Corinthian’s big wheels keep on turning in women’s Leinster Division One as Caoimhe Proud-Murphy’s goal keeps the reds rolling on course to a vital showdown with Muckross.
Her single goal was all that stood between her side and Old Alex last Saturday, recording the seasonal double over their Milltown rivals and moving them up to second place in the table.
Corinthian started in full control of a high paced tie, attacking fluidly with Lauren McGrane going close before the only goal came with a classy finish over goalkeeper Jess Jecko, McGrane the assister.
Alex worked their way back into the tie, winning some corners and putting Corinthian on the back foot before half-time. The second half followed a similar pattern with both teams having their moments but Corinthian looked comfortable for the most part.
The visitors did pile on the pressure in the closing minutes but could not break through and Corinthian jumped ahead of Alex into second place.
Leaders Muckross, meanwhile, swept to a 4-0 win over Genesis with the Corinthian result meaning they extend their lead to three points at the head of the table.
It sets up next weekend’s meeting between the two – weather-permitting – on Saturday. Muckross have won eight in succession, their last dropped points coming against the reds back in November.
Elsewhere, there was not a whole heap of movement in the table as Our Ladys and North Kildare drew in mid-table while Avoca (2-1 against Clontarf) and Gleananne (1-0 against Rathgar) both recorded their fourth win of the season.
On the men’s side, the top three remain locked on the same points as YMCA, Corinthian and UCD all won at the weekend. YM’s was the closest run result with Daniel Ellison’s double under-pinned their 3-1 win over Avoca.
Corinthian netted five first half goals before taking off the gas in the second half against Rathgar in a 7-3 win, Davy Howard whipping home four goals.
UCD were far too strong for Weston, moving them top on goal difference with an 11-0 win. All three will be favourites next weekend to keep parity with Corinthian’s back match against Dublin North a potential tie-breaker when it gets played.
The other big tie in the closing weeks is the reds match at Whitechurch Park against UCD on March 10. Dublin University, meanwhile, beat Dublin North 4-1 despite being reduced to 10 men with 15 minutes to go due to Cillian Hynes red card and then nine with five left.
Clontarf employed a strong press to great effect to squeeze the life out of Kilkenny and also record a 4-1 win.
Glenanne II went through to the final of the men’s Irish Junior Cup as they survived a massive scare against North Down. They looked to be cruising at 4-1 at Comber before the Ulster side fought back to 4-4 but eventually won through in a shoot-out.
Who they play remains unknown. Banbridge and Lisnagarvey’s semi-final was postponed. It relates to a potential ineligible player being fielded by Garvey in a prior round which would lead to disqualification from the tournament. Garvey currently have the right to reply to the charge.
Leinster Division One: Avoca 2 (L Spillane, J Ringrose) Clontarf 1 (B McMullen); Our Ladys 1 (A Kelly) North Kildare 1 (E Teevan); Muckross 4 (Y Pratt, K Fitzgerald, N Twomey, S Barnwell) Genesis 0; Corinthian 1 (C Proud-Murphy) Old Alex 0; Rathgar 0 Glenanne 1 (S-J Kelly)
Munster Division 1: Bandon 2 (J Buttimer, R Nyhan) Ashton 0; Catholic Institute 5 (L Foley 2, K Daly, R Pratt, C Moloney) Belvedere 0; Waterford 1 (K Maher) Limerick 1 (L O’Kane)
Leinster Division One: Kilkenny 1 (B Wallace) Clontarf 4 (A O’Malley, M Duggan, M Owen, C Cooney); Weston 0 UCD 11 (A Tutty 3, J Henry 3, J Schulte 2, B Bradley 2, Z Waters); Dublin North 1 Dublin University 4 (O Chambers, C Hynes, W King, D Cardy); Rathgar 3 (R McMahon, A White, S Gould) Corinthian 7 (D Howard 4, S Reid, D Treacy, J Perdue); YMCA 3 (D Ellison 2, B Campbell) Avoca 1 (J McCormack)
Irish Junior Cup, semi-finals: North Down 4 Glenanne 4, Glenanne won shoot-out; Banbridge v Lisnagarvey postponed
Irish Hockey Challenge – semi-finals: Ballynahinch 1 (W Edgar) Cliftonville 1 (C Arnott), Ballynahinch win shoot-out 3-0; Catholic Institute 5 Mullingar 2