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Second half turnaround too little too late as Laois Ladies footballers lose to Wexford

Laois 2-8 Wexford 0-15
National Football League division 2 round 5

A second half turnaround in Laois’s favour came too little too late as David Gibson’s side lost to Wexford in Timahoe today.

Wexford began the game with a strong wind, however it was Laois first out of the blocks with two points in the opening minutes of the game.

Wexford then struck four points without reply, as their dominant half-back line lead from in front, attacking each ball as it came in.

A vital score came from the boot of Sarsfields woman Joyce Dunne as she struck a goal to lower the deficit building up to half-time.

Wexford’s Maria Byrne missed the chance to respond and just as teammate Fiona Rochford went to kick a simple point, referee Des McEnery blew his whistle for the interval. Wexford led 0-11 to 1-3 at half-time.

Wexford kicked the opening two points of the second half before Laois got into gear and in control of the game. It went to 0-14 to 1-5 with 10 minutes to go as Laois hit their purple patch.

Timahoe’s Mo Nerney kicked many stellar points to mark the start of a battle against the Wexford women. Many frees meant eight additional minutes were played, but Laois’s comeback was just too late as Wexford emerged one point victors – 0-15 to 2-8.

Laois remain on bottom of the table with no points earned so far. Their next game is away to Waterford on Sunday, March 24.

LAOIS: Fiona Kelly (Park-Ratheniska); Clodagh Dunne (Ballyroan) Maureen Young (Timahoe), Aimee Kelly (St Conleth’s); Ellen Healy (Portlaoise), Jane Moore (St Brigid’s), Mary Cotter (St Conleth’s); Anna Healy (Park-Ratheniska), Laura Nerney (Foxrock-Cabinteely); Emma Lawlor (St Paul’s); Joyce Dunne (Sarsfields), Alannah Havill (St. Conleth’s); Meaghan Dunne (Sarsfields), Ashling Kehoe (Portlaoise), Mo Nerney (Timahoe) Subs: Niamh O’Riordan (Ballyfin) for M Cotter, Aine Haberlain (St Conleth’s) for E Healy, Emma Finlay (Shanahoe) for A Kelly, Shannon Costello (St Paul’s) for A Kehoe, Alice Dunne (Timahoe) for J Dunne, Sinead Cullen (St. Conleths) for E Lawlor, Laura Peake (Sarsfields) for M Young

Referee: Des McEnery (Westmeath)

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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.