Leinster Camogie Minor ‘B’ Shield final
By Pat Delaney
DISAPPOINTED to lose out to Westmeath in the championship semi-final two weeks ago, Laois minors rebounded on Sunday when they journeyed to Banagher to take on surprise packets, Meath in the Leinster ‘B’ Shield final.
After the Laois girls struck for an early goal by full forward Kirsten Keenan it was going to be difficult task for the Royal County. Meath would have been acquainted with the danger players on the Laois team but preventing them from causing problems was difficult.
When Molly O’Connor got possession after seven minutes and picked out Kirsten Keenan the Camross girl struck her second goal and immediately added a point.
Meath got on the score sheet after ten minutes with a good point by Fionn McNerney but an injury to a Meath defender held up play for eight minutes.
On the resumption Clodagh Tynan and Kirsten Keenan added points before Meath scored their second point through Erin Leddy.
Just when Meath looked like a revival Laois put a great move together. With Kirsten Keenan bottled up, she picked out the unmarked Alice Walsh who buried the sliotar in the Meath net and at the interval Laois led 3-7 to 0-3.
Meath came out determined and matched Laois in many positions but two early goal chances were squandered by Meath. And just when it looked as if the Royals would make a game of it Laois produced another great move.
Molly O’Connor soloed down field and delivered a perfect pass into the path of St Brigid’s player Cathy Galbraith who pulled first time and now there would be no way back for Meath.
They never gave up and Caroline Quinn sent over three excellent points from play but Kirsten Keenan was not letting up and she brought her haul to eight points, adding to her two early goals. Were it not for the woodwork Kirsten might have added to her green flag tally.
Laois management emptied their bench happy in the knowledge they had the trophy in sight long before the final whistle.
After the game the Laois girls paid tribute to their injured star Aimee Collier who picked up a serious injury in the defeat by Westmeath and they also paid tribute to team mentor Pat Collier, Aimee’s father who himself suffered a health scare during the week but thankfully both made it to Banagher.
Laois captain Clodagh Tynan of St Brigid’s thanked all involved and for her heroics she received the player of the match trophy as well as the winners Shield.
LAOIS: Aedin Lowry (Camross); Emily Carroll (St Brigid’s), Amy Quinlan (St Brigid’s), Caoimhe Ryan (Camross); Jade Bergin (The Harps), Clodagh Tynan (St Brigid’s 0-1), Amy Byrne (Portlaoise); Jessie Quinlan (St Brigid’s), Molly O’Connor (Harps); Allana Tynan (0-1 St Brigid’s), Alice Walsh (1-1 Harps), Lily McCormack (Camross); Cathy Galbraith (1-1 St Brigid’s), Kirsten Keenan (2-8 Camross), Tyrah Duff (Portlaoise).
Subs: Tiegan Dunne (O’Moores) for McCormack, Niamh Crowley (Portlaoise) for Ryan, Blathnaid Connolly (O’Moores), Sarah Fleming (Portlaoise) for Bergin
MEATH: Katie Duffy; Helen McGarry, Abbey Donnelly, Andrea McBride; Sonia Leonard, Aisling Byrne, Chloe Faherty; Sophia Payne, Caroline Quinn (0-3); Fiona McNerney (0-3), Aisling Walshe, Deirdre McHale; Sarah Ennis, Aedin Slattery, Erin Leddy (0-2).
Subs: Ellen Brogan for Byrne, Raina Byrne for Faherty
Referee John Byrne Dublin