By Denis J. Croke
LAOIS can have no complain after losing out to Down in the second round of this year’s All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championship. But all is not lost for the O’Moore girls who can still play a major part in the championship.
They will be out again next week in the All-Ireland quarter-final when they will taker on the winners of Carlow and Kerry.
Laois started brightly in Ashbourne and points from Jessie Quinlan and Kirsten Keenan (2) saw Laois lead by two points with 10 minutes played.
But Down began to dominate the middle of the park and rattled off a string of points to edge ahead just before the water break. But worse was to follow before the water break when Niamh Mallon crashed home Down’s first goal.
Despite their bravest efforts, Laois never looked like winning the game after that. They battle away but never looked like getting the goal that would put them right back in the game.
And when Sarah Louise Gaffin crashed home Down’s second goal just after the start of the second half they game was over as a contest.
Down: Niamh Mallon 1-5, Sarah Louise Gaffin 1-3, Paula O’Hagan 0-3 (0-2fs), Sorcha McCartan 0-1 and Isobelle O’Hare 0-1 each
Laois: Kirsten Keenan 0-4 (0-3fs), Sara Cuddy 1-0, Sarah Cray, Aisling O’Dea, Laura Marie Maher (f) and Jessie Quinlan 0-1 each
DOWN: Catherine McGourty, Caitriona Caldwell, Dearbhla Magee, Danielle Harrison; Catherine Rocks, Karen McMullan, Fionnuala Carr; Aoife Keown, Paula O’Hagan; Aimee McAleenan, Sarah Louise Gaffin, Clara Cowan; Niamh Mallon, Lauren Clarke, Sorcha McCartan.
Subs: Cathy Fitzpatrick for McCartney (31m), Claire McGilligan for Rocks (h/t), Isobelle O’Hare for Mallon (53m)
LAOIS: Aedin Lowry; Rachel Bergin, Roisin Kilmartin, Laura Finlay; Clodagh Tynan, Alison McEvoy, Aimee Collier; Jade Bergin, Jessie Quinlan; Joyce Dunne, Niamh Coss, Liadan C-Fennell; Grainne Hyland, Kirsten Keenan, Aisling O’Dea.
Subs: Laura Marie Maher for Hyland (19m), Sarah Creagh for Quinlan (28m, inj), Sarah Fleming for Bergin (34m), Sara Cuddy for C-Fennell (39m)
Referee: Philip McDonald
Full report in Tuesday’s Laois Nationalist