Rathgar make big leap with back-to-back wins

After six games without a win, Rathgar have suddenly jumped to seven points with two wins in four days to launch themselves away from the bottom rung of Leinster Division One.

It started with a Kate Hunter Hanley goal in midweek in a 1-0 win over Our Lady’s, a key result against their nearest rival at the time as the Terenure club await their first points.

On Saturday against Naas, Rathgar had the better of starts from the two teams and the Kildare club’s defence absorbed a lot of pressure early on. Rathgar were rewarded on the stroke of half time with a goal from a short corner via Leanne Martin.

Despite a more balanced second half, another Rathgar corner goal put the home side 2-0 up with 15 minutes to go, Hilary O’Callaghan on the mark.

Naas responded almost immediately when Orla Brennan stole the ball on the Rathgar circle and put Aoife Fitzgerald through one on one to close the gap.

Naas had the better of opportunities from then, with the Rathgar keeper in fine form between the posts to deny a number of close range shots and secure a 2-1 win.

The win moves Gar up to seven points, level with Naas and Avoca. Avoca fell to a single Aoife Henry goal for Genesis, her corner shot finding a route through the post woman for a 1-0 result and sixth place.

North Kildare moved into fifth place in the league with a 1-0 win over Our Lady’s, Lucy Small scoring the goal. It continued an incredibly efficient points to goals ratio with The Maws’ outfit scoring just three times this season but netting 10 points.

They did fall 4-0 on Sunday to Corinthian who remain top with 22 points from eight outings on Sunday. Trinity kept up the pressure with a 3-0 win over Avoca.

Monkstown won a 3-2 battle against Glenanne that puts some daylight between the top three and the Tallaght club, Sophie Moore and Sadhbh Hoban-Logan keeping up their good scoring runs.

Women’s Leinster Division 1
Wednesday: Rathgar 1 (K Hunter Hanley) Our Lady’s 0
Saturday: Rathgar 2 (L Martin, H O’Callaghan) Naas 1 (A Fitzgerald); North Kildare 1 (L Small) Our Lady’s 0; Avoca 0 Genesis 1 (A Henry)
Sunday: Trinity 3 (C Fulston, L McCollum, A Buttimer) Avoca 0; Glenanne 2 Monkstown 3 (S Moore 2, S Hoban-Logan); North Kildare 0 Corinthian 4 (L McGrane, J McGrane, N Torrans, N Lynch)

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