Three Rock Ladies
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.
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
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.
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.
Hermes took down a 5-0 victory to move into the top four of women’s Leinster division one; UCD went back into first with a comfortable 6-1 win over Pembroke; TRL pushed Loreto to the wire
With the U-18 and U-16 interpros taking place in Stormont, the domestic Leinster women’s division one programme is reduced to three games; UCD v Pembroke; Glenanne v Hermes and TRL v Loreto
Railway Union picked up their first win of the men’s Leinster division one campaign with a 3-1 victory over UCD while Three Rock Ladies nabbed their first point with a tight 0-0 draw with Glenanne on the women’s side
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.
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.
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
A summer of big name transfers means four sides can lay very clear claims for the Leinster league title. The great imponderable at the moment remains how much access they will have to their international 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.