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U-14 Leinster Championship: Carlow vs Longford

Lyons the tiger in Longford’s den

On a lunar Longford surface last Saturday Carlow ladies under fourteen footballers produced a roller coaster performance to ensure their place in the shake up for this years Leinster championship. The Barrowsiders full forward Sinead Lyons impact on the final outcome in cold statistics reads three goals and three points-but the tinryland teenager s most important contribution to this Carlow success was her injury time intervention on the Carlow twenty metre line. Meath referee John Walsh was looking at his watch, Longford corner forward Sarah Jane Doyle was headed goal bound when Llyons having tracked back yards legitimately stopped the Longford girl in her tracks.

Just ten minutes before Carlow led 4-4 to 1-3 any looked home and hosed.
Carlow blew hot and cold in this game Longford led 1-1 to no score ahead after just ten minutes. Carlow responded with points from selina o Sullivan, Llyons recovered from a penalty miss to hit two goals in injury time of the first period to leave the carlovians 2-3 to 1-1 to the good at the break.

Longford responded post halftime points from Sarah Jane Doyle and Doreen fox left just a goal between the sides six minutes after the restart mid way through the second half Carlow showed just what they were capable of. centre back Laura Corrigan was simply outstanding leading a Carlow back division including ciara Hutton and Nicola kirwan that snuffed out a then latent Longford attack. A super strike from celine o Sullivan that rattled the Longford net heralded a Carlow purple patch. Lyons pointed from thirty meters and rathvily’s Jessica Finnegan burst the shannonsiders net -Carlow 4-4 Longford 1-3.st Mullins star Eileen Murphy ruled midfield and canter forward Mary kirwan was the conduit for repeated Carlow attacks. Nothing other than a Carlow victory looked impossible.

However a storming final ten minutes saw the Longford girl’s hit 2-3 without reply. Carlow keeper Ann Marie wall played her part and the message of a game not being over until the final whistle will certainly be drilled in to this Carlow team between now and the leinster play offs. Longford’s remarkable recovery had Carlow hearts racing final score carlow 4-4 Longford 3-6.

Carlow Anne Marie wall, Sinead Finnegan, Ciara Hutton, Jennifer Perry, Nicola Kirwan, Laura Corrigan, emma o regan, deirdre Doyle, Eileen Murphy, Maria kinsella, Mary Barrett, Kelly Nolan, selina sulliavan, sinead Lyons 3-3, Jessica Finnegan 1-1.

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