Women’s Division 1
In their new role as front-runners, Railway Union will see their position strengthened in some way should they get the better of second bottom Glenanne this Saturday as main chasers UCD and Loreto meet at Beaufort.
Strength in depth is the by-word on a crucial day in the Leinster women’s division one title shake-up as Railway Union host UCD with both sides shy some of their top performers.
Neither Railway Union nor Loreto could apply more pressure on UCD as they shared the spoils at Beaufort on Thursday night; full women’s division one and men’s Mills Cup preview and division two fixture times
Loreto stayed in touch with the leaders with an edgy victory over Trinity in Santry last Monday night, leaving them three points off top spot after eight rounds of matches.
Three Rock Rovers begin the defence of their National Indoor Trophy title with much the same panel at their disposal that annexed the crown last time around despite a series of emigrations.
Mary Goode produced a string of fine saves to hand Hermes a crucial win over Old Alex; Railway got the better of Pembroke while their second team produced the win of the round in the Jacqui Potter Cup
UCD’s midweek win over Three Rock Ladies has upped the ante for a few vital ties in the coming weeks leading up to Christmas as Hermes and Old Alex takes centre stage in women’s division one on Saturday.
Despite Three Rock Ladies first goal of the league campaign, UCD took a five-point lead into the weekend as they took the spoils from a fixture brought forward from the weekend due to the students’ exam schedule.
UCD were pushed all the way by Glenanne but maintained their place atop women’s division one; Railway and Loreto kept pace but Old Alex lost ground as they could not break down Corinthian; all IJC and Jacqui Potter results included
With the top four facing the bottom four, any slips could have serious implications for a congested title race with just three points covering the leading quartet in the wake of Railway’s Thursday night win over Trinity.
Loreto and Old Alex shared the spoils to see UCD stay clear at the top on their own in Leinster women’s division one; Trinity recorded their third win in five days as they recorded league and cup wins; Pembroke and Glenanne drew
Hermes have an almost instant chance of revenge against UCD in the refixed Irish Hockey League clash, aiming to slow the rising juggernaut which has laid waste to virtually every challenge in their path to date.
Ailbhe Coyle’s second half corner deflection saw Trinity jump to sixth place as they inflicted a fourth 1-0 defeat on Three Rock Ladies of their six-game division one campaign to date in Santry.
Sides in the top half all recorded clean sheet wins over the sides in the bottom half to keep the standings as they were as UCD, Alex, Loreto and Hermes all enhanced their
UCD knocked off another of their major rivals as a goal in each half added another dent to misfiring Hermes’ title retention hopes at Belfield on Thursday night.
Belfield’s bright lights tonight are the stage for the big game in the Leinster women’s weekend as UCD aim to fire another huge body blow to Hermes’ title defence in a fixture brought forward from December 17.
Following up road-trips to Galway and Belfast, UCD are once again on the road out of town for a formative test as they seem intent on quickly establishing themselves at the island’s team to beat.
Teenage trio Emma Russell, Aisling Naughton and Erika Hinkson netted to keep Old Alex’s top start to the season going, dismissing Trinity at Milltown to move within a point of top spot with a game in hand on top place Railway.
Melissa O’Leary’s late tap-in saw Corinthian skip up the table as they took the spoils from a tight and physical battle at Grange Road against Three Rock Ladies as their corner perseverance finally paid off; Glenanne drew 0-0 with Trinity
Unbeaten in the Leinster league and intervarsities retained, UCD can well and truly announce themselves on the national stage on Saturday evening on the Malone Road as they travel to Belfast to play national champs Pegasus.