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Ballinteer braves get a shot at the champions

Ballinteer Community School face the most daunting of tasks in the last 16 of the FAIS Leinster Junior Girls Cup – holders Loreto College, Kilkenny.

A 2-0 victory over Coláiste na hInse, Laytown, was enough to secure Ballinteer a place in the second round of this year's under-17 girls competition.

However, their next challenge couldn't get any harder after Loreto showed exactly why they are favourites to retain their title with a 16-1 win over Coláiste Eoin, Hacketstown.

Loreto have only lost three players from last year's squad and all that experience helped in round one as Niamh Deely and Aoife Cantwell in particular starred.

Last year's runners-up, St Kilian's, Clonskeagh, know all about the power of Loreto and they warmed up for another go at the title with a 3-0 away win at Coláiste Chiaráin, Leixlip.

Kilian's could now face another Loreto College – this one from Crumlin – in the last 16 if the latter can manoeuvre beyond Mount Temple, Malahide.

Eureka College, Kells, win girls competitions almost on a yearly basis and they await the winners of Donahies CS and Presentation College, Kilkennny, after beating Wilson's Hospital, Multyfarnham 3-2.

Alexandra College are another heavy hitter and the Milltown school kick off their campaign against Scoil Chríost Rí, Portlaoise – the winners will face the victors from Coláiste Mhuire, Cabra and Adamstown CC, Dublin.