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Laois Ladies off the mark with fine win over Kildare

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Laois 2-13 Kildare 2-8

TG4 LGFA Leinster Championship Round 2

Laois Ladies had outstanding performances from two teenagers to help them record their first Leinster Championship win of the season.

Emma Lawlor and Erone Fitzaptrick tormented the Kildare defence from start to finish and both finished with impressive personal tallies as Laois recorded a five point win.

Laois should have had three goals in the first five minutes.

They dragged all of their forwards onto to the 45 for the throw in and left Ciara Burke one on one with the full back inside. Joyce Dunne won it and played the ball first time to Burke who rounded the full back but struck the post with her low shot.

Roisin Byrne put Kildare in front with a close range effort before Burke had a second goal chance after a strong run from Erone Fitzpatrick but keeper Mary Hulgraine denied her.

Emma Lawlor levelled the game from a free and then had a third Laois goal opportunity but her ferocious drive struck the wrong side of the post.

The O’Moore’s did eventually take the lead through Erone Fitzpatrick while Lawlor and Rachel Williams chipped in with further efforts to move Laois 0-4 to 0-1 ahead by the midpoint of the half.

Kildare struggled against an ever-stiffening breeze in the first half but they almost had a goal after 18 minutes when Ellen Dowling forced Ciamh Dollard into a tremendous save to tip her dipping shot over the bar.

Laois responded with a free from Emma Lawlor and a fine point from Ciara Burke after a storming run from captain Aileen O’Loughlin.

Kildare got their third point from an Ellen Dowling free and then Laois were grateful for keeper Ciamh Dollard who produced another stunning save to block Grace Clifford’s shot.

Laois squandered another goal chance when Caoimhe Simms’s low effot went wide of the post but Aileen O’Loughlin landed a late free to leave Laois ahead by 0-7 to 0-3 at the break.

Laois now faced into the wind in the second half but they made a brilliant start when Erone Fitzpatrick ran from the 45 all the way to the goal where she looped a shot over the Kildare keeper and into the net.

Emma Lawlor pointed to move Laois eight points clear but Kildare reduced the margin to seven after 38 minutes.

Emma Lawlor then kicked the next three points to push Laois ten clear while Kildare were reduced to 14 players after Erica Byrne was sin-binned.

Molly Price struck a free for Kildare to bring the gap back to nine points as we entered the final ten minutes but it was goals that Kildare needed.

And they got one with seven minutes to go. Erica Burke came back onto the pitch after her sin-binning and raced clear before curling the ball into the bottom corner of the net.

Emma Lawlor replied with her eight point of the day for Laois but that was quickly cancelled out by a Molly Price free to leave the gap at six with five minutes to play.

But Laois made the game safe with their next attack when the outstanding Fitzpatrick finished off a thundering run with a beautiful effort off the outside of her foot into the roof of the net.

Kildare were then awarded a late penalty which Trina Duggan converted but it was scant consolation for them as Laois won well in the end.

SCORERS – LAOIS: Emma Lawlor 0-8 (0-4 frees), Erone Fitzpatrick 2-1, Rachel Williams 0-2, Aileen O’Loughlin and Ciara Burke 0-1 each KILDARE: Ellen Dowling 0-3 (0-2free), Trina Duggan 1-0,  Roisin Byrne 0-1, Molly Price 0-3 (0-3free), Eadoin Connolly 0-1

LAOIS: Caoimh Dollard (Portlaoise); Alison McEvoy (Sarsfields), Jenny McEvoy (Sarsfields), Martha Kirwan (Shanahoe); Amy Potts (St Brigid’s), Laura Marie Maher (Sarsfields), Maggie Murphy (Timahoe); Joyce Dunne (Sarsfields); Aileen O’Loughlin (Sarsfields); Erone Fitzpatrick (Park-Ratheniska), Laura Nerney (Foxrock-Cabinteely), Rachel Williams (Sarsfields); Emma Lawlor (St Paul’s), Ciara Burke (Sarsfields), Caoimhe Simms (St Brigid’s). Subs: Eva Galvin (St Conleth’s) for Murphy (42mins, inj), Ash Saunders (Portlaoise) for McEvoy (50mins), Anna Healy (Park-Ratheniska) for Potts (53mins), Meghan Dunne (Sarsfields) for O’Loughlin (57mins)

KILDARE: Mary Hulgraine; Rachel Corrigan, Rose Mernagh, Trina Duggan; Michelle Curley, Aisling Curley, Shauna Kendrick; Lara Curran, Erica Byrne; Niamh Sinnott, Roisin Byrne, Grace Clifford; Mikaela McKenna, Ellen Dowling, Orlaith Kirwan. Subs: Molly Price for Sinnott (ht), Eadaoin Connolly for Clifford (35mins), Louise Scully for McKenna (45mins), Rachel Reidy for Curran (47mins), Nessa Dooley for Kirwan (50mins)

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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.