The Leinster girls Junior Cup final reaches its final stage on Thursday at 2pm at Grange Road when Wesley College meets Mount Anville.
Wesley produced a smash and grab performance to beat Muckross Park 1-0 with Carla Hudson scoring the only goal of the game. It came late on with a last minute deflection that looped up and in off a Muckross defensive stick. Mount Anville, meanwhile, had a more comfortable passage, winning their semi-final tie 4-1 against Loreto Beaufort.
Elsewhere, penalty corner goals from Grace McLoughlin and Laura Nagle saw Loreto Beaufort break down a rugged King’s Hospital and grab a crucial 2-0 win to keep their Senior Premier hopes alive.
The result moved them level in second place in Section A with St Andrew’s who were 5-0 winners over Mount Temple on Tuesday courtesy of Kate Orr’s incredible five-goal haul.
Beaufort needed a win to move level with the Booterstown school on 20 points and earn a playoff for a semi-final place.
They bossed the tie against KH on Wednesday for long periods but found the exceptional goalkeeper Jade Arundell in rude health. She showed her skills with an immense triple stop in the 13th minute and she also denied Emma O’Brien, the hugely impressive winger Ali O’Leary and Kate Moore.
The breakthrough came four minutes into the second half when Irish underage international McLoughlin – the game’s star turn – slapped home from a set piece, albeit via a deflection.
The swarming Beaufort press led to numerous other chances and they made the game safe with 17 minutes to go from a classy piece of work. McLoughlin squared to O’Leary who returned the ball to the centre where Nagle slammed home.
For KH, they had their moments in attack with Sophie Moore a lively presence from midfield along with Kathy Baker – an Irish rugby international – and her sister Sarah. Georgia Dunlop, meanwhile, was a feisty force in defence with strong close skills.
King’s Hos go on to play in the Claudia Tierney Cup semi-finals while Beaufort have a playoff date with Andrew’s on the horizon.
In Section B, Wesley completed their group stages with a 4-0 win over Mount Sackville while Mount Anville beat Loreto St Stephen’s Green to strengthen their position in the playoff chase.
The opening round of the Senior Cup also got underway this week with St Gerard’s advancing with a 7-1 win over St Kilian’s.
Senior Premier League
Section A: Loreto Beaufort 2 (G McLoughlin, L Nagle) King’s Hospital 0; Mount Temple 0 St Andrew’s 5 (K Orr 5)
Section B: Wesley 4 Mount Sackville 0; Mount Anville 7 Loreto St Stephen’s Green 0
Senior Cup, first round: St Gerard’s 7 (L Geraghty 2, K Glenanne, M O’Connor, R Cullen 2, H Gallagher) St Killan’s 1 (N Heistercamp); Newbridge 1 Rathdown 1 (A Berkery), Rathdown win a shoot-out