Aisling Greene pictured in action for Longford against Meath in the Lidl Ladies Football National League Division 3 semi-final at the Kinnegad grounds on Saturday. Photo: Syl Healy
Meath were ruthless in attack, scoring five goals, in proving too strong for Longford in the Ladies Football National League Division 3 semi-final at the Kinnegad grounds on Saturday.
Meath . . . 5-18 Longford . . . 3-10
Last year’s beaten All-Ireland Intermediate Championship finalists produced a powerful performance despite the determined efforts of a spirited Longford team who were minus the Darcy sisters Aoife and Niamh.
Trailing by 2-11 to 1-7 at the break, Enda Sheridan’s side put it up to Meath at times and forced their keeper Monica McGuirk into making a number of fine saves. But the Royal County responded well to Longford’s comebacks and sealed the victory in the final minutes, scoring 1-6 without reply.
MEATH: Monica McGuirk; Orlaith Duff, Sarah Powderly, Shauna Ennis; Sarah Wall (0-1), Aoibhin Cleary (0-2), Niamh Gallogly; Maire O’Shaughnessy, Orlagh Lally (0-1); Vikki Wall (2-3), Emma Duggan (0-5), Megan Thynne; Emma White (0-2), Kelsey Nesbitt (1-1), Stacey Grimes (2-2, one goal from penalty, points from frees).
Subs:- Kate Byrne for O Lally and Orla Byrne (0-1) for E White (53 mins); Katie Newe for M O’Shaughnessy (59 mins); Niamh Sheridan for S Powderly (60 mins).
LONGFORD: Emer Esler; Rachel O’Farrell, Leanne Keegan, Mairead Moore; Orla Nevin, Eimear O’Brien, Clare Farrell; Jacinta Brady (0-1), Mairead Reynolds; Emer Heaney (0-1), Michelle Farrell (1-2), Aisling McCormack; Anna McDonnell (0-1), Aisling Greene (2-0), Ciara Healy (0-5, three frees).
Subs:- Kara Shannon for A McCormack (half-time); Laura Gallagher for C Farrell (39 mins); Sarah Shannon for A McDonnell (46 mins); Una Clarke for R O’Farrell (54 mins); Aoife O’Brien for M Reynolds (a minute into stoppage time).
Referee: John Devlin (Galway).