Longford ladies win National League title

Bord Gais Energy Ladies National Football League Division 4 Final

Bord Gais Energy Ladies National Football League Division 4 Final

Longford . . . . . . . . . 1–15 Limerick . . . . . . . . 1–8

Padraic O’Brien reporting from O’Connor Park, Tullamore

Longford GAA are enjoying a lot of success this season and another National Football League title was captured at O’Connor Park in Tullamore on Sunday when the county ladies produced a strong finish to beat Limerick in the Division 4 decider with the comfortable margin of seven points to spare at the final whistle.

However, the Longford girls struggled to assert their superiority and after squandering several scoring chances in the first half the sides were actually all square with just ten minutes of normal time remaining after Limerick substitute Stephanie Carroll shot over the bar.

That was really putting it up to Longford but they eventually stepped up another gear to dominate the rest of the league final, firing over seven points without reply to clinch promotion to Division 3 next season.

Claire Greene converted another couple of frees to bring her total to a most significant 0-7 while Aisling Reynolds, Anne Marie Bratten, Paula Kenny (2) and Lauren Farrell were also on target to make sure of the victory, although there was a late scare for Longford when it took a brilliant save by keeper Michelle Kilkenny to keep out a goalbound shot from Limerick midfielder Joanne O’Gorman.

Read the full report in this week’s Longford Leader