Laois Ladies run Waterford close
Ladies National Football League
Waterford 2-9 Laois 1-10
Report courtesy of Thomas Keane
WIT Arena – Waterford
Laois were not able to follow up on their opening round win over Kildare in the Ladies Football Division Two League campaign as they went under to Waterford who had two points to spare at the WIT Arena outside Waterford City.
Despite scoring first, Laois were slow out of the traps and by the midway point in the first half found themselves trailing 2-3 to 0-1.
Rachel Williams hit the visitor’s first score inside thirty seconds of the game starting, but Waterford came storming back into the game hitting the next five scores.
Lauren McGregor opened Waterford’s account with a free on three minutes and seconds later Aileen Wall following a goalmouth scramble had the umpire reaching for a green flag for the first time.
The same player on ten minutes kicked Waterford’s first point from play and from a poorly struck kick out Waterford attacked the Laois goal once more. Geraldine Power found Lauren McGregor and the Dungarvan player made no mistake in finishing to the net.
Another Aileen Wall point followed for Waterford before Laois came back into the game with a brace of Claire Conlon points and a single effort from Meaghan Dunne, with Waterford hitting one from Lauren McGregor in between.
Laois were putting a lot of pressure on the Waterford defence but were finding it hard to get through but they managed to get inside the Waterford full back line on twenty-two minutes and when one on one with Katie Hannon, Laura Neary made no mistake.
The remainder of the half proved to be an even contest as Lauren McGregor hit a brace of points and Nicola Fennell hit one with replies from Meaghan Dunne, Caoimhe Simms and Claire Conlon to leave Waterford 2-7 to 1-7 in front at the break.
The second half was a much quieter affair. Noreen Kirwan and Ciara Burke hit early points for the visitors to leave one between the sides with thirty eight minutes played.
Thirteen minutes from time, the small attendance were given something to giggle about, when a whistle happy referee had his whistle fail to work and had to come to the side-line and borrow one from the Waterford mentors for the remainder of the game.
A brace of Lauren McGregor frees on fifty six and fifty seven minutes put daylight between the sides. Laois pulled a point back through Mo Neary on the hour mark but it proved to be but a consolation score.
Waterford: Katie Hannon; Kate McGrath, Michelle McGrath, Megan Dunford; Mairead Wall, Karen McGrath, Dearbhaile Ní hAodha; Caoimhe McGrath, Hannah Power; Lauren Guiry, Nicola Fennell, Emma Murray; Aileen Wall, Geraldine Power, Lauren McGregor. Subs: Katie Murray for Lauren Guiry (HT), Hannah Landers for Hannah Power (54).
Scorers: Lauren McGregor 1-6 (0-4f), Aileen Wall 1-2, Nicola Fennell 0-1.
Laois: Ciamh Dollard; Amy Potts, Jenny McEvoy, Martha Kirwan; Áine Haberlain, Mags McEvoy, Anna Healy; Maggie Murphy, Eva Galvin; Erone Fitzpatrick, Clare Conlon, Caoimhe Simms; Ciara Burke, Meaghan Dunne, Rachel Williams. Subs: Laura Neary for Maggie Murphy (15), Noirin Kirwan for Claire Conlon (HT), Ciara Burke for Rachel Williams (HT), Mo Neary for Noirin Kirwan (50).
Scorers: Claire Conlon 0-3 (3f), Laura Neary 1-0, Meaghan Dunne 0-2, Rachel Williams, Caoimhe Simms, Noirin Kirwan, Ciara Burke, Mo Neary (f) 0-1 each.
Referee: Stephen McNulty (Wicklow).