Holy Child win Junior Premier and Minor A Cup

Two was the magic number for Holy Child, Killiney last week. The Junior A team won the Premier League for the very first time in its current format with a strong 2-1 victory over St Andrews, while the Minor As scored in extra-time beating Muckross 2-1 to claim the Minor Cup.

It is the first time in recent years that two major A-level trophies have been won by the school in the same year.
In the Premier final, it was the second time St Andrews and HCK had this season, playing out a 1-1 draw in the first game of the league.

The first half was fairly even, both teams trading blows. Killiney created a lot down the right hand side, making full use of Sarah Healy’s pace at right wing.

Holy Child Killiney's Junior Premier League winning side

Holy Child Killiney’s Junior Premier League winning side

Ali Donnelly of St Andrews, broke the deadlock against the run of play five minutes into the second half. Killiney responded by attacking straight from tip off, putting Andrew’s on the back foot for much of the rest of the second half.

Anna Daly linked up well with Emma Patterson down the left side while Healy, Laura Noble and Vivienne Fitzgerald wreaked havoc down the right.

They were rewarded for their hard work five minutes later when Healy slotted past the keeper to make it 1-1. Caroline Mathews controlled the middle of the pitch throughout the game.

With seven minutes to go, Emma Murphy’s sliding finish from a Healy cross put Killiney 2-1 up. St Andrew’s pushed for an equaliser of their own but were unable to capitalise on a number of corners. Ava Costello and her team held firm and saw the game off much to the delight of the pitch side supporters.

The Minor’s had a big act to follow the next day but they did not disappoint. Two goals from Lia Moloney earned them their first Minor Cup win in five years.

Muckross Park started the stronger of the two sides, attacking with pace off turnovers and putting Holy Child’s back four under serious pressure.

Unfortunately for Muckross, it only resulted in handful of unconverted corners. Hannah Murphy made some powerful runs from right mid with Suzanna Winkelmann and the forward line unlucky not to capitalise on their chances.

Killiney upped their game in the second half. In the centre of the pitch, Noble and the Muckross centre mid, Charlie Browne, battled well. Eventually, after some good build up play Lia Moloney slapped home at the back post to go ahead 1-0.

Holy Child's Minor Cup side

Holy Child’s Minor Cup side

Muckross upped their attack but Cora Winslow marshalled her defence well. Muckross soon drew level with a well taken short corner from Helen Barr.

Holy Child entered extra time with renewed energy levels and soon it fell to Lia Moloney to get the winner. A hard cross played in across the goal which she deflected in with an outstretched reverse stick wrapped up the game.

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