Dublin came into this game as favourites to lift the minor 'A' title, and unfortunately for the Laois team, the bookies had started to pay out at the end of the first half.
Laois were first open the scoring with a point from Shona Barry in the second minute, but from there on it was Dublin that hit the ground running as they notched up a convincing nine point to two within the first quarter of the game. Player of the match Noelle Healy was in unstoppable form, the St. Brigids player pointing five, while Fiona Hudson, Amy Connolly and Sinead Cullen combined to add a further goal and seven points, before referee Pat Kehoe blew to bring the first half to an end, with score board reading Dublin 1-12, Laois 0-2.
While it was all one way traffic for the Dubs, the O'Moore girls never gave up the chase, they upped their game in the second half, but despite notching up a further five points and pulling a top drawer save from Dublins number one Hannah Tyrell they were unable to close the gap.
The Laois players and mentors knew in their hearts that they are more than capable of playing at a higher level, but Saturday last will be remembered, (or may be not) as just one of those days when nothing seems to click into place.
The Dubs continued to inflict pain on the Laois side through out the second half, and for the neutral it was a display what ladies football at the highest level is all about, fitness, movement off the ball and accuracy in front of the sticks, and on Saturday last the girls from the capital had it all, with the score board reading Dublin 2-18 Laois 0-7 when Pat Kehoe called for the ball.
This is not the end of the season for the Dublin or Laois minors, as both sides go forward to compete in the quarter finals of the all Ireland series.
Leinster president Bill Daly thanked Carlow county board for the use of Dr. Cullen park, which was in pristine condition, and last but not least, all those involved on the day. Bill went on to presented Dublin captain Shona Barrett with the new Leinster Minor 'A' championship trophy that was donated by Tiernan Hall in memory of his late wife Dheirdre DeHál who was tragically killed in a road traffic accident.
Dublins number eleven Noelle Healy stepped up to loud applause from her team mates and fans to collect the player of the match from the Leinster president.
Dublin: Hannah Tyrell, Aoife Burke, Karen McGlynn, Ailish McKenna, Sinead O' Mahoney, Sinead Goldrick(0-1), Roisin Ryan, Niamh McEvoy, Amy Connolly(1-1), Fiona Hudson (1-5), Noelle Healy (0-7), Arlene Cushen, Amy Ring, Natalia Hyland (0-4), Sinead Cullen (0-1), Shona barrett.
Laois: Caoimhe Egan, Clodagh Brennan, Kate Dunne, Maureen Young, Ciara O'Donovan, Amy Grehan, Rhona Julian, Anna Moore, Martina Cripps, Sarah McEvoy, Shona Barry(0-3), Sinead Doogue(0-1), Rachel Williams, Rosemary Bermingham, Alice Malone(0-3f).
Referee: Pat Kehoe (Carlow)
(Mick Forde Leinster PRO)

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