Women’s Division 1
Dublin’s student sides produced the performances of the round as both Trinity and UCD moved into the last 16 of the Irish Senior Cup while eight sides from Leinster remain standing in the competition
With many of the big guns receiving byes to the second round of the ESB Electric Ireland Irish Senior Cup, the majority of ties fall into the banana-skin category rather than that of classic battles.
A ten-minute goal blitz in the first half from UCD provided the night’s defining action as the Belfielders stormed to the top of division one with a comfortable win over their colours rivals, Trinity
UCD served a notice of intent with an impressive 4-2 win over Loreto; Hermes were held by Corinthian while Railway were big winners over Glenanne; Alex top the table following their last-gasp win over TRL; Trinity beat Pembroke 1-0
For a second week running, UCD’s new batch will face one of the title contenders, looking to rock the provincial apple-cart against Loreto who have edged home in two thrillers to be only side with a 100pc record thus far.
UCD’s new batch were denied an opening victory by Jean McDonnell’s late penalty corner; Loreto held off Corinthian in a seven-goal cracker to keep their 100pc record; Hermes and Old Alex snagged 2-0 wins over Pembroke and Glenanne
How well Johnny Harte has managed to marry together his UCD panel is the big imponderable of the second weekend of Leinster women’s division one fixtures as they get their season underway with a huge fixture against Railway Union
Pembroke twice came from behind to steal the points at Whitechurch Park as Justin Sherriff’s new-look side began their season with a smash and grab win over Corinthian in women’s division one
Loreto got their season off to a dream start with victory over arch rivals Hermes; with Railway drawing with Old Alex, the Beaufort side share top spot after day one with Glenanne, victors over Corinthian
Taking over mid-season through a winless campaign was always going to be tough but the reds looked a more competitive outfit toward the end of the 11/12 season.
Bray’s demise has seen some of their big names looking for pastures new and Glenanne have picked up two high quality additions from the situation like Catherine Murray and Cathy Brock
A summer of turnover, there are a couple of like-for-like swaps for Mary Logue at Hermes. Significantly, Mary Goode has been enlisted to provide goalkeeper cover for Emma Gray when she is CPP-tied, taking over Nicky King’s role.
Three strong additions have helped ease the loss of former international Caitriona Tipping’s to retirement as Lizzie Colvin is back from her Erasmus in the Netherlands with Wassenaar club HGC.
Five in, five out is the balance sheet for Old Alex and they have done reasonably from the exchanges but they will hope that their goal threat remains the same.
Justin Sherriff is looking at pretty much a blank canvas for 2011/12 as several of Pembroke’s established stars are unavailable for one reason or other for the campaign, allowing a promotion from within of youth and second team players.
A season of near misses for Mick McKinnon’s side, Railway Union went deep in a number of competitions but just a Jacqui Potter Cup was secured. This time, they might be better equipped to handle the regular absences of their Irish players
With precious little time to prepare for Division One, it was an ambitious move to step up with a fortnight of preparations to work with for Geoff Walker.
After a number years under David Bane’s moulding, Scott Beattie offers a fresh perspective to a side that has increased their competitiveness in recent years.
As a national semi-finalist in both major competitions last term, the addition of 14 players of division one quality means UCD must be contenders on most fronts this term.
With upwards of ten players lost from last year’s division one side, Bray have been forced to drop their first team for the upcoming season with Three Rock Ladies taking their place in the top tier in Leinster with immediate effect.