Loreto Bray landed the laurels from the Mount Temple-organised indoor schools tournament last Friday, overcoming the odds to win the final.
The Bray side took over the hosting duties from the Clontarf outfit whose hall was tied up with a school musical.
During the group stage of the competition, Loreto Dalkey – made up of all transition year students – were led by Ella Fenton and started off with a 1-1 draw against the hosts.
Temple – with a mixture of third, fourth and fifth year students – started their proceedings with a 2-2 draw versus St Andrew’s, whose stand out players were Alanah Rothwell and Gemma Heron.
Andrew’s then defeated Dalkey 2-1 before Temple, with goalkeeper Aoife Brennan to the fore, beat Bray 2-1 to be in good positions after two games.
Mount Temple remained unbeaten to confirm their place in the final with a 3-3 draw against Dalkey, although they were made to hang on as Dalkey fought back from 3-1 down at half-time, Serena Warren scoring a brace.
Loreto Bray then had to beat Andrews in the last cross over game to force a shoot out with the Booterstown side. Louise Pert in the Bray goal – who played indoor for Bray senior ladies this year – had a stormer while Saoirse Guilfoyle converted two and Laura Butler another in a 3-1 success.
It led to a shoot-out where Pert continued her fine form, saving all three with Gullfoyle casually scoring to win 1-0 and earn a place in the final. St Andrews closed their day out earning third place with a 2-0 win against Dalkey.
In the final, Mount Temple started the final brightly with Mia Jacob putting the Clontarf school 1-0 up. They continued to apply pressure but Pert was fine form.
The game changed at half-time with Bray upping the tempo and creating numerous chances that Duibheasa Lannon and Christina Coulter Reilly in the MT defence blocked or denied.
The breakthrough came through at a short corner in which Guilfoyle’s drag was blocked on the line by a MT body. She stepped up to convert the stroke.
The game completely opened up in the last five minutes with chances missed at either end.
A shoot out followed, in which player of the tournament – sponsored by Gilmour sports – Laura Butler converted high into the net on her reverse in the second round of sudden death after it finished 1-1 after three shoot-outs.
Schools indoor tournament:
Group results: Bray 1 Dalkey 1; Mount Temple 2 St Andrews 2; Dalkey 1 St Andrews 2; Bray 1 Mount Temple 2; Mount Temple 3 Dalkey 3; Bray 3 st Andrews 1
Standings: 1. Mount Temple 7pts 2. Loreto Bray 5pts 3. St Andrew’s 5pts 4. Loreto Dalkey 4pts
3rd /4th playoff: St Andrews 2 Dalkey 0
Final: Mount Temple 1 Loreto Bray 1, Loreto Bray win 2-1 in sudden death shoot-out