02 November 2016
The third week of action in the Women's Colleges and Universities league threw up a number of shocks across the divisions that have blurred the picture each division looked to be taking after the first two weeks.
Maynooth and IT Carlow's perfect records were laid to waste on both of their travels. While top scorer Amber Barrett was able to score against UCC, the Cork ladies would not be easily pushed aside on home turf and overcame the County Kildare University through goals from Emer Gilroy and Katie McCarthy.
IT Carlow travelled to UCD missing a number of key performers and were made to pay for it as UCD took full advantage of the circumstances and put EIGHT past last year's Intervarsity Cup winners. Madie Edwards and Dearbhaile Beirne would both nab braces on the day.
Down in Galway, the current champions NUI Galway looked to be in cruise control as they led by 3 goals to 1 against a Sligo side who were reduced to ten players early on when Kathy McLaughlin was dismissed. However, the brilliance of Rachel Kearns in midfield led the North-West ladies to complete an unrealistic comeback to heap further misery on the champions, who are zero from three in their attempt to retain their crown.
In Division One, UL continued their dominant start by inflicting a heavy defeat upon IT Tralee with Eleanor Stafford playing a starring role. Waterford IT would also kick-start their season with their first win at the expense of Athlone IT.
In Division Two, a number of teams put themselves on the verge of the quarter finals with victories. IT Blanchardstown look like the team to beat with Republic of Ireland Women's U19 international striker Eleanor Ryan-Doyle amongst their ranks. There was also a surprise win for Waterford College of FE. New to the league this season, they were well beaten in their opening game but turned things around at home by putting DCU 'B' to the sword with a 3-1 victory, courtesy of goals from Ailish Sinnott, Shannon Doyle and Ciara Hurley.
The league season takes a break for two weeks as interest in the Intervarsities takes hold with the first round of competition due to start in the week beginning the 7th of November. The finals are set to be hosted by University College Cork in March 2017.
NUI Galway 3 (Alison McGonagle, Lisa Casserly 2) IT Sligo 4 (Rachel Kearns 3, Amber Lynch)
University College Cork (Emer Gilroy, Katie McCarthy) Maynooth University 1 (Amber Barrett)
University College Dublin 8 (Madie Edwards 2, Dearbhaile Beirne 2, Katrina Moore, Sinead Gaynor, Kim Garth, Niamh Moran) IT Carlow 1 (Emma Hansberry)
IT Tralee 0 University of Limerick 10 (Eleanor Stafford 6, Megan Carroll, Keara Cormican, Sarah Ryan, Lauren Keane)
Dublin City University 3 Ulster University 0
Athlone IT 0 Waterford IT 3 (Chloe Walsh 2, Rachel Hutchinson)
Division Two Group A
North West Regional College 0 Trinity College 'B' 7 (Aine Tucker 2, Brogan Dolan 2, Sara McGeogh, Holly Milne, Eniola Oladiti)
Drogheda Institute of FE 0 IT Blanchardstown 17 (Eleanor Ryan-Doyle 7, Sarah O'Donoghue 3, Kiva McGing 2, Niamh Geraghty, Isabella Ryan, Sandra Duffy, Niamh Molloy, Shauna Fitzgerald)
Division Two Group B
GMIT Galway 8 (Anita Doherty 4, Kellie Feeley 2, Aoife Jones, Emily Doyle) Maynooth University 'B' 0
University College Dublin 'B' 1 (Lliria McEachren) Dublin IT 8 (Amy Murphy 3, Emma Chamber 2, Rachael Ryan 2, Elaine Byrne)
Division Two Group C
Trinity College 1 (Danielle Kehoe) ITT Dublin 8 (Aisling Driver 3, Avril Brierly 3, Chloe Silke, Sarah Scully)
Waterford College of FE 3 (Ailish Sinnott, Shannon Doyle, Ciara Hurley) Dublin City University 'B' 1 (Emily Mitchell)
Division Two Group D
Mary Immaculate College 2 (Niamh Mackey, Everena Everard) Garda College 2 (Clara Doheny, Vicky Fismer)
Limerick IT 0 University College Cork 'B' 0