Laois 1-11 Clare 5-7
All-Ireland Intermediate Championship Round 2
The Clare Ladies dented Laois’s hopes of reaching an All-Ireland semi final following an eight point win in Clonmel this afternoon.
Donie Brennan’s charges must now defeat Kildare in their final group game next weekend to have any chance of making the last four.
Clare came flying out of the traps and took a two point lead through Chloe Maloney and Roisin Considine. Emma Lawlor then completed a great Laois team move with a point to cut the deficit.
However, Laois began to struggle with Clare’s direct running which saw Chloe Maloney setup Niamh O’Dea for the game’s first goal.
Laois then had the chance to hit straight back when Andrea Moran set up Orla Hennessy but Clare keeper Michaela Glynn denied her. Chloe Maloney soon raised the game’s second green flag which saw them extend their lead.
Clare didn’t take their foot off the gas and Laois struggled to handle their running off the shoulder. Niamh O’Dea and Grainne Nolan combined to get the third goal of the game and saw them take a ten point lead at the water break – 3-3 to 0-2.
Laois were much better after the water break and they kicked three points in a row via Mo Nerney, Laura Nerney and Leah Tarpey.
Chloe Maloney and Mo Nerney swapped points before Clare were reduced to 14. Eimear Keane received a yellow card on the stroke of half time after she committed a foul on Andrea Moran when she was through on goal – but Clare still led 3-4 to 0-5 at half time.
In the opening minutes of the second half Clare were rewarded a penalty and Chloe Maloney stepped up to placed the ball into the net. Laois showed great character and replied with a goal.
Emma Lawlor squared the ball across to Mo Nerney on the edge of the square and she blasted it into the back of the net.
Laois began to get on top after the goal and points from Leah Tarpey and Mo Nerney cut the gap to six points.
But Niamh O’Dea scored her second goal of the game soon after which sealed the win for Clare.
The sides largely traded points in the time that remained as Clare prevailed.
SCORERS – Laois: Mo Nerney 1-6 (all frees), Leah Tarpey 0-2, Laura Nerney, Emma Lawlor, Kate Whelan 0-1 each Longford: Chloe Maloney 2-5 (3 frees), Niamh O’Dea 2-0, Grainne Nolan 1-1, Roisin Considine 0-1.
LAOIS: Eimear Barry (Shanahoe); Clodagh Dunne (Ballyroan), Jenny McEvoy (Sarsfields), Amy Potts (St Brigid’s); Rachel Williams (Sarsfields), Laura Nerney (Foxrock-Cabinteely), Jane Moore (St Brigid’s); Ellen Healy (Portlaoise), Leah Tarpey (Sarsfields); Anna Healy (Park-Ratheniska), Sarah Ann Fitzgerald (Portlaoise), Orla Hennessy (Timahoe); Emma Lawlor (St Paul’s), Andrea Moran (Ballyroan), Mo Nerney (Timahoe). Subs: Clare Conlon (Sarsfields) for Hennessy (37), Rachel Fitzgerald (Ballyroan) for Tarpey (51), Kate Whelan (Ballyroan) for (63), Sarah Larkin (Timahoe) for Moran (63)
Clare: Michaela Glynn; Eimear Keane, Ellie O Gorman, Grainne Harvey; Roisin Considine, Orla Devitt, Aine Keane, Laura Egan, Caoimhe Harvey; Eimear O Connor, Chloe Maloney, Ciara Hickey, Niamh O Dea, Grainne Nolan, Cliodhna Blake
REFEREE: Eamonn Moran