Laois 1-9 Clare 1-12
Lidl Ladies Football League Division 2
It was a disappointing dy out for the Laois ladies footballers today as their immense defending efforts weren’t enough to seal victory against Clare.
Magnificent saves from goalkeeper Fiona Kelly weren’t enough to hold Laois’s one point lead from the first half as Clare hit a purple patch after the break to finish three point victors.
The Scoil Chríost Rí All-Ireland winners Emma Lawlor and Erone Fitzpatrick had just a one day turnaround from their game against Loreto Clonmel yesterday, but bothn produced some great scores.
Another positive from the game was Laois ladies minor captain Jade Nolan from Graiguecullen coming on to make her intermediate debut.
Aisling Kehoe cemented the perfect start for Laois, scoring a goal in the opening minutes of the game.
However a point followed by a goal from Clare full-forward Niamh O’Dea saw them establish the lead before Meaghan Dunne and Aisling Kehoe raised the white flag for Laois.
Kelly and Clare goalkeeper Ciara Harvey both denied a goal each, with Emma Lawlor making do with a point for her efforts. Another woman’s efforts, Maureen Young’s, were playing dividends as the Laois backs put fierce pressure on the Clare forwards.
Two brilliant points from All-Ireland schools captain Erone Fitzpatrick and full-forward Mo Nerney sent Laois one ahead at the break – 1-5 to 1-4.
Clare sailed three points over the bar at the start of the second half before Mo Nerney suceeded in winning a free which Lawlor lodged over the crossbar.
Goalkeeper Kelly was under pressure again this half but dealt with it brilliantly, making two crucial saves in the 30 minutes. Clare kicked four more points only to have their lead cut by Lawlor from play.
Ellen Healy embarked on tremendous defending in centre-back, dealin with the likes of Tara Kelly and Niamh O’Dea throughout the game.
However the scores from the beginning of the second half saw Clare hold onto the lead and finish winners in Doonbeg today.
SCORERS – Laois: Aisling Kehoe 1-1, Meaghan Dunne 0-1, Emma Lawlor 0-4 (0-1 frees), Erone Fitzpatrick 0-1, Mo Nerney 0-1
LAOIS: Fiona Kelly (Park-Ratheniska); Maureen Young (Timahoe), Jane Moore (St Brigid’s), Mary Cotter (St Conleth’s); Alannah Havill (St Conleth’s), Ellen Healy (Portlaoise), Anna Healy (Park-Ratheniska); Joyce Dunne (Sarsfields), Laura Nerney (Foxrock-Cabinteely); Emma Lawlor (St Paul’s); Shannon Costello (St Paul’s), Erone Fitzpatrick (Park-Ratheniska); Meaghan Dunne (Sarsfields), Mo Nerney (Timahoe), Aisling Kehoe (Portlaoise). Subs: Sinead Cullen (St Conleths) for S Costello, Niamh O’Rourke (Ballyfin) for A Havill, Eva Galvin (St Conleths) for M Dunne, Jade Nolan (Graiguecullen) for A Kehoe
CLARE: Ciara Harvey; Eva O’Dea, Ellie O’Gorman, Grainne Harvey; Sarah Bohannon, Laurie Ryan, Siofra Ní Chonnail; Roisin Looney, Caoimhe Harvey; Eimear O’Connor, Tara Kelly, Cliodhna Blake; Grainne Nolan, Niamh O’Dea, Eimear Keane.