Women’s Leinster Division 1
Monkstown 1 (S Moore) Trinity 2 (C Fullston, E Markey)
Trinity produced a stunning five minutes spell before half-time to win their second Leinster Division One title in three seasons as they go into the EYHL2 promotion playoffs in great shape.
For the local crown, after 89 matches, it all came down to a win-or-bust standalone 90th fixture at the ALD Merrion Fleet Arena with Trinity needing a draw and Monkstown a win to snatch the silverware.
The students put the pressure on straightaway with Ailish Long taking on turnover ball and broke into the circle. She laid off to Sally Campbell and while she was tackled, Rachel Burns’ follow-up effort went just wide.
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Town also had their moments in a frantic start with Emily Kealy all alone at halfway to lay off to Sadhbh Hoban-Logan who shot left of the goal. Rosie Carrigan had a golden chance to take the lead from the penalty spot but flicked off target.
And Trinity took full advantage of that let off as they went in front with five minutes to go to half-time. Long went on another typical run forward and she went herself, unleashing a vicious shot at Laura McCarthy.
The goalkeeper saved well but Clodagh Fullston was in a position to pick up the dropping ball and her push deflected in off Laura Pinder into the goal.Erica Markey then made it two almost immediately from tip-off. She raced into the D and fired in a superb solo strike for a 2-0 lead.
It left Monkstown needing three second half goals at least against a defence that had conceded just seven times in their previous 17 games – including 13 clean sheets.
With nothing to lose, they threw what they could forward with Rachel Moore denied by Isabel McGovern. The goalkeeper was beaten in the last 19 minutes when Carrigan arrowed a ball across the goalmouth where Sophie Moore was on hand to score.
Trinity, though, were to keep out their remaining forays forward, repelling waves of attacks to complete their league campaign unbeaten.
They will now complete their EYHL2 group stages on Saturday against Greenfields in Galway with second place already assured.
Monkstown, meanwhile, have the weekend off as they have completed their schedule, waiting to see who they end up playing in the playoffs semi-final.