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Alex eye late bid for glory

ALEXANDRA College will look to take advantage of an abnormally late reprieve when they compete for the final trophy of 2012 next week.

The Milltown school, who have dominated the girls' section of schools soccer like no other in the last five years, are due to take on Naas in the U17 league final on Thursday in Leixlip. The showpiece should have taken place during the last school calendar but has yet to be played five months later and Alexandra will be hoping to take advantage.

Alexandra will be motivated by the fact that 2012 is the first season in six in which the school have not won a Leinster cup title at any age group.

Under manager Dave Collins, the secondary school won at least one provincial title in each of the previous five campaigns heading into last season, but were left disappointed at the final hurdle twice last spring.

The senior team were beaten on penalties by Eureka Kells just weeks after the junior girls lost 2-1 to Colaiste Bride, Enniscorthy in their Leinster final.

Collins will be hopeful of making up for the losses and making it six seasons from seven with Leinster glory achieved, and next week's final could be the platform for that assault early next year.