Newbridge College continued their perfect start in the Leinster Schoolgirls Premier League Section A as they came out on top in a very close encounter in Kildare 2-1 against Hold Child Killiney.
They did so by coming from a goal down to beat a good Holy Child side, Caoimhe Byrne getting the key intervention late in the day.
Killiney had taken the lead via Laura Noble after Newbridge had started the stronger. HCK had won the ball high up the pitch and a crash ball from the left was deflected in by the diving Noble.
Newbridge were back on terms before half time, though, when a quick counter resulted in Aoife Fitzgerald finding herself some room on the right hand side of the circle and she found enough space to fire the ball home to level the game up.
The decider came from a penalty corner that was well worked back to Byrne who managed to slot the ball past the HCK keeper.
The Kildrare side had to hold firm as HCK put some pressure on but Aoife Glennon made some key interventions in the Newbridge goal to preserve the lead.
Elsewhere in Section A, Muckross Park lead the way courtesy of their single goal win over Loreto Dalkey.
Rachel Maher was the one to grab the winner when she latched onto a save by the keeper and fired it into the far corner, a very well taken goal. A couple of days later, Wesley edged out Dalkey 1-0, too, to move them onto three wins out of three.
In Section B, St Andrew’s saw their perfect record in brought to an end following a cracking 2-2 tie against Alexandra College in Section B last Saturday morning.
Alex Orr and Katie Jane Marshall were on the mark for Andrew’s while Eva Lavelle and Amy Fenlon struck for Alex.
The score draw leaves Andrew’s – coached by Irish World Cup star Gillian Pinder – on eight points, level with Mount Anville while Alex are on five points, level with Loreto Beaufort in a share of fourth. It follows Beaufort’s impressive 4-1 win over Mount Sackville.
Loreto moved up to nine points with their third win on Wednesday afternoon, beating Beaufort 2-0 with Eleanor Kennedy and Caitlin Sherin the scorers.
The Junior Cup saw three of the quarter-finals complete with Muckross Park beating Holy Child 1-0 while Alexandra College prevailed in a shoot-out against the Teresian School.
St Andrew’s also won through via a shoot-out after a scoreless draw, getting the better of Loreto Foxrock. Wesley face Newpark for the last place in the final four.
Leinster Schoolgirls Senior Cup
First round: Wesley 1 Mount Anville, Wesley win shoot-out 3-2; St Gerard’s 4 Santa Sabina 1; The Teresian School 5 Drogheda Grammar 2; Mount Temple 0 Our Lady’s Terenure 4; Skerries CC 1 Newpark 2; Loreto Foxrock 2 King’s Hospital 0; Loreto Dalkey 1 Loreto Beaufort 0; Loreto The Green 0 St Andrew’s 3; Holy Child Killiney 4 Mount Sackville 0; Alexandra College 1 Rathdown 0
Second round draw: Holy Child Killiney v Loreto Foxrock; Loreto Balbriggan v Newbridge College; Loreto Dalkey v Muckross Park; Our Lady’s Terenure v The Teresian School; St Andrew’s v Newpark; St Gerard’s v The High School; Temple Carrig v St Columba’s; Wesley College v Alexandra College
Junior Cup, semi-final draw: Alexandra college v Muckross Park College; St Andrews v Foxrock v Wesley/Newpark.