Easy victory for AGB

GAELIC GAMES LE­IN­STER LADIES IFC CHAM­PI­ONSHIP

Bray People - - Sport -

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.

JU­NIOR

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.

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