Town react quickly to keep alive outside title shot in Leinster

Monkstown reacted quickly to keep up their winning run going in women’s Leinster Division One to stay in a share of second post as they got the best of Avoca 2-1.

Anna Richardson had given the Blackrock side a surprise lead nine minutes into the third quarter from a penalty corner; it was the first goal Monkstown had conceded in seven league outings.

But Town netted two minutes later via Claire O’Reilly and they conjured up a winner with four minutes to go from Rachel Moore – one which Avoca contested – to nick all three points.

The result was their eighth win in a row, keeping them eight points off leaders Corinthian and level with Trinity.

Monkstown’s Claire O’Reilly scored a crucial goal against Avoca. Pic: Adrian Boehm

The students eased to a 6-0 win over Rathgar with six different scorers on the mark: Amy Buttimer, Sarah Lavelle, Isy Delamer, Erica Markey, Susie Osborne and Ruby Keating.

Corinthian continue to rumble along with their perfect record now taking in a 5-1 success in Naas. They started brightly with three goals in an eight minute spell in the first quarter.

Milly Lynch got the first after a fine pass from Camila Arbulo; Jessica McGrane’s corner shot deflected in off a defensive stick and Lynch then laid on the third for Niamh Walsh for 3-0.

Naas got one back before half-time with captain Sarah Jennings scoring in the 33rd minute after Rebecca Murtagh had made a number of saves.

But the reds made sure there was no second half drama when Sophie Maleady made it 4-1, finishing off a one-on-one chance when played through by Lauren McGrane. Jodie Douglas’s slick reverse completed the win.

North Kildare’s incredible turnaround in form continued as they landed their third successive win with Melissa Scott-Hayward scoring twice in a 3-2 victory over Clontarf.

It has lifted them from one point at Christmas to 10 points and up to a share of fifth place with just one point covering the bottom six sides, level with Naas, Genesis and Clontarf while Avoca and Rathgar are on nine points.

Glenanne are in a middle ground between the top three and the bottom six on 21 points after Sonja Rynhart and Kate O’Connor netted in a 2-0 win over Genesis.

Women’s Leinster Division 1: Avoca 1 (A Richardson) Monkstown 2 (C O’Reilly, L Moore); Glenanne 2 (S Rynhart, K O’Connor) Genesis 0; Naas 1 (S Jennings) Corinthian 5 (M Lynch, J McGrane, N Walsh, S Maleady, J Douglas); North Kildare 3 (M Scott-Hayward 2, I Angel) Clontarf 2 (C Byrne, R Merrey); Trinity 6 (A Buttimer, S Lavelle, I Delamer, E Markey, S Osborne, R Keating) Rathgar 0

Thursday fixtures: Avoca v Genesis, Sion Hill, 8.30pm; Trinity v Glenanne, Santry Avenue, 8.30pm

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