The Laois Ladies footballers drew their League campaign to an end with a defeat away to Cavan in Crosserlough on Sunday.
Laois have endured a difficult League campaign to date, failing to pick up any points scorss their seven fixtures, and their trip to the unusual venue of Crosserlough in Cavan was no different.
With relegation already confirmed, Laois opted to experiment with their starting fifteen and gave a host of players valuable match-minutes - including Scoil Chroist Ri’s Alice Dunne who lined out at centre-forward.
Cavan started the game well going 1-5 to 0-0 in front after ten minutes following a goal Ciara Finnegan goal. Laois battled back in the final minutes of the half and registered four points to the scoreboard through Mo Nerney and Erone Fitzpatrick to send them in ten points down at the break on a scoreline of 2-8 to 0-4.
Laois were blitzed on the restart but battled back to close the gap to three points with ten minutes to go following Mo Nerney’s well-taken goal. Unfortunately for Laois that was as close as they’d come as Cavan finished strong with a brace of goals coming from Aisling Sheridan to see them comfortable eleven point victors on the day.
Scorers: Mo Nerney 1-5 , Erone Fitzpatrick 0-3, Shannon Costelloe and Aisling Kehoe 0-2 each.
Team: Sinead O'Rourke (St. Pauls); Maureen Young (Timahoe), Jane Moore (St. Brigids, Clodagh Dunne (Ballyroan); Aine Haberlin (St. Conleths), Ellen Healy (Portlaoise), Anna Healy (Park-Ratheniska); Laura Nerney (Foxrock-Cabinteely), Niamh O'Rourke (Ballyfin); Sinead Cullen (St. Conleth's), Alice Dunne (Timahoe), Alanna Havill (St Conleth's); Erone Fitzpatrick (Park-Ratheniska), Emma Lawlor (St. Pauls), Mo Nerney (Timahoe). Subs: Aisling Kehoe (Portlaoise) for E. Lawlor; Shannon Costelloe (St. Pauls) for A. Kehoe; Meghann Dunne (Sarsfields) for S. Cullen; Andrea Moran (Ballyroan) for A. Havill.
Team: Evelyn Baugh; Rebecca O'reilly, Laura Fitzpatrick, Sheila Reilly; Sinead Greene, Shauna Lynch, Neasa Byrd; Mona Sheridan, Sinead O'Sullivan; Joanne Moore, Donna English, Aisling Gilsenan; Ciara Finnegan, Aisling Sheridan, Niamh Daly.