Corinthian and Ards have taken early leads in their respective EY Hockey League Division 2 groups as the bank holiday weekend saw the two clubs land their second wins of the competition.
Trinity started their campaign in Pool A with an impressive 2-1 win over Ulster Premier league champions Lurgan. Amy Buttimer fired in at the back post for 1-0 in the second quarter and they were two clear in the second half via a deflected Isy Delamer shot from a penalty corner.
Corinthian won their tie in Galway against NUIG when Caoimhe Proud-Murphy tapped in from a great ball from Laura Motyer in the eighth minute. It proved the only goal of the game as the Galway side tested the reds regularly with Freddie Timmins to the fore.
The visitors did have a second goal disallowed before half-time while both sides had their corner moments that they could not convert, leaving the score at 1-0.
Carly Johnston pulled one back to make it a tense final quarter but the Dublin students held on for a crucial victory and four points. Lurgan take a losing bonus point for their efforts.
It leaves the reds on eight points, four clear of Trinity in second place at this early stage of the group with Lurgan and NUIG on three and Cork C of I on one.
Pool B’s games were more clear-cut. Ards were 5-0 winners over UCC at Londonderry Park with Zara Malseed leading the way with two goals with Ali Carson, Ellen Robinson and Emma Reid chipping in.
Aine Naughton’s hat trick gave Monkstown a hugely impressive 5-1 home win over Greenfields at the ALD Merrion Fleet Arena. She started the ball rolling in the ninth minute from a Sadhbh Hoban-Logan cross, slamming home after a top class counter break.
The Galway side, however, were back level before the end of the first quarter from a corner, Alacoque McGovern striking home from a switch left.
It remained that way until a couple of minutes before half-time when Naughton produced some great play to burst into the circle and her quick hit from the baseline found Claire O’Reilly to hit the bottom right of the backboard – 2-1 at half-time.
Despite plenty of pressure, it stayed that way through the third quarter but O’Reilly made it 3-1 in the 54th minute after Laura Pinder intercepted; one pass later and it was a goal.
Two minutes later, Jennifer Hamill’s run down the left ended with a pass to O’Reilly whose cross was finished off by Naughton – a third goal in four minutes. Naughton completed the victory after good work from Sophie Moore and Emily Kealy.
Ards head this group with eight points, Monkstown are second on four alongside UCC with Queen’s and Greenfields both on one point.
Women’s EYHL Division 2
Pool A: NUIG 0 Corinthian 1 (C Proud-Murphy); Trinity 2 (I Delamer, A Buttimer) Lurgan 1 (C Johnston)
Pool B: Ards 5 (Z Malseed 2, A Carson, E Reid, E Robinson) UCC 0; Monkstown 5 (A Naughton 3, C O’Reilly 2) Greenfields 1 (A McGovern)