Trinity, Corinthian and Monkstown all recorded strong wins in Leinster women’s Division One on Sunday to see just one point remain between the top three after 12 rounds of matches.
For all three, their Saturday games in EYHL2 were cancelled, meaning full focus was on keeping up their push for the regional title.
Trinity lead the way thanks to their 3-0 success against Naas, Clodagh Fullston scoring twice and Ailish Long getting the other in the first half.
The Kildare side defended superbly in the second half with Michelle Stafford excellent between the posts but Trinity were out of sight for their 10th win of the campaign.
Monkstown had something to spare against Rathgar in a 6-1 success. Sophie Moore got them up and running when they passed a long corner around the circle and she struck home from the top right of the circle.
Sadhbh Hoban Logan got the second in the 13th minute from Chloe Watkins’ pass and the Irish international got a great third, running forward from halfway and clipping into the bottom right of the goal.
Rachel Moore scored a corner switch in the second half; Sophie Moore added her second from another Watkins assist before Rathgar pulled one back with nine minutes to go, Grace Tutty deflecting in. Watkins, though, closed out the result from the penalty spot after Emily Kealy’s shot drew a foot on the line.
Corinthian beat Avoca 2-0 with Sara Quill breaking the deadlock just before half-time and Jessica McGrane getting the insurance goal.
Saturday’s two games – between Our Lady’s and Glenanne and Genesis versus North Kildare – were both frozen out.
In Munster Division One, the big showdown between UCC and Catholic Institute was frustratingly called off with the Limerick side travelling down only to see stubborn frost in situ.
In their absence, Ashton moved level at the top without having to hit a ball. Bandon were forced to concede a walkover due to a large volume of unavailable players for their Saturday date.
The west Cork proposed a move of date on Thursday which Ashton agreed to but this was not accepted by the Munster Branch and so Bandon forfeited the fixture.
Cork C of I closed the gap to the top three with Hannah Honner, Amy Roberts and Ciara Sexton running up a 3-0 away win over Waterford. The result leaves a significant split between the top four and the bottom four with nine points separating the two halves of the table.
Women’s Leinster Division 1: Trinity 3 (C Fullston 2, A Long) Naas 0; Corinthian 2 (J McGrane, S Quill) Avoca 0; Monkstown 6 (S Moore 2, C Watkins 2, S Hoban-Logan, R Moore) Rathgar 1 (G Tutty)
Postponed: Our Lady’s v Glenanne, Genesis v North Kildare
Munster Division 1: Ashton w/o Bandon scr; Waterford 0 Cork C of I 3 (H Honner, A Roberts, C Sexton)
Postponed: Limerick v Belvedere; UCC v Catholic Institute