Sion Hill end 30-year trophy wait; schoolgirl finals round-up

Junior D League final
Sion Hill 2 (Lorna Groves, Emma Cleary) Dundalk GS 0

First quarter goals from Lorna Groves and Emma Cleary helped Sion Hill to the Junior D final – their first decider in 30 years – as they got the better of Dundalk GS.

Groves nabbed the first of the day, sweeping home a penalty corner rebound before Cleary scored a scintillating second, running from just inside the halfway and finishing off a fine solo goal.

Kate Saurin saved a series of corners for Dundalk. And they came back into the tie in the second period with Amey Berrill at right mid lively while Clara Vallely also went close from a one-on-one chance.

But Sion Hill finished stronger and went close to extending their lead with Saurin keeping out a late flurry of corners to secure a famous day for the school.

Leinster Schoolgirl’s 1st Year A final
Mount Anville 2 (Katie Ronan 2) Wesley 1 (Madeleine Fitzgerald)

Katie Ronan’s last gasp goal handed Mount Anville the 1st Year A Cup title as her corner goal inside the last 90 seconds proved the difference against Wesley at Grange Road.

It fought off a battling performance from the Ballinteer school, getting back into the game nine minutes from time when Madeleine Fitzgerald cracked home a penalty corner.

Mount Anville, with Rachel Moore and Claudia Cotter flying down the right wing, created a series of chances in the first half and were rewarded when a left-wing square ball found its way to the flick spot where Ronan slotted neatly.

They continued their all-action style in the second half but were caught on the counter when Wesley won their corner for not retreating and Fitzgerald hit in at the near post.

They could not contain the Goatstown school, though, in the closing stages, winning another pair of corners from which Ronan finished off the major chance.

Minor B League Final
Teresians 2 (Aoife Power, Hilary McKenna-Long) Muckross 1 (Aoife Leonard), after extra-time

Hilary McKenna-Long’s extra time goal capped the comeback performance of the day as Teresians won the Donnybrook derby against near neighbours Muckross.

Such an outcome looked an unlikely proposition after a first half in which Muckross, with Christine Cullen to the fore, produced a dominant performance but could not convert their superiority into goals.

They did strike early in the second half when Aoife Leonard deftly guided home from the centre of the circle. Teresians, however, bounced back in stunning fashion, probing constantly down the left channel with Sophie Craig’s trickery a key source of danger.

Aoife Power drew them level to force extra-time and they were the side to push on from there. Their winner came when possession broke to McKenna-Long who cracked home from the top of the circle.

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