Leinster Schoolgirl's Senior Cup:
After snow and frost had initially slowed up the Leinster Schoolgirl’s Senior Cup, the competition is now racing toward its conclusion with Mount Anville, Mount Temple, Mount Sackville and Alexandra College winning through to the quarter-finals last Saturday.
On an action-packed morning, Jenny Maguire’s short corner strike was all that separated Mount Anville and Loreto, Foxrock in the South Dublin derby. She struck just 13 minutes from time to take the honours against a Foxrock side inspired by Sarah Greene with third year Molly Lamb pulling the strings in midfield.
Visitors Mount Anville had started the stronger, Aisling Naughton’s pace causing serious problems, earning a quartet of first half corners. Foxrock weathered the early storm, though, and responded with Sorcha Conway reverse-stick sweep that was well-saved by Nicola Walsh just before the break to keep the tie locked at 0-0.
And they continued to play some nice, controlled hockey though the speed of Naughton and skills of Lisa McCarthy down the left meant there was always a clear and present danger. But the hosts missed out on three corner occasions and when Mount Anville earned their fifth set-piece, Maguire made no mistake.
Petra Kealy almost tied the game up with three minutes to go from Anna O’Grady’s cross but she could not get enough on her diving effort and Mount Anville held on for a place in the last eight where they will play Muckross.
Alexandra College, meanwhile, showed the more clinical touches in front of goal to record a one-sided scoreline though it was far from easy against Loreto, Beaufort.
The Grange Road outfit dominated the early proceedings with the excellent Sinead McGirr getting two sighters on goal. But she was not able to convert and Alex got back into the game and got a chance to use the lightning corner expertise of Nicola Gray on the half-time whistle for the first time.
Gray has been pummelling straight hits for the Old Alex first eleven this term and banged in her third goal in a week for 1-0. It remained a cagey affair, with most play between the 25s but Beaufort gradually had to throw extra players forward and Alex’s Deirdre Duke was the player to prosper.
She struck twice in the last ten minutes, the second from a three-on-one in the last minute to see Alex through, 3-0.
Mount Sackville’s passage was a more comfortable affair as they took the lead against Holy Child, Killiney inside 50 seconds through Siun McLoughlin – celebrating her 18th birthday – and scarcely looked back. Two corners before half-time made it 3-0 and they doubled their tally from play in the second half through Rachel Hinkson’s double and one from Olivia Smartt.
It proved a welcome tonic following a 2-1 extra-time defeat to Wesley in the Premier League group play-off match after both schools ended level on points after eight games. Their reward is a home tie against Santa Sabina.
Our Lady's, Terenure were taken the distance by Senior One's St Columba's in a West Dublin derby but the Terenure girls eventually prevailed 2-1 on penalty strokes.
Mount Temple progressed to the last eight courtesy of Irish sprinter Sarah Murray and Jen Keating goals to beat Loreto, Bray. They will now face St Andrew’s who received a walkover from an over-stretched St Killians who had completed three games with a threadbare squad inside five days. That is one of two quarter-final ties to be played today with Mount Anville facing Muckross.
In the Senior Plate, Loreto Dalkey remain on track following a 3-0 second round win over Dundalk and have reached the semi-final stage of the competition.
Senior Cup, second round results: Mount Temple 2 (Sarah Murray, Jen Keating) Loreto, Bray 1; St Andrew’s w/o St Killian’s scr; Sutton Park 1 Santa Sabina 2; Loreto Foxrock 0 Mt Anville 1; Alexandra College 3 Loreto Beaufort 0; Mt Sackville 6 Holy Child Killiney 1; Our Lady's, Terenure 0 St Columba's 0, Our Lady's won 2-1 on penalty strokes
Senior Cup, quarter-final draw: St Andrews vs Mount Temple; Muckross vs Mt Anville; Mt Sackville vs Santa Sabina; Alexandra College vs Our Lady’s
Premier League playoff: Wesley College 2 Mount Sackville 1 aet Senior Plate, second round: Loreto, Dalkey 3 Dundalk 0