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Waterford News 07.04.2015

Intermediates finish League campaign

Waterford intermediate ladies football team make the long journey to Sean O Heslin Park Ballinamore Co. Leitrim on Sunday next to play the home team in their final group match. This is a top of the table clash with Waterford undefeated in six games sitting proudly on top of the table with eighteen points while Leitrim have suffered only one defeat in the campaign and have fifteen points. This will be a very interesting tie as both teams have qualified for the knock out stages and will be eager to keep their good run of form going.

Leitrim have been impressive and have continued on from where they left off last season when they were only beaten at the All Ireland semi final stage in extra time by the eventual champions Down. Waterford have played the Connacht team in the league in the last two years with honours even and this game also promises to be a close one. Waterford will need to be very wary of the Leitrim attack especially Áine Tighe and Michelle Heslin and if they can contain this threat they should be in a position to keep the winning streak going.

Minors face a tough trip to Tipp

Waterford minors play their second game of the Munster A championship when they play a strong Tipperary side in Clonmel Commercials on Wednesday night 8th . In the first game of the championship the Deise girls took on Cork in C.I. T. and started in a whirlwind fashion going 2-5 to 0-1 up against their more vaunted neighbours. Lauren McGregor and Aoife Murray contributing a goal and a point each and an upset looked to be on the cards , Waterford were dominant in the middle of the field where Caoimhe McGrath and Megan Dunford excelled .The introduction of Evie Casey to the Cork team and a cracking goal from captain Eimear Scally helped settle Cork as did points from Kate Lenegan and Hannah Looney.Not to be outdone, Waterford responded with points from McGregor and Megan Dunford but when Scally again rifled a bullet of a shot into the top corner of the Waterford net on the stroke of half time Cork only trailed by two points at the break 2-5 to 2-7 despite being outplayed for most of the first thirty minutes.

Waterford had lost Katie Murray to a head injury just before the break and this proved to be highly influential to the game as they had lost one of their primary ball winners.  In the second half Cork came out with all guns blazing and gradually took control of the game and they forced a penalty in the fourth minute which was well saved by Rosin Curran in the Waterford goal. Points from Laura Cleary and Eimear Scally put Cork ahead  after ten minutes and the writing was on the wall for a brave Deise team when Evie Casey’s shot deceived the Waterford defence in the 15th minute and ended up in the net. Cork took over and kicked seven unanswered points to leave the final score Waterford 2-8 Cork 3-17.

The girls have regrouped well and have knuckled down in training under the watchful eye of Crohan Mc Gregor and Joe Murray and will be going all out to defeat the Premier county. This will not be an easy task as Tipperary had a very impressive win in the first round overcoming Kerry, and possess some fine players in Aisling Moloney, Aoibhe O Shea Róisín Howard and Orla O Dwyer. Waterford have many good players also, Caoimhe Mc Grath and Megan Dunford are an excellent partnership at midfield and forwards Aoife and Katie Murray, Lauren Mc Gregor and Ciara Hurley know how to take their chances. It will be a good game but if the Deise girls can perform to their ability they should just about shade it.

Under 16’s fall to Kerry

Our under 16 team came up against a very strong Kerry team on Wednesday last and were beaten on the score line of Kerry 5-9 Waterford 2-9. Playing against a strong wind in the first half Waterford conceded an early goal in the 2nd minute but to the girls credit came back into the game with points from Abby Dalton and Aisling Mullaney and a wonderful goal from Kaiesha Tobin. Kerry sneaked in for a goal in the 18th minute and added four unanswered points to leave the half time score Kerry 2-7 to Waterford 1-3.  Waterford started brightly in the second half with four points from Kaiesha Tobin whose free taking from the ground was brilliant to watch, to narrow the gap to three points. Then disaster struck a free from thirty yards by the Kerry full forward drifted to the net and was quickly followed up by another flowing Kingdom movement to register their fourth goal. Kaiesha Tobin was on hand to score her and Waterford’s second goal, Bronagh Condon added a point and Tobin was on hand to complete the Waterford scoring with a fine point. In the dying seconds Kerry added their fifth goal to leave the final score Waterford 2-9 Kerry 5-9. Waterford must now regroup and have an equally tough game next week against Cork.

Under 14 hope to stay unbeaten

Following their two wonderful wins so far in the championship Waterford travel to Cappamore in Limerick on Thursday next to play the third and final game in the round robin series against Clare. This team in the first round had a narrow victory over a very strong Tipperary team and easily accounted for Limerick the second day out. Clare have defeated Limerick also in the championship to date and will be no push over but the girls should have enough firepower to continue their 100% record.

Club Fixtures

Just a reminder to all clubs now that he various club competitions are up and running. The winning team has to text the score to our fixtures secretary Elma Uí Fhoghlú as soon As possible after the fixture is played. This will help immensely in the smooth running of our club competitions. Thanks to all for their co-operation.

Sympathy

All at Waterford Ladies Football wish to convey their sympathies to Marie Halvey, Munster administrator, on the recent death of her father Patrick. Ar dheis Dé go raibh sé

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