All Ireland Senior Championship 2nd round

All Ireland Senior Championship 2nd round report
(Michael Forde Leinster PRO)

Last weekend proved to be the final hurdle for a number of senior Leinster counties in the race to Croke Park and a place in the all Ireland senior quarter finals, with Laois and Meath failing to get the nod in their senior championship qualifying games.
The draw for the quarter finals was made on Sunday last, by President Pat Quill, Leinster President Sean McMullin and Connacht President Geraldine Carey, the first pair out of the pot was Dublin and Kerry, second was Cork and Kildare, followed by Galway and Monaghan, and finally Tyrone were drawn against Mayo.

Laois 1-15 Mayo 2-19
For Laois it was a game of two halves, despite conceding an early Emma Mullins goal, they seemed to be in control through out most of the first half, trailing by two points at the break 1-8 to 1-10. Yet, coming in to this game they were well aware of the treat that the Mayo forwards would pose, in particularly Cora Staunton, but unfortunately the Laois backs had no answer to the power of Staunton and the pace of player of the match Emma Mullins.
Laois’s sharp shooters Aileen O’Loughlin, Treacey Lawlor, Martina Dunne and Mary Kirwan could do no more, a score line of 1-15 would win most games, but in championship football its down to who has the greater hunger, and on this occasion it was the Connacht side that had the edge, Mayo will face Tyrone on Saturday next in the quarter finals.
Meath 0-10 Kerry 2-19
Meath went head to head with Kerry in Nenagh on Saturday last, and the Royals struggled to get a foot hold in the game, just like the Laois game, the Royal conceded an early goal shortly after Terence McShea threw the ball in. Meath weathered an early storm with Grainne Nulty leading the charge, Nulty notched up a personal tally of four points, and probably had one of her best games of the season.
Meath trailed by four points 2-6 to 0-8 at the break, and such was the Kingdoms dominance in the second period; the Royals could only manage to increase their score by just two points. While the Kerry side added a further nine points to romp home comfortable winners with fifteen points to spare. The Kingdoms next outing will be against Dublin on Saturday the 22nd of August.
Meath Championship hopes may be over for this year, but retaining senior status was a huge boost for the Management and team, and they can look forward to next year with a lot more optimism. Meath have a wealth of young talented players waiting in the wings to be introduced to senior county football, over the coming seasons.
Meath Team & Scorers:
Irene Munnelly, Claire Coffey, Louise McKeever, Maria Kealy, Aedin Murray, Mary Sheridan, Aine Fagan, Jane Burke, Shauna Bennett, Geraldine Doherty (0-01), Grainne Nulty (0-04), Katie O’Brien (0-01), Elaine Duffy (0-03), Jenny Rispin, Aimee Bennett.
Subs: Ciara Dempsey for Fagan, Lisa Keenan (0-01) for A.Bennett, Orla Sheridan for Rispin, Philomena Sheridan for Duffy, Fiona Mernagh for Murray, Laura Mulvaney, Ciara Daly, Eve Wardick, Sinead McCormack, Avril Robinson, Roisin Nulty, Fiona O’Neill, Aoife Guy.
In the TG4 Junior Championship Louth and Derry played out a draw with eleven pointa apiece, while Wicklow beat Offaly 3-14 to 1-10, and Carlow lost out to Limerick on a score line of 2-5 to 2-11.

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