Last Saturday the Laois Camogie Panel made the long trek to Armagh City to play Armagh in the last of the pool games in the All Ireland Championship.
All Ireland Premier Junior Camogie Championship
Despite a narrow defeat, Laois are through to the All Ireland semi-final which will be played at the end of the month.
Even though The Management Team of Mattie Collier, Mick Lennon and Mary Dunne were short eight girls from the panel, the Laois squad put in a great performance on the day.
Anne Marie Purcell and Mairead Burke played particularly well in the backs in front of the ever dependable Laura Dunne in goals. Midfielder and Captain Louise Mahony was again the teams top scorer on the day with seven points.
Eimear Delaney, also playing in the middle of the park, put in a good performance and also scored a fantastic goal when Sile Burke sent a ball across the 14 yard line which Eimear flicked into the Armagh net.
In the first-half the free takers from both teams were level with four points each, but a goal from Armagh’s full forward Ciara Donnelly separated the sides at the break.
When the teams resumed play, Louise Mahony moved into the centre forward position and her sister Elaine assumed the midfield spot. Louise scored a point from a free soon after that which was answered by Armagh’s Collette McSorley after 40 minutes.
A minute later Eimear Delaney scored her goal to draw the match level. Louise Mahony and Joan Dollard scored a point each to put Laois ahead for the first time in the match.
However Armagh fought back and regained the lead after Ciara Donnelly scored a point and Collette Mc Sorley scored 1-2 in less than five minutes. With only two minutes of normal time remaining Laois were trailing by three points.
However Laois were thrown a lifeline when the referee Malachy McToal blew for a 21 yard free. Louise Mahony knew that she had to go for goal to level the match, but her powerful strike was saved on the line. At the final whistle a goal seperated the sides on a scoreline of Armagh 2-8 to Laois 1-8.
Laois will play either Down or Kildare in the All Ireland Semi Final on Saturday, August 25 and will be aiming to go on to play the All Ireland Final in Croke Park on September 3.
Laois: Laura Dunne, Aisling Dunphy, Mairead Burke, Catriona Downey, Casey Conroy, Marion O’Grady, Ann Marie Purcell, Eimear Delaney 1-0, Louise Mahony 0-7, Elaine Mahony, Joan Dollard 0-1, Aisling Burke, Sile Burke, Yvonne O’Neill, Sharon Moylan, Kelly O’Neill, Rachel Boyhan, Niamh Coss, Súin Lennon and Lorna Campion.