Wilson's return to test Grennan's grip on title
HOLDERS Grennan College and Wilson's Hospital School will take up where they left off in last year's showpiece when they meet in next week's Leinster Girls Senior 'B' Cup final.
Thomastown school Grennan ensured they would get the chance to defend their title in the final with a convincing 3-1 win over St Kilian's DS on Tuesday.
Despite a good chance for Anna Heisterkamp early in the game for Kilian's, the home side took the lead soon after in Kilkenny when Niamh Bolger grabbed the opener from a corner.
Further goals from Niamh Donnelly and Megan Farrell, the latter after some good work by Ria Lawson, gave Grennan a three-goal cushion, before Heisterkamp earned Kilian's a consolation goal late on.
It was an impressive display from the holders and 2009 winners against the only side to deny them three previous competition wins on the bounce with their own Leinster glory in 2010.
Grennan were dramatically beaten in the All-Ireland semi-finals on a penalty shootout after conceding a last-minute equaliser, just as they were in the national final four years ago.
Manager Eleanor Reddy has been the one constant in the team through all those Leinster successes and All-Ireland heartbreaks, and she admits her young side have done brilliantly to set up a rematch with Wilson's this year.
Meath school Wilson's Hospital have the unusual distinction of skipping the semi-final stage after their quarter-final win over Kevin's College was followed by the news that possible opponents Mount Temple and Sacred Heart were not eligible to continue in the competition.