Sig­nif­i­cant vic­tory for Wick­low un­der-16 girls

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WICK­LOW LAOIS 4-17 2-04

WICK­LOW U-16 ladies took on Laois in Round 5 of the Le­in­ster Cham­pi­onship on Satur­day in Balt­in­glass.

De­spite hav­ing the lion’s share of pos­ses­sion in the open­ing half Wick­low failed to con­vert all the scor­ing chances that came their way and al­lowed Laois to re­main in con­tention at the half­way mark.

Ni­amh O’Brien opened the scor­ing for Wick­low in the first minute and Laois re­sponded with a point in the sec­ond.

Three points from Katie Mi­ley and one each from Katie Bouch­ier and Amy Burke ex­tended the Wick­low lead to five points but Laois re­sponded with a goal and two points to level mat­ters in the 16th minute.

An­nie Con­roy, Marie Kealy and Ni­amh O’Brien added three more points for Wick­low, while Laois’ Ni­amh Coss con­trib­uted an­other to their tally be­fore the half-time whis­tle sounded. Wick­low led 0-9 to 1-4 at the break.

Wick­low dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion in the sec­ond half and be­gan to find their mark in front of goal.

Kate Hennessy moved out to cen­tre field and won pos­ses­sion from the throw in. Ni­amh O’Brien con­verted the break into a point and Katie Mi­ley soon added a sec­ond.

A third point from Clodagh Fox and a well taken goal by Marie Kealy es­tab­lished a firm lead for the Wick­low side. With no re­sponse from Laois, Clodagh Fox and An­nie Con­roy added two fur­ther points and a sec­ond goal from Marie Kealy put the game be­yond the reach of Laois.

A goal from the boot of Gráinne Mo­ran was the only score for Laois in the sec­ond half but Chloe Dwyer in the Wick­low goal was called upon to make sev­eral saves as the Laois for­wards piled on the pres­sure up to the last minute.

Katie Mi­ley added two fur­ther points and two in­jury time goals from Eabha Barnes and Clodagh Fox fol­lowed by a point from Katie Bouch­ier sealed vic­tory for the home side on a score-line of 4-17 to 2-4.

This was a great all round per­for­mance from Wick­low. Lisa Lawlor, Ríoghna McGet­ti­gan, Shauna Byrne and Heather Cullen were out­stand­ing in the Wick­low back line.

There were also strong dis­plays from An­nie Con­roy, Kate Hennessy, Katie Mi­ley, Amy Burke, and Marie Kealy. Subs Clodagh Fox and Erynn O’Brien greatly in­flu­enced the game when they came on.

Best for Laois were Laura Peake, An­drea Mo­ran, Liz Bro­phy and Ni­amh Coss.

The girls have to do it all again in a cou­ple of weeks time when they will take on Laois in the Le­in­ster Di­vi­sion I B fi­nal.

In the mean­time it’s back to train­ing as no doubt Laois will have a few sur­prises up their sleeve for the big game in three weeks time.

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