Senior Schoolgirl’s Premier League
Back-to-back hat-tricks from Aisling Naughton have pushed Mount Anville to the verge of qualification to the semi-finals of the Schoolgirl’s Premier League as they got the better of King’s Hospital and Loreto Abbey, Dalkey.
With four wins from four, it puts them in a strong position with St Andrews hot on their heels, also with a perfect record, to make the final four though Loreto Beaufort and St Gerards will hope to upset this course of events.
Mount Anville’s win over Dalkey, on a windswept afternoon with squally showers, ended with a deceptive 6-1 scoreline today in Goatstown from an open game.
Naughton went close early on before Kate Lloyd reversed a penalty corner strike which Nicola Walsh saved well. But, from the next phase, Mount Anville scored a great goal as Avril Dooley-O’Carroll quickly launched the ball forward to Vicky Ryan who laid off neatly to Naughton who smacked high and handsome into the top corner.
Her second was even more spectacular after Lisa McCarthy had battled into the circle with the breaking ball roofed first time. Rachel Dooley-O’Carroll added the third after another great McCarthy intervention at sweeper to set the move in motion.
Vicky Ryan made it 4-0 but it was far from one-way traffic as Orla Patton’s midfield battling and Lloyd’s skills up front meant there was always a threat. The Railway player produced a stunning response when she raced past a few defenders before cracking home on her preferred reverse-stick side to make it 4-1 at half-time.
Patton clipped the post just after the break, too, from Dalkey’s second corner but, despite some great saves from Ciara Kirwan, Mount Anville did nab two second half goals with Naughton netting her third goal. The youth international was being shut down quickly by the brave Dalkey defence but finally got a shot off and her strike was augmented by Julia O’Connell’s corner deflection.
Rathdown got the better of Kings Hospital this afternoon. Orla Macken, Millie Barnwell, Lauren O’Leary and Alisha Walsh were all on the mark as they recorded their second win of the campaign.
In Section A, Alexandra College got a vital 2-1 victory over High School to keep their fine run going, leaving the second place very much up for grabs. Mount Sackville threw their hat into the ring with a 3-0 win over Muckross Park to make it a congested race for second with High School, Wesley and Loreto Foxrock also in contention.
Section A: Alexandra College 2 High School 1; Mount Sackville 3 Muckross 0
Section B: Mt Anville 6 (A Naughton 3, R Dooley-O’Carroll, V Ryan, J O’Connell) Loreto Dalkey 1 (K Lloyd); King’s Hospital 0 Mount Anville 3 (A Naughton 3); Kings Hospital 0 Rathdown 4 (O Macken, L O’Leary, M Barnwell, A Walsh); Rathdown 0 St Andrews 4
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