Drogheda Grammar hosted the inaugural Eden View Plate this week, debuting the Under-14 indoor schoolgirls tournament, with the host taking home the title on home court.
It continues the theme of home hosts success in schoolgirls indoor tournaments as they won a thrilling final 6-2 against Muckross.
Julia Shephard was the star of the final, scoring a hat-trick, which included two top corner finishes, one on the reverse and one on the forehand.
Drogheda raced into a 2-0 lead courtesy of Shephard and Anna Hanratty, but Muckross worked their way back into the game and deserved to get on the score sheet just prior to halftime via Orla Giersh.
Ten seconds into the 2nd half, Emma Nolan – the impressive Drogheda pivot – scored but Muckross replied straight away via Tess O’Neill. Drogheda though showed there indoor class and scored three more, two from Shephard and another from Nolan, to deservedly secure the title.
Earlier in the day in the group stages. Drogheda finished top with 10 points after an opening 6-1 win against Mt Temple. Temple did take an early lead but could not survive a second half onslaught.
They also defeated King’s Hospital 2-1 and had a thrilling 3-3 draw with Muckross, who came from 2-0 down to lead 3-2 until a final play corner was converted by Nolan. They finished the group with a narrow 1-0 win over High School for whom goalkeeper Sarah Smyth was fantastic.
Fellow finalist Muckross defeated High School 2-0, Temple 2-1 and came from 3-0 down against KH to draw 3-3.
King’s Hospital finished third in the group, beating the High School 3-1 and Mount Temple 3-0; Rachel Lang was the stand-out player with Isabella Mckeen also impressive.
HIgh School and Mount Temple played out a 0-0 draw with goalkeepers Smyth and Ciara McCrum both making saves into double figures.
The atmosphere in the dome all day was electric , and it was great to see a seriously impressive standard. The tournament was supported by Total Hockey (Gilmour Sports) who sponsored the player of the final award.