Newbridge, Muckross, Newpark and Beaufort set up final four

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Newbridge College, Muckross Park, Newpark and Loreto Beaufort will contest the Leinster Schoolgirls Senior Cup semi-finals following their quarter-final victories in the week before Christmas.

Newbridge College fought back from a goal down to advance to the semi-final of the Leinster Senior Cup with Caoimhe Byrne striking the killer goal to beat Mount Temple 2-1.

Newbridge in action against Mount Temple. Pic: Max Fulham

The Malahide Road side – playing at this advanced stage for the first time in many years – got off to a flying start when Mia Jacob deflected in the opening goal in the eighth minute to the delight of the sizeable home crowd.

Newbridge, however, have been on the rise in recent years and they got back on terms before half-time courtesy of Ellie Henry’s direct sweep from the head of the circle.

And the Kildare side kept plugging away and got their winner with six minutes to go. It came from a dodgy penalty corner injection which fell to Byrne to smash home.

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In horrendous, stormy conditions, Muckross edged out Alexandra College 1-0. Alex had all the possession in first 10 minutes until Muckross finally settled and won a penalty corner which yielded a great chance when Rachel Maher skipped past a defender on the right to draw goalkeeper Amy Molloy and squared to Sarah Rooney but she was just unable to get her touch on target.

Muckross had more of the play in the second quarter and they went in front when a pass across the D from the left bounced in front of Helen Barr who volleyed home for a great finish.

Alex increased the pressure the second half but could could not breakthrough a defense led and marshalled by Sarah McAuley who was outstanding for Muckross. Lucy Crowe and Alex Gallagher also defended well with Isabelle Maleady working tirelessly in midfield.

Newbridge in action against Mount Temple. Pic: Max Fulham

Both Newpark and Loreto Beaufort’s ties were postponed due to Storm Elsa to last Thursday. The former won through in a shoot-out against Loreto Foxrock after normal time ended 1-1.

Zoe Watterson put them in front only for Foxrock to level it and earn a second chance. There, Erica Gallagher produced the heroics, the goalkeeper saving all five of the efforts she faced, allowing her side to win out 1-0 in the shoot-out.

Loreto Beaufort won 1-0 against reigning champions St Andrew’s College with Ashling Murray scoring the only goal of the game.

Leinster Schoolgirls Senior Cup, quarter-finals: Mount Temple 1 (M Jacob) Newbridge College 2 (E Henry, C Byrne); Muckross Park 1 (H Barr) Alexandra College 0; Loreto Beaufort 1 (A Murray) St Andrew’s College 0; Loreto Foxrock 1 Newpark 1 (Z Watterson), Newpark won shoot-out 1-0

Semi-final draw (January 15, Grange Road): Muckross vsLoreto Beaufort; Newpark vs Newbridge

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