Corinthian and Trinity draw to breach both their perfect runs

Corinthian became the first team to breach the Trinity defence in Leinster Division One but it was not enough to maintain their perfect start as a 1-1 draw punctured both those records on Sunday.

Jessica McGrane gave the reds a first half lead with a reverse-stick finish following good approach work from Jodie Douglas. Trinity had the edge in the second half with Isy Delamer prominent in an end-to-end second half in which Rachel Burns grabbed the equaliser with just over 10 minutes to go.

Corinthian’s Jodie Douglas. Pic: Adrian Boehm

For Trinity coach Brian Scully, he is looking for his side to produce more in their big games following some tricky results in EYHL2.

“We were quite disappointed with our performance and happy to get a point from the game,” he said afterwards. “Our level of performance needs to be far higher in important games against good opposition.”

Both sides came into the tie off comfortable wins on Saturday with Corinthian seeing off Rathgar 5-0 while Trinity had won 3-0 in midweek against Glenanne.

Monkstown moved into third place as they were too strong for Genesis, winning out 7-1 to move ahead of Glenanne as the Moores – Sophie and Rachel – both netted doubles. They are six points off the pace set by Corinthian but with a game in hand.

Naas’s excellent start to life in the division continued apace with a 3-1 away win over Our Lady’s, lifting them to fifth place.

They started stronger and put the Terenure side under pressure from the off. High tempo was rewarded midway through the first half when a reverse hit from Ruth Farrell at the top of the D was deflected in by Mel Deroebeck at the far post.

It was followed up soon after when Rachel McMullen created the space and found Aoife Fitzpatrick waiting to finish from close range.

Our Lady’s got one back when Michelle Stafford in goal smothered a first-up shot but the ball was forced in by Ciara Macgiollariogh to reduce the deficit to 2-1.

It was more even in the second half but some sustained pressure from Naas again saw McMullen drive the ball into the circle and placed it on the p-spot for Lydia Cope to finish in the bottom corner.

North Kildare moved onto seven points, too, when they won 1-0 against Avoca with Australian Elle Menzies scoring the only goal.

Leinster Division One
Saturday: Corinthian 5 (J McGrane, L Motyer, C Arbulo, H McGrane, N Torrans) Rathgar 0; Genesis 1 (S McCooey) Monkstown 7 (R Moore 2, S Moore 2, E Kealy, C O’Reilly, S Hoban-Logan); North Kildare 1 (E Menzies) Avoca 0; Our Lady’s 1 (C MacGiollariogh) Naas 3 (M Derobroek, A Fitzpatrick, L Cope)
Sunday: Corinthian 1 (J McGrane) Trinity 1 (R Burns)
Wednesday: Rathgar v Our Lady’s, 7.30pm, High School

Women's Leinster Senior Div 1