Laois 2-8 Tyrone 4-12
Ladies Football National League Division 2 Round 7
The Laois Ladies were unable to get a vital win in their battle to avoid relegation this afternoon, as they went down by 10 points to Tyrone in Stradbally.
The game got off to a bad start for the O’Moore County when Tyrone’s Aine Canavan managed to pick up the rebound off the post before slotting past Fiona Kelly in the Laois goals. Ciara Langton responded with Laois’ first score and two quick Clare Conlon points would put Laois in a good position up until they lost their captain Laura Marie Maher on the 10 minute mark to what looked like a suspect knee injury.
That break in moment for Laois worked well for Tyrone as they notched three consecutive points, while Laois missed two very good goal chances. Tyrone found the back of the net for a second time as Maria Canavan won a high ball before turning and sticking the ball in the top corner of the goals. That goal stung Laois and Tyrone added two more points either side of an Erone Fitzpatrick point. They led 2-6 to 0-5 at the break.
The second half would get off to a slow start as it took over five minutes for the first score. Amy Potts wondered up the pitch for Laois and got herself on the end of a finely worked score. The two teams traded points until Laois somehow broke down a Tyrone defense that had held strong for most of the game.
Erone Fitzpatrick picked out Meaghan Dunne with a lovely inside pass before Dunne rifled the ball past the Tyrone keeper. Things would get even better for Laois when Ciara Langton picked up the ball and drove for goal before being fouled in the square. Meaghan Dunne was given the responsibility and she calmly slotted the ball into the back of the net.
They drew level when Clare Conlon slotted her second free of the game but that was as good as it would get for Laois as Tyrone shifted up a gear and pushed on to open up a quick three point lead thanks to two of the top performers Maria Canavan and Emma Jane Gervin.
They secured the game late on when substitute Niamh Hughes slipped through and buried the ball past Fiona Kelly. They added a further 1-2 in the final few minutes, this time Grainne Rafferty with the goal, and the game was up as Laois now face a crucial clash away to Sligo next.
Scorers – LAOIS: Meaghan Dunne 2-0 (1-0 pen), Clare Conlon 0-3 (0-2 frees), Ciara Langton 0-2, Erone Fitzpatrick 0-1, Ciara Burke 0-1, Amy Potts 0-1. TYRONE: Maria Canavan 1-4 (0-1 free), Grainne Rafferty 1-3, Aine Canavan 1-0, Niamh Hughes 1-0, Emma Smyth 0-3, Emma Jane Gervin 0-2.
LAOIS: Fiona Kelly; Laura Nerney, Jane Moore, Amy Potts; Anna Healy, Aimee Kelly, Shauna Quirke; Mags McEvoy, Laura Marie Maher, Eva Galvin, Meaghan Dunne, Caoimhe Simms; Ciara Langton, Ciara Burke, Clare Conlon. SUBS: Erone Fitzpatrick for L Maher (9 mins)(injury), Caoimhe Lalor for Simms (47 mins), Mary Cotter for Nerney (49 mins), Aine Haberlin for Galvin (50 mins), Aoife Kirrane for Langton (53 mins), Ciara Hughes for Quirke (55 mins).
TYRONE: Shannon Lynch; Niamh Ni Girr, Joanne Barrett, Caoileann Conway; Slaine McCarroll, Emma Mulgrew, Emma Brennan; Emma Jane Gervin, Aoibheann McHug; Colleen McQuaid, Meabh Mallon, Aine Canavan; Maria Canavan, Grainne Rafferty, Emma Smyth. SUBS: Niamh Hughes for A Canavan (48 mins), Lycrecia Quinn for McHug (50 mins), Chloe McCaffrey for Smyth (51 mins), Gemma Begley for McQuaid (53 mins), Aisling O’Kane for Rafferty (59 mins).