With only one game left for each team with the exception of Timahoe, the Laois Ladies Senior League is still very much all to play for with four teams in contention for a coveted place in the final.
The much anticipated clash of Sarsfields and Timahoe on Wednesday evening saw the county champions Sarsfields secure a 0-11 to 0-8 win over their neighbours.
The on form Ciara Burke and Claire Conlon scored 0-3 each for Sarsfields tally and Bernie Deegan in goal for Timahoe made some fine saves to ensure she kept a clean sheet. Timahoe’s Angela Casey, Shona Barry and Karen Curley fought hard for their side but ultimately Sarsfields emerged worthy victors.
The other top flight clash was between St Conleth’s and St Brigids in O’ Dempseys in what proved to be a scoring spectacle with an impressive 7-20 to 4-12 victory for St Conleth’s. The teams lined out 13 a side, meaning it was very much a game for forwards with ample open spaces for each side.
St Conleth’s Marie Byrne scored an incredible 3-6 in the hour and always looked a constant threat in front of the goals, alongside Claire O’ Connell, Emma Murphy and Rachel Cullen. Similarly, Deirdre O’ Shea for St Brigids scored some fine long range points throughout the game and notched up 0-6 in total.
Similar to their clash against Shanahoe, St Brigids demonstrated their huge potential up front with some great performances by Caoimhe Simms, Emily Moore and Lizzy Brophy to name but a few. County panelist Sarah McEvoy created much of the scores for her side and added 1-1 to her teams tally.
St Conleth’s however proved too strong for the visitors and were deserving winners in a victory which sees them sit top of the league table.
Elsewhere Park-Ratheniska moved out of the bottom half of the table delivering a strong performance to see off a determined Portlaoise side. Park-Ratheniska’s county panelists Charlotte Delaney, Danielle Keane and Rachel O’ Connell and half forward Carla McGovern took advantage of the strong breeze and added some great scores in the opening half, allowing them to lead 2-5 to 1-1 at the break.
Portlaoise kicked three unanswered points at the beginning of the second half with great individual efforts from Aisling Keogh and Rebecca Keane. Park Ratheniska defended strongly with Jenny Scully and Caitriona Gavigan delivering solid performances, along with Eimear O’ Sullivan in the goals to ensure that Park-Ratheniska secured their second win of the league campaign on a score line of 2-12 to 1-10.