Women’s Leinster Division One
Loreto 5 (S Evans 3, H Matthews, S McGirr) Trinity 2 (S Boucher, A Naughton)
Sarah Evans’ hat trick continued Loreto’s unbeaten run in division one as they continued their high scoring ways, bringing their tally to 17 goals in their past three games.
For Evans, it is a great return after missing all of last season through injury. She netted twice in the first half – in the 30th and 31st minute – to give her side a 2-1 lead, Sophie Boucher getting the reply for an under strength Trinity.
The Beaufort side ran up 14 corners in the tie – Trinity did not manage one – while second half strikes from Hannah Matthews, Sinead McGirr and Evans’ third closed out the win.
Pembroke 2 (L Gray, K Collins-Smyth) UCD 3 (N Evans 2, A O’Flanagan)
Pembroke came close to recording a famous result but Nikki Evans nabbed the points for UCD late in the game when she finished off Chloe Watkins’ superb work.
It closed out a 3-2 win though Jonathan Harte’s side had led 2-0 at the break via Evans’ first goal and an effort from Anna O’Flanagan. The latter was credited with the first, the ball ricocheting in off a defensive stick. Evans then scored from the left baseline, slipping the ball under the goalkeeper.
Within five minutes of the turnaround, though, Pembroke were level. Sarah Clarke’s shot was deflected in by Laura Gray from a corner won off the back of turnover ball.
They effected another turnover to level, working a chance for Kate Collins-Smyth to rebound. Pembroke had chances to move ahead before UCD recovered their composure after a flurry of second half cards. Evans grabbed the winner, breaking Pembroke’s 100pc record and keeping their own intact.
Glenanne 2 (H Delaney, S Daly) Hermes 5 (A Naughton 2, A O’Flynn, E Horan, A Connery)
Aisling Naughton’s pair of goals helped Hermes win their second tie of the Leinster league season, bringing her side’s goal-scoring tally to 16 goals in three games since losing to Pembroke on the opening day of the campaign.
Her field goal added to penalty corner goals from Audrey O’Flynn – her fifth of the season – and Eimear Horan to build a 3-1 lead at the break. Hannah Delaney and Sarah Daly’s efforts got the Glens right back in the mix at 3-2 but Naughton’s second and a closing strike from Aine Connery saw Hermes prevail in St Mark’s.