Bord Gais Energy Leinster Round Up

Bord Gais Energy Leinster Round Up



Bord Gáis Energy
Ladies National Football League
(Michael Forde Leinster PRO)

Division 1A :
Laois got back to winning ways in Mountmellick on Sunday last, with a four point win over Armagh (1-11 to 2-4).
Laois started brightly with a point from Tracy Lawlor. Dervla Toal of Armagh equalised but when Martina Devlin put Laois back in front and  it was a lead they didn’t relinquish. Laois went in at the break seven points clear (1-6 to 0-2), Tracy Lawlor and Mary Kirwan were first to raise the white flag for the The O’Moore County with in two minutes of the restart.
The Orchard fight back started with an excellent goal from Laura Brown, however the sands of time ran out in Laois’s favour. Laois must now prepare to travel South to take on the Kingdom in Castleisland Desmonds on March the 1st , in last seasons NFL both sides shared the point (2-11 to 2-11). Looking at this years stats the O’Moore girls have notched up 9 goals and 34 points while the Kingdom have 2 goals and 30 points in their account.
Laois v Armagh: T Fallon, M McEvoy, L Muckian, M O’Grady, T Fogarty, G Weston, A Casey, A O’Loughlin, E McEvoy, T Lawlor(0-5), N Kirwan, A Moore, M Dunne(0-4), A Quigley, M Kirwan (1-2) Subs: M Kirwan, L Dunne.

Division 1B:
Dublin continue on their roller coaster ride, registering their third win out of three played, when they secured qualification for the quarterfinals of the Bord Gais Energy National League with a comprehensive win over Galway (2-16 to 0-7).
The game was over as a competition by the break with the Tribeswoman unable to get to grips with the excellent work rate of the Dublin team, and while the Dubs were fully focused through out they would have one eye on their up coming game against reigning League champions Cork.
The Capital will play host to the Rebeletts in Naomh Mearnog, Portmarnock on Sunday next, in what must be the game of the season to date, with the Jackies looking to be first in line to be measured up for the Bord Gais Energy NFL. crown.  In last seasons encounter (2-8 to 2-11) the Jackies had two points to spare, however this weekends clash could be a little closer.
Dublin v Galway – C. O’Connor, A. Cluxton, N. Comyn, M. Kavanagh, E. McKenna, S. Furlong, S. McGrath, D. Masterson, F. Corcoran, M. Nevin, (0-2, 1 free), L. Davey, (2-3), C. Barrett,(0-1), N. Hurley, S. Ahearne, (0-6, 3 frees), A-M. Murphy, (0-1).
Subs – K. Flood, (0-1) for C. Barrett, Niamh McEvoy for F. Corcoran, A. Ring for N. Hurley, E. Travers for A. McKenna and C. Murphy, (0-2) for L.Davey.

Division 1B:
Kildare continue to look for their first points in this years Bord Gais Energy NFL campaign, on Sunday last they shipped their third defeat against Monaghan, although the Lily whites tapped over ten points for the second game in a row, the Monaghan side were too strong on this occasion (2-13 to 0-10).
On Sunday  next Kildare travel South West to Lissycasey to take on Clare, and although the Banner side have one win under their belt against Galway (1-9 to 1-7), the Lily Whites are capable of collecting points from this game, so far this season they have had a bit of a goal drought, and a goal or two this weekend could make all the difference to lifting the Kildare side up a step on the league table.

Division 2A:
Wexford under new manager Jim McGovern, are showing glimpses of a County rising from the ashes, With a number of young guns stepping up to the mark when needed, On Sunday last the Model county look like a side on a mission, when they played host to Leitrim in Bunclody, and ran out comfortable winner (3-17 to 3-6)  to register their second win in the Bord Gais Energy NFL campaign.
Wexford all Stars Mary Rose Kelly and Leona Tector lead by example, and Tector was their top scorer on the day with 1-4, with Natasha Martin also raising the green flag for the home side. With ten minutes to go Wexfords mentors started using their bench and brought on six subs. Leitrim scored a goal and two points in the final few minutes while Wexfords Sara Nolan scored a screamer into the bottom right hand corner to leave the final score 3-17 to 3-6.
On Sunday next the Wexford side travel North West to St Brendans Pk, Castleconnor  to take on  Sligo in that will be a stern test for the visitors, although there is little between the sides this season, Wexford have scores 6 goals and 34 points while Sligo have notched up 8 goals and  38 points, the Yeats county girls are the bookies favourite, but the model county are capable of causing an upset.

