A quartet of teams remains unbeaten at the head of women’s Leinster Division One, setting out their stall as potential challengers for the places in next year’s EYHL2.
Trinity, after an initial goal-rush, are back to their tight-fisted ways of two seasons ago when they topped the provincial ladder with a miserly defence.
Over the weekend, they edged out Naas on Saturday at Caragh Road with a 1-0 win thanks to Ailish Long’s single goal. On Monday, they played out a 0-0 draw with another one of the leading lights, Monkstown, the side they went down with from the national division last season.
It means the students have yet to concede in four league games, something Town have closely emulated with no goals against in three ties. Monkstown scored three times in the first half on Saturday on their way to a 4-0 win over Rathgar.
Corinthian won their second game from two so far as they got over bogey side Avoca. Lauren McGrane had them 1-0 up at half-time but Claire Byrne levelled matters at 1-1 in the second half.
Laura Motyer and Jess McGrane got them over the line, though, putting them in position for a big showdown with Monkstown next Saturday.
Glenanne are the other side in the mix as they have risen from the pack to be a contender again, making it three wins from three when they beat Our Lady’s on a scorcher of a day at St Andrew’s.
The game started evenly with both teams testing each other’s defence and getting shots on goal. Kate O’Connor and Serena Rush commanded the Glens defence and their long balls and aerials found ways through the Our Lady’s press.
SJ Kelly created an early chance for Glenanne when her first shot was saved but she wisely passed the rebound for Paula Fitzpatrick to slot in her fourth goal in two games, 1-0.
The first half was played mainly between the two 25s with both teams running into contact and lots of turnovers. Half-time came and gave David Keogh the chance to impart some wisdom on his team.
The Glens started the second half well and won a string of short corners which they were unlucky not to convert.
Our Lady’s still threatened on the counter-attack and came close to scoring both from short corners and open play but Glenanne prevailed. North Kildare and Genesis drew their game to stay level in fifth place.
Women’s Leinster Division One
Saturday: Naas 0 Trinity 1 (A Long); Glenanne 1 (P Fitzpatrick) Our Lady’s 0; Avoca 1 (C Byrne) Corinthian 3 (L McGrane, J McGrane, L Motyer); Rathgar 0 Monkstown 4 (R Moore 2, S Moore, E Kealy); North Kildare 0 Genesis 0
Monday: Trinity 0 Monkstown 0
Irish Hockey Challenge, round 1: NICS 6 Kilkenny 0; Mullingar 1 Tipperary 5; Clonakilty 1 (C McCarthy) Clonmel 2 (M Murphy, B Barlow); Cork Wanderers 0 Greenfields 0, Wanderers won shoot-out 2-1; Dromore 6 (A Hughes, A Morrison, T Malcolmson, A Clarke, R Dougan, H Buchanan) Athone 0; NUIG 6 Cookstown 0
Irish Junior Cup, round 1: UCC 0 Pegasus 0, Pegasus win shoot-out 2-1; Mossley 1 Cork Harlequins 5
Munster Division One: UCC 1 (H Lehane) Cork C of I 2 (C Sexton, H Moffett); Belvedere 0 Bandon 2 (M Barrett, R Desmond); Waterford 1 Ashton 2 (T Johnson, K Burke); Limerick 0 Catholic Institute 9 (R Pratt 2, A Hickey, S Clein, N O’Keefe, L Clery, L Foley, J Kirby, R Upton)