As the Laois team gathered for this final group match they were well aware of the importance of the occasion. Win and they would be through to a Leinster semi-final, lose and they were out.
Leinster A Ladies MFC Q-FINAL
With the breeze behind them in the first half the Laois girls showed from the throw-in that they were in no mood to be denied a semi-final place. Áine Haberlin and Jane Moore quickly established control at midfield the forwards picked off a succession of well-worked points, with Mo Nerney in particular showing great accuracy.
Laura-Marie Maher at centre-half forward was creating many chances for Laois and Ciara Delaney at corner-forward was unlucky to see a rasping shot come back off the crossbar.
A penalty shortly before half-time was expertly dispatched to the corner of the net by Mo Nerney to leave Laois going in at the break with a healthy lead of 1-12 to 0-1.
Early second-half points from Mo Nerney and Chloe Ryan helped keep Laois in control while at the other end the Laois defenders were completely on top of their opponents. Goalkeeper Aisling Byrne dealt confidently with anything that came her way and with the two Clodagh Dunnes and Rosie Phelan in sparkling form they kept the Louth attack scoreless for the entire half. As the match drew to a close it looked as if Ciara Delaney had scored a second goal for Laois only for the score to be ruled out for an infringement. However further points for Laois brought their total to a healthy 1-18 and secured a Leinster semi-final spot against Meath.
Laois: Aisling Byrne, Orla McWey, Clodagh Dunne (Sarsfields), Ciara O’Keeffe, Casey Conroy, Clodagh Dunne (Ballyroan), Rosie Phelan, Áine Haberlin, Jane Moore, Rachel Redmond, Laura-Marie Maher, Niamh Coss, Ciara Delaney (Ballyroan), Ciara Delaney (Portlaoise), Mo Nerney, Chloe Ryan, Stephanie English, Nicole Byrne, Sharlene Duff, Fiona Dooley, Emma Murphy, Libby Waldron.