The Longford U-16 Ladies took on Meath in the Leinster C Football Final at the Portarlington GAA grounds on Saturday last.
This was a tough, fast paced game, and while the Longford girls did not take home the title they put in a most spirited performance.
The major difference was Meath’s ability to get goals, 5 of which gave the Longford keeper no chance. The Longford girls staged a comeback before half-time and had Meath rattled for a time but the royal county pulled away again.
The Longford girls have to be complimented for their never say die attitude to the very end which paid off in getting the Player of the match award which went to Emer Heaney.
The unfortunate thing for the Longford management over the past couple of years is the limited panel they have to work with. While there is extra talent out there in the county, for some reason they don’t seem to come forward at this age group. This is something the county board and clubs are going to have to look at going forward to encourage girls to come out and try to play for their county.
LONGFORD: Katy Harmon (Longford Slashers), Sinead Hughes (St. Helen’s Drumlish), Ciara Flynn (Longford Slashers),Ciara Keogh (Killoe), Ellie Collumb 0-1 (St Helen’s), Mandy Cassidy 0-1 (St. Helen’s), Shannon Reid (Ballymahon/Forgney), Emer Heaney 1-3 (Ballymore), Claire Farrell(Longford Slashers), Leanna Keane 0-2 (St. Helen’s), Eimear Monaghan 0-2 (Mostrim), Niamh Feeney 0-1 (Ballymahon/Forgney), Shanen O’Meara (Ballymahon/Forgney), Aishling Greene 1-1 (Clonguish), Elaine Murphy(Longford Slashers), Orlagh O’Brien (Longford Slashers), Claire McCarrick (Longford Slashers), Rebecca McLoughlin(Mostrim), Charlotte McCormack (Ballymahon/Forgney), Shannon Woods (Clonguish), Keri Harmon (Longford Slashers).
Report by Charles Canning, Longford Ladies GAA Assistant PRO