Women's Division One: Trinity 0 Old Alex 0
Sylvia O'Mahony came within centimetres of making Old Alex's place in the top five a done deal but her late touch from Aoife Budd's pass hit the inside of the Santry post, meaning there is just a sliver of hope that Trinity can overhaul the Milltown club or UCD. The chance came late on in a tie played almost exclusively between the 25s. Alex earned more corners but on the slower, sand-based surface were unable to create the chances that came so freely against Railway in midweek. Trinity struggled anything of the clear-cut variety, their achilles heal this term, and while they were competitive, rarely threatened.
Pembroke 2 (Sarah Clarke, Hilda Maguire) UCD 2 (Kerry McComish, Lisa Jacob)
Pembroke snatched an equaliser five minutes from time to take a point from an even game at Serpentine Avenue against UCD. Kerry McComish's straight strike gave the students the lead against her former club but it was cancelled out by a Sarah Clarke smartly worked corner switch for 1-1. Lisa Jacob finished off yet another corner switch, via a defender's body, for 2-1 at half-time but a much-improved Pembroke - with Clara Chamberlayne impressing at the back - eventually got the equaliser five minutes from time when Hilda Maguire was on the mark. The point a piece keeps UCD three points clear of their third level counterparts Trinity in fifth while Pembroke move a point closer to Glenanne whom they face next Saturday.
Hermes 3 (Deirdre Duke 2, Anna O'Flanagan) Glenanne 0
On a day where the top three all recorded clean sheets and three points, Deirdre Duke produced the goods in the first half to hand Hermes a 2-0 lead at St Andrew's as they controlled a scrappy game. Glenanne defended doggedly but were unable to prevent Anna O'Flanagan copper-fastening the win in spite of a Niamh Atcheler penalty stroke miss. Jenny Burke (virus), Chloe Watkins (rested) and Sarah Greene (illness) all did not play though Watkins could be in the team for Sunday's Jacqui Potter Cup tie.
Bray 0 Loreto 3 (Nicci Daly 2, Cathy McKean)
Loreto produced a solid, if unspectacular 3-0 win in Bray as they turned a high percentage of pressure into three points against an understrength host team who defended well and made the IHL champions work for every inch. Nonetheless, Nicci Daly's double proved the gamebreaker while Cathy McKean, enjoying a more advanced role after last week's midfield outing against Trinity, was also on the score-sheet.
Corinthian 0 Railway Union 4 (Cecelia Joyce 2, Emma Smyth, Patricia O'Dwyer)
Railway comfortably swept aside Corinthian at Whitechurch Park this afternoon to keep their title retention hopes on course as they raced into a 3-0 half-time lead courtesy of Cecelia Joyce's double and a solo goal from Emma Smyth. In a tighter second half, Patricia O'Dwyer added the fourth in the second half while the Park Avenue side did have to play with ten as Sararh McDonald saw yellow and the reds had a goal chalked off for a corner-strike deemed above the backboard.
* For more of Adrian Boehm's photos from Pembroke vs UCD, click here