After winning the All-Ireland U-16 ‘A’ title last season, Scoil Mhuire Secondary School were attempting to capture another title but the Longford side fell at the final hurdle in the Ladies Leinster Post-Primary Schools Senior ‘B’ decider at the windswept Kinnegad grounds on Thursday last.
They found the going far too tough against a stronger Scoil Mhuire team from Trim who held a decisive edge in most positions on the pitch and particularly outstanding was roving right-corner-forward Laura Dempsey who scored a goal and five points.
There was just no stopping Dempsey who inflicted most of the damage throughout this one-sided encounter and it could have been even worse for Longford’s Scoil Mhuire but for a few fine saves by their excellent goalkeeper Shannon Woods.
While the gallant losers made a bright start and might have been awarded a penalty when full-forward Keri Harmon appeared to be fouled in her attempt to score a goal in the early stages of the game, Trim took over completely thereafter with the aid of the strong wind and had established a commanding 2-5 to 0-1 lead by the 20th minute.
Their opening goal was rather fortunate as after Shannon Woods had made a terrific point-blank save to keep out a shot from opposing full-forward Shona White, the ball broke kindly to the completely unmarked Aoife Minogue who found the empty net with 11 minutes gone on the clock.
To read the full match report, see this week’s Longford Leader.