** Article updated at 7.30am, Tuesday
The Leinster Schoolgirls Senior Premier League picture became much clearer with Alexandra College, Loreto Beaufort, Holy Child Killiney and Mount Anville claiming their places in the knock-out phase with Loreto Foxrock and St Andrew’s.
Katherine Egan’s pair of goals were augmented by an Ava Beatty blockbuster to see the Milltown school run up their fourth win out of five games in the initial phase of the competition.
They got off to a flying start with Sophie Roonarinesingh causing plenty of problems, winning the first penalty corner after 10 minutes.
Freya McDermott’s initial shot was blocked but Egan reacted quickest and planted a backhand shot into the bottom corner. Soon after, Egan scored her second from another set piece, this time from a switch move which she finished on her forehand.
Beatty completed the win when she raced 65 metres, individually beating several defenders before rounding the goalkeeper and scoring for 3-0 at half-time. From there, Alex held on for the win that copper-fastened their place in knock-out stages.
On Monday afternoon, Mount Anville joined them when they beat Muckross 2-1 thanks to goals from Suzanne Kelly and Rachel Moore in what was a straight showdown between the sides sitting second and third in the table. The win lifted Mount Anville level with Alex on points, necessitating a playoff between the two schools to see who tops the group and goes into the semi-final and who takes a quarter-final berth.
Holy Child Killiney drew a cracking 4-4 tussle with High School to secure their place in the Premier League playoffs, finishing second behind Loreto Beaufort in Section A of the competition.
Twice, Killiney came from behind – trailing at 1-0 and 2-1 – before going ahead twice before being pegged back both times but did just enough to get over the line. Abbie Russell scored two penalty strokes while Sarah Healy was also on the mark twice in a thrilling match for a sizeable crowd for a group game.
The score draw was enough to see them outdo High School by two points while Wesley College could no longer make up the difference in the wake of their 4-2 loss to Holy Child earlier in a hectic week.