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Profiled: The Laois Ladies vying for Leinster football final success

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Laois Ladies are taking on Wicklow in the Leinster intermediate final in Netwatch Cullen Park this Sunday, July 1.

Kevin Doogue’s side are hoping to build on their wins over Offaly and Wexford and bring the trophy back to Laois.

Fiona Kelly

Club: Park-Ratheniska
Age: 22
Height: 5’ 5’’
Occupation: Student
LGFA Honours: Leinster Minor B Champions ’13, All- Ireland Minor B ‘13

Fiona made her championship debut for the Laois intermediate side this year and although the young Park-Ratheniska player had big boots to fill in Caoimh Dollard, she made three fine saves when Laois were under pressure against Wexford in the Leinster semi-final.

Mags McEvoy

Club: Sarsfields Mountmellick
Age: 31
Height: 5’ 5”
Occupation: Management Accountant
LGFA Co Honours:
NFL: Div 1 ’03, Div 2 ’06. Leinster Senior ‘01, ’06, ’07, ’11.
Leinster Minor A ‘03, ’04. TG4 All Ireland Senior ‘01.

Mags took over as captain from the injured Laura-Marie Maher earlier this year, and the fellow Rosenallis woman has made the role her own from the corner-back position.

Jenny McEvoy

Club: Sarsfields
Age: 28
Height: 5ft 8in
Occupation: Clerical Officer

Jenny has been in with the Laois panel for two years and in that time she has solidifed her position at full-back on the team.

Alison Mc Evoy

Club: Sarsfields
Age: 25
Height: 5’ 8”
Occupation: Veterinary Nurse
Honours: Leinster U14A ‘07, U16A ‘09, Minor A ‘11.

Jenny’s younger sister Alison lines out alongside her at corner-back. Alison has had a few roles marking roles in her position, most recently that of Caitriona Murray from Wexford.

Amy Potts

Club: St. Brigids
Age: 24
Height: 5’6”
Occupation: Accountant
LGFA Honours: U16, Minor & U21 Leinster Championship

Amy Potts seriously impressed with her carrying and driving out with the ball in the Leinster semi-final against Wexford. She showed the same passion with her club, St Brigid’s, when they blew the championship wide open after defeating Timahoe last year. Although she is only 24, Amy has become a relible wing-back for Laois.

Aimee Kelly

Club: St. Conleth’s
Age: 26
Height: 5’6”

Kelly joined the side this year and is already showing her dominance in the centre-back position. The St Conleth’s woman is also a large part of the revival of the club at senior level.

Laura Nerney

Club: Foxrock-Cabinteely
Age: 26
Height: 5’ 7”
Occupation: Doctor

Laura is no stranger to big final days. Now living in Dublin, Nerney reached the All-Ireland senior ladies club championship with her adopted side, Foxrock-Cabinteely. Football is also in her blood – as her father Brian Nerney also played for Laois for many years.

Jane Moore

Club: St Brigids
Age: 25
Occupation: Secondary School Teacher
Height: 5ft 11”
LGFA honours: Leinster U 16 A ‘09, Leinster Minor A ‘11, Leinster Senior ‘11.

The Moore sisters are synonymous with ladies football in Laois. Jane was involved when Laois got to their last Leinster final in 2011. Jane’s workrate in midfield is immense – and she is often found doing the unglamourous work to get the ball down the field.

Anna Healy

Club: Park-Ratheniska
Age: 20
Height: 5’6’’
Occupation: Student

This intermediate player of the year orginally started out in wing-back but has grown into the midfield position. Anna has experience of with and against some of the highest calibre of intercounty players from playing for UL in the O’Connor Cup.

Erone Fitzpatrick

Club: Park-Ratheniska
Age: 17
Height: 5’ 5”
Occupation: Student
LGFA Honours: Leinster U14B ‘14, Leinster Minor C ‘18

Erone and Emma Lawlor may be two of the youngest in the first 15, but they have as much talent and experience under their belts as some players twice their age. Erone was instrumental in Laois’s U18 Leinster final win over Wexford and her ability to take the shot under pressure helped Laois in the dying minutes of the Leinster intermediate semi-final.

Ciara Burke

Club: Sarsfields
Age: 22
Height: 5’9”
Occupation: Nurse
LGFA Honours: Leinster Minor B & All-Ireland Minor B ‘13

Ciara was out until the league this year due to injury but in many ways it’s like the Sarsfields woman never left. Ciara did suffer a hard knock to her shoulder in the Leinster semi-final but has been training with the team since and has been praised by manager Doogue for his tenacity

Meaghan Dunne

Club: Sarsfields
Age: 22
Height: 5″6′
Occupation: Student
LGFA Honours: Leinster Minor B & All Ireland Minor B ’13.

Rosenallis woman Meaghan is a forward who defends like a back. Dunne came up through the ranks with the likes of Ciara Burke and Laura-Marie Maher so she knows what both success and defeat both feel like. Her ability to read the game sets her apart.

Clare Conlon

Club: Sarsfields
Age: 31
Height: 5ft 2.5in
Occupation: Project Officer, FAI
LGFA Honours: Leinster Minor A. 1 All Ireland Minor A Runner-up. 1 Leinster Senior

In such a young team, Clare is one of the most experienced players. Clare has put her name on the scoreboard hundreds of times for Laois over the years, both from play and frees. This Sarsfields woman is a real leader on the inside forward line.

