Laois 4-6 Kildare 3-14
Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 3 Round 4
Meaghan Dunne scored four goals for the Laois Ladies but it wasn’t enough as neighbours Kildare made it four wins in a row in Division 3.
Donie Brennan’s charges were looking to build on their great win over Longford last weekend when they met the league leaders in Hawkfield.
They got off to a wonderful start when Erone Fitzpatrick set up Dunne who blasted to the net from close range.
Erone Fitzpatrick added a point a minute later but the home side got on top after that and hit seven unanswered points before a Grace White goal left them 1-8 to 1-1 ahead after 21 minutes.
But Laois finished the half strongly. Dunne added two more goals to complete her hat-trick while Aoife Kirrane also pointed to leave it 1-11 to 3-2 at half time.
Laois levelled the game on the resumption of play when Dunne banged in her fourth goal from the penalty spot and Laois led once again when Fitzpatrick curled over her second point.
Niamh Sinnott and Leah Loughman traded points to leave Laois ahead with 17 minutes to play but the home side finished the game very strongly.
Nessa Dooley and Niamh Sinnott raised green flags in quick succession and that gave Kildare a lead they would never relinquish as they went on to win by five points in the end.
Laois’s next game is at home to Fermanagh on Sunday March 8.
SCORERS – LAOIS: Meaghan Dunne 4-0 (1-0 penalty), Aoife Kirrane 0-1, Erone Fitzpatrick 0-2, Leah Loughmann 0-2 (two frees) KILDARE: Lara Curren 0-3, Roisin Byrne 0-6, Erica Burke 0-1, Nessa Dooley 1-3, Grace White 1-0, Niamh Sinnott 1-1
LAOIS: Sinead O Rourke (St Pauls), Andrea Moran (Ballyroan), Laura Nerney (Foxrock Cabinteely), Rebecca Balfe (St Pauls), Casey Conroy (Sarsfields), Anna Healy (Park Ratheniska), Ciara Hughes (Sarsfields); Fiona Dooley (Portlaoise), Eva Galvin (St Conleths); Caoimhe Simms (St Brigids), Mo Nerney (Timahoe), Emma Lawlor (St Pauls); Kate Whelan (Ballyroan), Erone Fitzpatrick (Park Ratheniska), Rachel Fitzgerald (Ballyroan), Nadine Dempsey (St Pauls), Emily Mulhall (Ballyroan), Rebbeca Reddin (Portlaoise), Alice Walsh (Shanahoe), Sophie Delahunt (Park Ratheniska), Kate Jacob (Shanahoe), Leah Loughman (Portlaoise), Amy Potts (St Brigids), Meaghan Dunne (Sarsfields), Aoife Kirrane (St Conleths)
Laois 0-5 Kildare 1-18
Leinster Ladies Minor Football Championship Round 1
The Laois minor Ladies suffered defeat in their opening championship match which was also played in Hawkfield this afternoon.
Kildare showed their intent in this game right from the off and Laois had keeper Orla Knowles to thank for two fine early stops.
Leah Tarpey gave Laois the lead with two points but Kildare soon got on top and stretched five points clear by half time.
Emily Lacey grabbed a third point for Laois but Kildare took a 0-8 to 0-3 lead into the interval.
Laois needed a goal to get back into the game but instead it was Holly Tyrell who grabbed one as Kildare claimed a 16 point win.
SCORERS: Laois: Leah Tarpey 0-4 (two frees), Emily Lacey 0-1
LAOIS: Orla Knowles (Timahoe), Rebecca Reddin (Portlaoise), Danielle Forbes (Graiguecullen), Ava Lalor (Sarsfields), Leah Kelly (Ballyroan), Juila Cahill (Portlaoise), Sinead Farrelly (St Joseph’s), Sarah Larkin (Timahoe), Aishling Fitzpatrick (The Heath), Emily Lacey (St Joseph’s), Jenny Murphy (Timahoe), Orla Hennessy (Timahoe), Lisa Keane (The Heath), Leah Tarpey (Sarsfields), Kelly O’Neill (Graiguecullen). Subs: Chloe Cuddy (Shanahoe), Anna Lalor (The Heath), Grace Salmon (The Heath), Ellen Donaghue (Ballyroan), Aoibhin Maher (St.Pauls), Sara Kerfa (Graiguecullen), Aoibhe O Brien (Portlaoise), Caoimhe Lacy (St Joseph’s), Grainne Cotter (St Conleths), Rachal Glynn (Portlaoise), Heather Bennett (Timahoe), Laura Devoy (Timahoe), Becky Fenlon (St Conleths), Ava Corcoran (St Conleths), Sinead Larkin (Timahoe)