Bord Gáis Energy
Ladies National Football League
(Michael Forde Leinster PRO)
Division 1A :
Laois slip to second place in division 1A of the Bord Gais Energy NFL, after they were beaten by table toppers Tyrone on Sunday last. The O’Moore girls went in at the break trailing by a single point (2-5 to 1-7) and could only manage to notch up a further four points in the second period while the red hand county tagged on seven points to run out eventual winners (2-12 to 1-11). Laois will be looking to get their league campaign back on track on Sunday next when they play host to Armagh in Mountmellick. When both sides met in last seasons NFL, the Orchard county had a point to spare at full time (1-8 to 1-7). However on Sunday next the Laois side will be looking to turn the tables on Armagh and collect all three points.
Division 1B:
Kildare were once again on the receiving end on Sunday last when they were well beaten by a strong Dublin side (4-11 to 0-10), Aishling Jennings was Kildares top scorer with six points (five from frees), Brianne Leahy and Noelle Earley were also on target for the Kildare side.On Sunday next they head north to take on Monaghan, in what will be another stern test for the visitors, and while the Farneys come into this game as favourites, the Lily whites will not be handing over all three points with out giving a good account of themselves.
Division 1B:
Dublin are riding high on the crest of a wave after notching up their second win in the Bord Gais Energy NFL campaign with a convincing win over Kildare,to keep preesure on the Rebelettes, with eight Dublin players getting their names on the score sheet, however the jackies were kept scoreless for at least twenty minutes in the second half by a hard working Kildare side.
On Sunday next, Dublin head West to Monivea, to take on a determined Galway side, and it’s a game that the westerners can not afford to lose, although both sides shared the points last season, the girls from the capital will be looking to take all three points home this time round, before their showdown with reigning league champions Corks on the 1st of March.
Division 2A:
Wexford notched up their first win of the Bord Gais Energy NFL, with a five point win over Westmeath (0-11to 0-6) on Sunday last. The model county led throughout the game, going in at the break with a five point lead and although the Lake county girls upped their game in the second half, to pare the Wexford lead back to just two points, the Wexford side found an extra gear to ensure that they were first to cross the winning line, best for Wexford were Mary O’Neill, Shelly Doyle, Fiona Kavanagh, Fiona Rochford and Leona Tector.
On Sunday next, Wexford welcome Leitrim to Bunclody for their third round game in the Bord Gais Energy NFL. Both sides last met in the 2007 IFC final, and on that occasion Leitrim were the victors (0-17 to 1-10).The visitors come into Sundays game on the back of two losses, their most recent was against Waterford, on that occasion they were beaten by the narrowest of margins (1-8 to 0-12). Wexford also suffered at the hands of the Deise side (3-6 to 3-9) in their first round game, so Sundays game should be a good test for an improving home side.
Division 2A:
Westmeath’s first game in the Bord Gais Energy NFL against Wexford ended in defeat, the Lake county had a long wait to start their NFL campaign, they were due to play Tipperary in the first round but that game had to be called off due to bad weather.
On Sunday next they play host to Sligo, it’s a game that the Westmeath side need to win to stay in touch with table toppers Waterford.
The visitors to Pairc Chiaran, Athlone on Sunday next have two games under their belt in the Bord Gais Energy NFL the Yeats county side have registered one win against Leitrim, losing their second games by a single point to Tipperary.
Division 2B:
Meath, fielded a slightly weakened side against Longford on Sunday last and it was the Royals that dug the deepest (1-11 to 1-9) to collect all three points to kick start their Bord Gais Energy NFL campaign, Gillian Bennett was in top form for the Royals, raising the white flag on nine occasions. The Meath management team will delighted with the determination shown by the girls through out the game and sets them up for their visit to Kinawley, Co. Fermanagh on Saturday next when they take on Fermanagh under lights, in the third round of the NFL, Throw in is at 7.30pm.
Division 2B:
Longford will be disappointed to lose out to Meath on Sunday last, but they can take a number of positives from their first NFL games as they prepare to take on Cavan in Kingspan Breffni Park on Sunday next. The Breffnies had a narrow win over Fermanagh (0-10 to 1-6) in round one, but they were well beaten by Down (3-6 to 6-12) in their second round game. Longford are more than capable of getting their first points of the season in Breffni park on Sunday next.
Division 3A:
Carlow Under a new management team led by Geraldine Maher, have hit the ground running with their first win in the Bord Gais Energy NFL, the Floral county beat Offaly (1-19 to 3-9), however the home side did not have it all their own way, especially in the second half. Carlow went in at the break with a commanding (0-15 to 1-5), but they took their foot off the gas in the second period to allow the Faithful county to close the gap to four points, but it was the Carlow side that registered the most important three points on the Div 3A league table.
Division 3A:
Offaly have lost their opening two games in this years Bord Gais Energy NFL , on Sunday next they will be hoping to get back to winning ways and notch up their first win in this years NFL campaign, when they play host to Limerick in Rhode. The Treaty county have also suffered two heavy defeats to both Louth and Roscommon in this years NFL so its all to play on Sunday next for both sides.
Division 3B:
Wicklow and Kilkenny will go head to head on Sunday next, in what is a must win game for the Garden county. Kilkenny have already three points on the board when they pulled off a convincing win over Derry (6-3 to 0-8) in their first round game. Wicklow on the other hand, fielded an under strength team against Antrim and they were unlucky to lose out to the Saffrons (3-6 to 4-6) in their first round game.
Over the past five years Wicklow have recorded three wins out of five games played against Kilkenny in the NFL, with the cats two wins coming in the 2007 (2-6 to 2-8) and 2008 (3-8 to 2-7) NFL season. Looking at the stats from Kilkenny’s game against Derry , they seemed to have a preference for going for goals with Marie Ryan, Marie Dargan, Miriam O Keeffe, Grainne Daly all contributing to raise the green flag for the cats, so it will be vital that the Wicklow back line are in top form to keep the Kilkenny forwards from getting through to Emer Mileys goal line on Sunday next.
The latest from the Wicklow camp is that they have a number of experienced girls returning to the squad from injury, and they hope to be at full strength for this important clash.

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