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Clinical Saints reach semi-finals

St Andrew's 3

Mount Anville 0

ST ANDREW'S completed the semi-final line-up as the most dramatic group stages in the Leinster Premier League's four-year history finally came to a close yesterday in Booterstown.

The Saints' clinical edge saw them run up a deceptively comfortable 3-0 win over Mount Anville for second place in their group, coming out on top of a three-team playoff. Third year student Sally Campbell showed some of her prodigious talent as she got her side off to a flying start, opening the scoring inside the first five minutes.

Rachel O'Brien added the second 20 minutes in at the back post with a very neat finish under pressure, getting on the end of a right wing cross.

And Joanne McDonnell completed the win early in the second half when she finished off an intricate penalty corner move.

From there, the Goatstown school had a wealth of chances to try and get back into the game as Sara Twomey and Ailbhe Marsh created a number of chances but found Aoife Daly in inspired form between the posts.

It was a harsh end to the Premier League campaign for Mount Anville who, four days earlier, had beaten Loreto Beaufort in the first of the playoff series, setting up this all or nothing date with St Andrew's.

All three schools had ended the regular season on 15 points, two back from High School who secured top spot last week with a 3-1 win over King's Hospital.

With no goal difference tie-breaker being employed, Mount Anville were drawn against Beaufort in the first play-off eliminator. And the Goatstown side got off to a great start as Patricia McGowan netted amid a scramble. Sophie Twomey added a second to put them in decent shape at half-time but Beaufort responded in rousing fashion in the second half through Jessica McGirr.

However, Jane Fennelly - the recently crowned Irish indoor tennis senior women's open singles and doubles champion - was a rock at sweeper, putting in a string of key tackles to secure Anville's 2-1 win.

In the semis, High School will play Muckross with Wesley going on to meet St Andrew's in the final four.