On the opening evening of the Laois Ladies SFC, a well fancied Timahoe were on display in McCann park Portarlington, where they faced an aspiring St Conleth’s side. Both teams were looking to get their campaigns off to a good start as both sides after this fixture had to face into a tough fixture against another strong side, Portlaoise.
It was St Conleth’s who struck first when Niamh Cummins pointed to give her side an early lead. It didn’t take long for Timahoe to respond, full forward, Sarah Quigley gathered the ball inside the 45 yard line and rounded three defenders before blasting the ball into the roof of the net.
This was immediately followed by a Martina Dunne point to send Timahoe into a three point lead. This four point turn around seemed to have a detrimental effect of St Conleth’s as, after the good early start, they began to slowly die out of the game allowing Timahoe easily go through the gears and take complete control of the game. Martina Dunne was looking very impressive in the inside forward line where she managed to notch on four more unanswered points before Tracey Fallon was sin binned for Conleth’s.
Dunne continued her raid on the Conleth’s goal and saw another of her shots sail between the uprights. Shauna Barry got her name on the score sheet soon after further stretching the Timahoe lead, as the situation were beginning to look more and more ominous for the already struggling St Conleth’s team. Timahoe continued to display their speed and skill right and Sarah Quigley epitomised this as she added to her tally with another point again using her pace to round the defence. This left Timahoe with a ten point lead at the break, an already high hill was becoming more and more steep for Conleth’s to climb as they game went on, if they were going to get to the summit, they were going to have to get into gear directly after the break.
However this hope never materialised and Timahoe continued their onslaught on the Conleth’s goal as Maggie Murphy hand passed a point to open her tally for the evening. Mary Casey then got in on the act with a point of her own.
Niamh Cummins did get St Conleth’s second point of the evening as the Portarlington outfit began to show some signs of life. However Timahoe never showed any signs of anything more than a wobble as they notched on score after score. Points from Martina Dunne, Lizzie Cahill, and Sarah Quigley all but sealed the win for Timahoe before St Conleth’s did manage a consolation goal but it was quickly erased by Sarah Quigley from Timahoe as she found herself one on one with Caoimhe Egan in the St Conleth’s goal. The suffering continued for the Portarlington side as Maggie Murphy poked home Timahoe’s third goal right at the death, to leave a sixteen point gap between the sides at the conclusion.
Timahoe, if they were not hotly fancied before this outing, must now be seriously considered after an all-round quality performance. They now have a break next week before they face Portlaoise in two weeks time. St Conleth’s play the town side next weekend hoping to reignite their campaign, but an improval on the last performance is going to be needed.
SCORERS - Timahoe: Sarah Quigley 2-2, Martina Dunne 0-8 (0-3 frees), Maggie Murphy 1-1, Lizzie Cahill 0-2, Shauna Barry 0-1; St Conleth’s: Claire O’Connor 1-0, Niamh Cummin 0-2, Leanne Fallon 0-1
TIMAHOE: Bernie Deegan; Trish Lawlor, Karen Curley, Siobhain Delaney; Ali Hooban, Aisling Quigley, Maureen Young; Angela Casey, Mary Casey; Shauna Barry, Maggie Murphy, Mo Nerney; Lizzie Cahill, Sarah Quigley, Martina Dunne.
ST CONLETH’S: Caoimhe Egan; Siobhain O’Connor, Ruann Mint, Aimee Kelly; Sarah Fallon, Tracey Fallon, Nicole Ryan; Claire Fox, Claire O’Connor, Aine Haberlain, Aoife Kernan, Shauna Mcnamara; Niamh Cummin, Leanne Fallon, Aisling Callan SUBS: Emma Conroy for N Cummin, Shauna Costelloe for L Fallon