Laois Senior Ladies Footballers exited the Leinster championship at the semi-final stage after hosts Meath booked a Leinster Final date with Dublin, thanks to a 3-7 to 1-8 win at Summerhill on Sunday.
Goals from Sinead Coyle and Jenny Rispin gave Meath an early lead, but Treacy Lawlor’s 27th minute goal edged Laois back into contention, with the hosts leading 2-5 to 1-3 at the break. Points from Lawlor, Maggie Murphy and Martha Kirwan kept Laois in touch
With less than ten minutes remaining, Meath had tagged on just one more point as Laois brought themselves within touching distance with four points, after Martha Kirwan and Lawlor (2) were on target.
But Aine Bennett settled Meath’s nerves with a third goal three minutes from time, the second converted penalty of the game. In a tie pockmarked by four sin-binnings, two for each team, Meath goalkeeper Irene Munnelly was inspirational, with a string of fine saves.
Laois will hope to reignite their Championship campaign via the All-Ireland qualifiers, the draw for which will take place in a fortnight’s time at the TG4 All-Ireland Championship launch at Croke Park.
Laois Scorers: Treacy Lawlor 1-3; Maggie Murphy, Martina Dunne, Martha Kirwan, Ciara Burke, Lauramarie Maher 0-1 each.