Reds and Town’s twin 5-1 wins earns Christmas bonus; Railway win on men’s side

A pair of 5-1 wins saw both Corinthian and Monkstown take advantage of Trinity’s postponed game to move into a share of top spot in women’s Leinster Division One.

For neither, it was not completely straightforward. For Town, they went 1-0 behind to an Emilie Ryan-Doyle goal in the seventh minute a very wet The Maws.

Corinthian moved above Trinity into a share of top spot. Pic: Adrian Boehm

But Chloe Watkins played a pivotal role in turning things around, scoring a hat-trick, starting with a stroke in the 12th minute. Emily Kealy made it 2-1 at half-time before two more Watkins goals in the 53rd and 55th broke the tie.

Claire O’Reilly’s corner deflection closed out the result and a sixth successive league win for Town.

For Corinthian, they were 2-1 ahead at half-time against Naas, Jessica McGrane putting them ahead of Orla Brennan’s strike for the Kildare club.

The reds pulled away in the second half, though, to move onto 25 points alongside Monkstown, two clear of Trinity whose game was cancelled due to Storm Deirdre.

Avoca won the other tie to be played, moving up to seventh place with a 4-1 win over Our Lady’s. It was far closer than the scoreline suggests with three of the Blackrock side’s coming in the last seven minutes.

Claire Byrne was the big difference, setting up the first three goals and then scored the fourth. Karla Kennedy gave the Terenure club the lead inside two minutes only for Hilary Lennon to deflect in a Claire Byrne cross a few minutes later for 1-1.

It was a really open game after that, swinging from end to end. The turning point came seven minutes from the end with Our Lady’s had a corner goal disallowed for a foot in the circle.

Avoca went straight up the other end with Byrne laying on a pass for Aideen McGuinness to score. The same combination provided the third goal a minute later and then, with two minutes to go, Byrne got the goal to go with her performance when she drove all the way into the circle and finished off.

Before Christmas, there will be one Jacqui Potter Cup tie with Railway Union II playing in-form Rathgar on Monday night at Park Avenue at 7.45pm.

On the men’s side, Dublin University against Avoca and Kilkenny versus Portrane were called off for weather-related reasons.

It left just Railway Union’s date with Clontarf on the Leinster Division One card with the visitors to the bullring winning 8-1, Simon McKeever scoring a hat-trick. The result halves the gap to UCD at the top of the table with three points between them at this stage.

Leinster Division 1: Corinthian 5 (J McGrane 2, L Pomeroy, J Douglas, M Lynch) Naas 1 (O Brennan); North Kildare 1 (E Ryan-Doyle) Monkstown 5 (C Watkins 3, E Kealy, C O’Reilly); Our Lady’s 1 (K Kennedy) Avoca 4 (A McGuinness 2, C Byrne, H Lennon)
Postponed: Trinity v Genesis

Leinster Division 1: Clontarf 1 (Rob Forrest) Railway Union 8 (S McKeever 3, J McKeever, F Kelly, F Keaveney, E MacArthur; R Devlin)
Postponed: Dublin University v Avoca; Kilkenny v Portrane

Women's Leinster Senior Div 1