Michelle Noonan pictured in action for the Longford ladies against Wexford in Division 3 of the National League at McGann Park, Kenagh on Sunday. Photo: Syl Healy
Longford ladies found the going extremely tough on Saturday afternoon as they were comprehensively beaten by Leinster Intermediate champions Meath in their Lidl National League Division 3 game in Dunganny.
Talented forward Vikki Wall got Meath’s first goal in the 22nd minute as the Royal County surged ahead by 1-6 to no score.
They added two more goals to their scoreline prior to halftime as they completely dominated proceedings.
Longford forward Lauren Burke got her side’s only point near the end of the first half but Meath tagged on four more points to lead by 3-10 to 0-1 going in at the break.
Aoibhin Cleary and Niamh Gallogly scored Meath’s fourth and fifth goals as Longford struggled to get into the game against a physical and talented Meath side.
It got worse for Longford near the end as Meath scored two more goals to leave 34 points between the sides at the end; proof of the gulf of class between the two teams.
Longford has a very tough game next Sunday afternoon when they face Down at home; the Mourne County picked up their first win at the weekend.
MEATH: Judy Bobbett; Siofra Cleary, Orlagh Lally, Sarah Powderly; Emma Troy, Michelle Peel, Niamh Gallogly; Kate Byrne, Maire O’Shaughnessy; Blathnaid Keogh, Niamh O’Sullivan, Aoibhin Cleary; Stacey Grimes, Vikki Wall, Emma White.
LONGFORD: Monica Bannon; Maria Kelleher, Leanne Keegan, Ailish Noonan; Caitriona Moore, Michelle Noonan, Claire Farrell; Mairead Reynolds, Emer O’Brien; Mairead Moore, Emer Heaney, Aisling Cosgrove; Aisling Greene, Niamh Darcy, Lauren Burke (0-1).
Subs: Niamh Darcy, Cliona Allen, Cait Murphy, Megan Creegan, Ikeya Collins, Lisa Mooney, Maeve Reilly, Niamh Feeney, Sarah Reynolds, Rachel Gilligan, Zoe Gallagher.