Saturday, April 3, 2010

Women's Leinster league divisional wrap

Division Four:
Newbridge celebrated their 15th season in existence when they claimed division four in the final week of the season, pipping Kildare rivals Naas. A draw at home with Botanic on the penultimate weekend of the season had opened the door for their Caragh Road rivals who were three points back with a game in hand.

Glenanne II, however, did Newbridge a favour as they earned a point from a dramatic, midweek 4-4 draw against Naas, to aid their bid to avoid relegation. It left Newbridge needing just a point to claim the title on the final which they obtained with a 2-2 result at Botanic. Naas fell 1-0 to Railway Union III but maintained the promotion place, nonetheless.

Division Seven:
Hermes III held their nerve on the final day of the season to take division seven from the hands of Suttonians II after a thrilling title race with Pembroke VI and Railway Union IV all in the mix all the way.

Hermes shared the lead with Pembroke on the final morning of the season but an extra league win in the campaign meant that any victory would see them crowned league champions and they obliged with a 2-1 success against Botanic II.

Pembroke fell out of the running with a 2-1 setback in Tullamore while Suttonians took the promotion place as they beat Railway 1-0 in Park Avenue.

Division Eleven:
Division 11 remains the one division yet to be fully confirmed as Mullingar and North Kildare III duke it out for the ultimate honour having both secured the two promotion places. Kildare hold the advantage, completing their campaign on 35 points from their 16 games. The Westmeath side lie three points back with a game to play at Naas III. A win would see the sides deadlocked on the same points tally.

Division 12:
Railway Union VI profited from Monkstown’s quick elevation after a couple of weeks of the season to storm their way to the division 12 title, a league reduced to eight teams. They took the title on March 20 with a series of fixtures remaining when a 3-0 win over Diocesan IV coupled with Weston III’s slip at Dalkey II handed them an unassailable four point lead which they held on the final day of the season, capping the campaign with an impressive 5-0 win.

Division 14:
With up to five teams possibly in line for promotion due to league restrucuting, Division 14 was particularly competitive with Skerries IV ultimately lasting the pace the best, ending the 12 game season as the only unbeaten side.

They held off the Grandt Aston’s newly former Monkstown II team and another newcomer, Avoca IV. Mullingar II have claimed fourth for their own with Corinthian VI in fifth place.

For the other Leinster Women's division round-ups, click the following links:
Muckross and Our Lady's div three stars
History making Swords slice through Division Five
YMCA women in line for second treble
Monkstown ladies moving on up
Muckross III hold twin division nine threat at bay
Avoca trio on course for triple glory

* Thanks so much to all those who sent in reports, links and photos this week, great effort and congrats on the great acheivements this season from The Hook.

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