High School end Alex unbeaten Premier run

Senior Schoolgirls Premier League
High School 3 (Lucy Barlow, Julienne Stewart, Saoirse O’Donoghue) Alexandra College 2 (Anna Roopnarinesingh 2)

** Words with thanks to Stephanie Anderson

High School pulled out a massive performance to shock Alexandra College and end their perfect record. They did it despite missing central midfielder and Irish U-16 international Ailish Long. while Alex also missed Rachel Gray. Both teams started strong with Alex having the first of the clear-cut chances however it was High School who broke the deadlock.

High School inflicted a first defeat of the season on Alexandra College Pic: Adrian Boehm

High School inflicted a first defeat of the season on Alexandra College Pic: Adrian Boehm

Julienne Stewart pick the ball up on the 25 she raced through the defence and squared it to Lucy Barlow who finished superbly. Alex slowly got a grasp on the game with Milly O’Donnell’s crash balls and Amber Gleeson’s skills proving difficult. High School were composed in defence but Anna Roopnarinesingh soon equalised with a reverse stick shot into the bottom corner.

High school came out fighting it the second half despite going 2-1 down early on to another of Roopnarinesingh reverse stick shots. Saoirse O’Donoghue showed her class, controlling the game from the sweeper role.

The equaliser came with 12 minutes to go when Emma Canning gave a through ball to Stewart who skinned the last defender and slotted home. High Sxchool had a couple more chances to go ahead before the goal came from a run of short corners that, after a initial mess up, O’Donoghue finished well with a rocket to the bottom corner.

Alex, winning two short corners on the final whistle, had their chance to steal a couple of points however High School defended well and claimed all three points and suggests they can be cup contenders in the New Year.  The result leaves Alex and Rathdown tied for first place in Group B while High School finish third, qualifying for the Claudia Tierney Cup.

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