Portlaoise Panthers hopes of doing a league and cup double were dashed today when they were beaten by Trinity Meteors in the semi-final of the Division 1 league in Leixlip.
The Panthers had defeated Meteors in the cup final in January but the Dublin side reversed that result today to set up a final against Team Tom McCarthy’s from Castleisland tomorrow.
The sides were neck-and-neck in the opening quarter, with Meteors holding a slim 23-19 margin, but Portlaoise managed to cut that deficit to 36-34 by half-time. Sarah Kenny was simply outstanding for the Dubliners, scoring 23 points in a game that Trinity only began to find some breathing space in the third quarter.
Trudy Walker’s 17 points kept Panthers in the game, but Kenny – who sank numerous three pointers in the period – along with Lauren Grisgby and Edel Thornton kept the scores raining in for Meteors to see them lead 59-48 going into the last.
Portlaoise’s young stars Ciara Byre and Ciara Wheeler ensured that Trinity couldn’t relax in the fourth quarter, but Kenny kept the Dubliners out in front to see them into Sunday’s final.
On the club GAA front in Laois on Saturday, Graiguecullen recorded a 0-8 to 0-7 win over St Joseph’s to book a place in the pre-season Kelly Cup final.
It was Graiguecullen’s second outing as they had beaten Arles-Kilcruise last week while St Joseph’s had received a walkover from Ballylinan.
In the re-fixed quarter-final fixture, Ballylinan were 2-12 to 0-7 winners over neighbours Crettyard.
They will now play Killeshin in the semi-final after they received a walkover from Arles-Killeen.
The local GAA season continues to kick into gear tomorrow with a handful of games. In Division 2 of the football league, Mountmellick meet Timahoe while St Joseph’s take on Park-Ratheniska.
Elsewhere, there was a good result for the Laois senior footballers this evening as Armagh recorded a 3-14 to 0-10 win over Fermanagh in Enniskillen.
The result sends Armagh to the top of Division 2 of the Allianz Football League on scoring difference as they are level with Roscommon on seven points.
But it leaves Fermanagh rooted to the bottom on two points and should they lose to Clare in Ennis next Sunday, they’d already be relegated when Laois play them in the final round on the following Sunday.
Things are still incredibly tight in the division with just three points separating seven teams.
Laois are away in their final two games over the next two weekends – to Westmeath next Sunday and Fermanagh seven days later.
- Westmeath v Laois
- Kildare v Cavan
- Armagh v Roscommon
- Clare v Fermanagh
- Fermanagh v Laois
- Kildare v Westmeath
- Cavan v Roscommon
- Clare v Armagh