Wexford v Leitrim: Mary Rose Kelly St Fintans, Ciara Cosgrave Ballygarrett, Mary O’Neill Clonee (Captain), Aoife Waters St Martins, Julie Kelly St Fintans, Shelly Doyle Shelmalier, Orla Donohue Bunclody, Fiona Kavanagh Bunclody, Fiona Rochford St Annes 0-1, Emma Hore Kilmore, Linda Casey Clongeen 0-1, Sharon Kehoe Kilmore 0-2, Tara Maloney Shelmalier 0-4, Leona Tector Shelmalier 1-4, Natasha Martin Geraldine O’Hanrahans 1-2. Subs: Lisa Goff Kilmore 0-3 for Emma Hore, Laura Corrigan Shelmalier for Orla Donohue, Sara Nolan Starlights 1-0 for Sharon Kehoe, Clare Finn Bunclody for Natasha Martin, Sinéad McCarthy Geraldine O’Hanrahans for Aoife Waters, Jane Mythen Starlights for Julie Kelly, Naomi Fogarty Kilmore for Leona Tector, Ceara O’Brien Shelmalier for Ciara Cosgrave, Lisa Quill Shelmalier, Diane Kelly Adamstown, Amy Ryan St Martins, Fiona Cullen Shelmalier, Eimear O’Brien St Martins and Deirdre Fox Shelmalier.

Division 2A
Westmeath have yet to collect points in this years Bord Gais Energy NFL, on Sunday last they suffered at the hands of a strong Sligo outfit (1-2 to 2-15), and they have another stiff test on Sunday next when they travel to the sunny South east to take on Waterford, and the Deise will be in a mean mood after losing out to the Premier county by the narrowest of margins (1-8 to 1-9) last weekend.

Division 2B:
Longford travelled to neighbours Cavan on Sunday last and were unable to get any change from the Breffni girls (1-5 to 0-12), although only four points separated the side at the end of the game, the visitors were down three points at the break (0-6 to 0-3) and were always playing catch up.
On Sunday next they welcome Fermanagh to their home patch, last season the Erne side were the victors (2-5 to 0-6) by just two points, so the home side will be looking to turn the tables on  the Ulster side to register their first win in the Bord Gais Energy NFL Campaign.

Division 2B:
The Meath road show continues on its merry way, with two wins out of two. On Saturday last they returned from Fermanagh to the Royal county with another scalp in the bag (Fermanagh 2-6 Meath 4-16). The royals were in devastating form, with eight players getting on the score sheet.
Playing with the aid of a stiff breeze Meath hit the ground running straight from the whistle and were 2-11 to 0-3 to the good at the break, the home side continued to battle but they were unable to contain the Meath side, and were probably happy to hear the final whistle.
Meath’s next outing is on Sunday next March 1st away to Down in Saval, referee Michael Henry will Throw in at 2p.m The Mourne girls have one win against Cavan to date, the last time these two sides met it was Down who came out on top effectively putting Meath out of the All Ireland Championship play offs.
Meath v Fermanagh  – Irene Munnelly, Claire Coffey, Brid Guy, Louise McKeever, Jenny Rispin, Jane Burke, Áine Fagan, Grainne Nulty ( 2 gls), Eve Wardick, Elaine Duffy (7 pts (4 f), Gillian Bennett (1 – 04), Aedin Murray (1 g), Fiona O’Neill (2 pts), Philomena Sheridan (1pt), Mary Sheridan (1 pt). Subs: Ciara Dempsey( 1pt) for Burke, Maria Kealy for O’Neill, Sinead McCormack for Fagan, Amy Bennett for Duffy and Avril Robinson for Gillian Bennett.

Division 3A:
Offaly played host to Limerick on Sunday last, and the Shannon siders left with all three points in the bag, the Faithful county have not had the best of starts to this years Bord Gais Energy NFL campaign and on Sunday next they face Louth, the Wee county will go into Sundays Bord Gais Energy national clash with Offaly at Stabannon with confidence, The home side expect to have Grace Lynch Jenny Agnew and Catherine Mcgee back in contention while Orlaith Kirk was very doubtful In the Limerick game Louth had  4 players who made impressive debuts increasing the options available to the management Offaly in contrast have made a poor start to their league season losing to Carlow and limerick  These counties last met last march in Walsh Island with Louth coming away with a 5 point victory..

Division 3A:
Carlow, with one win out of one will make the trip  to Johnstown, Roscommon, to take on the home side in what will be tough test for Floral county. Roscommon sit on top of division 3A, having won their opening two games. In their previous game in the Bord Gais NFL against Offaly, Carlow took their foot off the gas in the second half to allow the Faithful county back into the game, on Sunday next the Visitors will have to be fully focused if they are to get a result from this game.

Division 3B:

Wicklow and Kilkenny went head to head on Sunday last in Jenkinstown, and it was the Garden county that were the victors (1-6 to 2-9) on the day, after an excellent game of football. Wicklow got the rub of the green when Geraldine Norton and Caoilfhionn Deeney both raised the green flag.
Both sides were level at the break (2-1 to 1-4) and it was all to play for in the second period, however the Wicklow sides were the more focused through out the game, running out eventual winners.
Both Counties have next  week off before Wicklow head North to meet Derry, while Kilkenny welcome Antrim to the Marble city.

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