Laois 2-14 Clare 0-12
Ladies National Football League
Laois recovered from defeat to Waterford two weeks’ ago with a resounding victory over Clare this afternoon.
Kevin Doogue’s side began quickly and never looked back as they ran out convincing eight point winners.
Laois were four points up is as many minutes at the start of the game as a Rachel Williams brace sandwiched points from Mo Nerney, a late inclusion after Clare Conlon was injured in the warm up, and Erone Fitzpatrick.
Clare responded well through Sarah Bohannan and Niamh O’Dea but Laois kept the pressure on as Mo Nerney, Meaghan Dunne and Emma Lawlor all split the posts.
Laois began to turn the screw at this point as a Lawlor brace and another from Meaghan Dunne pushed them five clear as O’Dea and Roisin Considine tried to keep Clare in it by raising a white flag each.
Nevertheless, Laois finished the first half strongly with Mo Nerney tormenting the Clare defence. The Timahoe played kicked two points and then added a fine goal to leave Laois 1-12 to 0-8 ahead at half time.
Clare began the second half strongly and Ciamh Dollard was called into action in the first minute to deny Grainne Nolan at point blank range.
Niamh O’Dea registered the first point of the second half but any Laois nerves were calmed when Mo Nerney kicked another point and Meaghan Dunne scored her sides’ second goal to leave Laois 2-13 to 0-9 in front with 15 minutes to go.
That goal killed the game as a contest and although Clare did manage two points before the finish, Laois substitute Clare Conlon had the final say to seal a very important away win.
Laois are back on home soil next Sunday when they will take on high flying Sligo.
Ciamh Dollard (Portlaoise)
Amy Potts (St Brigids)
Jenny McEvoy (Sarsfields)
Martha Kirwan (Shanahoe)
Aine Haberlin (St Conleths)
Mags McEvoy (Sarsfields)
Anna Healy (Park Ratheniska)
Laura Nerney (Foxrock-Cabinteely)
Emma Lawlor (St Pauls)
Eva Galvin (St Conleth’s)
Mo Nerney (Timahoe)
Erone Fitzpatrick (Park Ratheniska)
Rachel Williams (Sarsfields)
Meaghan Dunne (Sarsfields)
Caoimhe Simms (St Brigids)
Alison McEvoy (Sarsfields) for Healy
Joyce Dunne (Sarsfields) for Simms
Clare Conlon (Sarsfields) for M. Nerney
Mary Cotter (St Conleth’s) for Potts
Charlotte Delaney (Park Ratheniska) for M. Dunne