Emma Lawlor

Club: St.Pauls
Age: 17
Height: 5’ 5”
Occupation: Student
LGFA Honours: Leinster U-14 B ‘14, Leinster Minor C ‘18

Although Emma Lawlor one of the youngest players on the team, between underage football, soccer and schools’ football – this Emo player knows what it takes to win on a big day. Emma’s latest final for Laois was a last minute goal clincher – in which she scored 1-6 – so she’s able to step up when it matters.

Maggie Murphy

Club: Timahoe ladies
Age: 32
Height: 5″7
Occupation: Admin
LGFA Honours: NFL: Div 1 ’03, Div 2 ’01, ’06. Leinster Minor A 2003/04, Leinster Senior ’06, ’07, ’11. TG4 All Ireland: Senior ’01. Interprovincial: Leinster ’10

Maggie’s footballing record speaks for itself. One of the stalwarts from Laois’s famous All-Ireland win in 2001, Maggie has added three national league titles, three Leinster final wins, a Leinster minor title and played on the Leinster interprovincial team of 2010. There is no questioning this Timahoe woman’s skill or dedication.

Sinéad O’Rourke

Club: St.Pauls
Age: 18
Height: 5’11’’
Occupation: Student
LGFA Honours: U14 Leinster Final ’14, Minor Leinster Final ’17, Minor Leinster Final ‘18

18 year old Sinead is now substitute goalkeeper for the intermediate side following some fine performances as the county’s minor goalie this year.

Mary Cotter

Club: St. Conleth’s
Age: 19
Height: 5″3
Occupation: Student
LGFA honours: Leinster Minor ‘C’ Championship 2017

Mary also has plenty of experience playing on big match days. The St Conleth’s woman played for the UL freshers side and also on on the Laois minor team that won last year’s ‘C’ championship.

Ciara Hughes

Club: Sarsfields
Age: 18
Height: 5ft 4in
Occupation: Student
LGFA Honours: U14 Leinster B 2014, Minor Leinster C 2017 & 2018.

Ciara Hughes, also a member of the Laois minor team, started playing senior with Sarsfields last year and has since earned a spot on the Laois panel. She is a determined defender, honest tackler and great at making bursts forward.

Aoife Kirrane

Club: St. Conleth’s
Age: 24
Height: 5’4”
Occupation: Trainee Accountant & Tax Advisor

Aoife was subject to a tear to her cruciate the Monday after Laois’s quarter-final win over Offaly. The St Conleth’s woman came on as a sub in the match and the following Monday she felt her cruciate go in a warm-up drill before a club match.

Eva Galvin

Club: St Conleths
Age:18
Height: 5.9
Occupation: Student
LGFA Honours: Leinster Minor C 2018

Eva played a starring role in Laois’s match against Wexford in the Leinster semi-final by coming on a scoring a goal in the starting minutes of the second half. Eva is also part of the Bennett family that has five grandchildren representing Laois at different levels.

Caoimhe Simms

Club: St Brigids
Age: 21
Height: 5’1”
Occupation: Student
LGFA Honours: U16B & Minor B Leinster Championship

Caoimhe also came up with the likes of Meaghan Dunne and Ciara Burke and her pace sets the game alight. Set up very valuable scores when she came on the Leinster semi-final.

Sarah Walsh

Club: St.Conleths
Age: 17
Height: 5’ 9”
Occupation: Student
LGFA Honours: Leinster Minor C ‘18

Sarah is the youngest player on the panel at 17, but has experienced success with Laois by winning the minor championship already this year. An incredible sharp-shooter at full-forward, she can kick off both left and right and is an ideal target woman.

Ciara Langton

Club: St. Joseph’s
Age: 19
Height: 5’ 6”
Occupation: Student – Agricultural Science
LGFA Honours: U16 Leinster ‘B’ ‘14, Minor Leinster ‘C’ ‘17.

Ciara was Junior player of year last year and  is part of the up and coming St Joseph’s side and has been involved in winning with Laois teams since the U16 Leinster ‘B’ championship. This is Ciara’s first year on the squad and her sweet left boot makes her a huge asset to the team.

Caoimhe Lawlor

Club: Park Ratheniska
Age: 20
Height: 5’ 4”
Occupation: Student
LGFA Honours:
Leinster U14B ‘12, Leinster U16B ‘14, Leinster Minor B ’16.

Caoimhe was part of the highly successful Laois side which won a Leinster minor ‘B’ final in 2016.

Shauna Quirke

Club: St.Conleths
Age: 18
Height: 5’’ 6”
Occupation: Lifeguard and Swim Teacher
LGFA Honours: Leinster U- 16.

One of the youngest on the team, Shauna brings great pace to the game and also played on the Laois side that won the Leinster U-16 final.

 

Laura-Marie Maher

Club: Sarsfields
Age: 23
Height: 5’ 7”
Occupation: Primary School Teacher
LGFA Co Honours: Leinster Minor B ’13, All-Ireland Minor B ’13.

Former captain of the side, Laura-Marie tore her cruciate in April of this year. Laois manager Doogue says the Rosenallis woman’s comeback will be ‘greater than her setback’

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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.