Alex maintain perfect start to Premier League campaign

Alexandra College continued their perfect start to the Leinster schoolgirls Premier League with a thunderous 5-1 win over Rathdown before adding a narrow 1-0 win over King’s Hospital.

They did so despite going 1-0 down very early in the game against Rathdown. The Glenageary hosts saw star player Lily Lloyd take a quick sideline ball and weaved her way through four defenders before bringing the ball onto her backhand.

From there, she unleashed a brilliant reverse-stick shot that beat the goalkeeper midway through the first half.

Even though Alex had been playing reasonably well up to then, the concession seemed to really spark them into life, their passing and movement were very good and they scored four goals in the next 10 minutes to go into half time with a 4-1 lead.

Alexandra College are looking to retain the Premier League title they won last season. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Alexandra College are looking to retain the Premier League title they won last season. Pic: Adrian Boehm

The Alex forwards Abi Acheson, Habika O’Connor and Niamh Courtney were causing all kinds of problems for Rathdown with their movement which lead to two goals for Acheson and one for Courtney.

Katherine Egan was also driving very strongly from midfield and she scored a back-stick rocket during this phase.

The second half was fairly even with Rathdown having a similar amount of shots as Alex, but Caroline Nugent did very well to keep some good chances out. And Alex scored one more late goal to make it 5-1.

They followed up with a 1-0 win this afternoon against King’s Hospital, a result that moves them top of the group. They play Loreto, Beaufort later this week.

Beaufort are currently just a point back with five games played, making it a vital tie in the race for the semi-final spots. St Andrew’s are also on 14 points but have played a game extra of their eight game schedule.

There is a five point gap between that trio to fourth place Newbridge College who fell 3-1 to Beaufort on Tuesday afternoon.

In Section B, Loreto Foxrock’s perfect start to the campaign came aground this afternoon as they fell 1-0 to Mount Anville. The result leaves four sides covered by just a point going into the business end of the regular season.

Muckross sit on 12 points after five games, level with Foxrock. Mount Anville have a game in hand and are on 11 points, equal with Wesley College who have played five times.

At junior level, the Cup is closing in on the quarter finals stages. Mount Anville had a dramatic 3-2 win over St Andrew’s, netting a last second goal to advance from round two. Aoife Hamilton got the clincher after Grace Keane and Anna Tarpey had exchanged earlier goals with Andrew’s.

Their reward is a quarter-final date with Our Lady’s Terenure in the one confirmed quarter-final tie.

Leinster Schoolgirls Junior Cup, quarter-final draw: St Gerards/Loreto Stephens Green v Loreto Foxrock/Muckross Park; Newbridge College/Loreto Beaufort v Holy Child Killiney; Sion Hill/Wesley College v Rathdown/ Alexandra College; Our Lady’s, Terenure v Mt Anville

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