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Meath Ladies Update

Meath Ladies Update

With signs of good weather fast approaching, the Meath Ladies football season is quickly heating up with three of four club league finals played this weekend. The Meath under 16s got the action packed weekend underway when they convincingly defeated Laois at Ratheniska on Saturday. They defeated the home side by 5-05 to 1-08 and by doing so set up a semi final showdown with the same side on June 26th. Katie Callaghan continued her scoring streak with 1-03, substitute Ellen O’Hare grabbed two goals, while Aine Bennett and Jackie Kavanagh both notched up 1-01. The semi final will be on Royal soil and Meath will be hoping to defeat Laois and continue their good reign of form at Leinster and retain the championship which they won last year before going on to eventually win the All Ireland title. Many of last year’s panel remain on this years team, so manager Eamon Murray and his selectors will be confident of putting in a good show on the 26th despite some injuries picked up during the tough contest against Laois.

In club news, Blackhall Gaels gave their Championship hopes a huge boost yesterday when they claimed the Division Two League title in a thrilling contest against a reformed and in form Summerhill side. After taking a break from competition last year, Summerhill are now back fighting stronger than ever reaching the division two final in style after accounting for a play off against Oldcastle last week. Summerhill’s hopes were boosted by the return to play of county star Jenny Rispin and the talented player made a huge impact on the game. Blackhall Gaels however have been working hard and it showed at Walterstown yesterday when they were 3-08 to 2-04 ahead at half time and although were made to work hard in the second half, they ran out 4-15 to 4-07 winners. Team work was clear from Blackhall Gaels although Emer Nolan had an excellent game as did the McCormack sisters – Suzanne, Catherine and Elaine. The substitution of Camogie star Jane Dolan was timely for Blackhall Gaels. For Summerhill, Ann Marie Fagan, Jenny Rispin and Ceilidh Dalton were outstanding.

In division 3, Moynalvey’s year is getting better and better. After winning the under 19 shield competition earlier this year, they were victorious in yesterday’s Division 3 league final against Dee Rangers on a scoreline of 4-08 to 3-04 . To Dee Ranger’s credit, they never gave up and their future in adult competitions looks strong given that this is their second year in operation since they reformed. Ciara Dowling, Ailise Smith, Tara Smith and Stephanie Thompson were to the fore for Moynalvey.

In division 4, the second teams of Duleek Bellewstown and Na Fianna took the field in what was a thrilling display of football and a never say die attitude from both teams. Duleek-Bellewstown raced into an early lead they were not to relinquish, but Na Fianna never gave up hope and some stylish play from Aine Kirby kept Na Fianna in touch. At half time Na Fianna were only five points adrift 1-09 to 1-04 but Duleek’s dominance in the second half allowed them to take control and it was Duleek Bellewstown that were crowned division 4 champions on a scoreline of 4-13 to Na Fianna’s 3-07. Kate Byrne, Rachel Andrews, Lisa Burke and Shauna Leech were in fine form for Duleek-Bellewstown. Ladies football is definitely on the up in Meath with new teams reaching club finals.
Championship fever takes pride of place next weekend as round one of the Meath Ladies championships are down for decision. The highlight of the opening round of the Senior Championship is the pitting of the two ‘top dogs’ of ladies football in Meath with Seneschalstown and St. Ultans drawn against each other. These teams know each other very well, and neutral supporters will be hoping for an exciting and entertaining game. Prior to that, newly crowned division two league champs Blackhall Gaels are down to face last year’s semi finalists, Boardsmill. In Group B, last year’s Intermediate Champions Na Fianna take on Donoghmore Ashbourne and Dunboyne take on Royal Gaels.

The Intermediate Championship also opens this weekend with division two league finalists Summerhill travelling to Dunsany, St. Michael’s facing Moylagh, Walterstown entertaining Duleek-Bellewstown and last year’s Junior A Champions Oldcastle face a long drive to Navan to take on O’Mahonys.
In the Junior A championship, Moynalvey and Dee Rangers will once again clash in the opening tie, while Simonstown host Ratoath, Gaeil Colmcille travel to Clann na nGael and Skryne have a bye. There are two games in the Junior B Championship with a local derby between St. Colmcilles and St. Pats and Na Fianna’s second string facing Wolfe Tones.

Club Championships for weekending 23rd May.
Senior Championship:
Group A: Saturday 22nd May at Kiltale
Blackhall Gaels v Boardsmill @ 6pm.
Seneschalstown v St. Ultans @ 7.30pm.
Group B: Saturday 22nd May Venue tbc
Na Fianna v Donaghmore Ashbourne @ 6pm
Dunboyne v Royal Gaels @ 7.30pm

Intermediate Championship: (Teams named first at home)
Dunsany v Summerhill
St. Michaels v Moylagh
Walterstown v Duleek-Bellewstown
Navan O’Mahonys v Oldcastle

Junior A Championship (Teams named first at home)
Moynalvey v Dee Rangers
Simonstown v Ratoath
Clann na nGael v Gaeil Colmcilles

Junior B Championship (Teams named first at home)
St. Colmcilles v St. Pats
Na Fianna B v Wolfe Tones

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