Wednesday 22 November 2017

Alex smash Loreto for six to seal spot in semis

ALEXANDRA COLLEGE confirmed their place in the final four of the Leinster schoolgirls Premier League as they recorded their fifth successive victory last Saturday morning at Loreto, Foxrock, running up a 6-0 success.

It means they follow St Andrew's and Mount Anville into the semi-finals as they produced a fine performance in this fixture, which was initially postponed from last December due to frost.

Alex started strongly with most attacks going through right back Vanessa Winn, who was linking up well with the midfield and marauding up the line into the 25 and circle on numerous occasions.

The forwards were shooting but the Foxrock goalkeeper Rhona Conway-Kenny was picking off a series of saves.

Hannah McDermott, Emily Beatty and Louise McPhillips were causing havoc with their pace and link-up play, but several chances from narrow angles were all kept out.

The deadlock, though, was broken in the 18th minute when a long corner was worked to Erika Hinkson and she beat a couple of defenders before shooting into the bottom corner.

Soon after, Millie O'Donnell grabbed the second when Alex won a penalty corner.

Hinkson's initial shot hit a leg, resetting the set-piece and the Milltown school switched to O'Donnell to score, building a 2-0 half-time lead.

It helped build confidence for the second period as coach Miles Warren rotating his forward line, bringing in Alison Gibbons, Lauren Power and Anna Roopnarensingh.

They nabbed two quick counter-attack goals, created inside their own half, for Gibbons and Roopnarensingh to make it 4-0.

And they continued to dictate the pace with youth Olympian Emily Beatty driving forward at speed to lay up goals for McDermott and McPhillips to score two more goals.

Foxrock's threat was intermittent with Mollie Lamb -- a Leinster U18 representative as well as lining out for last year's Dublin U16 ladies footballers -- showing up well with a number of mazy runs.

But Alex showed their quality and now can confirm their place at the head of the pool should they get a draw against Holy Child, Killiney.

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