Laois and Dublin had both won all of their games in the National League and were pitted against each other in the final round to decide the placings for the upcoming semi-finals.
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Mattie Colliers side showed great skill and promise throughout the league and were aiming to secure full points and get an easier draw for the semi final. The first half proved to be a very evenly matched game and Laois got the first score from their freetaker Louise Mahony after three minutes of play. Two minutes later Dublin leveled the scores when their centre forward Elaine Gallery scored a point.
Within a minute Laois full forward Niamh Dollard restored the home sides advantage with a point from play. Dublin freetaker and midfielder Georgina Kelly scored from a free to level the sides again, the first of a personal tally of 10 points. Mahony put Laois ahead again from a free before Kelly matched it with point for Dublin on the 17th minute. Laois corner forward Rosemary Bermingham put her side ahead again with a nice point from play before Kelly scored again from a free a minute later to level the sides for the fourth time.
Olga Parkinson, who had a good game, got the next point for the home side on the 21st minute. Georgina Kelly again leveled the sides from a free on the 25th minute and two minutes later Dublin took the lead for the first time when wing forward Paula Lohan scored a point from play. At half time Dublin led by one point, 0-6 to 0-5.
On the resumption of play Sarah-Anne Fitzgerald was introduced at centre back for Casey Conroy on the Laois team. Georgina Kelly added another point for Dublin from a free three minutes after the break which was cancelled out as Louise Mahony scored from a free two minutes later.
Dublin stretched their lead when substitute Alison McGrath scored a point from play and Georgina Kelly put her sixth point over the bar from a 45, midway through the second half. Sarah-Anne Fitzgerald rallied the Laois side and scored a long range point to narrow the gap to two points. From then on Dublin’s Georgina Kelly scored four points, all from placed balls, which were unanswered by Laois as the home side sent three attempts in a row wide.
Ashling Dunphy was the best player for Laois on the day and Laura Dunne who had a brilliant game, kept a clean sheet and stopped three Dublin shots on goal in succession with the assistance of her backs. Casey Conroy was reintroduced when Olga Parkinson was injured in a heavy tackle on 55 minutes.
Niamh coss replaced Yvonne O’Neill at corner forward and Niamh Gleeson replaced Rosemary Bermingham in the opposite corner on 58 minutes. Laois were six points down and rallied in an effort to score a goal or two but were held out by a strong Dublin back line.
They suffered a killer blow when Laoise Quinn scored a point for Dublin in the closing minutes of the game to put the game out of reach. The league semi final is fixed for the 21st of April with the final on the 4th of May.
LAOIS: Laura Dunne; Karen Cuddy, Mairead Burke, Catriona Downey; Claire Walsh, Casey Conroy, Aisling Dunphy; Sinead Lanham, Grace O’Neill; Olga Parkinson, Sile Burke, Louise Mahony; Yvonne O’Neill, Niamh Dollard, Rosemary Bermingham. Subs: Sarah Anne Fitzgerald for Casey Conroy, Casey Conroy for Olga Parkinson, Niamh Coss for Yvonne O’Neill, Niamh Gleeson for Rosemary Bermingham, Lorna Campion, Joyce Dunne and Emma Phelan.