Top three looking to avoid any slips as Rathgar continue rise

The battle for women’s Leinster Division One supremacy faces its final twist of 2018 this weekend with just one point covering Trinity, Monkstown and Corinthian.

The trio look all set to occupy the potential qualification spots for next year’s EYHL Division 2 at the very least with each side recording seven wins out of nine, leaving them seven points clear of the chasers.

They will all be looking to avoid any slips on Saturday against sides in the bottom half of the table. For leaders Trinity, they face Genesis at Santry Avenue aiming to maintain their slender lead.

Trinity’s Clodagh Fullston has been in goalscoring form of late. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Brian Scully’s side have once again built their impressive provincial form around a rock-solid defence with Isy Delamer controlling things while goalkeeper Isabel McGovern has conceded just once in the league.

From that base, the likes of Sally Campbell, Erica Markey, Rachel Burns, Louise McCollum and Ailish Long can cause plenty of havoc while Clodagh Fullston has been picking up plenty of goals.

Monkstown moved up to second in the table last weekend with their 3-1 win over Glenanne, a fifth successive win in the competition after a stop-start beginning to the campaign.

Sadhbh Hoban-Logan and Rachel Moore have been banging in the goals while their line-up on Saturday could feature serious experience.

Christine Quinlan and Niamh Atcheler on their Friday team sheet for what is usually a tough trip to North Kildare while Laura Pinder and Eimear Horan have been welcome returnees this term.

Corinthian, meanwhile, host Naas at Whitechurch Park. The reds have had a tricky run of late after a sparkling run of results with losses to Trinity and UCC in December.

Our Lady’s host Avoca with the former looking to get their first points of the season while the Blackrock club is aiming to score their first league goal since November 3.

In midweek, Rathgar continued their winning ways by beating Glenanne 3-2, making it four wins in succession.

Glenanne applied the initial pressure, grabbing the lead within the first few minutes with a reverse shot from Hannah Delaney. Delaney delivered a second in the first half but Rathgar continued to battle through, attempting to break down Glenanne’s defence.

They were rewarded when Roisin O’Driscoll had a great intercept in midfield which led to a neat finish from Nicole Harradine to finish out the half 2-1.

The hosts started the better in the second half with good plays coming from Katie O’Brien through midfield and got back to 2-2 with a goal from Grace Tutty.

Glenanne stepped up their game with Kate O’Connor directing attacks from defence and they won a string of shorts corners which Rathgar defended.

In the dying minutes, against the run of play, Rathgar managed to break away and get a late winning goal with Tutty on the scoreboard for a second time. It was the second time in five days they had come back from 2-0 down to win 3-2.

The incredible upturn in form from Stu Malcolm’s side means they are sitting in sixth place at the winter break having initially earned one point from their first six games.

Women’s Leinster Division 1
Wednesday: Rathgar 3 (G Tutty 2, N Harradine) Glenanne 2 (H Delaney 2)
Saturday: Corinthian v Naas, 2.30pm, Whitechurch Park; North Kildare v Monkstown, 2pm, The Maws; Our Lady’s v Avoca, 3.45pm, Terenure; Trinity v Genesis, 4pm, Santry Avenue

Munster Division 1: Catholic Institute v Waterford, 12.30pm, Rosbrien; UCC v Bandon, 12pm, Mardyke

Men's Leinster Senior Div 1