Shanahoe 5-7 Timahoe 3-10
2004 Laois Minor Ladies Football Final
Shanahoe ladies football club were a coming force in the early part of the 2000s and that was very much evident on the first weekend of December in 2004 when they claimed a third minor title.
They got the better of Timahoe in a high-scoring game in Ballyroan.
Goals from Noreen Kirwan and Fiona O’Grady helped Shanahoe to a 2-6 to 1-4 lead at the break, Timahoe’s goal coming from Maggie Murphy.
The impressive Jessie Curley and Shona Barry got goals for Timahoe in the second half as they staged an impressive comeback but Laura Dunne struck for two goals for Shanahoe and Lisa Dunne got one as they did just enough to win by three points in the end.
After the game, Marie Hickey – who was then chairperson of Laois Ladies football and later went on to serve as LGFA national president – presented the cup to winning captain Martha Kirwan.
Many of the players from both clubs would later go on to play senior with Laois – and Sarsfields would translate their underage success to adult level just two years later when they won their first and only senior title.
SCORERS – Shanahoe: Laura Dunne 2-1, Noreen Kirwan 1-2, Lisa Dunne 1-1, Fiona O’Grady 1-1, Martha Kirwan 0-2. Timahoe: Jessie Curley 1-3, Maggie Murphy 1-2, Shona Barry 1-0, Aisling Quigley 0-2, Aoife McWey 0-1, Eimear McWey 0-1, Louise Delaney 0-1
SHANAHOE: Tori Lynch; Miriam Harrison, Eimear Moynihan, Sinead Delaney; Marion O’Grady, Aoife Donohue, Niamh Fitzpatrick; Claire Sutton, Deirdre Moore; Noreen Kirwan, Lisa Dunne, Fiona O’Grady; Natasha Cuddy, Martha Kirwan, Laura Dunne. Subs: Orla Dwyer, Miriam Dalton, Claire Dwyer, Lorraine Hally, Mary Fitzpatrick, Jenny Corrigan, Kate Hyland, Orna Phelan, Emma Dollard, Maggie Hogan
TIMAHOE: Dephane Phelan; Kathryn Stapleton, Louise Delaney, Tara Delaney; Patricia Lalor, Grainne Dunne, Helen Quigley; Maggie Murphy, Jessie Curley; Aisling Quigley, Aoife McWey, Eimear McWey; Shona Barry, Anne Marie Kelly, Anne Marie Lowry. Subs: Sharon Corcoran, Danielle Tierney, Grace Tierney, Jenny Scully, Catherine Ramsbottom, Martina O’Connor