Ferns beat battling Benfica to move top

Published 14/01/2017 | 00:00

Katrina Parrock of Kilmore United is tracked by Tara Lambert of All Blacks during their Division 1 derby
Katrina Parrock of Kilmore United is tracked by Tara Lambert of All Blacks during their Division 1 derby

Women's Premier Division: Benfica LFC 2, Ferns United 3: Ferns came up against a reinvigorated Benfica side desperate for points to get away from the bottom of the table, but it was the title favourites who came away with the three points to give them their fourth win of the season and move them to the top of the table.

Brianne O'Connor and Therese O'Neill scored for Benfica but goals from Josie Dwyer, Leona Breen and Aoife Devereux gave Ferns the vital win.

Curracloe United 0, Seaview United 3: Seaview still remain in the hunt for their first league title and just sit a point behind Ferns after this 3-0 win away to a young Curracloe side.

Catherine Doyle continued her good season with two goals, while Bríd Doyle also got her name on the scoresheet.

Adamstown 1, East End United 1: These sides cancelled each other out in a very closely-contested game which leaves Adamstown still in with a chance of the title and moves East End well clear of the relegation zone. Marcella Cullen was on target for the home side while Hannah Scott scored for the visitors.

Women's Division 1

North End United v. Corach Ramblers: North End have become the first title winners of the season without having to kick a ball as Corach's withdrawal from the league gave them three points, and other results going their way saw them move into an uncatchable position.

Kilmore United 4, All Blacks 1: Two goals from Katrina Parrock had Kilmore 2-0 ahead in this local derby and, although Róisín Furlong pulled one back for All Blacks, it was not enough as Cora Miller scored twice to wrap up the three points. This win moves the home side back into the battle for runners-up spot.

Piltown FC 2, Bree United 2: Both these sides are still well in contention for promotion and cancelled each other out in this game, having to settle for a point each in the end. Emily O'Mahoney and Eilis Clooney scored for the home team while Amy Long and Petrina Tyrell were on target for Bree.

Women's Division 2A

Camolin Celtic 0, St. Leonards 0: These sides would still have serious title ambitions but neither could find the net in this match and had to settle for a point each. Despite no goals being scored, several chances were created but defences and goalkeepers excelled.

Cloughbawn AFC 4 New Ross Town 0: The home side got back to winning ways with a 4-0 win over a young New Ross Town who are already in the process of rebuilding for next season. Gina Foley, Danielle Kehoe, Tracey Martin and Hannah Keating were all on target for Cloughbawn who still remain favourites for the title.

St. Joseph's 6, Moyne Rangers 0: Leaders St. Joseph's continued on their winning ways as they overcame an understrength Moyne side with six goals to spare. Emer O'Leary scored a hat-trick with Aine Roche adding two, while Lynsey Sweeney wrapped up the scoring with her first goal for the club.

Women's Division 3

Ajax Athletic 3, Fastnet Rovers 3: Ajax collected their second point of the season when they drew 3-3 with promotion-chasing Fastnet Rovers. Emilia Kantowicz, Sophie Savage and new signing Siobhán Grant-Moorehead were all on target for Ajax while Eadaoin Miskella and Kathlynn Gabbett with two made up the Fastnet tally.

Cushinstown AFC 0, Tombrack United 6: Tombrack edged clear at the top of the table after this 6-0 win away to a dogged Cushinstown side who worked very hard for the 90 minutes, with 'keeper Anna Power producing a top-class performance.

Shannon McGovern knocked in four with Kelli Maguire and Sarah Merrigan also finding the net.

St. Cormac's 2, Stoney LFC 2: St. Cormac's put in one of their performances of the season to draw with title-chasing Stoney in an exciting end-to-end game.

Chloe Foxe scored both goals for the visitors but Lorraine Fortune and Noelle Jordan scored the all-important goals for the home side.

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