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Portlaoise off to flying start with big win over St Conleth’s

Portlaoise 4-11 St Conleth’s 1-8
Laois Ladies SFC Round 1

Portlaoise are off to a winning start in this year’s championship after a fine victory over St Conleth’s.

Portlaoise began on the front foot and were three points up in the first ten minutes. Leah Loughman opened the scoring with a point from play before Aisling Kehoe slotted over. A passage of good play from Ciara Byrne set up Aisling Kehoe to split the posts for her second point.

Loughman was to get her second point of the game as Kirsten Keenan assisted her to score. St Conleth’s got off the mark thanks to a score from Shifra Havill.

Loughman got in for goal shortly after as great play from Portlaoise was rewarded with a goal. Conleth’s fought back and reeled off five scores, one of them being a goal to leave the game level at the break. Maira Byrne pointed two frees with Sinead Cullen also pointing from play.

Laura Dunne blasted the ball into the Portlaoise net before Claire Fox raised a white flag to leave the game in the melting pot.

Portlaoise came out firing in the second-half as they rattled off 1-2 with substitute Grainne Moran pointing two frees before Kehoe raised a green flag to put Portlaoise in command.

Kirrane pointed a free to end Portlaoise’s scoring spree. Moran pointed superbly from play before Portlaoise raised another green flag to put the game beyond Conleth’s. Leah Loughman getting her second goal of the game with Keenan also pointing from play.

The game was put beyond doubt as Shaunagh Jackson rifled the ball into the top corner. Fiona Dooley pointed with Moran scoring a free. The game ended with two scores from Kirrane, one from play and one from a free.

SCORERS – Portlaoise: Leah Loughman 2–2, Aisling Kehoe 1-2, Shaunagh Jackson 1-1; 0-1 free, Grainne Moran 0-4 frees, Fiona Dooley 0-1, Kirsten Keenan 0-1. St Conleth’s: Maira Byrne 0-3 frees, Aoife Kirrane 0-2, Sinead Cullen 0-1, Claire Fox 0-1, Shifra Havill 0-1

PORTLAOISE: Aoife Hyland Conlon; Rebecca Reddin, Sarah Fleming, Claire Byrne; Alison Taylor, Aisling Saunders, Ciara Byrne; Ellen Healy, Fiona Dooley; Julia Cahill, Aisling Kehoe, Amy Byrne; Leah Loughman, Shaunagh Jackson, Kirsten Keenan. Subs: Grainne Moran for Taylor (30 mins, inj), Ciara Murphy for Keenan (53 mins), Aoibhe O’Brien for Claire Byrne (55 mins)

ST CONLETH’S: Rachel Gorman; Naomi Luttrell, Tinasha Chaploanya, Mary Corter; Nicole Byrne, Aimee Kelly, Aoife Kirrane; Maira Byrne, Aine Haberlin; Shifra Havill, Eva Galvin, Sinead Cullen; Claire Fox, Laura Dunne, Sarah Walsh. Subs: Fiona Dempsey for Walsh (20 mins, inj), Ava Corcoran for Kirrane (half-time), Sile Burbage for Cullen (53 mins)

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