After securing their second Leinster Senior Club Football title with a win over Senchalstown recently, Laois Ladies Football Champions Sarsfields set out on the long road that they hope will result in All Ireland glory this weekend.
They face a tough test in their All Ireland quarter-final this Saturday as they make the long trip to London to face Parnells in Ruislip. Like many sides in England and further afield, Parnells have been strengthened significantly by an influx of players from Ireland in recent years and they are now seasoned campaigners having won the All Ireland Intermediate title last year. Sarsfields are in for a tough examination in the game that throws in at 12.30pm on Saturday but their form this year suggests they should be up for the challenge that awaits them.
In the Laois Senior Championship they faced tough tests from their fierce rivals Timahoe in the final but they regained the title which put them through to the Leinster Championship.
Since that win over Timahoe, they have gone from strength to strength as they brushed aside the expected challenge of Dublin champions Fingallians and Meath champions Senchalstown by ten and twelve points respectively to claim the Leinster title. Laura Marie Maher was in spectacular form in the final scoring 3-3 of Sarsfields’ 5-7 and it is their goal scoring ability that has served them very well to this point. In their seven games in Laois and in Leinster, they have scored six goals once, five goals on four occasions, three in the county final against Timahoe with only Portlaoise restricting them to a single three pointer.
Defensively they conceded 13 points against Senchalstown but they kept an all important clean sheet, their third in a row, and they will be hoping to repeat that performance this time around.
This weekend’s trip to London is a very different challenge both financially and logistically for the team but the response from local businesses and individuals in Mountmellick has been very supportive allowing the players to focus on their per on the field.
With two titles already under their belts, the players will be hoping to push on to even bigger and better things and the management team of Alan George and Liam O’Connor will ensure that there is no fall off in the standards that brought them through Laois and Leinster..