The two Laois clubs who will represent the county in the Camogie All-Ireland U-14 Feile are now known.
The Harps and O’Moore’s claimed glory in their respective finals over the weekend and here is a run down on both games.
The Harps 1-1 Portlaoise 1-0
Laois Camogie Division 1 Feile Final
Ballypickas was the venue for the Laois Division 1 Feile Final between The Harps and Portlaoise on Friday.
The Harps entered the final as underdogs given that Portlaoise were top of the table after the group stages with The Harps in second place.
This was a repeat of last year’s tense Feile final which resulted in a one point to no score win for Portlaoise.
Conditions were good in Ballypickas and there was very little wind. The Harps started strong with Rachel Deegan testing the Portlaoise keeper in the first minute.
The Harps and Portlaoise had to battle hard in the midfield area with plenty of skill and determination on show by both teams.
Emma Delaney and Aisling Townsend were strong in the centre and kept the ball moving into the The Harps forwards.
Eventually, four minutes in, Emma Delaney struck a high ball in only to see it fall into the back of the net. This seemed to spur on the Portlaoise players and good interlinking play between Aoibheann Dalton and Alice Keirns launched their first attack which resulted in a wide.
More pressure from Portlaoise, upon the puck out, earned them a free which enabled Louise Corrigan send in another low shot but it just flew to the right and wide.
Just before half time, hard work by Rachel Deegan earned the Harps a free which was confidently sent over the bar by Emma Delaney.
This left it at The Harps 1-1 to Portlaoise 0-0 at half time.
Portlaoise started the second half strong but Cara Henderson, Abbi Gibbons, Kayla Dwyer and Ella Henderson were composed in their play and conceded nothing.
However five minutes in, a long clearance by Aoibheann Dalton into the Portlaoise forwards found Rachel Byrne who finished it to the back of The Harps net.
It was a tense final ten minutes. Every possession was vital for either team as one more score could be the winning of the game.
Alice Keirns got on ball in the eleventh minute of the second and soloed through the centre splitting The Harps defence. Full back Ella Henderson had no choice but to meet her where she managed to overturn the ball and this marked Portlaoise’s last attack.
The last few minutes were spent with Harps testing the Portlaoise full back line but no score was to come.
The Harps will now go on to represent Laois at National Feile for the first time since 2002. Their host club will be Ahascragh Caltra of Galway.
O’Moore’s 4-1 Naomh Eamann 0-1
Laois Camogie Feile Division 2 Final
O’Moores lost out last year to St Lazarians Abbeyleix and were hoping to make amends this year and qualify to represent Laois.
Naomh Eamann were put under pressure from the throw in with an attack from Caoimhe Eagan that just went left of the goal.
Both teams weren’t giving an inch and with five minutes into game, there was no score on the board.
O’Moores first goal came from midfield players and sisters Lucy and Ellen Conroy. Great work between the both the girls with Lucy striking the back of the net.
Ellen herself got to gain glory by splitting the posts for O’Moores only point of the game.
Naomh Eamann attacked and were awarded a free to pop over the bar for their opening score.
The second half saw the Naomh Eamann goalie under pressure and had to pull off some cracking stops, but O’Moores Amy Flanagan struck one past to make it 2-1 to 0-1 to O’Moores.
With time ticking away, Naomh Eamann were finding it hard to break through the O’Moore’s backline.
Flanagan added another goal for O’Moores and Ellen Conroy stepped up to take a 45, landing it in the back of the net to deny any comeback for Naomh Eamann, sealing their Feile title for 2018.
Great work from Amy McKane, Orla Whelan, Amy Flanagan and the Conroy sisters helped O’Moore’s seal the victory over Naomh Eamann.