Schoolgirls Junior Cup round-up
Muckross Park and Mount Anville marched into the semi-finals of the Leinster Schoolgirls Junior Cup with convincing quarter-final wins over St Gerard’s and Our Lady’s Terenure respectively.
For Muckross, they were 3-0 winners on Tuesday afternoon thanks to a hugely impressive win over their Bray rivals. Isabelle Maleady fired home twice, backed up by a solo strike from Kes Higgins in a fine team performance.
Charlie Brown controlled things from centre-midfield with Sarah McAuley also playing a pivotal role in the centre of defence, making a string of key tackles and distributing the ball well.
Gerard’s were looking to back up their recent win over Loreto St Stephen’s Green to get to this stage, winning out 3-0 recently with Emma Beashal netting twice. And they started well with Rachel Cullen in strong form before Muckross turned the tide.
For Mount Anville’s part, they proved too good for Our Lady’s in a 5-0 scoreline. It proved a much more comfortable tie than their second round tie against St Andrew’s when they required a last minute goal from Aoife Hamilton to snatch a 3-2 win, backing up earlier goals from Grace Keane and Anna Tarpey.
Wesley edged out Sion Hill 2-0 in their second round date to set up with a date with Alexandra College in the quarter finals after they proved too good for Rathdown in a 4-0 result.
The Glenageary outfit did apply plenty of early pressure but Alex counter-struck in the 10th minute to take the lead with Ailill Dorman blasting home after an attack down the left flank.
She made it 2-0 soon after, scoring from the right hand side this time. The likes of Steph Foley, Julie Phillips and captain Aisling Whelan dealt well ensured Alex to succumb to a Rathdown fightback and they would later fo three up via Eleanor Fitzpatrick before Dorman got her hat trick late in the game.
But, on Thursday afternoon, Wesley won out 1-0 to join Muckross and Mount Anville in the final four.
Second round: St Gerard’s 2 Loreto Stephen’s Green 0; Sion Hill 0 Wesley College 2; Alexandra College 4 Rathdown 0; Mount Anville 3 St Andrew’s College 2
Quarter-finals: St Gerard’s 0 Muckross Park 3; Mount Anville 5 Our Lady’s Terenure 0; Wesley College 1 Alexandra College 0
Outstanding quarter-final (if results known, drop me a message to firstname.lastname@example.org!): Newbridge College/Loreto Beaufort v Holy Child Killiney
Senior Premier League
Mount Anville picked up a key win over Loreto Foxrock in the race for playoff places in the Leinster schoolgirls Premier League, nicking a crucial 2-1 win in Goatstown.
Leinster representatives Katie Ronan and Natasha Twomey were both on the mark in the result, out-doing a goal from Siofra O’Brien – another young blue – to score the vital win.
For both Twomey and Ronan, it was their fourth goal each of the campaign with the latter scoring in each game to date. It maintains their unbeaten start to the campaign, adding to wins over St Gerards and High School while they drew 2-2 against Muckross Park.
But they remain playing catch-up in Section B due to their matches against Holy Child, Killiney and Mount Sackville being frozen out in the last week.
It means they have a heavy fixture load if they are to complete their initial block of eight games before the Christmas break with four still to play. Loreto Foxrock top the table with five wins from six with Wesley and Muckross tied for second on 13 points, the latter drawing 0-0 with High School in midweek.
In Section A, Alex recorded their seventh straight win on Wednesday afternoon with a 4-0 success against Newbridge. It means they top the group and advance to the playoffs.
Loreto Beaufort and St Andrews are on 14 points with two games to play each. Rachel McMullen scored four times for Mount Temple to record their first win of the competition, beating St Columba’s 4-1.