Greenfields’ grip tightens
Greenfields maintained their 100 per cent record in this season’s Connacht Senior Hockey League with a deserved 4-2 victory over NUIG at the weekend.
Despite the appalling conditions, both sides served up an entertaining game, but it was Greenfields who consolidated their position at the top of the table after coming from behind at half time.
NUIG started well and their early pressure was rewarded when a shot from outside the circle was deflected by a defender and crept past the keeper. This sparked Greenfields into life and, after great work by Elaine Hall, the equaliser was skilfully netted by Mary Healy from close range.
College continued to press and were rewarded when a great ball from midfield was slotted home by Lynsey Trainor, and they held this lead until half time.
Strong defence from Aoife Smith and Freddie Timmins kept Greenfields out earl in the second half, but eventually the pressure told when Neasa McGettigan fired home a great shot from a short corner to level.
Despite good work from Trainor and Tara Melvin, College could not regain the initiative and Greenfields took the lead for the first time when a College clearance was picked up by the hard-working Alice Meagher who skilfully slotted home from 10 metres.
A couple of great saves from Sinead Collins in the Greenfields’ goal helped them maintain their narrow lead, but their experience came through after 25 minutes when another great strike was netted by McGettigan from another short corner.