Eimear McCarthy’s double helped Pembroke II move five points clear of the chasers in women’s Leinster division two as they saw off title rivals Loreto II at Beaufort last Saturday.
She had initially given her side the lead before Loreto equalised, the first time Pembroke had been brought back level this term, but they responded well and McCarthy’s second won it in the second half.
It dropped Loreto down to third in the division as UCD drew 1-1 with Railway Union to move into second place, albeit with an extra game played.
They will hope that the gap to Pembroke II will not be extended further on Saturday as the students host the table-toppers in the league on Saturday and then again in the Jacqui Potter Cup on Monday night.
Genesis, meanwhile, doubled their league goal tally on Wednesday night with a comprehensive 4-0 win over Trinity II to move back within a point of Muckross in the battle of the first teams in the division.
For Genesis, after a tough defeat up North in the Irish Hockey Trophy, they showed a new lease of life and determination on Wednesday night to get back on track, especially with a tough fight ahead for playoff positions.
They set the pace from the first whistle against Trinity II, dominating play with accurate strong passes and some great runs. The first goal came early on when Catriona Lavelle took advantage of an out of position keeper, thanks to a Katy Tanham strike, and swept a beautiful ball into the corner.
Tanham made it 2-0 when Mary Kavanagh hit a straight ball into the circle past the defence and was deflected in with great composure, her first Division II goal of the season.
Lavelle nabbed her second from just inside the D from Aoife Henry’s free in from outside the 25, which bobbled in to further strengthen their position.
A spell of Trinity attack put a much-shuffled Genesis defence under but Laura Barrie kept her team calm with some superb clearances. Her sided finished off the scoring with the only goal of the second half from an attack up the right side by defender Suzanne Murphy, who reverse swept the ball in the D to be picked up by Julie Henry for her first goal this season.
Hermes II, meanwhile, picked up their first win of the season against Old Alex II to escape the bottom rung of the division with Aoife Harte netting twice and Sadhbh Hoban-Logan also on the mark, outdoing a double from Sylvia O’Mahoney pair.
In the Irish Hockey Trophy, meanwhile, only Naas advanced from the Leinster contingent from this weekend’s action as YMCA, Muckross, Newbridge, Three Rock Ladies, Suttonians and Genesis all bowed out at the second round stage.
The Kildare side got the better of Banbridge 2-1 to go through while Our Lady’s game with UL will be played next Saturday. Avoca, Rathgar and Monkstown had previously advanced to the second round in the first tranche of Trophy matches in October.
Division Two, Saturday: Hermes 3 (Aoife Harte 2, Sadhbh Hoban-Logan) Old Alex 2 (Sylvia O’Mahoney 2); Loreto II 1 Pembroke II 2 (Eimear McCarthy 2); Railway Union II 1 (Camille Rantz-McDonald) UCD II 1
Wednesday: Genesis 4 (Catriona Lavelle 2, Julie Henry, Katie Tanham) Trinity II 0
Women’s Irish Hockey Trophy, second round:
Saturday: YMCA 1 Bandon 3; Muckross 0 Cork C of I 1 (Kate Humphreys); Newbridge 0 Omagh 1; UL vs Our Lady’s – not played; Ballymena 3 (Rebecca Reynolds 3) Three Rock Ladies 0; Dromore 2 (Tara Malcolmson, Veronica Fitzpatrick) Suttonians 0; Portadown 4 Genesis 1; North Down 4 Galway 3; Banbridge 1 (A Atkinson) Naas 2 (O Farrell, K Halliden)
Sunday: Ashton 0 Cookstown 6
Women’s Leinster Division Two, Saturday: Loreto II v Muckross, 12pm, Beaufort; Trinity II v Hermes II, 1.15pm, Wesley College; UCD II v Pembroke II, 4.15pm, Belfield; Railway Union II v Genesis, 4.30pm, Park Avenue; Old Alex II v Three Rock Ladies, 1.15pm, Milltown
Jacqui Potter Cup, Monday: UCD II v Pembroke Wanderers II, 8.15pm, Belfield