Sligo ladies through to the Quar­ter Fi­nals

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SLIGO LAOIS 2-13 1-13

SLIGO ladies are through to the All-Ire­land Quar­ter Fi­nals of the TG4 Ladies Gaelic Football In­ter­me­di­ate Cham­pi­onship after de­feat­ing Laois in Kin­negad on Sun­day.

This was a great team per­for­mance for Paddy Henry’s side with the goals com­ing from Laura Ann Laf­fey and Elaine O’Reilly.

Sligo now take on Wick­low next Mon­day, Au­gust 6th at 3pm, venue to be con­firmed.

Sligo were ahead by 3 points at the break, 1-6 to Laois’s 0-6 after Laura-Ann Laf­fey found the back of the net from 20m out in the 23rd minute.

It was Laois who got off to the bet­ter start, scor­ing 2 points from play in quick suc­ces­sion be­fore Denise Mc­Grath got Sligo’s first point with Katie Walsh adding an­other from a free to draw the sides level on 8 min­utes.

Laois’s Meghan Dunne traded points with Lau­ren Boles be­fore Clare Con­lon added 2 more points for Laois to put them in front on 18 min­utes.

Sligo then scored an unan­swered 1-3 on the bounce, the points com­ing from Elaine O’Reilly, Boles with her sec­ond and an­other for Mc­Grath from play on 22 min­utes be­fore Laf­fey’s goal came a minute later.

Con­lon again was on tar­get for Laois be­fore the break as 3 points sep­a­rated them at the in­ter­val, Sligo ahead by 1-6 to 0-6.

Both sides would go on to score 1-7 each in the sec­ond half with O’Reilly find­ing the net early into the sec­ond pe­riod as Sligo were ahead by 6.

Walsh added 2 more through a free and from play with Ni­cola Bren­nan putting Paddy Henry’s side fur­ther in front.

Laois re­sponded with 2 points from play from Emma Lalor which was can­celled out with 2 points from Sligo’s Boles and Mc­Grath. Laois’s Erone Fitzpa­trick and O’Reilly traded scores be­fore Laf­fey added an­other for the Yeats women.

Laois then went on a scor­ing spell with 2 points from play from Fitzpa­trick fol­lowed by a goal from Ciara Burke on 55 min­utes as Fitzpa­trick added an­other point for Laois.

Sligo had done enough to see them through to the All-Ire­land Quar­ter Fi­nals when they meet Wick­low this week­end in the next stage.

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