Laois 0-9 Tyrone 2-11
National Football League division 2 round 2
2018’s intermediate champions would have been a tough challenge for any side in bad conditions in Omagh, and David Gibson’s side fell just short in their round 2 meeting against them today.
Two goals for Tyrone and three missed chances for Laois meant a huge mountain to climb in the second half. Although Laois battled well in the last 15 minutes of the game, the deficit was too deep to pull back from.
Tyrone led from the off, before sharpshooter Emma Lawlor and Erone Fitzpatrick hit back for Laois inside the 10 minute mark.
Tyrone goalkeeper Shanon Lynch made a fine save on a shot at goals by co-captain Jane Moore before the Red Hand county tucked away a goal and two points.
Fitzpatrick and Mo Nerney raised the white flag for Laois before Tyrone added another goal to make it 2-6 to 0-5.
Laois kept the goals at bay during the second half, and made six substitutions during that time.
Some stand-out performances included those of Ellen Healy, Caoimhe Simms and Anna Healy. Emma Lawlor battled well but as Tyrone dropped players back playing deep, it was arduous work for the St Paul’s attacker.
Tyrone racked up three points to make it 2-9 before Laois hit back through the boots of Lawlor, Laura Nerney and Grainne Moran.
A tough day out but another learning curve for David Gibson’s young charges. They have a two week break before facing Kerry at home on Sunday, February 24.
SCORERS – Laois: Emma Lawlor 0-3,Erone Fitzpatrick 0-2, Mo Nerney 0-2, Laura Nerney 0-1, Grainne Moran 0-1
LAOIS: Fiona Kelly (Park-Ratheniska); Aimee Kelly (St Conleth’s), Maureen Young (Timahoe), Shauna Quirke (St Conleth’s); Ellen Healy (Portlaoise), Clodagh Dunne (Ballyroan), Anna Healy (Park-Ratheniska); Joyce Dunne (Sarsfields), Jane Moore (St Brigid’s); Alannah Havill (St Conleth’s), Emma Lawlor (St Paul’s), Erone Fitzpatrick (Park-Ratheniska); Laura Nerney (Foxrock-Cabinteely), Caoimhe Simms (St Brigid’s), Mo Nerney (Timahoe) Subs: Eva Galvin (St Conleth’s) for M Young, Shannon Costello (St Paul’s) for A Havill, Mary Cotter (St Conleth’s) for S Quirke, Meaghan Dunne (Sarsfields) for M Nerney, Grainne Moran (Portlaoise) for L Nerney, Aine Haberlin (St Conleth’s) for J Moore
Referee: Declan Carolan (Down)