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Late Lawlor points get Laois over the line

Laois team pictured ahead of the league opener against Kildare
Laois team pictured ahead of the league opener against Kildare

Laois 2-11 Kildare 2-9

Laois made the perfect start to their Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 2 campaign as two late points from Emma Lawlor was enough to get the better of Kildare in Annanough on Sunday afternoon.

The teenage sensation, who led her school Scoil Criost Ri to Leinster success last week, made her senior debut in the game and she proved to be the match winner for Kevin Doogue’s outfit.

The home side didn’t have it all their own way with Kildare leading for a large portion of the affair.

They held a 1-6 to 0-4 advantage at half time thanks to a goal midway through from full forward Roisin Byrne while Laois had to rely on Clare Conlon, Caoimhe Simms and Lawlor for points.

But it was all change on the resumption of play as Meaghan Dunne scored a penalty and substitute Noirin Kirwan raised two white flags to level the game.

Laois then lost Mags McEvoy to the sin bin and Kildare went two ahead before Laois mounted another comeback with Dunne grabbing her second goal to push Laois three clear.

Kildare got level again when Ellen Dowling found the net with five minutes remaining and the stage was set for someone to make themselves a hero with Lawlor duly obliging to get Laois off to a winning start.

SCORERS: Laois – Meaghan Dunne 2-1 (1-0 penalty), Emma Lawlor 0-4, Clare Conlon 0-2 (1free), Noirin Kirwan 0-2, Caoimhe Simms, Mo Nerney 0-1each
Kildare – Ellen Dowling 1-4 (1free), Roisin Byrne 1-3, Aisling Curley 0-1, Molly Price 0-1

LAOIS:
Ciamh Dollard (Portlaoise)
Amy Potts (St Brigids)
Jenny McEvoy (Sarsfields)
Martha Kirwan (Shanahoe)
Aine Haberlin (St Conleths)
Mags McEvoy (Sarsfields)
Anna Healy (Park Ratheniska)
Maggie Murphy (Timahoe)
Fiona Dooley (Portlaoise)
Emma Lawlor (St Pauls)
Clare Conlon (Sarsfields)
Erone Fitzpatrick (Park-Ratheniska)
Rachel Williams (Sarsfields)
Meaghan Dunne (Sarsfields)
Caoimhe Simms (St Brigids)

Subs:
Laura Nerney (Foxrock-Cabinteely) for Dooley 20mins
Mo Nerney (Timahoe) for Williams 20mins
Noirin Kirwan (Shanahoe) for Conlon ht
Aisling Saunders (Portlaoise) for Healy 37mins

KILDARE:
Aoife Molyneaux
Tara Hallinan
Erica Burke
Rachel Cribbin
Shauna Kendrick
Rachel Corrigan
Aisling Curley
Rachel Reidy
Aisling Holton
Trina Duggan
Molly Price
Eadoin Connolly
Ellen Dowling
Róisín Byrne
Mikaela McKenna

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.