Alexandra College and Wesley have emerged as the early contenders for the play-off stages in Section A of the Leinster schoolgirl’s Premier League with High School in the mix to upset the apple-cart.
The Ballinteer school notched a 4-1 win over Muckross Park to start their campaign last week before ousting Holy Child Killiney 1-0 on Saturday morning to draw level with Alex on six points.
High School got the better of Killiney 5-3, too, in their one game to date to make it three sides with 100pc records as reigning champions Alex got the better of Mount Sackville with a fine second half showing.
The Castleknock school started brightly with Sarah Hawkshaw leading the line well, pressing high and produced three quick turnovers to create the best chances in the opening quarter as Olivia Smartt pulled the strings in centre-mid while Sarah Daly impressed at centre-back.
On the counter, Alex were forced to attack from deep through Emily Beatty, Hannah McDermott and Lauren Power, but none could test the keeper.
And they were indebted to the covering Amy Ryan to keep the Milltown side on terms into half-time as a pull-back eliminated the Alex goalkeeper but the defender recovered to clear off the line.
In the second half, it was very different with Hawkshaw going off injured with Alex holding the ball for longer periods and from one good phase, Beatty ran past three defenders on the left baseline and passed across goal to Anna Roopnarinesingh to tap in at the far post.
Another mazy run from Roopnarinesingh in a crowded circle lead to a scrambled goal by McDermott for 2-0 but this spurred on Mount Sackville and they got one back through Sophie Boucher.
With the score at 2-1, the game was tight with Alex winning four corners, Erika Hinkson’s drags and a Beatty strike denied by Amy Farrell she was helpless to deny a variation which Roopnarinsingh deflected home to take a well-matched tie.
Pool B is shaping up nicely with four teams currently on three points after the first two series of games. St Gerard’s – coached by Brendon Carolan and Sarah Scott – started their campaign with a 3-1 win over Loreto, Dalkey last Saturday while St Andrew’s and Rathdown won in week one of the competition.
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Senior Schoolgirl Premier League
Section A: Holy Child, Killiney 0 Wesley 1; Wesley 4 Muckross Park 1; Alexandra College 3 Mount Sackville 1; High School 5 Holy Child, Killiney 3
Section B: Loreto Beaufort 2 Rathdown 1; St Gerard’s 3 Loreto, Dalkey 1
Leinster Senior Schoolgirl’s Premier League – Section A
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