Alexandra College confirmed their place in the final four of the Leinster schoolgirl’s Premier League as they recorded their fifth successive victory last Saturday morning at Loreto, Foxrock, running up a 6-0 success.
Alex started strongly with most attacks going through Vanessa Winn at right back who was linking up well with the midfield and marauding up the line into the 25 and circle on numerous occasions.
The forwards were shooting but the Foxrock goalkeeper Rhona Conway-Kenny picking off a series of saves.
Hannah McDermott, Emily Beatty and Louise McPhillips were causing havoc with their pace and link up play but several chances from narrow angles were all kept out.
The deadlock, though, was broken in the 18th minute when a long corner was worked to Erika Hinkson and she beat a couple of defenders before shooting into the bottom corner.
Soon after, Millie O’Donnell grabbed the second when Alex won a penalty corner. Hinkson’s initial shot hit a leg, reseting the set-piece which the Milltown school switched to O’Donnell to score, building a 2-0 half-time lead. It helped build confidence for the second period as coach Miles Warren rotating his forward line, brining in Alison Gibbons, Lauren Power and Anna Roopnarensingh.
They nabbed two quick counter-attack goals, created inside their own half, for Gibbons and Roopnarensingh to make it 4-0. And they continued to dictate the pace which youth Olympian Emily Beatty drive forward at speed to lay up goals for McDermott and McPhillips to score two more goals.
Foxrock’s threat was intermittent with Mollie Lamb – a Leinster U-18 representative as well as lining out for last year’s Dublin U-16 ladiess footballers – showing up well with a number of mazy runs.
But Alex showed their quality and now can confirm their place at the head of the pool should they get a draw against Holy Child, Killiney (4.15pm, Wednesday afternoon in Milltown).
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