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Three left in chase for league and Cup double

THREE sides remain in the hunt for a Premier League and Senior Cup double heading into the mid-term break as the schoolgirl hockey season reaches fever pitch.

Alexandra College were the big winners with two wins in three days to show their hand as one of this year's major contenders.

Nicola Gray's penalty-corner thunderbolt late in the first half was enough to dispose of Our Lady's, Terenure in the Senior Cup quarter-final.

It proved the only strike of the day as Our Lady's played a smart, half-court game to contain the pace of youth internationals Deirdre Duke and Emily Beatty.

And while they were under immense pressure, Leigh Porter was called on to make a number of saves for Alex in the latter stages as the Terenure side almost forced extra-time.

It added to their 3-0 win over Loreto, Beaufort at the last 16 stage days earlier -- an opposition they will meet in a Premier League play-off after the pair produced identical records from their eight group games.

Mount Anville harbour similar ambitions of a double after they prevailed on sudden-death penalty strokes against Muckross in the Cup.

They now face competition favourites and reigning champions St Andrew's in the last four. The Booterstown side continued their 100pc record in all competitions with a 4-0 win over Mount Temple.