Lucy Cronelly’s pair of early goals saw Loreto St Stephen’s Green become one of the first sides to advance to the second round of the Junior Cup as they edged out Mount Temple 2-1.
It was a cracking end-to-end affair with both goalkeepers – Fia Carberry for Temple and Eve Duffy for Loreto – in spectacular form while both teams were wasteful in front of goal at times.
Loreto went 2-0 up in the first half via Cronelly’s double very early on. The Green, unfortunately, suffered an injury to Leinster U-16 interpro winner Sophie Dix
And the northsiders never backed down with Lucy McMullen a continuous threat in midfield. Florence Maughan and Eva Hayes Whelan were two players who stood out as the Loreto spine and managed to keep Mt Temple at bay for the majority of the game, right up until the final minutes
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Temple got back in the mix with Christina Coulter Reilly powering their efforts. Grace Dunne got them on the board with two minutes to go and they had a golden chance a minute later to send the game to a shoot-out but Duffy scrambled it away.
The city centre school are one of the outsiders in the competition as one of the Junior 1 teams in a sea of Premier outfits.
But an opening 5-0 league victory over St Mary’s College Naas last week marks them out as one of the schools to watch in this age group though they look set to have competition from Templecarrig who beat St Kilian’s 5-2 in the opening round while Our Lady’s one of the outsiders in the Terenure were 1-0 victors Mount Sackville.
At Premier level, Mount Anville and Holy Child Killiney have both won two out of two already with the former seeing off Teresians and Newpark without conceding goals in either of their games.
In the Senior Premier League, Alexandra College made a strong start to Section B of the Leinster Schoolgirls Premier League as they swept to a 3-0 win over Mount Sackville in Milltown.
They won out in rain-sodden conditions not overly conducive to free-flowing hockey. It started fairly evenly until Alex’ started settled into a rhythm and held possession well.
The Castleknock outfit did pose a threat on the counter but one of those breaks would ultimately prove their downfall. Alex’ turned over the ball deep in their own area and duly used the extra space available, going through a pitch-length move involving several players.
Eva Lavelle finished with a first time strike from the middle of the D for 1-0 half-time lead.
Into the second half, Alex’ were again in the ascendency, Spanish exchange student Paula Pena showing a bit of magic on the left side with a great pass to the back post for Allil Dorman to score.
Late on, Niamh Courtney scored a third off a loose ball in the circle to finish the game 3-0.
It puts Alex in a cohort of four teams in the group with an opening day win with St Andrew’s also getting off the mark with a 2-0 success against Loreto Beaufort.
In Section A, King’s Hospital and Muckross Park shared a lively 2-2 draw, earning two points each for the score draw.