Ladies GAA Championships Review

Club football took centre stage during the past week as the ladies club championships got under way.

Club football took centre stage during the past week as the ladies club championships got under way.

The Junior Championship started on Wednesday evening last with emerging club Slashers taking on Killoe junior ladies. The sides were well matched but it was Slashers who edged ahead in the end winning by a margin of two points.

In the other junior championship fixture, Dromard ladies travelled to Ballymahon/Forgney on Sunday morning. Dromard, one of the favourites in this year’s competition, got the better of the up and coming Ballymahon/Forgney side by 4-9 to 2-5. Stand out performances from the young Ellen Murphy and the experienced Helen Conefrey and Laura Martin gave Dromard the edge while impressive for Ballymahon/Forgney were Catriona Farrell and goalscorer Shannon Reid who accounted for 2-5 of their tally.

Killoe senior ladies kicked-off their defence of the Alison Smyth Cup with an impressive win over Ballymore in Emmet Park. Killoe’s joint captains Sabrina Hackett (2-7) and Annemarie Bratten (1-5) notched up 3-12 in their sides 5-26 to 1-7 victory while recent returnee to the County ladies side, after a break for exams, Ashling Reynolds converted all of the Ballymore scores. There were excellent performances in a number of positions for the Killoe side with Sharon Treacy, Elizabeth Brady and Anna McDonnell showing their class and experience while younger members of the panel made their Championship debut with Ciara Keogh making an impression.

In the second of the weekend’s Senior Games, the experienced Clonguish side were far superior in their meeting with newcomers to the senior championship Mullinalaghta. Siobhan McGowan and Yvonne Barden ruled midfield, with Alice Magan and Aoife Darcy impressive in the forwards and Marie Brady and Mairead Moore dominating in defence.

Mullinalaghta started bright and were competing well with a goal and 3 points in the early stages but once Clonguish moved up a gear there was no contest. Lisa Mooney and Katie Crawford worked hard for Mullinaghta but it was in vain as the game finished Clonguish 5-11 to Mullinalaghta 1-6.

There is a break in Club Championships next weekend as the county ladies take on Wicklow in the next round of the Leinster Intermediate Championship at 2pm in Emmet Park, Killoe on Sunday next and a win for Longford will put them through to the final.