Insta and Monkstown close in on playoff places

EYHL Division 2 & Leinster Division One round-up
Catholic Institute moved within touching distance of the playoff stages of the women’s EY Hockey League Division 2 as they swept to a 3-0 win at Lurgan.

Roisin Upton was the inspiration, scoring twice with her first coming from a 17th minute penalty corner drag-flick. Laura Foley added the second with 10 minutes to go following great work from Anna Horan.

Upton then completed the win from a penalty stroke, making it five wins from five and putting 14 points clear of Dungannon. The Ulster side can just about catch them if they they win four out of four games and Insta lose their last three.

Monkstown are close, too, following their strong 4-0 win over NUIG in Dangan. Rosie Carrigan and Aine Naughton scored within a few minutes of each other before Naughton made it 3-0 before half-time. Amy Etherington’s goal three minutes from time completed the win.

Should Town beat Dungannon on March 9, the playoff places from this group will be confirmed.

In Pool A, Queen’s extended their lead at the head of the table to eight points with a 4-1 win over UCC at Malone. Emily McStea got them one up at half-time before Erin Getty’s battling gave them extra breathing room at three quarter time, 2-0.

A further McStea goal and one from Claire Whiteside was countered by a Christina Dring effort in the final quarter. Corinthian meet Trinity on February 27 in a crucial tie in this group.

In Leinster Division One, Trinity returned to the head of the table with yet another clean sheet win as they beat Rathgar 4-0, Rachel Burns scoring twice in addition to efforts from Ailish Long and Ruby Keating.

They remain unbeaten with four rounds of games to go but their March 30 date with Monkstown looks set to be a title decider.

Glenanne kept up their mathematical chances of a top three finish as they beat Avoca 2-0, Kate O’Connor and Paula Fitzpatrick on the mark.

Lucy Small scored the only goal of the Kildare derby, giving North Kildare a 1-0 success against Naas at the Maws. Monday night sees North Kildare on the road to Genesis where they play at St Raphaela’s in a back match.

EYHL Division 2, Pool A: Queens University 4 (E McStea 2, E Getty, C Whiteside) UCC 1 (C Dring)
Pool B: Lurgan 0 Catholic Institute 3 (R Upton 2, L Foley); NUIG 0 Monkstown 4 (A Naughton 2, R Carrigan, A Etherington)
Leinster Division 1: Avoca 0 Glenanne 2 (K O’Connor, P Fitzpatrick); North Kildare 1 (L Small) Naas 0; Trinity 4 (R Burns 2, A Long, R Keating) Rathgar 0

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