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O’Dea inspired Clare down Laois Ladies in All-Ireland championship opener

Laois Ladies

Laois 1-12 Clare 4-13
Ladies All-Ireland Intermediate Football Championship Group 3 Round 2

The Laois Ladies will need a big win over Wexford next weekend if they are to keep their All-Ireland hopes alive after they were well beaten by Clare in O’Moore Park this afternoon.

Niamh O’Dea was the star of the show as she led her side to a ten point win that leaves Laois in danger of not getting out of the group.

They must now defeat Wexford by seven points next weekend if they wish to join the Banner women in the last eight of the competition.

Clare played with the wind in the first half they completely dominated the opening quarter.

Niamh O’Dea, Grainne Nolan and Eimear O’Connor landed points for the Banner women with O’Dea and Nolan also rattling the net as Laois really struggled to get out of their own attack.

There was a brief respite for Laois at the midpoint of the half when Shannon Costello and Emma Lawlor combined brilliantly with Aisling Kehoe who broke through and buried the ball past Ciara Harvey in the Clare goal.

But Clare’s response was emphatic as they went straight down the other end where Niamh O’Dea split Laois open again and fed Grainne Nolan who rattled the ball past Fiona Kelly for a third time.

The sides traded points from here to half time as Mo Nerney and Emma Lawlor saw efforts cancelled out by Niamh O’Dea to leave Clare ahead 3-7 to 1-3 ahead at half time.

Emma Lawlor and Niamh O’Dea exchanged points on the resumption of play but Laois were then handed a boost when Grainne Harvey was sin-binned for Clare meaning Laois would have an extra player for ten minutes.

But instead it was Clare who got the next two scores via Fidelma Marrinan and Grainne Nolan to move 3-10 to 1-4 ahead after 40 minutes.

Laois did get the next three scores though, all from Mo Nerney, before Erone Fitzoatrick made it four in a row as we entered the final quarter with just eight between the sides.

Nerney slotted her sixth point and when sub Hannah Russell added another after a fine run from Ellen Healy, the chance of a Laois comeback was on.

But Clare, now restored to their full compliment, broke back up field where Roisin Looney got through to score their fourth goal and break Laois’s momentum.

Clare then had Ailish Considine sin-binned but Niamh O’Dea took her tally to to 1-6 and all of a sudden Clare led 4-11 to 1-10 with 10 minutes to play.

Laois kept going but it was goals they needed now and they didn’t come as they fell to defeat.

Laois face Wexford next weekend where they will require a seven  point win if they are to have any chance of advancing to the All-Ireland quarter.

SCORERS – LAOIS: Aisling Kehoe 1-0, Mo Nerney 0-7 (six frees), Emma Lawlor 0-2 (one free), Hannah Russell 0-1, Erone Fitzpatrick 0-1 CLARE: Niamh O’Dea 1-8 (two frees), Grainne Nolan 1-2, Eimear O’Connor 0-1, Laurie Ryan 1-0, Catriona Callinan 0-1, Fidelma Marrinan 0-1, Roisin Looney 1-0

LAOIS: Fiona Kelly (Park Ratheniska); Aimee Kelly (St. Conleths), Clodagh Dunne (Ballyroan), Maureen Young (Timahoe); Mary Cotten (St. Conleths), Ellen Healy (Portlaoise), Laura Nerney (Foxrock-Cabinteeley); Andrea Moran (Ballyroan), Anna Healy (Park-Ratheniska); Erone Fitzpatrick (Park-Ratheniska), Shannon Costelloe (St. Paul’s), Caoimhe Simms (St. Brigids); Mo Nerney (Timahoe), Aisling Kehoe (Portlaoise), Emma Lawlor (St. Paul’s). Subs: Aine Haberlin (St Conleth’s) for A Healy (29, inj), Rebecca Balfe (St Paul’s) for Cotter (33), Niamh O’Rourke (Ballyfin) for Yong (35), Jane Moore (St Brigid’s) for Moran (41), Hannah Russell (Clonaslee) for Costello (45)

CLARE: Ciara Harvey; Ellie O’Gorman, Siofra Ni Chonnaill; Roisin Considine, Laurie Ryan, Aine Keane; Roisin Looney, Niamh O’Dea; Ailish Considine, Grainne Nolan, Eimear O’Connor; Catriona Callinan, Caoimhe Harvey, Fidelma Marrinan. Subs: Orla Davitt for S Ni Chonnaill (40)

Referee: Stephen McNulty (Wicklow)

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