Laois 0-15 Fermanagh 2-7
Lidl Ladies Football League Division 3
The Laois ladies recorded an impressive win over Fermanagh in McCann Park on Sunday afternoon.
This win takes Laois to six points in the group as they remain in mid-table of Division 3.
Fermanagh got the game’s scoring underway as Roisin O’Reilly pointed two early frees. Laois responded with two frees of their own, Kate Whelan pointed one while Mo Nerney pointed the other.
O’Reilly scored her third point shortly after, once again coming from a free.
Laois rattled off two unanswered scores as Emma Lawlor scored a sumptuous point while Nerney showed her reliability from frees with another score.
Fermanagh ended the half on a high and went into the break two ahead as Brenda Bannon scored from play before O’Reilly got her fourth point from frees.
Laois began the second-half with the wind as they needed a big second-half to get the two points on the board.
O’Reilly scored yet another free to began the second-half scoring. Nerney had a goal chance for Laois but her effort narrowly missed the target.
Laois then kicked on as Fermanagh were reduced to 14 players as Bannon received a yellow card which ensues a ten minute spell off the field.
In those ten minutes, Laois went on to score an incredible eight points. Nerney pointed a free before Emma Lawlor opened her tally as she scored two frees of her own.
Nerney scored a further four points with three of them coming from play. Aine McGovern stopped the Laois onslaught as she pointed from play.
Nerney would add a further two points from play as she ran the show for Laois in the second-half.
Down by five points, Fermanagh scored two quick-fire goals to go ahead. Sarah Jane Jones fired low into the corner before an effort from Aoife Flanagan bounced over Sinead O’Rourke’s head in the Laois goal.
Nerney kicked Laois on again with two more points as she took her tally to a remarkable ten points. Meaghan Dunne fired over the game’s final point as Laois ran out victors by two points.
Laois now have a two-week break before playing Down at home on Sunday, March 22, and then finishing up away to the current bottom side Sligo on March 29.
Division 3 results
- Longford 0-12 Sligo 0-10
- Down 0-11 Wicklow 0-11
- Kildare 0-13 Roscommon 0-8
SCORERS – Laois: Mo Nerney 0-10 (five frees), Emma Lawlor 0-3 (two frees), Meaghan Dunne and Kate Whelan (free) 0-1 each. Fermanagh: Roisin O’Reilly 0-5 (all frees), Aoife Flanagan and Sarah Jane Jones 1-0 each, Brenda Bannon and Aine McGovern 0-1 each
LAOIS: Sinead O’Rourke (St Paul’s); Andrea Moran (Ballyroan), Amy Potts (St Brigid’s), Ciara Hughes (Sarsfields); Casey Conroy (Sarsfields), Laura Nerney (Foxrock-Cabinteely), Anna Healy (Ratheniska); Fiona Dooley (Portlaoise), Eva Galvin (St Conleths); Caoimhe Simms (St Brigid’s), Mo Nerney (Timahoe), Aoife Kirrane (St Conleths); Meaghan Dunne (Sarsfields), Emma Lawlor (St Paul’s), Kate Whelan (Ballyroan). Subs: Leah Loughman (Portlaoise) for Whelan (38), Kate Jacob (Shanahoe) for Kirrane (64)
FERMANAGH: Roisin Gleeson; Ciara Clarke, Erin Murphy, Eimear Keenan; Sarah McCarville, Courtney Murphy, Aine McGovern; Roisin O’Reilly, Aoife Flanagan; Aisling Maguire, Brenda Bannon, Roisin McDonald; Niamh McManus, Laura Grev, Aoibhin Jones
Subs: Shauna Hamilton for Maguire (35), Sarah Jane Jones for McManus (45), Molly McGloin for McDonald (47), Molly Flynn for Bannon (50), Sarah McCausland for Grew (52)