A youthful Mount Temple caused something of a shock in the Leinster girls Senior Cup first round when they knocked out Premier League side Teresians 2-1 as the competition kicked into gear this week.
Temple started the game brightly and, from the first short corner five minutes in, Emer Murphy converted after the initial shot was blocked by a Teresians’ foot.
They grew in confidence and dominated the ball for the first 20 minutes; second year Rebecca McMullen was denied by a good save after beating two players and unleashing a forehand shot from the top of circle.
It served to awake Teresians who started to press a little higher and equalised five minutes before half time with a neatly taken one-two corner.
In the second half, the Donnybrook school moved further up the gears and forced the Senior One side in to a good few errors in their own half, leading to a quartet of good opportunties that were spurned with goalkeeper Saoirse Quigley standing up to the threat.
Temple, though, always looked like they could create at the other end, and took the lead when Sarah Stanley scored when through one-on-one following a move that started from a hit out.
Teresians battled back in the last ten minute as Temple stayed deep with the defence, led by Holly McMullen, holding on for a cracking win.
Last Saturday, Holy Child Killiney and Mount Anville were the first two sides to make it through to the second round of the girls Senior Cup as the race for the top title in schools hockey gets under way in earnest.
They were both comfortable winners, making their top tier league status count against Senior 1 sides. Killiney defeated Newpark 5-0 with Abbie Russell and Emma Mathews both on the mark in a comfortable victory.
Anville went two better with six different players scoring in a 7-0 success over St Joseph’s of Cluny. Sophie Craig grabbed two while there were also goals for Claudia Cotter, Natasha Twomey, Rachel Moore, Sophie Twomey and Holly Greer.
Clare Holland’s goal was all that stood between Loreto Dalkey and Santa Sabina as the south Dublin side prevailed 1-0 in their meeting. Isabelle Power and Orla Williams were the King’s Hopsital scorers in a 2-0 win over St Kilian’s earlier today.
These sides join Alexandra College, St Gerard’s, Rathdown, Loreto Beaufort, Newbridge College and High School in the second round after that quintet all received byes.
LHA Girls Senior Cup
First round: Mount Anville 7 (S Craig 2, C Cotter, N Twomey, R Moore, S Twomey, H Greer) St Joseph’s Cluny 0; Holy Child Killiney 5 Newpark 0; Teresians 1 Mount Temple 2; Loreto Dalkey 1 (C Holland) Santa Sabina 0; St Kilian’s 0 King’s Hospital 2 (I Power, O Williams)
Remaining first round matches: St Columba’s v Mt Sackville; Wesley v Muckross Park; Loreto St Stephen’s Green v Loreto Foxrock; Our Lady’s Terenure v Jesus and Mary College
Byes: St Andrew’s; Rathdown; High School; St Gerard’s; Loreto Beaufort; Alexandra College; Newbridge College