Saturday, September 26, 2009

Women's Division One Round-up: Week One

Loreto 1 (Nikki Keegan ps) Hermes 0

A penalty was once again needed to separate last season's IHL finalists as Nikki Keegan slotted the stroke to give Loreto a win against the run of play against old rivals Hermes. The Booterstown club let eight corners slip by - the hosts did not win a single set-piece - and had much of the play but lacked the killer instinct in the final third.

Railway Union 3 (Jean McDonnell 2, Trish O'Dwyer) Old Alex 0
Railway started their first ever title defence with a comfortable victory over fellow-IHL side Old Alex. Indeed, the Park Avenue hosts dominated for long periods and could have extended the margin with more clinical finishing. Their defence, however, held firm and gave next to no clear opportunities to the Alex forward line.

Pembroke 2 (Natalie Fulton, Sinead Loughran) Bray 1 (Erin O'Sullivan)
Pembroke opened their campaign with a hard-fought win over Bray. Natalie Fulton scored on her return to the team from a year out of playing while teenager Sinead Loughran scored on her first team debut since joining Pembroke. Erin O'Sullivan got the sole response in her first game since returning from a year in Perth, Australia. She equalised with a straight corner shot to make it 1-1 midway through the first half but Pemnroke retook the lead before the break.

Corinthian 2 (Susie Geoffroy, Lynsey Watson) Glenanne 1 (Kate O'Connor)
Susie Geoffroy struck a key goal against her sister Ali's club to help Corinthian take first blood in what is likely to be a closely fought battle at the bottom end of the table. Former Trinity player Lynsey Watson got the other goal for the reds to give Stewart Walker the perfect start to his tenure as coach.

*For Adrian Boehm's pictures from the Pembroke vs Bray match, click here


Anonymous said...

Railway's lack of clinical play in front of goal was inexcusable. Their goalie has almost reading the newspaper down the other end as Railway struggled to even get shots on target, let alone win a short corner. The play in between the 25s was poetry in motion, but their finishing was awful.
This could cost them when they meet real title contenders later in the season.

Anonymous said...

anyone know what Railway are playign UCD this week?

Anonymous said...

Saw the Corinthians vs Glennanne game on Saturday! Corinthians were far sharper and more organised than they have been in previous years. But Glennanne are nowhere near the team that impressed last year! I think they might struggle this season!