The Longford ladies played their final game in the National League Division 3 on Sunday last when they scored a comprehensive win over the bottom team Offaly at Pairc Bride, Clara.
On entering the grounds you would be excused if you asked are we looking at this pitch in 3D with all the hills and valleys with new grounds only out the road, second fiddle again for the ladies.
This was a good competitive game despite what the scoreline might suggest. Offaly got on the scoring sheet first with two points in the first 6 minutes. It was nine minutes before Longford registered their first score, a point.
Both teams then exchanged scores with Offaly adding a further 3 points while Longford added further points from Orla Noonan, Emma Farrelly, Gemma Kenny, Aisling Reynolds (2) and Claire Greene along with goals from Farrelly (2) and Anna McDonnell to establish a commanding 3-7 to 0-5 lead at the break.
The second half saw Offaly get on the scoresheet first with a pointed free but Longford responded with points from Aisling Reynolds and Claire Greene. Both teams defended well for about the next ten minutes until Gemma Kenny popped over another point for Longford. That was it until the closing five minutes when Offaly added two further points as did Longford, a point from Orla Noonan and Anna McDonnell, to run out emphatic winners.
LONGFORD: M. Kilkenny, B. Connell, M. Moore, G. McManus, C. Moore, S. Farrell, L. Monaghan, S. McGowan, G. Kenny, A.M. Bratten, A. Reynolds, O. Noonan, E. Farrelly, C. Greene, A. McDonnell.
A. Casey, A. McGowan, A. Greene, N. Feeney, A Cosgrove, S. Woods, A. Darcy.
Ladies Leinster Division 2 U-16 Championship
Longford lose out to Louth
Louth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-11
Longford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-5
Report: Ann-Marie Mc Dermott
Emmet Park in Killoe was the scene for a most unpredictable game of football involving Longford’s under 16 county team in the Leinster Championship on Saturday last with Louth emerging victorious.
Louth took command of the scoreboard after just two minutes and seemed unstoppable during the opening half. The strong Louth forward line confidently pushed their side ahead with seemingly effortless scoring from Ciara Nolan and Aoife Russell, leaving the Longford defence in tatters.
Jessica Shanley managed several excellent saves after Louth’s Emma McArdle continuously attacked the Longford goal. Despite the very poor start by the Longford team, the final minutes of the first half saw the ladies regaining some control of the match.
Áine Farrell made great attempts to close the ten point gap that faced her side at half-time, but unfortunately, Longford kept sending their scoring chances wide.
The second half saw an extremely different Longford team exit from the dressing room, without any substitutions being made. Tanya Farrell fought for the ball during the throw-in and immediately passed it on to her skilful partner Ellen Kiernan who brought Longford back into the game with their first point.
The momentum of the Longford team grew stronger, as they continuously attacked the Louth goal with great determination. Ellen Kiernan’s majestic goal brought Longford back into the game. Louth only managed to score one point from play in the second half but held out for a narrow victory in the end.
LONGFORD: Lara Sullivan, Hayley Rooney, Jessica Shanley, Amy Webb, Anna Peters, Tanya Farrell, Sarah Farrell, Niamh Chalke, Sharon Brady, Róisín Carberry, Emer O’Brien, Andrea Higgins, Danielle McLoughlin, Becki Kane, Sinead Sheridan, Emer Esker, Ellen Byrne, Áine Leonard, Áine Farrell, Ellen Kiernan, Megan Cregan.