The big names continue to fall in the Leinster Senior Cup as Loreto Beaufort saw off Mount Sackville on penalties earlier this week.
Normal time ended 1-1 but Beaufort prevailed in a sudden death shoot-out to add Sackville to Alexandra College on the list of quarter-final absentees. Another big name will also fall at the second round phase as Rathdown – who play in the Premier League final today – take on Wesley College, making it one of the most open draws in recent years.St Andrew’s, the other Premier finalist, had no such problems as they cruised past Loreto Bray 5-0 while reigning champions Mount Anville were 8-1 victors over Senior One side Notre Dame in a Dublin 14 derby.
Irish senior international panelist Sara Twomey netted a hat trick while younger sister Sophie was on the mark twice in that success. High School, meanwhile, were 3-0 winners over Loreto Foxrock.
All eyes, though, will be on Thursday’s final showdown between Andrew’s and Rathdown for the first major silverware of 2014. Under the tutelage of Nicky King and Jenny Burke, Rachel O’Brien leads the former’s line following an impressive season to date with four wins from six group outings backed up by a 2-1 win over Alexandra College in the semi-final.
Rathdown, meanwhile, overcame Mount Sackville 1-0 in their semi-final with Steph Burns getting the only goal of the game deep into the second half to put them in the frame for a first senior crown.
They are coached by Graham Shaw who recently took charge of the Irish senior women’s panel on a tour to Spain while he has led Monkstown to a string of club trophies in the past year.
At junior level, the quarter-final and semi-final line-ups were confirmed over the past week. Muckross topped Section A with an unbeaten run and will play either King’s Hospital or Rathdown in the semi-finals. St Gerard’s were second to go into the quarter-finals where they will meet Mount Anville.
In Section B, Alexandra’s perfect record saw them through to the semis while they were joined in the playoffs by Kings Hos despite their 3-0 loss to the Milltown school. Section C saw Mount Anville through as another side finishing with four wins from four to date while Rathdown advanced thanks to their recent 1-0 win over Mount Sackville and 6-2 success against St Kilian’s.
Senior Premier League, semi-final: Rathdown 1 (Steph Burns) Mount Sackville 0
Leinster Schoolgirls Senior Cup, second round: Loreto Bray 0 St Andrews 5; Notre Dame 1 Mt Anville 8 (Sara Twomey 3, Sophie Twomey 2, L McGrath, A Marsh, J Holland); Mt Sackville 1 Loreto Beaufort 1, Loreto Beaufort win on penalties; Loreto on the Green 0 The Kings Hospital 2; Loreto Foxrock 0 High School 3
Schoolgirl’s Junior Premier League
Section A: Loreto Beaufort 1 Loreto Foxrock 0; St Gerards 4 Wesley 1
Section B: King’s Hospital 0 Alexandra College 3; Holy Child Killiney 0 St Andrews 1
Section C: St Kilians 2 Rathdown 6; Loreto Dalkey 0 Mount Anville 2 (Sophie Twomey 2); Rathdown 1 Mount Sackville 0
Quarter-finals (to be played by February 1): King’s Hospital v Rathdown; Mount Anville v St. Gerards
Semi-finals (to be played by March 1): Muckross vs King’s Hospital/Rathdown; Alexandra College vs Mt Anville/St Gerard’s
Final: March 11
Section A: Loreto on the Green 4 Jesus and Mary College 3; Newbridge 1 Newpark 3; St Columba’s 1 Teresian School 2
Section B: St Joseph’s of Cluny 2 St Raphaelas 1; Notre Dame 0 Santa Sabena 6; Loreto Bray 0 Santa Sabena 0; Our Lady’s Terenure 6 Mount Temple 0