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Leinster U-16 Championship Round 4


Leinster U-16 Championship Round 4

Meath v Laois
Dunganny, Meath
Saturday 19th April, 2008
Throw In: 3pm

Half-Time: Meath 1-02 v Laois 2-04
Full-Time: Meath 1-03 v Laois 2-09

Meath were beaten by a far stronger Laois team eager to take second position in the Leinster U-16 Championship at Dunganny last Saturday.
It was a windy afternoon which hampered both sides scoring chances, but it was Laois that finished their scores better. The score line probably flattered the travelling team as Meath had much possession but couldn’t convert their chances.

The Royals however did start the game the brighter. Ratoath’s Aisling O’Reilly, currently top scorer for the Meath team, opened the scoring with a point from close range. A goal by Stephanie Thompson moments later lifted spirits in the Meath camp. However, Laois got down to business and kept Meath goalkeeper busy for much of the half, scoring 1-01 without reply. Ailibhe McHugh added Meath’s remaining point of the half but it was Laois that finished the stronger, on the scoreboard at least. They added a further 1-04 before the half time whistle leaving Meath six points adrift 1-02 to 2-05.

The second half was a closer affair. Meath were determined not to let Laois slip away. The strong breeze continued unabated in the second half foiling shots from O’Reilly and Vivienne McCormack. In the backs, Meath defended well but Laois always seemed to have an overlapping player. Laois scored four points in the second half and Meath were unlucky when midfielder Siobhan Sheridan had to leave the field with illness. Meath carried on and registered the last score of the game, a point by Ailibhe McHugh, her second of the afternoon. The game ended with Laois nine point winners, 2-09 to 1-03.

Meath were well served by Orla Duff, Aine Fagan, Vivienne McCormack, McHugh and Stephanie Thompson. They now have a much needed fortnight to prepare for their last group game against Wexford. It is a must-win game, victory in Wexford will mean a place in the semi finals against Laois. Defeat would mean an abrupt end to the season for the Royals.

Manager Carley will be hoping his injured players will be recovered in time for the critical clash in two weeks time.

Meath Team & Scorers: S. Monaghan, J. Donnelly, O. Duff, A. Smith, R. Considine, H. Lawless, A. Fagan, S. Sheridan, L. Gilsenan, A. McHugh (0-02), V. McCormack, A. O’Reilly (0-01), N. Collins, S. Thompson (1-00), L. Young.
Subs: A. McLoughlin for Donnelly, A. Kenny for Sheridan, S. Hegarty for Young.

Referee: Keith Tighe (Dublin)

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