Orla Bell's Loreto took the top spot for the first time this season to pile more pressure on a slightly misfiring Railway Union with a comfortable 3-0 win on Tuesday night in Bray.
Cathy McKean put the Beaufort side ahead inside five minutes before Nikki Keegan slotted home from the penalty spot to erase some of their bad memories from the Jacqui Potter Cup against the Wicklow side. Hannah Matthews scored from a penalty corner.
The win sees Loreto move two points clear of Railway, though they have played three extra games. A tricky fixture awaits this Saturday against Hermes - the only other side left with a mathematical chance of taking the title - while Railway could have three games next week which will go a long way to seeing if they can claim their first ever league title.