The Longford Intermediate Ladies team made hard work of overcoming Offaly in Division 4 of the National League on Sunday last at Emmet Park, Killoe when they survived a late scare and the final whistle was a relief to the home supporters as the faithful county were pulling out all the stops to force at the very least a draw.
The home team were never comfortable with the Offaly attack and were finding it hard to come to terms with the No. 11 Rionna Byrne and also Kym Foley at corner forward and midfielder Aisling O’Connor.
However, the home team landed three points in the first ten minutes of the opening half through Claire Greene, Ann Marie Bratten and Edel Quinn before Offaly replied with a point from play from half forward Amy Kerrigan.
Longford, although playing against a strong breeze, were getting lots of possession around the middle of the park with Jacinta Brady and Claire Greene getting the upper hand over Aisling O’Connor and Orla Heavey but were still finding it hard to convert this possession into scores as the Offaly defence were very clinical in their tackling with full-back Patrice Stapelton and centre-half-back Niamh Malone proving to be a rock solid combination.
The second quarter elapsed and scores came for the blue and gold from Ann Marie Bratten (0-2)and Anna McDonnell (0-2)and Louise Monaghan (0-1)to bring their total to 0-8 while at the other end Offaly replied with points from Lorraine Keena (0-1), Elisha Huston(0-1)and Kym Furey(0-2)to bring their total to 0-5 before the half-time whistle sounded with 34 minutes played due to two stoppages.
To read the full match report, see this week’s Longford Leader.