After the disappointment of loosing to Down in the All Ireland Final in 2012, current Leinster champions Laois travelled to Armagh on Saturday to begin this year’s campaign.
All Ireland Minor C Camogie Championship
In extremely cold conditions, Armagh got the first score of the game after 2 minutes with a well taken point, and seemed to settle into the game first as Laois gave away a number of careless frees.
After 10 minutes Lizzy Ryan came out from corner forward to level the scores for Laois with a well taken 25 metre free. Armagh pulled away again as they scored the next two points but the Laois girls responded when some nicely worked passing which led to Lizzy Ryan setting up nippy wing forward Lorna Campion for a lovely goal to put the Laois side ahead by a point with 10 minutes to the break.
At this point Laois should have pushed on, but it wasn’t to be and Armagh scored two points to regain the lead before the half time whistle.
Armagh stretched their lead by scoring a point on the 33 minute and Armagh girls hit a purple patch and breached the seemingly solid Laois defence twice in two minutes, scoring two goals to but them eight points ahead against the run of play. This would prove to be the defining couple of minutes of the game.
Laois tried hard to get back into the game and Maeve Collier narrowed the gap when she scored a point from a free on the 48 minute, only to have it matched by Armagh two minutes later.
Armagh scored another point to stretch the lead further before Maeve Collier scored another point from play leaving the gap at eight points with only five minutes of normal time left.
Laois piled on the pressure, trying to salvage the game and won a free on the 21 with three minutes left to play. Lizzy Ryan stuck a screaming shot at the goal, but unfortunately for Laois the shot was stopped.
It will be back to hard training to raise their game before their next match against Louth on March 24 when they intend to get back to winning ways.
Laois; Aoife Donovan, Marie Delaney, Courtney Lally, Rachel Bergin, Siún Lennon, Casey Conroy (capt), Rebecca Treacy, Sarah Broderick, Maeve Collier(0-2), Lorna Campion(1-0), Niamh Gleeson, Grace O’Neill, Rachel Cass, Niamh Coss and Lizzy Ryan(0-1). Subs; Eimear Guidera for Marie Delaney, Gráinne Hyland for Sarah Broderick, Leah Dunphy for Lorna Campion, Jenny Bowe, Hannah O’Neill, Mary Ryan, Emily Costigan, Roisin Flynn, Rachel Delahunty, Alison Hervey, Eimear Delaney, Mentors; Mark O’Gorman, Kane Kavanagh, Helen Collier, Mary Conroy and Johnny Campion.