Laois 3-11 Dublin 2-9
National Camogie League Division 2 Relegation Semi-final
Laois sealed their division two status for another year as they beat Dublin in Clane today.
There were some outstanding performances from Laois today as they were very clinical in front of goal throughout the game.
Dublin began the game with great intensity and they were rewarded with 1-1 in the opening minutes of the game.
Siobhan Kehoe played a long ball into the square which caused panic in the Laois full back line. The ball dropped on the edge of the box and hit off Sarah Fleming’s hurl.
The ball then flicked up and looped over the head of Aedin Lowry into the back of the net.
Aoibhe Dillon then pointed for Dublin to give them a four point lead.
Laois would then dominate the next twenty minutes of the game as they scored 2-5 without reply.
Aimee Collier got Laois’ dominance underway when she converted a free.
Laois then scored their first goal of the game as Sarah Cuddy smashed the ball into the net.
Clodagh Tynan used the wind to her advantage as she converted a brace of long range frees.
Aimee Collier then extended Laois’ lead to six points when she combined with Cuddy to place the ball into the corner – 2-4 to 1-1.
Aoife Heffernan ended Laois’ barrage when she pointed from distance.
Ciara Holland then converted a brace of frees to cut the deficit to four points.
Laois ended the half strongly as Clodagh Tynan and Laura Marie Maher pointed to give them a comprehensive lead at the break 2-7 to 1-5.
Aisling O’Dea and Aimee Collier combined at the beginning of the half to extend Laois’ lead.
Ciara Holland then scored three frees in row before Laura Marie Maher replied with a point of her own.
Laois managed the second half very well as they did not allow Dublin to come within three points of them.
Sara Cuddy seemed to have sealed Laois’ victory with ten minutes to play when she drove the ball into the roof of the net.
However, Nicola Thorn replied with a goal to leave four points separating the sides with five minutes to play.
Laois controlled the latter stages and denied Dublin many chances for a comeback. Grainne Hyland and Aisling O’Dea pointed to give them a five point win over Dublin.
SCORERS – Laois: Sara Cuddy 2-0, Clodagh Tynan 0-6 (all frees), Aimee Collier 1-1 (one free) Laura Marie Maher 0-2 (one free), Grainne Hyland and Aisling O’Dea 0-1 each Dublin: Ciara Holland 0-7 (six frees), Nicola Thorn 1-0, Sarah Fleming 1-0 (OG), Aoife Heffernan and Aoibhe Dillon 0-1 each.
LAOIS: Aedin Lowry; Sarah Fleming, Roisin Kilmartin, Liaden C Fennell; Laura Finlay, Clodagh Tynan, Sarah Creagh; Casey Conroy, Alison McEvoy; Laura Marie Maher, Aimee Collier, Cathy Galbraith; Sara Cuddy, Grainne Hyland, Aisling O’Dea. Subs: Katie Dunican for Fennell (25), Andrea Scully for Galbraith (46)
DUBLIN: Dara Cooke; Lauran Robinson, Niamh Gleeson, Kerri Milne; Niamh Heffernan, Ciara Buchannan, Ciara Clohessy; Megan Benson, Ellen Dunphy; Aoife Heffernan, Niamh Comerford, Nicola Thorn; Aoibhe Dillon, Siobhan Kehoe, Ciara Holland. Subs: Rachel Dolan for Robinson (26), Molly O’Neill for Dillon, Fiona Isdell for Clohessy (52)