Rathdown get on board in Premier return

Schoolgirl’s Premier League round-up
Rathdown took their first three points since returning to the Senior Schoolgirl’s Premier League with 4-2 win over Bray’s St Gerard’s. The Glenageary School, under the management of Graham Shaw, were full value for their win following initial losses to Mount Anville and Loreto Beaufort.

The away side were first out of the blocks with a strong midfield performance in particular from Leinster players Orla Macken and Sarah Evans; Rathdown’s pressure paid off as Evans netted the opener with a fine individual effort when she rounded the keeper to hit the backboard.

And they went further ahead midway through the first half when Macken drove home from just inside the circle. Trailing 2-0 at half time, the home side awoke and pushed hard to get back into the game, a convincing performance from Bryony Biggam led to the Bray side pulling a goal back midway through the half.

As Gerard’s pursued the equaliser, the pacy Rathdown counter-attack paid dividends as Macken netted Rathdown’s third when she drove home a fine hit with 10 minutes left on the clock. Gerard’s once again fought back to try and rescue a point but the home side was unable to break down a well marshalled Rathdown rear guard with Blathnaid Breslin excelling between the posts.

The away side secured its first win of the season when Lauren O’Leary tapped in at the back post following a neat build up before Gerard’s last minute goal reduced the deficit.

Shaw’s charges will take great confidence from this result into their remaining pool games. It put a dent in Gerard’s play-off hopes after Mount Anville picked up a result against them last Saturday, too, with a 3-0 win. Underage international Aisling Naughton netted twice – one from the penalty spot – while Rachel Dooley-O’Carroll was also on the mark. The Goatstown school heads up the Section B table with a perfect record to date.

In Section A, High School began their campaign just before the half-term break with a cracking 5-3 win over Holy Child, Killiney.

Holy Child managed to get ahead early but High School held strong and scored their equaliser not long after and moved them ahead with Lucy Barlow’s first of a hat-trick while Emma Russell netted in response with some great goals but could not reel in the margin.

Alexandra College, meanwhile, look well on course for a return to the semi-finals after they produced a brave 2-1 win at a sodden Wesley this afternoon, coming from a goal behind in the last ten minutes.

An even first half had ended scoreless with Emily Beatty’s reverse going over and Hannah McDermott’s corner effort being taken off the line among the best of the chances. Wesley hit the front midway through the second period during their most productive spell as a penalty corner broke down but was returned with interest as the impressive Niamh Sweeney played the ball wide for Lauren Haughton to ghost around the left wing.

She laid off for Inge Dalzell to finish off. And, with Sarah Robinson and Jennifer Anderson looking composed at the back, it might have been enough but for Amber Gleeson’s late show. She won a corner racing down the right which she duly cracked home before Beatty snatched the winner after another right-wing incursion was not cleared. It brings Alex’s record to three wins from three.

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