Meath Ladies


Bord Gáis Energy Ladies National Football League – Division 2 – Round 7
Meath v Down
Pairc Tailteann – Navan
Throw in 12.30p.m.
Sunday April 11th 2010Half Time:
Meath 2 – 07 – Down 1 – 07
Full Time:
Meath 3 – 16 – Down 2 – 09

Referee: Tony Lennon – Dublin.

Meath went into this final round of the NFL knowing nothing short of a win would do to keep their NFL hopes alive. The Meath girls opened the scoring with a point courtesy of St. Ultans player Shauna Bennett in the first minute of the game followed almost immediately by a well taken goal from club mate Elaine Duffy. Meath were passing the ball well at this early stage and things looked ominous for Down when Bridgetta Lynch split the post in the fifth minute. Down settled eventually and full forward Kate McKay pointed in the sixth minute. Elaine Duffy once again added a point before Down went on a mini scoring spree putting over three unanswered points before Meath rallied again. The game was nip and tuck over the next fifteen minutes with both teams reeling off points. With just over twenty minutes gone the sides were level though Meath had the slight edge.

Down hit the lead when Captain Kyla Trainor sent over a well earned point in the twenty third minute. This was quickly followed up by a Duffy point from a free. In the dying minutes of the first half Meath managed to salvage their pride when Mary Sheridan latched onto a long ball and buried it in the back of the net. Duffy again split the posts with her trusty left boot to ensure Meath went into the break with a goal advantage.

The second half started much the same as the first half ended with Meath hitting the first score from the boot of Tara Ryan. Down then took the initiative and put a goal and two points on the board before Meath snapped into overdrive. Full forward Kate McKay and Lisa Morgan hit a point a piece before Kyla Trainor netted for the Mourne girls. This put Down ahead by the narrowest of margins. This seemed to awaken something in Meath and they went on to score a further goal and six points unanswered to bag themselves a place in the Division 2 semi final. Mary Sheridan was having an inspired game at full forward and netted once again. Jenny Rispin (2) Elaine Duffy (2) Shauna Bennett (2) and substitute Orla Sheridan all added their names to the list of scorers.

Meath now head to Donegal on either Saturday April 22nd or Sunday April 23rd. The time and venue will be confirmed tomorrow Monday. Meath having already been beaten by Donegal in this campaign will definitely be seeking revenge. Meath didn’t play well against Donegal and were missing some key players on the day so no doubt they will be eager to put things right when the sides meet again.
Meath team and scorers:
Irene Munnelly, Claire Coffey, Philomena Sheridan, Maria Kealy, Ciara Dempsey, Aedin Murray, Rebecca Considine, Eve Wardick, Jenny Rispin (2), Stephanie Byrne, Shauna Bennett (3), Roisin Nulty, Elaine Duffy (1 – 06), Mary Sheridan (2 – 02), Bridgetta Lynch (1pt).
Tara Ryan (1pt) for Byrne, Ashley Leavy for Wardick, Orla Sheridan (1pt) for Nulty, Siobhan Sheridan for Bennett.

Down team and scorers:
K.A. Magee, Colleen Magee, Eliza Downey, Emma Mulhern, Hannah Murray, Niamh McGowan, Sinead Fegan, Kyla Trainor (2-03), Clara Fitzpatrick, Áine Hardy, Lisa Morgan (3), Grainne McClean, Orla Fegan, Kate McKay ( 3pts), Chara Laverty.


Leinster U/14 Championship
Meath v Kildare
Clann na nGael GAA Grounds
Saturday April 10th 2010

Half time:
Meath 4 -05 – Kildare – 0-3
Full time:
Meath 7-7 – Kildare 1-3

Meath recorded an excellent victory over rivals Kildare in this Leinster U/14 Ladies Championship in Athboy, played on Saturday last. With the full forward line of Andrea Ward, Naoise De Graff and Alicia Curtis all grabbing goals the home side led by 4-5 to 0-3 at half time. The impressive Kelly Marie Harris also snatched a goal before the break.

With Meath’s tight defence, good team work and excellent scoring form they continued to dominate procedures in the second half. Ward, De Graff and Curtis all grabbed their second goals of the game after the restart and further points from Harris and Eleanor Lane gave the Royal County a well deserved victory. This was a great team effort and they will look to bring this form into the Leinster semi final where they will face the same opponents on April 24th at time and venue TBC.

Meath – C. Gilligan, N. Sheridan, A. Flynn, B. Keating ; K. Flynn, N. Dalton, E. Olwill ; D. Maughan, A. Cassidy ; K. Harris (1-2), Eleanor Lane (0-1), S. Grimes ; A. Ward (2-1), N. De Graff (2-3), A. Curtis (2-0) – Subs – L. Kelly for Monaghan, K. Clynch for Harris, K. Cummins for Flynn, E. Griffiths for Sheridan, A. Garvey for Curtis

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