Laois 2-9 Leitrim/Longford 1-16
All-Ireland Masters Shield Final
The Laois Masters lads came up short on Saturday in the Shield final against Longford/Leitrim in Roscommon.
It brings to an end a very memorable first year for this Over-40s competing in this competition.
Organised by Clonaslee man Mark Rooney, the Masters saw over 50 men tog out for them at various stages during the year.
Laois had started a little sluggish with a strong breeze but finally got their rythem with a fine worked goal from Greg Ramsbottom and a number of points from Chris Conway and Paul Dunne combined with fine defensive plays from Darren Rooney and Pj Rowan insured the O’Moore led at the break on a scoreline of 1-6 to 0-6.
Noel Garvan picked up a very debatable yellow card in the first half which would cost Laois in the second half.
The Laois Masters started well in the second half against the strong breeze and scored two points to keep daylight between the teams.
Then with 42 mins played Noel Garvan’s challenge on an opponent was considered high by the referee who then issued a second yellow and a red to the St Joseph’s stalwart.
Longford/Leitrim got their gander up and with the wind they leveled up the game with 17 minutes remaining.
Laois were thrown a lifeline after a high challenge on Greg Ramsbottom resulted in a penalty, which Shane Cooke calmly dispatched.
Laois were in the lead again, but Longford/Leitrim used their extra man to level the game up and ultimately finish off the game, Darren Rooney made a number of last ditch runs up the field in attempts to salvage the game, all of substitutes got a piece of action as Laois desperately drove for the draw.
Unfortunately lady look was not to shine for Laois. But in their first year back in the Masters they can be proud of their achievements.
The Laois Masters would like to thank all those who supported the cause and to Murt Kelly (Kitman) and Bernie Conroy for physio. To the management team of Leo Turley, Tomas Brett and Barney Maher.
SCORERS – Laois: Chris Conway 0-5 (one free), Greg Ramsbottom 1-2, Shane Cooke 1-0, Fergal Fennell 0-1, Paul Dunne 0-1 Leitrim/Longford: Jamesie Martin 0-7 (one free), Benny O’Rourke 1-3 (1-0pen), Willie Skelly 0-4, Ray Cox 0-2 (one free)
LAOIS: Dan Nelligan (St Joseph’s), PJ Rowan (St Joseph’s) David Brennan (St Joseph’s), Michael O’Brien (Clonaslee), Darren Rooney (Clonaslee), Kevin Fitzpatrick (Portlaoise), Brian McEvoy (Ballylinan); John Kealy (Ballylinan), Noel Garvan (St Joseph’s), Darren Finlay (O’Dempsey’s), Greg Ramsbottom (Stradbally), Rory O’Connell (Kilcavan), Chris Conway (Arles-Kilcruise), Mark Rooney (Clonaslee), Paul Dunne (The Rock). Subs: Eamon O’Brien (Kilcavan), Denis Brennan (Park-Ratheniska), Shane Cooke (St Mary’s Dublin), John Molloy (Clonaslee) John McDonald (The Rock), Eamonn Delaney (Stradbally), David Sweeney (Portarlington), John Joe O’Connell (O’Dempsey’s), Fergal Fennell (Portlaoise), Liam O’Connor (Graiguecullen), Roghan Hayden (Timahoe), Larry Keenan (Stradbally), Colin Miller (Annanough), John Kenny (Daingean, Offaly), Seamus Ramsbottom (Timahoe), Brian O’Shaughnessy (Spink), Derek O’Connell (Kilcavan), Podge Langton (Stradbally), Gordon Lalor (Kilcavan), Manus Dunne (Kilcavan), Colm Parkinson (Portlaoise), Danny Doogue (Graiguecullen), Michael Fennelly (Portlaoise)
LEITRIM/LONGFORD: Francis Noonan; James Hynes, Derek McKeon, Enda McGahern; Gerry Carberry, John Coyle, Niall Brady; Ollie Maguire, Noel Reynolds; Andrew McManus, Jamesie Martin, Benny O’Rourke; JP McManus, Martin Dolan, Mark Beirne. Subs: Seamus Shortt, PC Corrigan, Niall Connerton, Emmett Kenny, Ray Cox, Willie Skelly