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Ladies semi finals confirmed following victories for St Brigid’s and Sarsfields

Ladies Football
Ladies Football

The Laois Ladies senior football championship semi finals have been confirmed following tonight’s action.

St Brigid’s defeated Timahoe and they will now face St Conleth’s in the last four.

While Sarsfields had a convincing win over Shanahoe to set up a rematch of the 2020 final against Portlaoise.

Timahoe and Shanahoe will now meet in a relegation semi final with the loser of that facing St Paul’s in the relegation final.

Below, we take a look at both of tonight’s games:

St Brigid’s 0-17 Timahoe 3-5
Ladies Senior Football Championship Quarter Final

St Brigid’s have clinched a semi-final position after a dramatic comeback over Timahoe in Ballylinan this evening.

Substitute Aoife Gallagher scored three points in the last six minutes of the game to help see her side progress to the next stage of the competition.

Timahoe raced into a two point lead in the opening stages of the game as Orla Hennessy, Roisin Fleming and Katie Donoghue all raised white flags.

But Aisling Lacey, Jane Moore and Patrice Behan replied with three points in a row to see St Brigid’s take a point lead at the water break – 0-4 to 0-3.

The third quarter was a very tight affair but it was St Brigid’s who extended their lead through Fiona Fennessy and Patrice Behan – 0-6 to 0-4 at half time.

The second half was a pulsating affair as Timahoe scored a much needed goal which brought the game to life.

Deirdre O’Shea popped the ball over the bar before Katie Donoghue scored Timahoe’s first goal of the game.

Donoghue cut inside her marker before she was fouled inside the box. She stepped up and dispatched the spot kick into the back of the net to level the game – 0-7 to 1-4.

However, St Brigid’s replied well as they scored three points in a row through Anna Moore and Aishling Lacey (two).

But their lead was soon reduced when Orla Hennessy, who’s direct running was a constant threat throughout the game, set up her midfield partner Sarah Larkin for a goal.

Substitute Heather Bennett then made her presence known in the match when she scored 1-1 in quick succession to give Timahoe a three point lead at the water break – 3-5 to 0-11.

Timahoe held firm until the 55th minute when the influential Hennessy was forced off with injury.

Timahoe weren’t able to win any of their kickouts in the last five minutes which allowed St Brigid’s to dominate the closing minutes of the game.

Deirde O’Shea and Aoife Gallagher (two) levelled the game as we approached the 62nd minute – 0-14 to 3-5.

St Brigid’s continued to press for a winner and they eventually got it through O’Shea.

Gallagher and Aisling Behan cemented the win to book St Brigid’s place in this year’s semi-final.

SCORERS – St Brigid’s: Deirdre O’Shea (one free) and Aisling Lacey (two frees) 0-4 each, Aoife Gallagher 0-3, Anna Moore and Patrice Behan 0-2 each, Fiona Fennessy, Jane Moore 0-1 Timahoe: Heather Bennett and Katie Donoghue (penalty, free) 1-1 each, Sarah Larkin 1-0, Roisin Fleming 0-2, Orla Hennessy 0-1

ST BRIGID’S: Aisling Byrne; Maeve Gallagher, Tara Kelly, Maeve Phelan; Aine Lacey, Amy Potts, Lisa Walsh; Jane Moore, Fiona Fennessy; Ciamha Simms, Deirdre O’Shea, Anna Moore; Aisling Lacey, Aisling Behan, Patrice Behan. Subs: Niamh Phelan for Lisa Walsh (49), Aoife Gallagher for Ciamha Simms (53)

TIMAHOE: Aoibhe Brennan; Laura Dempsey, Maureen Young, Shona Barry; Claire Daly, Sarah Touhy, Roisin Larkin; Sarah Larkin, Orla Hennessy; Roisin Fleming, Jenny Murphy, Sarah Quigley; Katie Donoghue, Alice Dunne, Rachel Kelly. Subs: Heather Bennett for Rachel Kelly (41), Sinead Larkin for Orla Hennessy (55)

Referee: Mick Tarpey (Kilcavan)

Sarsfields 2-12 Shanahoe 0-6
Ladies Senior Football Championship Quarter Final

Sarsfields eased into the semi finals of the championship following a 12 point win over Shanahoe in Mountmellick this evening.

The defeated 2020 finalists were in control from the start and led 0-8 to 0-2 at half time.

Alice Walsh top scored for Shanahoe with four points while Mary Griffin and Jeanne De Tootequet also pointed.

But Sarsfields struck for two goals as Clare Conlon converted a penalty and Leah Tarpey also raised a green flag.

They now face Portlaoise next Sunday in a rematch of the final from last year.

SARSFIELDS: Becky Williams; Ciaran Hughes, Jenny McEvoy, Ellie O’Connell; Rose Marie Bermingham, Mags McEvoy, Orla Whelan; Rachel Williams, Alison McEvoy; Grainne Lawlor, Laura Marie Maher, Lauren Kearney; Leah Tarpey, Claire Conlon, Lorna O’Sullivan.

SHANHAOE: Eimear Barry; Val Lalor, Katie Reddin, Hannah Bailey; Mary Ann Reddin, Marion Ferns, Leanne Hyland; Maggie Fitzpatrick, Jeanne De Tootequet; Aoife Finlay, Laura Finlay, Megan Walsh; Alice Walsh, Mary Griffin, Kate Jacob

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