Big three start Leinster league on winning note

The three EYHL2 sides from last year all got off to winning starts in Leinster women’s Division One while Avoca lead the way courtesy of a second successive win. 

Goals from Ciara Vincent and Lauren McGrane ensured reigning champions Corinthian started their season with a win against a strong Glenanne side at St Andrew’s. 

Monkstown v Clontarf 3-10-20

The reds almost hit the front inside 30 seconds with Jessica McGrane having a reverse-stick shot saved but they kept the pressure up and broke the deadlock in the second quarter. Ciara Vincent finished it off with a clean shot following Jessica McGrane’s assist. 

Camilla Arbulo, Jess Meeke and Sara Quill also went close while McGrane hit the post in the dying seconds of the half. 

The crucial second goal arrived in the third quarter when a fine pass from captain Amber Kinlan found Lauren McGrane to slot home for 2-0.  

The Glens produced their best phase in the closing quarter with a number of penalty corners but Corinthian defended well to take the points.  

Trinity took all three points from their trip to Naas with all the goals coming in the final phase of the game. The students found the home defence tough to break down with Ali Deane to the fore while captain Lydia Cope led from the front, making numerous interceptions. 

Despite this trojan work, the students found the gaps late on with Hannah Kelly matching her twin sisters exploits for UCD to score her maiden goal for her new club while Ruby Keating and Kate Orr also netted in quick succession for a 3-0 lead. 

Close to the end, Cope got one back, picking up a rebound following Saidhbh Farrell’s initial shot. 

Monkstown showed why they are likely to be one of the contenders for the title again this season as they swept aside the challenge of Clontarf 6-0. 

Siofra Murdoch began her Town career in style following her move from the US; the teenager was part of the Irish Under-21 setup and she broke the deadlock in the first quarter.  

She ended up with a pair with Sadhbh Hoban-Logan and Natasha Twomey also hitting two goals apiece. 

Avoca made it two wins from two thanks to an impressive 3-0 away win over North Kildare. Hilary Lennon got them going in the first quarter and they moved further into the clear in the second half when Sarah Dillon finished off amid a goalmouth scramble. 

Niamh O’Brien for the third in the closing quarter as they backed up their opening day 3-1 success against Naas. 

Genesis edged out Rathgar 2-1 with Laura Barrie netting a penalty stroke while Ali Farrell struck from a near impossible angle to outdo a Ruth Harrison effort. 

Women’s  Leinster Division 1: Genesis 2 (A Farrell, L Barrie) Rathgar 1 (R Harrison); Glenanne 0 Corinthian 2 (C Vincent, L McGrane); Monkstown 6 (S Murdoch 2, S Hoban Logan 2, N Twomey 2) Clontarf 0; Naas 1 (L Cope) Trinity 3 (H Kelly, R Keating, K Orr); North Kildare 0 Avoca 3 (H Lennon, S Dillon, N O’Brien) 

Women's Leinster Senior Div 1