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Sarsfields reach ladies football final again as they see off Timahoe in delayed semi-final

The Laois Ladies senior footballer championship has been delayed following an appeal
Sarsfields 1-17 Timahoe 1-5

Laois Ladies Football Championship Semi-final

Sarsfields survived a first-half scare from Timahoe to book their place in the Laois Ladies SFC final for the 12th successive season.

The Mountmellick-based club trailed at one stage in the first half after Mo Nerney had scored a goal for Timahoe but once they found their rhythm there was to be no denying them and they’ll now go for a fifth title in succession when they take on Portlaoise in the final in a couple of weeks time.

Indeed Sarsfields will be glad to have this game played given that it had been held up for a number of weeks over an ongoing dispute. Timahoe had originally reached the last four only for St Brigid’s to dispute that they should have been through on their head-to-head record against Timahoe. Brigid’s objected and won their appeal but were later deemed to have played an illegal player.

So after all the to-ing and fro-ing it was Timahoe that advanced to the last four. They put up a very brave battle for long stages and with a young team are a side to watch in the coming years.

Tracey Lawlor – back in the Sarsfields colours after a brief spell out – got the first two points of the game from frees but Mo Nerney and Angela Casey replied for Timahoe only for Aileen O’Loughlin to put Sarsfields back into the lead again.

But rank outsiders Timahoe were playing well and a fine point from Grainne Dunne followed by another from Nerney put them into the lead for the first time.

And then Nerney got the game’s first goal, capitalising fully on a mistake from the Sarsfields kickout.

Sarsfields responded with the next three points and although Grainne Dunne did stem the tide with her second score of the game, Sarsfields hit four in a row before the break, including one exceptional individual effort from play. At half-time, Sarsfields led 0-10 to 1-5.

Sarsfields were well on top in the second half and a string of good points had them eight points up before Meghan Dunne got in for a goal and Lawlor then rounded off the scoring with her eighth point of the evening.

It means Sarsfields and Portlaoise will do battle in the final for the second year running, with Portlaoise seeking their first title and Sarsfields their seventh.

SCORERS – Sarsfields: Tracey Lawlor 0-8 (six frees), Meaghan Dunne 1-2, Aileen O’Loughlin 0-1, Joyce Dunne 0-1, Lorna O’Sullivan 0-1, Alison McEvoy 0-1, Ciara Burke 0-1, Laura Marie Maher 0-1, Yvonne Comerford 0-1. Timahoe: Mo Nerney 1-2 (0-2 frees), Grainne Dunne 0-2, Angela Casey 0-1 (free).

SARSFIELDS: Clodagh Dunne; Caoimhe Callally, Jenny McEvoy, Casey Conroy; Ciara Hughes, Mags McEvoy, Alison McEvoy; Tracey Lawlor, Joyce Dunne; Laura Marie Maher, Ciara Burke, Rosemarie Bermingham; Meaghan Dunne, Aileen O’Loughlin, Lorna O’Sullivan

TIMAHOE: Lisa Daly; Rachel Kelly, Maureen Young, Claire Daly; Roisin Larkin, Aine O’Sullivan, Sarah Larkin; Maggie Murphy, Sarah Quigley; Shona Barry, Grainne Dunne Jnr, Ali Hooban; Jenny Murphy, Mo Nerney, Angela Casey.

SEE ALSO – Portlaoise ladies back in county final again

 

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