the second with Sorcha Clarke making a great run down the middle into the D before firing home. Orla Patton doubled up from a corner soon after and Emma Russell’s individual skills landed a third for 3-0 in jig-time.
Zoe Wilson got one back from the penalty spot before half-time, her second of the season but it was brief respite. Anna Richardson made it 4-1 in the fourth quarter and a Deirdre Duke cracker on her reverse put UCD well out of range. A great cross from Richardson saw Abbie Russell slide home the sixth.
Sunday: Hermes-Monkstown 0 Loreto 4 (M Jennings, N Small, A Meeke, S O’Brien)
Loreto won their derby tie with Hermes-Monkstown as they ran up a 4-0 success at the Merrion Fleet Arena, making it four points from six to date for the Beaufort club.
After a scoreless first quarter, Mia Jennings – a member of the Dublin ladies football panel that won All-Ireland glory last week – broke the deadlock with a classy effort before Niamh Small made it 2-0 at half-time.
Lily Lloyd went close for Hermes-Monkstown to get one back but a super confident and composed Ali Meeke strike stretched the lead to 3-0 before Siofra O’Brien got a nice touch to finish off goal number four and a strong victory.