In the Liberty Insurance Premier Junior Championship, Leinster Champions Laois defeated Armagh by 1-11 to 0-6 in Camross on a sweltering Sunday afternoon to stay on top of the Championship table.
Laois goalkeeper Laura Dunne was kept busy throughout the match but supported by her formidable full back line, kept Armagh at bay.
Sarah Anne Fitzgerald worked hard and rallied her team from centre back until she was harshly shown a red card 10 minutes into the second half. Denise Quigley, Sile Burke, Eimear Delaney and half time substitute Claire Walsh had great games while Olga Parkinson and Joyce Dunne were constant threats in the forwards for Laois.
Louise Mahony was excellent from placed balls and scored a personal tally of 10 points. Olga Parkinson scored the only goal of the match and Joyce Dunne scored a nice point from play. This was a good performance from the Mattie Collier’s side who really stood up to their opponents when they were reduced to 14 players. They are due to play Westmeath at home next Sunday in the next round of the Championship in a top of the table clash.
Laois: Laura Dunne, Rosemary Bermingham, Karen Cuddy, Mairead Burke, Aishling Dunphy, Sarah Anne Fitzgerald(capt), Eimear Delaney, Síle Burke, Elaine Mahony, Joyce Dunne(0-1), Sinead Lanham, Louise Mahony(0-10f), Denise Quigley, Sarah Cuddy, Olga Parkinson (1-0) Subs: Claire Walsh for Sarah Cuddy (HT), Caitriona Downey for Mairead Burke (HT), Grace O’Neill for Olga Parkinson (55 mins)
On Saturday the Laois U-16 team travelled to Caragh to play Kildare in the All Ireland Championship and recorded a comprehensive win by 2-9 to 0-3.
The Laois forwards were in good scoring form, especially Aisling O’Dea who scored 1-3. Other notable Laois performances came from Lizzy Ryan, Rachel Bergin, Linda Keyes and Sarah Creagh as they held the opposition scoreless in the first half, while racking up a score of 1-4.
Laois: Aoife Donovan (c), Rachel Bergin, Courtney Lally, Rachel Cass, Ciara Cuddy, Lizzy Ryan, Linda Keyes, Mary Keating (0-2), Niamh Coss, Avril Deegan (0-1), Laura Peake (0-2), Sarah Creagh (0-1), Alison Harvey (1-0), Aisling O’Dea (1-3), Leah Dunphy, Arlene Cleare for Leah Dunphy, Róisín McWey for Rachel Cass, Jenny Galbraith for Alison Harvey, Aoife McNeill for Laura Peake.