Old Alex moved back to the top of women’s Leinster Division One as they took advantage of the 2-2 draw between rivals Corinthian and Muckross at Whitechurch Park.
For Alex, they swept to a sixth win out of seven as they beat Avoca 3-1 at Newpark with Fiona Bradish, Emma Duncan and Anna Roopnarinesingh on the mark.
At Corinthian, Yasmin Pratt gave the reds a half-time lead when she got on the end of Sophie Barnwell’s backhand ball from the left of the circle. The hosts scored twice in the second half, though, with goals from Alanah Quinsey and Laura Motyer en route to a 2-2 draw.
It leaves Corinthian in second place, one point off Old Alex with Muckross third, two points off the leaders.
Glenanne continued their resurgence with a second successive win, beating newly promoted Clontarf 2-1. The Tallaght outfit found the net first through Kate O’Connor at the top of the D to make it 1-0.
Shortly afterwards, Niamh Lyons made it two after some breakdown play in the circle, scoring her debut Division 1 goal. Glenanne dominated the first half of the game with excellent movement in midfield by Sarah-Jane Kelly and Hannah Delaney.
Clontarf took one of their very rare chances in the second half via Nicola Taylor, scoring a well-executed short corner. Despite Clontarf subbing their goalkeeper for a kicking back, Glenanne were unable to convert their possession in their opponents half fruitfully.
Our Lady’s and Genesis – fourth and fifth prior to the weekend – shared a 1-1 draw in Terenure with Emma Kilbride scoring her fourth goal of the campaign with Jessie Ryan getting the Genesis goal.
Neassa O’Malley’s double scored a 2-0 win over Rathgar for North Kildare as they go four games unbeaten.
Leinster Division 1: Our Lady’s 1 (E Kilbride) Genesis 1 (J Ryan); Glenanne 2 (N Lyons, K O’Connor) Clontarf 1 (N Taylor); Avoca 1 (S Healy) Old Alex 3 (F Bradish, E Duncan, A Roopnarinesingh); Corinthian 2 (L Motyer, A Quinsey) Muckross 2 (Y Pratt, S Barnwell); North Kildare 2 (N O’Malley 2) Rathgar 0