Laois 0-6 Westmeath 1-14
All-Ireland Minor ‘B’ Camogie Championship Semi Final
Laois’s dreams of reaching the All-Ireland minor camogie final are over after they went down to Westmeath this afternoon.
The damage to Brendan Lowry’s charges was done in the first half of this one.
Westmeath ended the first half with a nine point lead and barring a second half collapse, it was always going to be a virtually impossible task for Laois.
In the group stages, Westmeath put up big scores with Hannah Core and Aedin Dermody to the fore and those two players were at it again in the first half.
Laois had Clodagh Tynan and Alice Walsh on the scoreboard but Westmeath led by 0-11 to 0-2 at the break.
And it could have been even worse for Laois only for keeper Aedin Lowry who pulled off a number of stunning saves.
Laois made a couple of substitutions at half time and one of those, Aimee Collier, raised a white flag.
Kirsten Keenan hit a brace and Shona Jones grabbed another but Westmeath made the game safe with a second half goal.
Laois went in search of goals with Amy Byrne, Clodagh Tynan and Aine Cuddy all hurling well but it wasn’t to be.
The O’Moore girls never gave up but they just couldn’t reel in Westmeath who ran out 11 point winners in the end and advance to the All-Ireland decider.
SCORERS – Laois: Kirsten Keenan 0-2, Clodagh Tynan (free), Alixe Walsh, Aimee Collier and Shona Jones 0-1 each
LAOIS: Aedin Lowry (Camross); Jade Bergin (The Harps), Molly O’Connor (The Harps), Amy Quinlan (St Brigid’s); Jessie Quinlan (St Brigid’s), Clodagh Tynan (St Brigid’s), Caoimhe Ryan (Camross); Aine Cuddy (Camross), Shona Jones (St Brigid’s); Alanah Tynan (St Brigid’s), Alice Walsh (The Harps), Lilly McCormack (Camross); Cathy Galbraith (St Brigid’s), Kirsten Keenan (Camross), Zoe Daly (St Brigid’s). Subs: Aimee Collier (Camross), Amy Byrne (Portlaoise), Roisin Dowling (O’Moore’s), Cora Cuddy (Camross), Fianna Byrne (Camross), Sarah Fleming (Portlaoise), Emily Carroll (St Brigid’s), Niamh Crowley (Portlaoise), Emily Gowing (Clonad-Raheen Gaels), Tyrah Duff (Portlaoise), Patricia Lalor (Camross), Isobel Donnery (Camross), Mary Hyland (O’Moore’s), Ciara Bannon (Camross), Grace O’Brien (Clonad-Raheen Gaels)
WESTMEATH: Niamh O’Mahony; Catherine Tubrity, Aoife Mullen, Emily McCabe; Aoife O’Malley, Chloe Butler, Lauryn Sheridan; Aedin Dermody, Katie Coleman; Ava Balfe, Sile McGrath, Hannah Core; Olivia Glynn, Laura Kilcoyne, Rhona Cuffe
Referee: Mike Ryan (Tipperary)