Old Alex and Muckross showed why they are the fancied sides to land playoff spots as they both ran up four goals in wins over Genesis and Our Lady’s, two sides who had started women’s Division One well.
For Alex, they became the first side to score past a Genesis side in their fifth game of the season, Emma Duncan kickstarting their 4-0 success. Lisa Jacob netted the next against the side she coached last season for 2-0 at half-time.
Fiona Bradish’s classy reverse came off the back of Jacob’s pass before the former Irish international got her second to complete the win.
Muckross were 4-1 winners over Our Lady’s, keeping pace with Alex with four wins from four. After an even first 15 minutes, Niamh Gowing put Muckross in front with a deflection from a right wing cross.
Sophie Barnwell converted a nice corner move. The Terenure side closed out the half well with Karla Kennedy going close but, in the second half, they found it hard to retain possession and they were punished when Muckross robbed the ball and set up Natasha Twomey to finish.
Emme Kilbride pulled one back for Our Lady’s during a spell of pressure but Clare Shillington completed the win for Muckross in the closing minutes.
Rathgar ended their long wait for a victory in women’s Leinster Division One when Leanne Martin got the only goal of the tie against Avoca. It was their first win in 41 games in top division in the province, having survived the last two campaigns via playoffs.
Rachel Neary’s goal earned North Kildare their first win of the season, too, when they edged out Glenanne 1-0. The Tallaght side had the early pressure but fell behind from the Kildare’s side first major chance in the 25th minute.
The Kilcock side had three corners dealt with by Serena Rush and her defence with Roisin O’Brien keepeing her side in the game with some top saves.
Late chances for Hannah Morrin and Hannah Delaney went unconverted and Kildare had their win while Glenanne reflected on a fifth successive single goal defeat.
Corinthian stay top of the table thanks to their 5-1 win over Clontarf with Ralph Billings coming up against one of his former clubs.
A smart pass through to Laura Motyer in the seventh minute resulted in a stroke which Carol McGowan confidently put away. Five minutes later, a well-worked short corner between Lynne Pomeroy and Sophie Maleady gave Corinthian a 2-0 lead. Another clinical short corner before the half netted Amber Kinlan a nice goal; 3-0 at the break.
Caoimhe Proud Murphy calmly slotted in a fourth before Clontarf came back fighting and were awarded a stroke for a foot on the line, which was put away.
Leigh Pelow finished off the scoring with a nice individual goal created from the top of the circle. It was her second goal of the season, doubling her tally in a Division One career that has spanned the guts of a decade.
Women’s Leinster Division 1: North Kildare 1 (R Neary) Glenanne 0; Corinthian 5 (C McGowan, S Maleady, A Kinlan, C Proud-Murphy, L Pelow) Clontarf 1; Our Ladys 1 (E Kilbride) Muckross 4 (N Gowing, S Barnwell, C Shillington, N Twomey); Avoca 0 Rathgar 1 (L Martin); Old Alex 4 (L Jacob 2, E Duncan, F Bradish) Genesis 0
Irish Junior Cup, first round: Muckross 6 (S Nolan 2, L Murray 2, F McNulty, S MacMahon) Banbridge 0; Old Alex 1 (J Leyden) Queens 1, Queen’s win shoot-out 2-1; Monkstown 1 (S Marshall) Cork Harlequins 1, Quins win shoot out 5-4; Lisnagarvey 5 UCC 4 on shootout; Trinity 1 (L Bisgood) Belfast Harlequins 3; Corinthian 0 UCD 3