Hosts prevail for third successive year at Leinster schoolgirls indoor plate

For a third successive year, the hosts prevailed at the Leinster schoolgirls indoor plate tournament with King’s Hospital winning in their home hall their final success against Mount Temple.

Temple were the first winners and have reached the final on each occasion but, for a second year in a row, were outdone via a shoot-out.

The Malahide Road school started off the day with a 5-1 win over 2019 champions Loreto bray, coming back from a goal down. Bray had an entirely new team with all of last year’s vintage graduating.

Temple pressed aggressively and scored five goals in last 12 minutes, the best of which was an upright reverse stick effort by Mia Jacob into the top corner.

Game two saw hosts KH defeat Loreto Dalkey 6-1 with Annabel Sweetnam and Charlotte Lindner standing out.

A youthful High School – all third year students under the guidance of the Meeke sisters Ali and Jessica – recorded a 1-0 win over Bray, earning them a semi-final spot with Mount Temple.

Wesley started their tournament with a narrow 2-1 loss against KH, Holly Micklem impressing between the posts.

Mount Temple then beat the High School 6 -0 with Christina Coulter Reilly and Mia Jacob both scoring doubles  to confirm they topped the group. Wesley ran out 5-0 winners against Dalkey to take the last remaining semi-final place.

In the first semi-final, a counter attack goal by Jacob was the difference as Mount Temple deployed a very deep press to frustrate a Wesley side who had the majority of the ball, winning 1-0.

They were joined in the decider by KH who were 5-0 winners over High School with Kate Edghill and Isabella Dunlop shining.

Normal time in the final ended scoreless despite an entertaining first half which saw chances go a begging at both ends as both teams played a fast paced game.

Temple reverted to a deeper press in the second half and frustrated KH who created a few chances only to be denied by goalkeeper Aoife Brennan and stand out defender Christina Coulter Reilly.

In the shoot-out, Temple went 2-1 up with KH left with one to go; adding to the tension, they were given a re-award which was converted, sending it to sudden death.

Hannah Adams scored and Emily Ruth Brennan then pulled off a great save to earn the hosts the title. Sweetnam was named the player of the tournament award, sponsored by Total Hockey and voted by Kenny Carroll.

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