The Senior Girls League got underway, with teams shaking off the return to school to put in some excellent performances. The show, however, was stolen by Mount Temple – newcomers to this level – who put in a fantastic performance to gain a comfortable three points at the expense of Our Lady’s Terenure. Elsewhere, there were heavy victories for Loreto, Beaufort and St Andrews College against Sutton Park and Loreto, Dalkey respectively.
Mount Temple 4-1 Our Lady’s Terenure
Our Lady’s started brightly and dominated the early phases but couldn’t penetrate the Mount temple circle; Temple held strong and took a surprise lead when Sarah Murray pounced quickest to flick home after 20mins. A minute into the second half, a well worked short corner was converted by Nicola Taylor and then, just 90 seconds later, a flowing move from a hit out saw Megan Oliver fire home a reverse stick goal. Our Lady’s didn’t give up and Claire Walsh got a goal back. They kept coming forward but the home side always looked a threat on the attack and scored again with five minutes remaining when Nicola Taylor slotted home her second of the match.
Wesley College 4-1 Muckross Park
Wesley College got their campaign off to an excellent start, comfortably taking care of business against Muckross Park. Sarah Robinson and Hannah Honner scored in the first half to put the home side in control, with Katie Warren extending the lead in the second period. Sarah Twomey hit back for Muckross, but a fourth goal from Anna-May Whelan put the issue beyond doubt.
Mount Sackville 2-0 Rathdown
Mount Sackville got the better of their opening fixture, in a close contest. Siun McLoughlin opened the scoring in the first half, and a neat short corner from Emma Sweeney in the second secured the victory – with goalkeeper Blaithin Colgan keeping a clean sheet in her team’s first outing.
Loreto, Dalkey 0-7 St Andrews College
St Andrews proved to be far too strong for Loreto, Dalkey. A glorious hat-trick from Sarah Woodroofe provided the spark, and further goals from Harriet Kinsman, Chloe Watkins, Sophie Marshall, and Gillian Pinder cemented the scoreline.
Loreto, Beaufort 8-0 Sutton Park
Newcomers Sutton Park experienced a difficult opening fixture against one of the traditional powerhouses of the league. Hat-tricks from Sinead McGirr and Carly Baker were added to by Orla Gavin and Laura Delany, as Beaufort excelled at scoring both from play and set-pieces.
Loreto, Foxrock 0-1 St. Gerards
An entertaining, end-to-end battle, resulted in a hard fought win for St. Gerards – the only goal of the game coming from Danni Maher. Katie Burgess impressed in defence for St Gerards, who won despite an excellent performance from Foxrock’s Sarah Greene.
Remaining Week One Section B fixtures
Thursday, Septemner 17: The Kings Hospital v Mount Anville
Saturday, September 19: Holy Child, Killiney v The High School
Week 2 fixtures: To be played by 26th September
Section A: Rathdown v Loreto,Bray; St Andrews College v Mount Temple; Muckross Park v Mount Sackville; Our Lady’s Terenure v Wesley College
Section B: Sutton Park v Alexandra College; The High School v Loreto, Foxrock; Mount Anville v Loreto, Beaufort; St Gerards v The Kings Hospital
* For more of Deryck Vincent’s photos from the Mount Temple vs Our Lady’s, Terenure game, click here