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Late Laois comeback not enough to stop Tipperary

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Tipperary 1-10 Laois 2-06
Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League Division 2

There was only a point between the two teams but the scoreboard could have read a lot differently if it were not for an Amy Loughman goal and Lizzy Ryan point in the last minute of the game.

Laois started off well as a foul on Loughman inside the box gave David Dunning’s side a penalty. Niamh Dollard’s strike was blocked on line but Amy Loughman followed through and batted the ball into the back of the net in the second minute.

A Sinead Meagher run saw her go through the Laois defence and pop off the ball to Borrisoleigh woman Aedin Hogan who converted the score.

Jenny Grace proved to be a crucial free taker for Tipperary before being brought off injured in the 27th minute, scoring two to put the teams level after seven minutes.

Tipperary pushed on from here with Aoife McLoughney and Eibhlis McDonald both adding their name to the scoreboard.

It wasn’t until a Niamh Dollard free from near the centre of the field in the 15th minute that Laois would get their second score on the board.

Tough displays in the half-back line by Sarah Creagh and half-forward line by Sile Burke pushed the ball up the field by Laois were unable to convert these.

Meagher added another for Tipp and closed the scoring in the first-half, with the blue and gold leading by 2 points on a scoreline of 0-6 to 1-1.

Laois started the second-half looking more confident in their attack, with Niamh Dollard scoring a peach from the left-wing.

McLoughney was now on the frees for Tipp and converted in the sixth minute to push them further ahead.

Dollard added her and Laois’s third point and this was met by a point from Tipperary substitute Niamh Treacy before she leathered the goal into the back of the net in the 11th minute.

Laois appeared to be frustrated with scoring chances dropping short or being caught by Tipperary goalkeeper Sarah Quigley.

Treacy added another point to her tally as Laois continued to have scoring chances on the wings blocked by a tenacious Tipperary defence.

Laois reduce Tipperary lead

But Laois proved that the game wasn’t over just yet. The Laois full-back line of Olga Parkinson, Rosemarie Bermingham and Mairead Burke put pressure on the Tipperary forwards and held them scoreless for ten minutes.

Dollard popped over another free from just outside of the 45 yard line to keep five within the teams with six minutes to go.

Amy Loughman saw her hard-work finally flourish as she pulled the ball on the ground into the back of Sarah Quigley’s net in the 30th minute.

Lizzy Ryan’s run through for the last point of the game reduced Tipperary’s lead to one point but the final whistle was blown before David Dunning’s side could do any more. The final score finished Tipperary 1-10 Laois 2-06.


LAOIS: Laura Dunne; Olga Parkinson, Rosemarie Bermingham, Mairead Burke; Joan Dollard, Aisling Burke, Sarah Creagh; Aoife Hyland, Aoife Burke; Sile Burke, Niamh Dollard, Becky Williams; Amy Loughman, Eimear Guidrea, Lizzy Ryan. Subs: Kirsten Keenan for Williams (33 minutes), Roisin Kilmartin for A Burke
(44 minutes), Aoife Collier for Creagh (44 minutes), Aimee Collier for S Burke (49 minutes), Niamh Coss for Hyland (56 minutes)

TIPPERARY: Sarah Quigley; Christina Brennan, Sabrina Larkin, Nessa Murray; Eimear Murphy, Hazel McAuliffe, Caroline Mullaney; Maureen Ryan, Roisin Cahill; Sinead Meagher, Nicola Loughnane, Eibhlis McDonald; Aedin Hogan, Ashling Carey, Aoife McLoughney

SCORERS – Tipperary: Niamh Treacy 1-2, Jenny Grace 0-2 (0-2 frees), Sinead Meagher 0-1, Aoife McLoughney 0-2 (0-1 frees), Eibhlis McDonald 0-1, Aedin Hogan 0-1, Ashling Carey 0-1 (0-1 frees) Laois: Lizzy Ryan 1-1, Amy Loughman 2-0, Niamh Dollard 0-5 (0-3 frees)

Referee: Mike Ryan

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Siún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics.