The bottom two in women’s Leinster Division one both landed wins to get 2020 up and running on the front foot as North Kildare beat Avoca while Rathgar edged out Clontarf.
Bouyed by their win to the indoor semi-finals, Kildare got their first win of the campaign in fine style at the Maws with Neassa O’Malley running up a hat trick.
They did trail after a few minutes to a Hilary Lennon goal but drew level from play when O’Malley picked up a ball into space in the circle and swept home into the bottom right corner.
She then put her side in front via a deflection from Shelly Spillane’s corner hit from the top of the D, making it 2-1 at half-time. Avoca had their moments to try and draw level but the hosts corner defence held firm and, with three minutes to go, Isabell Angel who spun strong around a defender and passed to Sarah Baker in the circle.
She took a shot from the right but the ball deflected high over everyone’s heads where O’Malley was standing free on the penalty spot and finished it off with an aerial finish.
It lifts them to four points but still with five points to make up on Avoca and Rathgar on nine. Gar shaded their battle with Clontarf 2-1 thanks to goals from Aimee O’Connor and Susan McRann outdoing Ciara Byrne’s effort.
At the top, it remains as you were. Corinthian got their 10th win out of 10 as second half goals from Jessica McGrane, Amber Kinlan and a cracker from Lauren McGrane earned them a 3-0 win over Glenanne.
The Glens had won 3-0 in midweek against Naas, leaving them seven points off the top three spots at the end of the week’s play.
Rachel Burns’ hat trick saw Trinity run up a 3-1 win over Genesis to remain in a share of second place with Monkstown who were the big scorers of the weekend, seeing off Naas 5-0.
Sadhbh Hoban-Logan’s straight corner strike made it 1-0 in the 11th minute before Rachel Moore and Claire O’Reilly got in on the act before half-time.
Caoimhe Byrne scored the fourth before Hoban-Logan finished the scoring in the 43rd minute.
Town’s seconds also had a good day, winning through to their first Irish Junior Cup semi-final in their current guise with a shoot-out win over Loreto. Aoife Harte rebounded from a final whistle corner to earn the shoot-out, making it 2-2 before they prevailed 3-2.
Pembroke also used shoot-outs to eliminate Railway Union after a 2-2 draw in normal time; Old Alex had the most comfortable passage – a 3-0 win over UCC at the Mardyke with Audrey O’Flynn involved for the Milltown side.
Pegasus shaded their contest against Corinthian 3-2 to complete the final four line-up.
Leinster Division 1: Corinthian 3 (J McGrane, A Kinlan, L McGrane) Glenanne 0; Genesis 1 (L Fox) Trinity 3 (R Burns 3); Monkstown 5 (S Hoban-Logan 2, R Moore, C O’Reilly, C Byrne) Naas 0; North Kildare 3 (N O’Malley 3) Avoca 1 (H Lennon); Rathgar 2 (A O’Connor, S McRann) Clontarf 1 (C Byrne)
Irish Junior Cup – quarter-finals: Corinthian 2 (A Cullen, A Ellis) Pegasus 3 (R Murdock, H Craig, S Ferris); Monkstown 2 (N Hussey, A Harte) Loreto 2 (A Taaffe 2), Monkstown win shoot-out 3-2; Pembroke 2 (L Welsh, A de Jong) Railway Union 2 (K McKenna, M McCready), Pembroke win shoot-out 4-3; UCC 0 Old Alexandra 3 (S Gilsenan, O Bools, R Hinkson)