Women's Division One: Old Alex 2 (Aoife Budd, Laura McCoy) Railway Union 5 (Jean McDonnell 2, Emer Dillon, Patricia O'Dwyer, Cecelia Joyce)
Railway returned to the top of division one as they won their game in hand over Hermes, scrapping to an untidy but ultimately fruitful victory over a dangerous opponent. Emer Dillon had the Sandymount club in front inside just 25 seconds, using her camogie skills to plant home an upright reverse from six yards but Old Alex were level six minutes later when Aoife Budd deflected high from a smart corner-move.
Patricia O'Dwyer and Jean McDonnell (pictured) were sharpest in the circle to build a 3-1 half-time lead. Budd and Kate McKenna drew excellent saves from Helen Stevenson and Pamela Smithwick respectively early in the second half. And Laura McCoy's simple slap from a corner switch deceived the visiting defence to hit the centre of the goal, much to the player's own bemusement, to give Alex a sniff of a point as the fixture continued in a slightly shapeless manner.
But when Becca Coll was sin-binned for not retreating at a five-metre free - a second such offence from the Alex defence - Railway took the initiative to close out the tie. Sinead Walsh's push skimmed the outside of the post before Cecelia Joyce made it 4-2, flicking the ball in via both posts. And McDonnell capped the three points in typically brilliant style, turning beautifully on the left touch-line, 25-metres out. Her pace then saw her speed away from any tackles and she hit crisply from the right of the circle into the bottom corner with a minute to go.
Glenanne 1 (Christine Barretto) Bray 1 (Wendy Adams)
It remains as you were at the bottom end of the division as Wendy Adams sweetly struck reverse-stick shot stole a point for Bray at Glenanne Park. The Wicklow side had enjoyed the best of the opening period to no avail before finding themselves under huge pressure in the second half, conceding to Christine Barretto's corner goal.
And the Glens looked more likely to extend their advantage until they were caught against the run of play. Adams' strike means it's now four points from two games for Bray and makes it very tight in the race to avoid tenth place with Pembroke now just a point off the bottom. Glenanne stay at just about arm's length but all three face tough tasks this weekend as the top five play the bottom five on Saturday.