A very experienced Waterford side showed no mercy against the younger Longford girls, who crashed to a crushing defeat in the Ladies National League Division 3 game at Keenan Park, Ardagh on Sunday last.
Waterford registered 1-5 in the first 15 minutes before Longford’s first point from Ann Marie Bratten. Fourteen minutes into the game the injured Claire Greene was replaced by Keri Harmon. Waterford slotted over two further points from Margaret Revins and Hannah Landers before Keri Harmon landed Longford’s second point.
Aileen Wall then popped over another point for Waterford. On 25 minutes Niamh Devaney was replaced by Emma Farrelly on the Longford team.Two minutes from half-time Hannah Landers struck for Waterford’s second goal and the last kick of the first half went to Aisling Reynolds with a point for Longford, who trailed by 2-8 to 0-3 at the break.
Waterford opened the second half with a point from Linda Wall and one minute later Aisling Reynolds got another point for Longford. For the next ten minutes the home county put some pressure on Waterford and were denied two goal chances when Waterford keeper Aimee Jordan produced fine saves and a third goal chance was knocked out for a ‘45.
But unfortunately Waterford turned the screw again and totally dominated the remainder of the second half with goals from Hannah Landers, Linda Wall (2) and Michelle Ryan from a penalty. There were further Waterford points from Hannah Landers (4), Liz Devine and Margaret Revins.
Aisling Reynolds got Longford’s last point from a free in the 49th minute before being substituted by Sarah Tierney. Despite the difference in class, the Longford girls never gave up and fought hard to the end. One must not forget that this strong Waterford team were playing in Division 2 last year while Longford are building a relatively new team.
LONGFORD SQUAD: Michelle Kilkenny, Leanne Keegan, Sinead Farrell, Niamh Devaney, Laura Healy, Louise Monaghan, Michelle Noonan, Siobhan McGowan, Aisling Reynolds, Aoife Darcy, Ann Marie Bratten, Orla Noonan, Sabrina Hackett, Claire Greene, Anna McDonald, Shannon Woods, Keri Harmon, Sarah Tierney, Emma Farrelly, Ailish Noonan, Mairead Moore, Gemma Kenny, Aodhnaith Casey.
Ladies Division 2 Leinster U-14 Championship
Longford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-15 Kilkenny . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-1
Report: Ann Marie McDermott
The impressive Longford Ladies U-14 team scored a landslide win against Kilkenny in the Leinster Championship Division 2 game on Saturday last at Dunbeggan Park, Stonepark.
Ciara Noonan began the game with a perfectly executed point within the first few minutes, soon followed by skilful scores from Ciara Healy, Aisling McCormack, Niamh Brady and Una Mulligan.
Longford began the second half with a 4-9 to 0-0 lead and continued to pick up pace, adding on a further 3-6 to the scoreboard. Nicole Cafferty got Kilkenny’s solitary score from a free.
LONGFORD: Sara Lee Greene (Edgeworthstown); Sinéad O’Neill (Ballymahon/Forgney), Jessica Barry (Longford Slashers), Megan Lynn (Edgeworthstown); Ciara Foxe (Ballymahon/Forgney), Niamh Darcy (Clonguish), Róisín Leen (Young Grattans); Aisling McCormack (Ballymahon/Forgney), Sarah Horan (Ballymahon/Forgney); Eve Nerney (Young Grattans), Áine Barry (Longford Slashers), Ciara Healy (Rathcline); Ciara Noonan (Ballymahon/Forgney), Una Mulligan (Carrickedmond), Niamh Brady (Killoe).
Subs:- Ciara Gormley (Colmcille), Rebecca O’Kane (Young Grattans), Tamara Lee (Longford Slashers), Petrina Carrigy (Young Grattans), Sarah Moorhead (Clonguish).