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Senior status shows as Armagh too strong for Laois in Ladies Division 2 semi final

Laois ladies football team

Laois 1-9 Armagh 7-19
Ladies National Football League Division 2 Semi Final

The Laois Ladies saw their Division 2 campaign end today as they were comprehensively beaten by Armagh in Louth.

Laois play at Intermediate level in the championship while Armagh are Senior and the gulf between the teams was clear.

Laois have made huge progress under Donie Brennan in the last two years but today’s game demonstrated the gap that exists between the two levels.

Laois played against the wind in the first half and the game was over as a contest by half time.

Niamh Reel, Aimee Mackin, Catherine Marley and Blathin Mackey all rattled Eimear Barry’s net as Armagh streaked into the lead.

Laois took until the 19th minute to register a score which came from an Emma Lawlor free.

Further points followed from Erone Fitzpatrick and Rachel Williams but Armagh led 4-9 to 0-3 at half time.

Laois began the second half with a fine Erone Fitzpatrick point but Armagh were not about to take their foot off the gas.

The excellent Aimee Mackin finished the encounter with 1-7 while Catherine Marley, Blathin Mackin and Niamh Reel all raised further green flags.

In fairness to Laois, they didn’t give up and Erone Fitzpatrick was rewarded for all of her efforts with a wonderful goal that flew into the net from 25 yards.

Mo Nerney and Laura Marie Maher also scored points but Laois were beaten by 28 points in the end.

Laois will now turn their attentions to the Leinster Intermediate championship which begins against Louth on April 17.

SCORERS – Laois: Erone Fitzpatrick 1-3, Mo Nerney 0-3 (one free), Laura Marie Maher 0-1, Rachel Williams 0-1, Emma Lawlor 0-1 (one free) Armagh: Aimee Mackin 1-7, Catherine Marley 2-0, Blathin Mackey 2-0, Aoife McCoy 1-2, Niamh Reel 1-1, Aoife Lennon 0-3, Niamh Coleman 0-2, Niamh Marley 0-2, Grainne Boylan 0-1

LAOIS: Eimear Barry; Clodagh Dunne, Amy Potts, Aimee Kelly; Rachel Williams, Ellen Healy, Anna Healy; Sarah Quigley, Jane Moore; Emma Lawlor, Fiona Dooley, Erone Fitzpatrick; Mo Nerney, Laura Marie Maher, Shifra Havill Subs: Eva Galvin for Havill (ht), Roisin Larkin for Potts (49), Anna Moore for Lawlor (50),

ARMAGH: Anna Carr; Shauna Grey, Clodagh McCambridge, Grace Ferguson; Tiarna Grimes, Lauren McConville, Cait Towe; Niamh Marley, Blaithin Mackin, Catherine Marley; Fionnuala McKenna, Niamh Coleman; Aimee Mackin, Aoife McCoy, Niamh Reel. Subs: Aoife Lennon for Reel (40)

Referee: Jonathan Murphy (Carlow)

Laois 2-3 Kerry 1-8 
National Camogie League Division 2

The Laois camogie team were condemned to a league relegation semi final after they were beaten by Kerry in the Centre of Excellence today.

Niamh Dollard’s charges, who were well beaten by Antrim last week, were far more competitive this time and were unlucky to lose in the end.

Kerry opened the scoring with a couple of frees but Laois roared into the contest with a goal from Jade Bergin.

The Kingdom were playing with a the breeze and they got on top after that – reeling off 1-5 without reply to lead 1-7 to 1-0 at half time.

Laois began the second half with a brilliant goal from Kirsten Keenan and she then added two points to cut the deficit to two points.

Keenan scored again before the end but so too did Kerry as they held on to win by two points.

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