Longford Slashers celebrating with the Alison Smyth Cup after beating Carrickedmond in the Ladies Football Senior Championship Final at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Saturday Picture: Syl Healy
15-year-old Kate Shannon produced a tremendous performance as super Longford Slashers retained the Ladies Senior Championship title with the comfortable margin of nine points to spare over Carrickedmond in the county final at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Saturday.
Longford Slashers . . . 2-15 Carrickedmond . . . 1-9
Slashers put in an excellent display in the second half which was mainly inspired by Shannon and the youngster was deservedly selected as player of the match after scoring the impressive total of 2-5 for the sky-blues who captured the Alison Smyth Cup for the second year in succession.
The game was evenly poised at the break with Slashers just ahead by the minimum of margins: 0-6 to 0-5. Carrickedmond took the lead for the first time in the opening minute of the second half with Lauren McGuire scoring a goal but after that it was all Slashers as they took complete control of the game.
LONGFORD SLASHERS: Emer Casey; Laura Kenny, Emily Reilly, Gemma Reilly; Aine Barry, Eimear O’Brien, Orla Nevin; Aoife O’Brien, Grace Shannon; Kara Shannon (0-1), Aisling Cosgrove, Clare Farrell (0-3); Jessica Barry (0-5, 4fs), Lisa Nolan (0-1), Kate Shannon (2-5).
Subs:- Ciara Flynn for L Kenny (38 mins); Jill Glennon for G Reilly (58 mins).
CARRICKEDMOND: Siobhan Egan; Ann Ryan, Gemma Fay, Leah Shannon; Ciara Mulligan, Orla Farrell, Caoimhe McCormack; Ann Burns, Michelle Nooonan (0-1); Ellen Shannon, Michelle Mulvey, Lauren McGuire (1-5,1f); Claire Greene (0-1), Shauna McCormack, Sarah Shannon (0-2, 2f).
Subs:- Rachel O’Farrell for E Shannon (39 mins); Sinead Farrell for S McCormack (50 mins).
Referee: Bilal Moran (Ballymore).