Women’s Leinster Division One – day four round-up
Naas claimed their first ever Leinster Division One victory on Saturday as they beat Genesis 2-0 at Caragh Road, marking a famous day for the club.
The first came from a Saidhbh Farrell smash from the top of the D while the second was a solo run from halfway from Rachel McMullen to break through and score.
They were their first goals of the season and saw them land points at the fourth attempt after three close-run battles in the division, keeping high flyers like Trinity to one goal and free-scoring Corinthian to two. Importantly, it lifts them above Our Lady’s and Rathgar who have yet to register a win this term.
Massive thanks to all the supporters who braved the miserable conditions ☔ and well done to this week's L1s MOTM @Ruth__Gardiner who put in a massive shift all over the pitch pic.twitter.com/mwHJOFoJiF
— Naas Hockey Club (@naashockey) November 3, 2018
Avoca moved into fifth place with their second win, seeing off Rathgar 3-1 with goals either side of half-time making the difference.
Claire Byrne put the Blackrock side in front in the 33rd minute and Charlotte Bourke doubled up moments after the half-time break.
Grace Tutty’s deflection from the top of the circle saw Rathgar get their first goal of the season and put them right back in the mix.
But a cracking team goal, finished by Charlotte Cody after a series one-twos down the left, ending with a whipped finish around the goalkeeper, put Avoca in the clear.
Glenanne and Corinthian continued their winning streaks. Paula Fitzpatrick scored her second hat trick of the season already, making it seven goals in three games in a 4-0 win over North Kildare.
She tucked home the first goal when she was quickest to react to the rebound of a Hannah Delaney shot inside the first 10 minutes. The Glens continued to pile on the pressure and were rewarded just before the end of the half when Fitzpatrick netted again from a well-measured cross.
The second half saw North Kildare come back into the game with some good circle penetrations resulting in short corners, which went by unconverted. Glenanne upped the intensity and scored their third when a Kate O’Connor short corner strike was saved and Fitzpatrick was on hand to round off her hat-trick.
Glenanne’s final goal came from some quick passing down the left side into Louise Fanning who, on her debut, calmly drove into the circle and found Niamh Lyons on the back post.
Corinthian proved too strong for Our Lady’s as their youngsters ran riot in the first half. Underage internationals Nicola Torrans and Millie Lynch bother scored in the first 21 minutes while Emily McKay added two more before half-time.
Sophie Maleady scored a fifth goal in a 5-0 win with nine minutes to go as the reds add this league win to their two EYHL2 victories already this season. Corinthian and Glenanne meet next weekend in a big early season showdown.
Women’s Leinster Division One: Avoca 3 (C Byrne, C Cody, C Bourke) Rathgar 1 (G Tutty); Corinthian 5 (E McKay 2, N Torrans, N Lynch, S Maleady) Our Lady’s 0; Naas 2 (S Farrell, R McMullen) Genesis 0; North Kildare 0 Glenanne 4 (P Fitzpatrick 3, N Lyons)