St Andrew’s complete semi-final line-up but see cup run halted by Muckross

St Andrew’s senior team experienced the highs and lows of the Leinster schoolgirl’s scene this week as they stormed into the Premier League semi-finals.

But four days later they saw their cup dreams undone by an emerging Muckross Park to fall in the second round on Monday afternoon.

Last Wednesday, they completed the semi-final line-up as the most dramatic group stages in the Leinster Schoolgirl’s Premier League’s four year history.

The Saints’ clinical edge saw them run up a deceptively comfortable 3-0 win over Mount Anville for second place in their group, coming out on top of a three-team playoff.

Third year student Sally Campbell showed some of her prodigious talent as she got her side off to a flying start, opening the scoring inside the first five minutes.

Rachel O’Brien added the second 20 minutes in at the back post with a very neat finish under pressure, getting on the end of a right wing cross.

And Joanne McDonnell completed the win early in the second half when she finished off an intricate penalty corner move.

From there, the Goatstown school had a wealth of chances to try and get back into the game as Sara Twomey and Ailbhe Marsh created a number of chances but found Aoife Daly in inspired form between the posts.

It was a harsh end to the Premier League campaign for Mount Anville who, four days earlier, had beaten Loreto Beaufort in the first of the playoff series, setting up this all or nothing date with Andrew’s.

St Andrew's post game huddle after Mount Anville win

But their fortunes turned on Monday afternoon as Molly Sheridan struck the single goal for Muckross to progress at Andrew’s expense to the third round of the competition.

It came midway through the first half, creating the chance herself when she dribbled down the left wing and found the net from the left side of the circle.

The goal capped a good period of pressure in the early phases and they remained on top until the break. Andrew’s fought back well in the second half and had a couple of corner opportunities.

But Susan O’Riordan at the back had a great game as did goalkeeper Kate McGrath who made a trio of great saves. Muckross did have a couple of chances to make the game safe through Jane O’Brien and Claire O’Connor while Molly Sheridan had an effort cleared off the line.

It keeps the Marlborough Road school’s hopes alive of claiming a senior double. In the Premier League, they meet High School in the semi-finals on Wednesday at 2pm in Rathgar on the same day Wesley meet St Andrew’s.

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