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Novices Tullamore will provide tough opponents for Dubs

NOVICES Sacred Heart, Tullamore will look to take one step closer to making history when they take on Caritas College in the Leinster Senior Girls Cup quarter-finals.

The Co Offaly girls school only entered their first soccer tournament four years ago and are just three games away from a remarkable achievement.

Success in last year's Division 2 Cup was a significant step on the road to reaching the top of the schools ladder -- Leinster and then All-Ireland glory -- and coach Sean McFadden insists excitement is catching on.

McFadden started the school's first soccer team and following a 5-1 success -- thanks to doubles from Niamh McDermott and Kim Cobbe -- over Wilson's Hospital in the last round, he is relishing the visit of Ballyfermot outfit Caritas.

The Dubliners will face an ambitious side when they travel to Tullamore next week and McFadden admits a lot of credit must go to the local clubs.

"The growth of football in the school has been so significant that even local clubs have got on to me applauding it," said the Sacred Heart coach.

"They deserve a lot of credit for also setting up teams in reaction and working with the girls and improving them."


In the other outstanding last-eight encounter, beaten finalists last year Alexandra College travel to St Mac Dara's Community College in Templeogue looking to get back to winning ways on the provincial scene.

Last season was the first in six that saw an Alexandra side under manager Dave Collins not win at least one Leinster title.

With holders Eureka Secondary School and Moyne Community School already through to the last four it, promises to be exciting semi-final line-up.