Laois Ladies guaranteed themselves a place in the league semi-final with a tremendous win over Cork on Saturday. It was Laois’ first win over Cork in any grade since 2000 and will be a major confidence boost for the remainder of the league and the championship to come.
Ladies National League Division 1
A goal from the penalty spot from Martina Dunne proved to be the decisive score and Laois showed great resolve in the second-half to hold off the All Ireland Champions and the result means that Laois leapfrog Cork in the table.
Monaghan still lead the way with six wins from six but Laois move into second place ahead of Cork. Both sides are three points ahead of the chasing pack meaning both will feature in the semi-finals. Before the knock-out stages, Laois travel to play bottom side Meath next weekend and a win would cement their place in second in the table.
Cork started strongly and points from Doireann O’Sullivan, Emma Farmer and Rhona Ni Bhuachalla left them 0-3 to 0-1 ahead after ten minutes.
Laois, with Martina Dunne, Martha Kirwan and Tracey Lawlor in fine form, hit back strongly and were ahead by 0-5 to 0-4 after 20 minutes. Then Dunne struck for the goal and at half-time Laois led by 1-6 to 0-6 with Cork edging back into it before the break.
The second-half was tit for tat throughout with Cork gradually hauling their way back into the game but a determined Laois side held on for a one point win.
Laois: Ciamh Dollard; Marion O’Grady, Grainne Dunne, Mags McEvoy; Sarah Quigley, Alison Taylor, Rosie Phelan; Jane Moore, Tracey Lawlor; Maggie Murphy, Laura Marie Maher, Ciara Burke; Martha Kirwan, Martina Dunne, Sinead Doogue. Subs: Eimear barry, Maureen Nerney, Eimear McWey, Aisling Kehoe, Laura Dunne, Deirdre O’Shea, Amy Potts, Noirin Kirwan, Clodagh Brennan, Fiona Dooley.