Muckross and Old Alex both mathematically secured their place in the EY Hockey League promotion playoffs with Corinthian within a point of following them.
For Alex, they beat fourth placed Genesis 4-0. Emma Duncan got on the board first before Hannah Kelly scored the first of her double, cleaning up after Phoebe Hopkins’ initial shot.
The South East representative was on hand to rebound a second time from Sylvia O’Mahoney’s shot that came off the post. O’Mahoney’s corner goal completed the win.
Muckross won a lively 7-3 win over Our Lady’s with Yasmin Pratt extending her lead at the top of the goalscoring charts with a double, raising her total to 13 league goals for the campaign while Sophie Barnwell scored a hat trick.
Corinthian continued their unbeaten run in the campaign, sitting three points off leaders Muckross thanks to a 2-1 win over Clontarf. With four games to go and 12 points in the distance to Genesis and goal difference in their favour, they are pretty much assured of a playoff spot.
The game itself wasn’t one of CHC’s finest displays this year. They made life hard for themselves with a lot of errors and seemed very hesitant in execution throughout the game.
Two goals from Caoimhe Proud-Murphy were enough, out-doing an Alannah Rothwell goal from Tarf. They now go into a key phase when they will meet Old Alex next Saturday and Muckross the week after.
At the bottom, Doireann de Paor’s goal handed Rathgar their second win of the campaign as they beat Avoca 1-0 to put daylight between them and Clontarf at the bottom.
Glenanne welcomed North Kildare to Tallaght bright and early on Saturday morning with Serena Rush breaking the deadlock with a strong sweep from the right side of the D.
They then sat back and defended calmly for the next few minutes to allow them settle into the game as North Kildare pressed high and were dangerous on the counter attack which meant that Kate O’Connor and Aoife Dalton were kept on their toes.
In the second half, Kildare got back to 1-1 when a crash ball fell to Elaine Teevan, the ball ricocheting in.
In the Irish Hockey Trophy, meanwhile, Bray will be the Leinster representative in the final four after Shelley Richardson’s goal putting them through 1-0 ahead of Three Rock.
Bandon’s women finished strong against Ballymena in their quarter-final, winning 5-2. They were initially cruising at 2-0 before Rebekah Reynolds and Erin Anderson fought back.
Vicki Burns, Rachel Desmond and Katie Desmond, though, saw them race home and into the last four with Catholic Institue, 4-1 winners over Belvedere. Cork C of I and Mossley battle it out in the last quarter-final next Saturday at the Glade.
Women’s Leinster Division One: Glenanne 1 (S Rush) North Kildare 1 (E Teevan); Rathgar 1 (D de Paor) Avoca 0; Clontarf 1 (A Rothwell) Corinthian 2 (C Proud-Murphy 2); Genesis 0 Old Alex 4 (H Kelly 2, S O’Mahoney, E Duncan); Muckross 7 (S Barnwell 3, Y Pratt 2, J Gilsenan, L Mulcahy) Our Lady’s 3 (S Kelly, A Kelly, P Dennehy)
Irish Hockey Trophy, quarter-finals: Bandon 5 (R Nyhan, M Barrett, V Burns, K Desmond, R Desmond) Ballymena 2 (R Reynolds, E Anderson); Bray 1 (S Richardson) Three Rock Rovers 0; Catholic Institute 4 (L Foley, R Pratt, A Hickey, L Ryan) Belvedere 1 (A Barrett)
Munster Division 1
Saturday: Waterford 0 UCC 2 (A Collins, L Egan)
Sunday: Limerick 1 (N Deegan) Bandon 5 (L Carey 3, C Roche, A Hathaway)