Easy victory for AGB
GAELIC GAMES LEINSTER LADIES IFC CHAMPIONSHIP
Arklow Geraldines Ballymoney 7- 11, Myshall (Carlow) 1-5: In fine October sunshine Arklow Gers Ballymoney qualified for the semi final of the Leinster Club Championship with a facile victory over an overwhelmed Myshall side representing near neighbours Carlow.
In what was an even enough first half Arklow turned around leading at half time 2-5 to 1-1. Michelle Kinsella and Tanya McDonald together with a tight defence working well for Arklow.
However the second half told a different story and when Dublin referee Senan Finucane blew full time the Arklow girls lead 7-11 to 15.
The Arklow girls now travel to Railyard in Kilkenny to take on the Kilkenny Champions this coming Sunday at 3.00pm.
Best for Arklow Claire and Aife Kavanagh, Michelle Kinsella and Tanya McDonald.
Eire Og (Greystones) 0- 12, Freshford (Kilkenny) 0-4: In an exciting encounter in Greystones last Sunday Eire Og qualified for the Leinster semi final with a tough 0-12 to 0-4 victory over the Kilkenny champions.
The Kilkenny girls started brightly and a point from their ever dangerous full forward Deirdre Delaney gave them the lead.
However this was to be the only time they held such a lead throughout the game as they played catch-up from the time Caoilfhionn Deeney equalised and then pointed after good work by Janet Nolan down the left flank.
Deeney was causing the Freshford girls all kinds of problems and after Sophie Nolan had stretched the lead to 0-3 to 0-1 Deeney again led the way and with halftime approaching the lead reached 0-4 to 0-1. At this stage Noelle Corrigan pulled off two spectacular saves to keep the Kilkenny champions in contention.
Then Áine Connery went on a mazy solo run and pointed brilliantly for Kilkenny and when Laura Comerford scored a close in free for Freshford the Eire Og girls held a slender one point lead which they held to the half time.
With the resumption of the second half Freshford equalised with a point from Comerford but this score was negated by Deeney from a sharp angle on the left. However this was to be their last score.
Then came the turning point of the match. Eight minutes gone and Eire Og were holding a slim one point lead when Delaney was brought down and a clear penalty awarded gave Freshford the chance to lead again.
Corrigan was brought out from goal to take the penalty but in the battle of the goalkeepers McElroy, who had a good game throughout the match, dived full length to her left to thwart the Kilkenny girl’s effort.
Eire Og never looked back and with Laurie Ahern suddenly catching fire and reeling off five points in succession together with points from Keely Ryder and Deeney the final score finished 0-12 to 04 in favour of the seasiders.
Best for Eire Og Laurie Ahern, Niamh Sherlock, Ruth McElroy, Caoilfhionn Deeney.
Eire Og now play Bunclody of Wexford in the Semi final in Bunclody this Sunday at 3.00pm.