Monkstown summoned a massive late charge to stay in the women’s Leinster Division One title chase as they almost succumbed to a shock defeat to Our Lady’s.
The Terenure side were in desperate need of points to avoid the bottom place in the division and a potential relegation playoff tie against Clontarf or possibly Three Rock Rovers.
Amid the lashing rain, Karla Kennedy had them 1-0 up when she tapped in following a baseline run from Claire Ryan, a lead they held until the last ten minutes.
But Monkstown stuck at their task and eventually got their reward with a four-goal glut as Rachel Moore, Chloe Watkins, Rosie Carrigan and a last second Sophie Moore strike spun out a 4-1 success from a perilous position.
It keeps them right on the heels of Trinity going into the final weeks of the season. Former Suttonians Isy Delamer and Erica Markey both hit doubles as they won 4-2 in North Kildare with Neassa O’Malley getting the two replies.
Lynne Pomeroy’s single goal earned Corinthian a 1-0 win over Glenanne to keep their mathematical chances alive of heading the table but they have four points to make up with only six left up for grabs.
In the bottom half, Naas got a vital draw against Avoca to move into eighth place and, importantly, out of range of Our Lady’s. It could have been even better as they held a 1-0 lead from early on to late in the game as Saidhbh Farrell scored from a corner.
Avoca pulled their goalkeeper with five minutes to go and got their reward with an equaliser via Claire Byrne. The result lifted Naas level with Genesis on points.
Grace Tutty, meanwhile, scored twice for Rathgar to record a 2-1 win over Genesis whose reply came from Julie Henry.
Women’s Leinster Division 1: Genesis 1 (J Henry) Rathgar 2 (G Tutty 2); Glenanne 0 Corinthian 1 (L Pomeroy); Naas 1 (S Farrell) Avoca 1 (C Byrne); North Kildare 2 (N O’Malley 2) Trinity 4 (I Delamer 2, E Markey 2); Our Lady’s 1 (K Kennedy) Monkstown 4 (R Moore, C Watkins, R Carrigan, S Moore)