Longford came, conquered and collected the TG4 Leinster Intermediate championship trophy, with a convincing win over Kilkenny on Saturday last in a rain soaked Dr. Cullen Park.

Longford had too much experience for Kilkenny on the day, with eight Longford girls on target through out the game, twelve of their fourteen points coming from play, and as a competition the game was over by the time referee Tony Lennon blew to signal for the half time break, with the score board reading 3-11 to 0-1 in favour of the Longford side, their number fifteen, and player of the match Denise Murtagh notching up 2-2 in the same period, with her first strike raising the white flag within seconds of the throwin.

Kilkenny were under pressure in most areas of the pitch, Longford’s number eight Alison Smyth marshalled the midfield area with great authority, and the Garrycastle player found time to convert two long range shots in the second quarter of the game to keep her side in the driving seat.

The Longford sides first goal came at the end of the first quarter when the Kilkenny keepers puck out fell short to Longfords number eleven Edel Quinn, Quinn was quick to get the ball away to the ever alert Denise Murtagh, Murtagh weaved her way through the cats defence to fired the ball to the back of the Kilkenny net, to register 1-5 to 0-1 on the Dr. Cullen Park electronic score board.

In fairness to Kilkenny they fielded an under strength side on the day, and had numerous scoring chances through out the game to keep in touch, but unfortunately only managed to tag on a single point from the boot of Kelly Roche in the seventh minute of the first half, their number Nine Caitriona Grace gave her usual one hundred and ten per cent while their number three Sara McCarty was unlucky not to add a goal three minutes from the end when she sent a penalty spot kick to the right of the post and wide.
The Longford girls took their collective feet off the gas in the second half, Alice McGann raising the white and the green flag in the sixteenth and twenty seventh minute respectively, while Denise Murtagh and Fiona Farrell added a further two points, before the end.

However the day belonged to the girls from Longford, their victorious captain Marie Brady received the TG4 Leinster trophy from Leinster President Bill Daly, while Denise Murtagh picked up the player of the match award.


Longford scorers: Denise Murtagh 2-3, Alice McGann 1-3 (2f), Emer Dooley 0-2, Fiona Farrell 0-1, Alison Smyth 0-2, Mary Kiernan 0-2, Siobhan McGowan 0-1. Anna McDonald 1-0.

Kilkenny scorer: Kelly Roche 0-1.


Longford Team: Michelle Kilkenny (Dromard), Annette Brady (Killoe), Lizzie Brady (Killoe), Andrenia Melia (Rathcline), Marie Brady Capt. (Clonguish), Sharon Treacy (Killoe), Yvonne Barden (Clonguish), Alison Smyth 0-2 (Garrycastle), Siobhan McGowan 0-1(Clonguish), Emer Dooley 0-2 (Forgney), Edel Quinn(Killoe), Alice McGann 1-3 (Clonguish), Anna McDonald 1-0 (Killoe), Mary Kiernan 0-2 (Ballymore), Denise Murtagh 2-3 (Garrycastle) Subs: Fiona Farrell 0-1(Skerries) for Emer Dooley, Michelle McElvaney (Ballymore) for Mary Kiernan, Donna Leavy(Carrickedmond) for Yvonne Barden, Susan Duncan (Forgney) for Adrenia Melia, Ann-Marie Brattan (Killoe) for Anna McDonald .

Kilkenny Team: Aine Sheehy(Thomastown), Andrea Murphy Capt.(Railyards), Sara McCarthy (Carrickshock), Niamh Whelan(Thomastown), Lydia Phelan(Carrickshock), Sally Teehan(Thomastown), Eimear Roantree(Callan), Kelly Roche 0-1 (Railyards), Caitriona Grace (Railyards), Angela Kenneally (Mullinavat), Lucinda Gahan (Mullinavat), Mary Love (Railyard), Denise Gaule (James Stephans), Miriam O’Keefe(Railyard), Helen Murphy(Mullinvat).Subs: Niamh Spratt (Railyards) for Miriam O’Keefe, Joanne Cotterell(Mullinavat) for Mary Love, sarah Walsh(Thomastown) for Eimear Roantree, Orla McCormack(James Stevens) for Angela Kenneally, Noreen O’Keefe(Railyards) for Aine Sheehy.

Referee: Tony Lennon (Dublin).

(Mick Forde, Leinster PRO, contact or 087-6422658)

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