Laois U-16s will take up their biggest challenge to date when they meet Dublin in the Leinster ‘A’ Final in Sarsfields GAA Grounds Newbridge on Saturday next.
The Laois girls finished in second place behind the Dubs after the completion of the League stages in May. Dublin won all five games while Laois won three games, against Longford, Kildare and Wexford. They drew with Meath and, in last game of the series, lost to Dublin 3-18 to 3-5 in Mountmellick on May 20.
Leaving aside the last result, which included a lot of shadow boxing because both teams had already qualified, Laois were quite impressive in all the other games, chalking up a total of 21-48 and conceding 12-43.
The team’s ability to score goals is a big plus and they will need to plenty of them on Saturday if they are to overcome The Dubs who have proven score getters in all areas.
Laois have prepared well and have a good balanced outfit so they are expected put it up to Dublin and could very well sneak a win.
Laois panel: Leona Delaney (St Joseph’s), Rachel Rafter (Park-Ratheniska), Fiona Kelly (Park-Ratheniska), Amy Coss (Sarsfields), Fiona Dooley (Portlaoise), Gillian Hannigan (Portlaoise), Amy Loughman (Sarsfields), Ciara Burke (Sarsfields), Shauna Redmond (The Heath), Caoimhe Simms (Crettyartd), Shannon Costello (St Conleths), Lorna O’Sullivan (Sarsfields), Emma Murphy (St Conleth’s), Ann Fitzgibbon (Portlaoise), Meaghan Dunne (Sarsfields), Sharon Kelly (Park-Ratheniska), Ella Lacey, Carla McGovern (Park-Ratheniska), Aisling Crosby (St Joseph’s), Chloe Dunne (Sarsfields), Niamh Smith (Crettyard), Orlaith Phelan (Portlaoise), Libby Weldon (St Conleth’s), Kate Shortall (Timahoe), Sarah Phelan (Portlaoise), Anna O’Neill (Timahoe), Rachel Kelly (Timahoe), Roisin Dunne (Sarsfields).