Leinster Schoolgirl’s Premier League
The Senior schoolgirl’s Premier League reaches critical mass this week with a series of key matches in the semi-final shake-up.
High School are one such hopeful, having started the year confidently with three wins from three giving them a successful start to the league.
They began with a 1-0 success over Mount Sackville. After an even first half, the second saw more aggression with chances for both sides, but it was Rathgar side who looked more dangerous on the ball, and eventually broke the deadlock with Kate Barlow scoring from a short corner. They followed with a solid 2-0 win over Our Lady’s Terenure in a composed performance.
Barlow struck again in the first half of that tie and they continued to dictate play and got their reward when a great run of play ended with a lovely ball in from Maolíosa Nugent for Jessie Meeke to double the lead.
Nugent proved the match-winner in their third tie, their first home tie of the season, against St Gerards.
Played at a high tempo from the start, some great drives up the right side from Jenny Long and Nugent caused problems with the latter netting the only goal. St Gerards did bounce back in the second period but were unable to break the resolve of goalkeeper Eve Roseingrave to keep her season clean-sheet.
Mount Anville are very much the team to beat, having also won three games to date while Wesley are very much in the mix. The next week will sort out many of these issues as Saturday morning sees High School play Mount Anville with the Danum-based outfit then facing Wesley the following Wednesday.
In Section B, a similar three team battle is emerging for the two semi-final places. Reigning champions St Andrews have stormed to four wins already while Alex have impressed with three wins to date.
Loreto, Beaufort, however, could have something to say in the matter, starting with today’s battle against Loreto, Foxrock.
A win there would be their fourth with only a setback against Andrews on their record having got the better of Muckross, Holy Child,Killiney and Mount Temple. Loreto first team squad members Laura Delany and Carly Baker have been driving forces, the former scoring a hat-trick in the win over Killiney.
Should they succeed today, it would set up a big tussle with Alexandra College with the winner in a great position to go advance.
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