Laois 2-9 Meath 4-15
Leinster intermediate quarter-final
Laois have bowed out of the Leinster intermediate championship following a 12 point loss to Meath today.
Vikki Wall got the Royal county off to a flying start in Navan after she raised the white flag with just a minute of play gone.
Stacey Grimes – who recorded a total 2-5 of today – sent over her first point shortly afterwards to put both corner forwards on the board.
Laois cut Meath’s scoring as Erone Fitzpatrick ably assisted fellow Scoil Chriost Rí woman Emma Lawlor in getting Laois onto the scoresheet after four minutes of play.
Laois goalkeeper Fiona Kelly made a great save against an oncoming Meath attack while Grimes and opposing number 13, Mo Nerney, traded scores.
Laois went briefly ahead as Laura Nerney had her mind on the goal – hitting the back of the net after 11 minutes to give David Gibson’s side 1-2.
Wall and Laois co-captain Jane Moore raised the white flags at opposing ends of the field before Meath slotted away a goal and three points unanswered.
Grimes was behind 1-1 of these, while Simonstown woman Kelsey Nesbitt and Dunsany’s Megan Thynne grabbing a point a piece.
Laois had a goal disallowed for a square ball before Emma Duggan shattered the back of the net to give Meath 2-9 to Laois’s 1-3 after 25 minutes.
Grimes grabbed the third of Meath’s first-half hattrick of goals followed by wing-back Niamh Gallogly splitting the posts.
Erone Fitzpatrick and Mo Nerney replied for Laois to make it Meath 3-10 to Laois 1-5 at half-time.
Laois were first on the scoreboard in the second half with Fitzpatrick adding a second point to her name.
Grimes hit back for Meath – bringing her personal tally to 2-4 for the day – while midfielder and captain Máire O’Shaughnessy sailed her effort over the upright a minute later.
Mo Nerney made it 1-6 for Laois through a free while Emma stormed through for a goal to make it 2-6 for Laois.
However this cutback on the deficit was dashed as Meath subsititute Brigetta Lunch made her presence be known as she sent the Royals 10 points into the lead.
Laois were dealt another blow as Fiona Kelly picked up a serious injury, leading to her being stretchered off after 50 minutes.
Scores from Emma Duggan and Grimes brought Meath up to 2-14 while Mo Nerney and Grimes traded raising the white flag to leave the final score: Meath 4-15 Laois 2-9.
SCORERS – Meath: Stacey Grimes 2-7 (0-1 frees), Emma Duggan 1-2, Brigetta Lunch 1-0, Vikki Wall 0-2, Niamh Gallogly 0-2, Megan Thynne 0-1, Kelsey Nesbitt 0-1 Laois: Emma Lawlor 1-1, Laura Nerney 1-0, Mo Nerney 0-4 (0-2 frees), Erone Fitzpatrick 0-2, Jane Moore 0-1
LAOIS: Fiona Kelly (Park-Ratheniska); Mary Cotter (St. Conleths), Clodagh Dunne (Ballyroan), Maureen Young (Timahoe); Anna Healy (Park-Ratheniska), Ellen Healy (Portlaoise), Aine Halberlin (St. Conleths); Laura Nerney (Foxrock-Cabinteely), Jane Moore (St. Brigids); Erone Fitzpatrick (Park-Ratheniska), Caoimhe Simms (St. Brigids), Sinead Cullen (St. Conleths); Mo Nerney (Timahoe) Aisling Kehoe (Portlaoise)
Emma Lawlor (St. Pauls). Subs: Aimee Kelly (St Conleth’s) for M Cotter (half-time), Shannon Costello (St Paul’s) for S Cullen (half-time), Emily McWey (Ballyroan) for C Simms (40 minutes), Julia Cahill (Portlaoise) for A Kehoe (43 minutes), Sinead O’Rourke (St Paul’s) for F Kelly (50 minutes – injured)
MEATH: Monica McGuirk; Katie Newe, Sarah Powderly, Orlaith Duff Dee; Aoibhín Cleary, Shauna Ennis, Niamh Gallogly; Máire O’Shaughnessy, Kate Byrne; Megan Thynne, Emma Duggan, Orla Byrne; Stacey Grimes, Kelsey Nesbitt, Vikki Wall. Subs: Brigetta Lunch for K Nesbitt (40 minutes), Aoibheann Leahy for O Byrne (48 minutes), Niamh Sheridan for S Ennis (55 minutes), Seanaidh Hickey for K Newe (55 minutes)