Women’s Division 1
The final throes of Leinster women’s division one look set to be played out this evening as UCD face varsity rivals Trinity (7.15pm, Belfield), already consigned to tenth place, with a win confirming back to back titles.
Pembroke’s crucial 1-0 win over Trinity confirmed who the playoff side will be at the bottom with Corinthian, North Kildare, Glenanne and Pembroke all safe now; UCD on the brink as Railway and Loreto cling on to outside chance
Having negotiated the international break the best of anyone, UCD find themselves in a golden position to close out the Leinster women’s division one title with their full boat available.
UCD picked up what could be their most valuable point of the season, drawing 1-1 with Hermes to move a point clear at the top of the women’s Leinster division one table; Railway lost to Loreto while North Kildare picked up a huge three points against Trinity
It remains pretty much as you were at the top of women’s Leinster division one as Railway Union, Hermes, UCD and Old Alex all won while Loreto’s tie with Corinthian was snowed off; Railway and Loreto to meet in Jacqui Potter Cup final
Railway Union’s stunning fightback from 4-0 down keeps the Leinster women’s division one title race right in the balance, dead level with four games remaining; Loreto closed the gap on them while Hermes leap-frogged Old Alex
Last weekend’s victory for UCD over Loreto has set up a battle royale with the top two set for a potential title eliminator at Belfield on Saturday evening.
Should UCD go on to retain their Leinster league title, Jeamie Deacon’s solo goal could prove invaluable as they saw off Loreto 1-0; Glenanne jumped off the bottom rung while Hermes nicked the points against Corinthiah; Railway and Old Alex won too
Darren Smith’s coaching rein takes its first venture into the competitive realm this afternoon when they play a friendly tie against Spain in Valencia.
The difference between top and bottom of women’s Leinster division one was put into sharp relief with five comprehensive victories for those in the leading positions, stretching the gap to 14 points between fifth and sixth.
With new Irish senior women’s coach Darren Smith arriving on the island this week, the New Zealander has been scheduled to take in three Leinster women’s division one games on Saturday.
Railway Union moved back level with UCD at the top of Leinster division one as they saw off Hermes at Belfield, a result which leaves them and Old Alex somewhat adrift of the top three.
Corinthian pushed Ballymoney all the way in pursuit of a rare Irish Senior Cup semi-final berth; Hermes progressed to the quarters while UCD made it seven successive wins in Leinster’s division one to head the Christmas table, Loreto go second
On an eventful weekend in women’s division one, Glenanne struck late to draw with Hermes; Loreto’s draw with Old Alex means they also lose ground as Railway and UCD stormed to win; Loreto, Hermes and UCD advance in the Jacqui Potter Cup
Following wins for UCD and Hermes, four sides are incredibly tied at the top of Leinster women’s division one on 17 points after eight rounds of games; Pembroke nabbed their first win while Corinthian and North Kildare tied at Whitechurch
With Pembroke tying with Corinthian and Old Alex held by Glenanne, Monday evening’s ties proved perhaps more beneficial to the sides not in action as Alex missed out on the chance to go top of women’s division one
UCD made another big statement of intent to get within three points of the top of women’s Leinster division one, beating Loreto 4-2; Railway, Hermes and Old Alex pushed their title claims too while Trinity moved off the bottom
Both Railway Union and Old Alex dropped their first points of the Leinster league campaign though it was the Park Avenue visitors who will be the happier as they rode their luck in the opening phases of the second half.
UCD eased to a third big win in the Leinster league in succession to continue their bounce back after their slow start to the campaign, this result lifting them to fourth in the division.
Glenanne bounced back from a first half deficit to overturn Corinthian and pick up their first win of the season; Pembroke struck late to draw with North Kildare at Serpentine Avenue