Camogie National League Division 2 Rd 2
THIS was the second outing for Laois camogie under their new management and after a promising display away to the Premier County they were hoping for more of the same when they travelled to Broombridge Park in Cabra on Sunday last.
Alas Laois suffered another loss but not from the want of trying and effort, and before they departed on Sunday morning the problems were mounting. Only 17 players were available for selection and that included a number that had lined out 24 hours earlier against Dublin in the minor championship.
The game was played on astro-turf which certainly was a change from the field the Laois girls played on in the opening round in Golden, and their training grounds would have been a lot different. That said, Laois took the early lead with an excellent point by Claire Fitzgerald but that would be the only time they would hold the upper hand.
Dublin flexed their muscles and none more so than centre forward from Naomh Mearnog’s Aoife Dillon who was a class apart. She soon levelled the game and edged the hosts in front and when they were awarded penalty she blasted her side’s opening goal.
Laois replied with points by Kirsten Keenan from placed balls but despite defending well they trailed 0-3 to 1-7 approaching half time when Dublin were awarded a dubious penalty. Aoife Dillon hammered high into the roof of the net and added a point leaving the visitors trailing 0-3 to 2-8 at the interval.
What the manager thought or said to his charges could hardly change the score board but he asked that they keep hurling as they were. However, ten minutes into the new half disaster struck the visitors. As they went charging towards the Dublin goal centre forward Claire Fitzgerald pulled over head but caught a Dublin defender on the hand and the referee issued a straight red card that amazed both managers and they made their feelings known to the Kildare official.
After that Dublin added another brace of goals and 15 minutes from the end Laois goalie Aedin Lowry had to leave the pitch with concussion after an incident that saw a Dublin player receive a yellow card.
The drama was not over yet and ten minutes from the end a player from either side got entangled on the ground, both going for the ball, but when they got up the over fussy referee issued both with red cards.
This rendered the game a non -event but three great points by Clodagh Tynan was the stand out for Laois but they must regroup for a re-fixture with Antrim in two week’s time.
Antrim beat Dublin in round one and last Sunday gave an exhibition defeating Tipperary so Laois know what to expect when they make the long journey to the Glens on Sunday week.
On a positive note Laois will welcome back Aisling Burke, Jade Bergin and Molly O’Connor for their next outing. On a bad weekend for camogie surely the result of the day was the Laois under-16 team travelling to Danesfort and coming away with a comfortable victory over Kilkenny in the first round of the championship.
DUBLIN: Daire Cooke; Emma Parker, Laura Robinson, Niamh Doherty; Sion Keating, Ciara Buchanan, Ciara Griffin; Niamh Heffernan, Shauna McBride; Claire Rigney, Aoife Dillon (2-6), Sinead Murphy (0-1); Aoife McInerney (1-0), Niamh Gleeson (1-0), Megan Benson 0-2).
LAOIS: Aedin Lowry (Camross); Linda C Fennell (O’Moores), Roisin Kilmartin (St Brigid’s), Rachel Bergin (Harps); Sara Creagh (St Brigid’s), Clodagh Tynan (0-3 St Brigid’s), Aimee Collier (Camross); Jessica Quinlan, Alice Walsh (Harps); Sara Cuddy (Camross), Claire Fitzgerald (0-1 Camross), Grainne Hyland (St Brigid’s); Laura Finlay (St Brigid’s), Niamh Coss (St Brigid’s), Kirsten Keenan (0-3 Camross).
Subs Sara Fleming (Portlaoise) for Kilmartin (inj, 28m), Roisin Dowling for Lowry (inj, 43m)
Referee: Paul Ryan (Kildare)