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Thursday 14 December 2017

Bríde girls' hat-trick as they top Alex

FAI SCHOOLS LEINSTER JUNIOR GIRLS CUP FINAL COLÁISTE BHRÍDE 2 ALEXANDRA COLLEGE 1

ENNISCORTHY'S Coláiste Bhríde captured their third Leinster title in an incredible four years for the club with a 2-1 victory over holders Alexandra College.

A predominantly GAA school, the Wexford outfit only entered a Leinster soccer competition for the first time four years ago and have since recorded an incredible series of results.

Following their Minor and First Year Cup successes two years ago, a team comprised of players from both of those successful outfits overcame rivals Alexandra.

Last year the Milltown school beat Coláiste Bhríde on penalties in the Minor final, but this season's juniors put the record straight.

Despite Alexandra cancelling out Amy Walsh's 26th-minute opening goal, Michelle Gahan struck to regain the lead for Bríde shortly after.

All the goals in Newtownmountkennedy last Thursday were scored in the first half, as Bríde went in at the break 2-1 to the good.

Although Alexandra pushed hard for an equaliser throughout the second half, Tamara Furlong, last year's Ireland U15 goalkeeper, had little to do, with the Bríde defensive unit ensuring the netminder was very well protected.

The intense rivalry between these two exceptional groups of players looks set to dominate schoolgirl soccer in Leinster for at least another two years.

Credit

Winning manager John O'Shea once again hailed another soccer success story and insisted his current crop of talented players were a credit to the school.

He said: "Well, firstly it is obviously great to beat a side like Alexandra, who went all the way to the All-Ireland Final last year and are a very good side.

"But overall the school are just absolutely delighted to have added another title.

"When we first entered a Leinster competition four years ago, we barely had enough girls to fill a team.

"We get such great support from the entire school, so it is nice to be rewarded.

"To win three Leinster titles in that short space of time really is something special and the girls have to be applauded."

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